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Thursday, September 27, 2007

"HollyBeej" -Thursday September 27, 2007

Live From Hollywood...
News From Inside the Hollywood Machine

  • The judge in the Phil Spector murder trial has declared a mistrial, as jurors announced they were hopelessly deadlocked.
  • NBC will unveil the live reality show "Phenomenon" October 24 at 8p. Mystifier Criss Angel and mentalist Uri Geller will search for the next great mentalist during the five-week run which also includes a special two-hour live episode on Halloween night at 8p. Ten chosen mentalists will compete against each other, demonstrating their unique powers in front of a panel of celebrity guests and the studio audience. Criss and Uri each will offer advice, but viewers will decide who wins the final grand prize of $250,000.
  • "Give me a 'C'" - CMT's new makeover reality series, "I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again," follows ten former cheerleaders as they regain their physiques through Army boot camp-style training. The eight-episode series debuts October 6 at 830p, and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders' trainer Jay Johnson, along with his wife Lin and host Jenn Brown, work the contestants hard so they can fit into their old high school uniforms again for a $50,000 cash prize.
  • Attention K.I.T.T. fans ... Knight Rider may be back! NBC is looking at a 2-hour pilot, which may first air as a made-for later on this season, and if well received could get the order for a series, says Variety.
  • Universal Pictures has set Jennifer Aniston to star with Aaron Eckhart in "Traveling," a drama. Aniston will play a floral designer who works in a Seattle hotel where a charismatic self-help guru is conducting a weekend seminar on coping with grief. As they get to know each other, she factors heavily into the guru's realization that he practices none of the principles he teaches.
  • Kevin James is set to protect and serve for Columbia Pictures. The "Hitch" star has signed on to write, produce and star in the comedy "Mall Cop." Story centers on a mild-mannered security guard thrust into action when highly organized thieves take over his mall. James will pen the screenplay with Nick Bakay.
  • Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Robin Wright Penn will join Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jason Bateman in "State of Play," the Universal Pictures/Working Title adaptation of the British miniseries. McAdams will play a reporter in the middle of a career-making story, as her newspaper investigates the death of the mistress of a fast-rising congressman. Mirren will play the newspaper's steely editor, a role undertaken by Bill Nighy in the original mini. Wright Penn will play the congressman's estranged wife. She becomes romantically involved with the pol's former campaign manager (Pitt), who leads the newspaper's investigative team. Norton plays the congressman and Bateman plays the other lead reporter.

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