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Trade Round-Up: Sept. 11, 2007

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Potter Breaks Bond Record
Harry Potter used his magic skills to generate billions in box-office receipts – to the tune of $4.47 billion worldwide – making it the most lucrative film franchise of all time. Warner Bros. announced the record-breaking Potter news Monday, reported today in THR. What’s stellar about the record is that the studio still has two Potter pics yet to come.

Bosworth in Book Adaptation
Kate Bosworth has signed on for the title role in Veronika Decides to Die, a film adaptation based on Paulo Coelho’s best-selling book of the same name. THR reports out of Toronto that Bosworth will star in the pic, to be directed by Emily Young and written by Larry Gross.

Kennedy Center Announces Honorees
Diana Ross, Brian Wilson, Leon Fleisher, Steve Martin and Martin Scorsese have been tapped as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors. The fete, scheduled for Dec. 2 and airing on CBS, is the 30th annual edition of the star-studded awards gala.

Toronto Reviews
Variety takes its critical eye to film festival pics Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling and Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. Lars - a look inside a small town where a young man introduces a sex doll as his girlfriend – is described as a “gentle comic drama” that will likely have a more successful ancillary life, while Universe is “hard to dislike but hard to take seriously.”

- CHRIS GARDNER

Trade Round-Up: August 17, 2007

stewart_8116.jpeg“The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” jumps into the serious news fray a bit with a report next week from Iraq-based correspondent Rob Riggle, reports THR. Though Riggle and crew had contact with a USO-Multi National Corps comedy sketch tour, the story says the team was primarily with troops under “military protection.”

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes about the end of agency-gate 2007 with veteran ICM agent Ed Limato taking his act – and his A-list Denzel Washington, Mel Gibson, Richard Gere and Steve Martin – along with him to rival agency WMA.

It was a topsy turvy day for MGM/UA with the studio losing financing deal with Goldman Sachs for MGM while gaining a $500 million fund with Merrill Lynch for specialty label UA. Obviously the Variety story was good news for Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner who co-own the UA label following a bitter split with Paramount Pictures last year.

Scarlett Johansson proves in THR that she’s the workhorse of the starlet set, signing on to star in three new movies including the big-screen version of the “Sex and the City” cultural phenom, “He’s Just Not Into You.”

REVIEWS: THR takes on “High School Musical 2″ (calling it a soon-to-be smash) while Variety says “Superbad” is actually verygood, dubbing it another “ultra-raunchy and commercial sex comedy” from Judd Apatow.

– CHRIS GARDNER

When Rolling Stone Tried TV the First Time: Dancing Strawberries and Donny Osmond

While the Rolling Stone/MTV reality show is sure to be engrossing, if you like that sort of thing, it’s not the first TV venture for the mag. In 1977, Jann Wenner launched a 10th Anniversary Special. Directed by Steve Binder, written by Steve Martin and Mason Williams, Donny Osmond was in the lineup, along with Ted Neeley (the guy who played Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar), Patti Labelle, Yvonne Elliman and Garfunkel, minus Simon. Check out the dancing strawberries in the Beatles tribute, minus the Beatles.

Wenner wanted a prime-time special despite CBS exec’s pleas to do a late night show. He’d alienated so many major stars, according to those who were around back then, that the network had to drag in some non-music talent, namely Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek.

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