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Trade Round-Up: September 18, 2007

seacrest.jpegFox, Seacrest Pairing Plunges Emmy Ratings
It’s safe to say that Monday was a pretty bad day for Fox and Ryan Seacrest. Their tag-team on Sunday’s Emmy telecast was the second lowest rated show in the awards’ history, garnering just 13.1 million viewers, reports Variety. The tally was well below the 16.2 million that NBC snagged for the same show last year. And to make matters worse for Fox, the smallest Emmy aud is still the 1990 telecast which drew 12.3 million and also aired on Fox. Maybe they should stick to American Idol? Just a thought…

Casting News
Variety gives the skinny on a couple casting stories. First Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are in negotiations to star in Jim Sheridan’s Brothers for Relativity Media, a remake of Susanne Bier’s Danish-language drama. Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jim Broadbent has signed on to join the next Harry Potter pic, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Broadbent will play a retired potion’s master.

HBO greenlights Gardens
Grey Gardens goes on and on! The documentary, which has already been translated to a Broadway show, will now get a big-screen redo thanks to HBO Films which has just greenlit the pic, THR reports. Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange will star and Michael Sucsy will direct.

Saldana On Board for Star Trek
J.J. Abrams continues to lock in crew members for his Star Trek installment with THR reporting that Zoe Saldana has joined the cast to play the chief communications officer on the USS Enterprise for Paramount Pictures.

- CHRIS GARDNER

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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 14, 2007

magic johnson.jpegJohnson Helps Clinton Campaign
Following up on Oprah‘s ritzy fundraiser for Barack Obama last weekend in Montecito, Variety gives the deets on another campaign party planned for Southern California this weekend but this time it’s Magic Johnson hosting a bash for Hillary Clinton. Variety‘s Ted Johnson writes that some are calling the back-to-back events “an unprecedented courting of African Americans by each campaign”

Valkyrie Gains Access in Germany
Tom Cruise‘s star power has helped German officials change their minds, allowing the filmmakers behind Cruise’s Valkyrie to shoot at Bendlerblock, the original site where officers behind the failed 1944 plot to kill to kill Adolf Hitler were executed.

Gore to Appear at Emmys
Al Gore really loves Hollywood. Well, actually he loves the award shows. Gore is set to appear at this Sunday’s Emmy telecast during which his cable network, Current TV, is nominated in the interactive TV category. Variety reports that the showing will make him a veteran of the “Hollywood loop” following appearances at the Grammys, the Oscars and now the Emmys.

Foster Pic Expected to Win at B.O.
THR takes on the weekend boxoffice with Carl Diorio projecting that the Jodie Foster-starrer The Brave One will win the weekend taking in approximately $15 million. Other openers include Mr. Woodcock and Dragon Wars.

Joy in Toronto for Weinsteins
In more Toronto Film Festival news, the Weinstein Co. has acquired North American distribution rights to the music docu Joy Division, THR reports. Grant Gee directed the pic, an account of the late 1970s English rock band.

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 13, 2007

spielberg.jpet.jpgSpielberg’s Talisman on Hold at TNT
THR talks about Steven Spielberg’s The Talisman in today’s paper, telling its readers that the adaptation of the Stephen King, Peter Straub novel has hit a snag. Apparently, the TNT six-hour project “has been put on hold because of budgetary issues,” a source tells THR. Talisman was set for a summer 2008 premiere.

Gervais To Tell the Truth
On the heels of four Emmy nominations for his Extras series, Ricky Gervais has committed to co-direct and star in This Side of the Truth for Media Rights Capital. Gervais will share the director’s chair with Matt Robinson on the pic, which is set in a contemporary world where no one has ever lied. Imagine that!

Party On, Emmy
Variety TV guru Joe Adalian gives the deets on Emmy night, breaking down the post-show party circuit. He writes that the real battle is between Entertainment Tonight/People and “feisty newcomer” TV Guide. Both bashes have big-name talent on board to entertain. Read the rest here.

Quarterlife Finds MySpaceTV.com
Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, well known for their work on My So-Called Life and thirtysomething are taking their accomplished TV act to the Internet: the duo has set up their series Quarterlife to debut on MySpaceTV.com. It’s a rather interesting – if not unprecendented – move for such TV heavyweights. Find out when and why here.

- CHRIS GARDNER