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Tuesday, September 4, 2007

"HollyBeej" News from Inside the Hollywood Machine.

Tuesday, September, 4 2007
Live from Hollywood....

  • The annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon was carried on 190 stations in the US and Canada over the long holiday weekend, and as it has been every year since 1966, was hosted by Jerry Lewis for most of the 21-1/2 hours of the broadcast. Based, as usual, in Las Vegas, this year's efforts drew in $63.7 million, up more than $3 million over last year's broadcast.
  • Producers of the upcoming Lionsgate film "Tulia" have scrapped plans to start filming in October -- as the film's star, Halle Berry, is three months pregnant!
  • Some kind of explosive device detonated outside a studio owned by "The Sopranos" star Michael Imperioli early this morning, wrecking a parked van but causing no harm to any humans. "It was a very loud boom, like a lightning storm," said a witness to the New York Post, and the blast "sent huge clouds of smoke billowing" into the air. There was no immediate link made between the blast and Moltisanti's Studio Dante, nor to the nearby Italian restaurant.
  • Comedy Central extended the animated comedy series South Park for another three years through 2011.
  • VH1 has picked up another season of Scott Baio is 45 ... and Single.
  • ABC ordered a new drama project from 20th Century Fox TV called Miracle Man about a fallen televangelist who discovers he is being used by God to create miracles and change people's lives forever, starting with his own, according to Hollywood Reporter.
  • Using the Dancing with the Stars popularity, ABC is launching a series midseason called Dance War: Bruno vs. Carrie Ann, with host Drew Lachey. Dancin's judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba each pull together their own dance teams, and they do battle each week. The network has ordered up 6 episodes.
  • ABC's fifth installment of Dancing with the Stars, produced by BBC Productions, premieres over three nights: September 24 at 8p with the female contestants showing off their moves; September 25 at 8p giving the guys a chance to strut their stuff; and on September 26 at 8p the first Dancing with the Stars Results Show will air. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris return along with the same judges: Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Dancing with the Stars also introduces the most contestants for this new season, twelve altogether.
The competing celebrities include:
  1. Melanie Brown - a.k.a. Mel B. or "Scary Spice" member of the British pop group Spice Girls
  2. Sabrina Bryan - actress/recording artist and member of the all-girl Disney Channel's original movie The Cheetah Girls
  3. Helio Castroneves - two-time Indianapolis 500 Race winner
  4. Mark Cuban - former owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team and successful entrepreneur
  5. Jennie Garth - actress known for her TV roles on Beverly Hills: 90210 and What I Like About You
  6. Josie Maran - model/actress who is launching her own cosmetics line this fall
  7. Cameron Mathison - current actor on ABC's daytime soap All My Children and host of SOAPnet's I Wanna Be a Soap Star
  8. Floyd Mayweather - a.k.a. "Pretty Boy" is a six-time world boxing champ in five different weight classes
  9. Wayne Newton - legendary live performer and regarded as "Mr. Las Vegas"
  10. Marie Osmond - singer/actress/author and member of a very famous family
  11. Albert Reed - national model seen in campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Diesel Clothing, Reebok and more
  12. Jane Seymour - Emmy and Golden Globe winning movie and television star, best known for her role in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
4-Day Holiday Weekend Box Office Estimates: August 31-September 3, 2007
  1. Halloween (2007)(MGM/W) $31.0 million - opening weekend
  2. Superbad (Sony) $15.6 million - 3 wk total $92.4m
  3. Balls of Fury (Rogue Pictures) $13.8 million - opening weekend
  4. The Bourne Ultimatum (Universal) $13.2 million - 5 wk total $202.6m
  5. Rush Hour 3 (New Line) $10.3 million - 4 wk total $122.2m
  6. Mr. Bean's Holiday (Universal) $8.1 million - 2 wk total $21.1m
  7. The Nanny Diaries (MGM/W) $6.4 million - 2 wk total $16.5m
  8. Death Sentence (Fox) $5.2 million - opening weekend
  9. WAR (Lionsgate) $5.1 million - 2 wk total $17.9m
  10. Stardust (Paramount) $3.9 million - 4 wk total $31.9m

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