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  • Dennis Kucinich sues deadbeat book publisher- Fishbowl DC

  • Internal Google memo on the company’s 200 layoffs- WebNewser
  • Washington Post to offer another round of buyouts- FishbowlNY
  • NBC’s Meet the Press topped the Sunday morning competition- TVNewser
  • Producer and director Brett Ratner published three books this week- GalleyCat
  • FBLA Goes to the Party: Schnabel at Gagosian

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    Julian Schnabel’s paintings of bones (used in the credit sequence of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) are on view at Gagosian Gallery, with a preview party last night. Schnabel’s at work on his next film, because he evidently needs no sleep.

    Tilda Swinton, Lauren Hutton, Ben Silverman, the Weinsteins, Brett Ratner, and Diane Keaton were sighted.

    Fashion icon Lisa Eisner (she owns Sammy Davis Jr.’s wardrobe) and Nicky Hilton both looked great but not together, naturally.

    We said hi to Roger Friedman but didn’t recognize David Carr from the NY Times. (We don’t seem to be the only ones.) Gabe Snyder took a smoke break with Schnabel, but we were too busy feeling inept.

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    We were just about to snap John Waters with our Speed Graphic camera disguised as a phone, when the official photog hissed at us to get out of his way. Waters told us he never watches The Wire, as it’s too depressing, and that he’s delighted for Patty Hearst and her show dog, but no, he’s not making a movie about dog shows.

    Outside, the paparazzi were getting soaked.

    Sundown on Sunset: Ladies Night

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    Bitch Beach Reading
    Courtney Thorne Smith has written a novel. Isn’t she a little young to be one of “America’s most beloved television actresses”?

    Don’t Answer the Door
    Reese Witherspoon as you’ve never seen her before, starring
    as The Avon Lady.

    Kink to Kitsch
    Bettie Page–you’ll never look at her the same way again, thanks to Greg Beato.

    She’s B-a-a-a-ck
    LonelyGirl15–you’ll have to look at her again.

    Did Eddie Murphy Introduce Them?
    Brett Ratner knows his ladies.

    Speaking of Sucking…
    Bratz: the Movie opens.

    Brett Ratner to Direct Hefner Bio-Pic

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    Brett Ratner will direct a film based on the life of Hugh Hefner. Brian Grazer optioned the rights years back, and had Oliver Stone and Scott Silver take some stabs at the project. But Ratner brought his trademarked class and dignity that this project so richly deserves. He told Variety:

    Hef came from a puritanical upbringing and reinvented himself to be the godfather of the sexual revolution. He also used his magazine to advocate civil rights and free speech, and put James Brown on his show ‘Playboy After Dark’ when they didn’t put black performers on national television.

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    In The Trades: Real Life, Re-Makes, Real Weird

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    Shirley McLaine and Olympia Dukakis reteam in a black comedy Poor Things, to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen (brother o’ Borat). They’ll play two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Paul Pringle reported the real story in the LAT. The NYT isn’t the only true-life story source in the world, just the only Man-Date source.

    Harold Ramis is on board to direct Atlanta, CBS’s comedy pilot about a couple who meet cute at a funeral. Scott Winant might replace Brett Ratner as director of ABC’s drama pilot Women’s Murder Club, starring Angie Harmon. Ratner is too busy doing whatever to Rush Hour 3.

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    The Weinsteins, Sydney Pollock and Anthony Minghella are all good for another three years. Pollock and Minghella’s production company, Mirage, will re-make The Lives of Others, the Oscar-winning German film about the Stasi, as well as I Don’t Know How She Does It and The Amulet of Samarkand, both based on the novels. Minghella will direct a tv pilot based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, too.

    America’s Next Top Model had its best premiere ever, and gave the CW its best night yet with 5.4 million viewers overall. American Idol won the night with 29.6 million viewers overall. If Idol fans had their own country, it would be larger than North Korea. And even weirder. (And what if Idol-nation had nukes? Yikes!)

    In The Trades

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    Variety

    Scott Rudin has offered one of his former development guys, Craig Perry, a first-look deal, thus gaining an opportunity to “generate mainstream comedies and family films.” Perry produced the American Pie and Final Destination movies.

    Sidney Sheldon, the prolific author and producer, has died. During his extensive career he wrote several Broadway musicals, screenplays and televisions series, in addition to a multitude of novels. His television career included producer of The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart, in addition to a number of his novels produced as made-for TV movies including Rage of Angels, Bloodline and Memories of Midnight. His career awards included a Tony for Best Musical: Redhead in 1959, an Oscar for his original screenplay of The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer starring Cary Grant, two WGA awards for Easter Parade and Annie Get Your Gun, and an Emmy for I Dream of Jeannie.

    Hollywood Reporter

    Television is the new feature, according to a CBS development exec. Pilot orders are running towards nighttimee soaps and high-cncept dramas, while the networks are avoiding open-ended serials–Lost being the only hit out of the current crop. Big name directors, like Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Guy Ritchie, and Barry Sonnenfeld are directing pilots.

    The Police will perform at the Grammys in February. Sting had hinted at this during the TCAs, where he was promoting his PBS project, a collection of 16th-century classical music called Songs From the Labyrinth, as the 30th anniversary of the band was approaching. THe group will open the show on CBS.

    Pilot Season, and All the World is Young: Nets Throw Stuff at Wall, Pray Something Sticks

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    Pilot season is that magical period when networks and basic cable alike feel a renewed sense of hope. Let’s take a peek:

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    Stephen Dorff as a charming finder of people in LA’s darker corners. If they were in the bright, sunny spots, they wouldn’t be lost.

    Viva Laughlin
    A guy opens a casino in Laughlin, Nevada, gets involved in a murder. A US version of the BBC musical series Viva Blackpool. Hugh Jackman is supposed to guest in the pilot. Cast bursts into song at frequent intervals.

    ABC

    Cashmere Mafia
    Four New York career gals try to have it all.
    Gail Katz is EP, Kevin Wade writes.

    Women’s Murder Club
    Based on the James Patterson novels, four women, a medical examiner, a reporter, a detective and a lawyer, track down murderers. Brett Ratner is EP/Director. And we all kow what that means.

    Oddly enough, these two pilots aren’t about the same four women, but they could be.

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