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Salt Lake City Reporter Buttonholes The Book of Mormon

According to showbiz columnist Roger Friedman, The Book of Mormon Broadway musical producer Scott Rudin is having a big media elite pow wow lunch tomorrow in New York to stoke the fires of Matt Stone and Trey Parker‘s highly anticipated new venture, set to open Thursday March 24th.

But from a west coast media perspective, it makes much more sense to see how the show is being advance-played in the state of its creative genesis. Salt Lake City Tribune reporter Peggy Fletcher recently shared an intriguing Q&A with Stone. The lede is pretty funny:

Matt Stone, one half the South Park writing duo, is not now, nor has he ever been a Mormon. Neither is his creative partner, Trey Parker. They don’t have Mormons in their family trees, despite rumors to the contrary circulating madly online and in Mormon circles.

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Mamet, Rudin, Nichols And Their Egos To Take On Kurosawa

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and director Mike Nichols may well end up not just remaking another Kurosawa epic “High and Low” for Miramax Films, but becoming the subjects. The storage-closet egos of this trio are likely to take center stage.

Talk about “Rashomon” revisited.

And don’t forget Martin Scorsese, who originally commissioned Mamet to write the script back in 1999 and will likely stay on as executive producer, according to Varietynichols.jpg.

Kurosawa’s 1963 detective thriller starring Toshiro Mifune was based on the Ed McBain novel “King’s Ransom,” about a businessman who is ruined when he honorably pays ransom to kidnappers who mistakenly nabbed his driver’s son.

Several Kurosawa films have been remade by Hollywood, most notably “The Seven Samurai” (“The Magnificent Seven”) and “Rashomon” (“The Outrage”). Steven Spielberg is developing a remake of “Ikiru” at DreamWorks, possibly to direct. And the Weinstein Co. has been developing another “Seven Samurai” remake.

Weinstein Lite Puts Oscar Plan Forth for Money People

Bob Weinstein, filling in for brother Harvey, gave a very telling presentation that addressed the notion that they were going out of business to the Media and Money Conference in New York on Wednesday.weinstein.jpg

Bob has long been Harvey’s surrogate for the nearly 20 years that they ran Miramax Film, cutely named after their parents Miriam and Max. They jointly ran the company, but Harvey was always front and center, most pointedly when he stormed the Oscar stage to grab the trophy in 1998′s ceremony and almost forgot Bob’s name in the thank yous.

Harvey was nowhere to be seen on Wednesday, having bowed out due to “personal reasons.”

With Harvey, that could mean anything.

By the way, that’s Bob on the left.

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Finke Inserts Herself Into Weinstein/Rudin Scrap

hw2.jpgBlogger Nikki Finke, as is her wont, has placed herself smack in the middle of this true Hollywood showdown between producers Harvey Weinstein and Scott Rudin.

sr.jpgNikki claimed that the New York Post’s Page Six called her to gossip about Weinstein and his offer of a milion bucks for charity.

At issue is whether Weinstein pledged $1 million to charity if anyone can prove and produce a Rudin email about Weinstein’s alleged treatment of the late Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack’s families. Nikki says Rudin told HER Monday night that it was in fact his email and that Weinstein’s people were pestering him to deny the email and lie to Page Six. Nikki went on the up-and-up by reprinting the contretemps in her well-read blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily.

We’re still trying to figure out whether she’s getting a cut from either producer, as is their normal wont.

All of this hullabaloo was related to the Stephen Daldry-directed film, “The Reader,” which, if it ever gets out has potential for Oscars.

And since when does Page Six call other gossips for help?

Harvey Weinstein Owes Nikki Finke $1 Million

2372916010_2c00957490.jpgRupert Murdoch may be losing a millions dollars a day this year, but he’s not alone! Harvey Weinstein managed to lose a million dollars in just a few minutes yesterday. Here’s what happened.

The other day the inimitable Nikki Finke wrote a piece, purportedly based on an email she’d seen from Scott Rudin, accusing Weinstein of badgering both Sydney Pollack on his deathbed and Anthony Minghella‘s widow shortly after his death over the release date of the upcoming The Reader. Weinstein denied the charges. Rudin denied sending the email. Weinstein said if Finke could produce the email he would give $1 million to charity. Oh yeah? Said Finke.

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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 6. 2007

sherri.jpegShepherd to Join View, Variety Says
Variety does some source leaning in today’s paper, announcing that Sherri Shepherd is the new cohost on The View, taking the fifth spot on the morning chatfest alongside Barbara Walters, Joy Behar, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and newly-installed Whoopi Goldberg. The trade paper cited its sources in confirming the story, which also says the announcement will be officially unveiled on this Monday’s show.

Rudin Wrangles Graves Novel

Producer Scott Rudin has reeled in the movie rights to Robert Graves historical novel, I, Claudius, in a major $2 million deal, reports Variety. Michael Fleming‘s story also says that The Departed pair of Leonardo DiCaprio and scribe William Monahan will become attached to the project, likely to end up at Disney where Rudin has a production deal.

Toronto In’Panic’
A looming actors strike next summer is having an effect on the Toronto International Fim Festival, reports THR’s Gregg Goldstein. The possible strike cloud hanging over the industry’s head coupled with new distributors and few Oscar contending pics has added to the pressure at the fest, which is in a mood of “panic” according to one of his sources. Read the pre-fest recap here.

- CHRIS GARDNER

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.

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