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Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"HollyBeej" -Wednesday October 3, 2007


Live From Hollywood...
News From Inside The Hollywood Machine

TUESDAY NIGHT'S TV RATINGS:
  • Yesterday’s Winners: NCIS (CBS), Dancing With the Stars (ABC), House (Fox), Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
  • Disappointing: The Singing Bee (NBC), The Biggest Loser (NBC)
  • Yesterday’s Losers (excluding repeats): Cavemen (ABC), Carpoolers (ABC), Beauty and the Geek (CW)
{More ratings info from Marc Berman at Media Week}

  • Comedy Central renewed the weekly Mind of Mencia for a fourth season and new episodes will premiere next spring. Mind of Mencia: Season 3 Uncensored DVD can be purchased starting October 23. Comedy Central also voted to bring back the animated series Lil' Bush for a second season, with ten new episodes debuting next spring.
  • HBO has acquired rights to Stuart Taylor Jr. and K.C. Johnson's book "Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case." Book, about the prosecution of three Duke U. lacrosse players for the alleged gang rape of a stripper at a team party on campus, was just published by the St. Martin's Press imprint Thomas Dunne Books.
  • NBC entertainment co-chief has tapped wrestling icon Hulk Hogan to host NBC's upcoming "American Gladiators" revival. The show is currently in production.
  • ABC has been struck by Cupid's arrow again. The network has pacted with scribe Rob Thomas ("Veronica Mars") to develop a new version of "Cupid," the short-lived but well-regarded Jeremy Piven starred about a man who thinks he's been sent to earth by Zeus to help out romantically challenged souls. Project is one of two scripts Thomas has in the works via a just-inked one-year development deal with ABC Studios. "Cupid" lasted only 15 episodes during the 1998-99 season.
  • Natalie Portman has signed on to star alongside Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Jim Sheridan's love-triangle drama "Brothers". Based on Susanne Bier's 2004 Danish-language film, story centers on a man (Maguire) who is sent to fight in Afghanistan while his black-sheep brother (Gyllenhaal) cares for his wife (Portman) and child.
  • "Entourage" trouper Kevin Dillon has been set to play the title character in "National Lampoon's 301: The Legend of Awesomest Maximus Wallace Leonidas." Lensing will begin by year's end. Pic spoofs the sword-and-sandal epics "300," "Troy," "Gladiator" and "Braveheart," and Dillon plays the bumbling Spartan general who fails upward in his quest for greatness.
  • "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" endured another hit this week when computers, photographs and proprietary information were stolen from the production. A spokesman for director Steven Spielberg confirmed the theft but could not comment on when or where the alleged crime occurred because "a law enforcement investigation is ongoing." The security breach comes on the heels of last week's confidentiality breach when "Indy" extra Tyler Nelson revealed plot details during an interview with his hometown newspaper, Oklahoma's Edmond Sun. That story was removed from the Sun's website.
  • Worldwide Biggies is bringing the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" to video games in an exclusive deal with Act III Licensing. Worldwide Biggies CEO Albie Hecht said a teaser version of the game will be on the upcoming "The Princess Bride 20th Anniversary DVD," with the full game, "True Love and High Adventure -- The Official Princess Bride Game," set for release as an online download in the spring. From www.hollywoodreporter.com

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