Milli Vanilli, the Grammy winnning 80s duo, will get the big screen treatment thanks to writer-director Jeff Nathanson. Kathleen Kennedy will produce for Universal. Nathanson said he’s always been fascinated by fakes and frauds.
DirecTV subscribers will get Ovation, a cable channel devoted to arts programming. The COO, Ron Garfield, promises a revamp of the channel–which could mean that celebrity poker is now an art form.
The looming WGA strike has producers stockpiling scripts, and reality shows shooting around the clock. The contract expires in October, and some studios are thinkng about moving up the production cycle from August to May or June. This means stars like Keifer Sutherland won’t be able to make movies during the summer hiatus, which may not be a bad thing.
Craig Pilagian, reality master-mind, is suing Paula Abdul and David Russo, claiming they stole his idea for Hey Paula!. Because following her around with a camera crew is the most original idea ever to spring from the mind of man.
Parker Posey moves into television in The Return of Jezebel James Amy Sherman-Palladino’s comedy pilot centers on a successful children’s book editor (newly single and unable to conceive) asks her estranged younger sister to carry her baby for her. It must be funnier than it sounds.
Rupert Everett’s book, Red Carpets and Other Banana Skins, should be in every goodie bag this season, but probably won’t be:
Giving an award is one of the most depressing pastimes known to man. You stand in the wings with another publicity starved celebrity in borrowed jewels. You breeze onto the set to one or other of your famous theme tunes.
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