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Trade Round-Up: Oct. 11, 2007

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DiCaprio, Clooney Team Up for WB
Warner Bros. has a super A-list project on its hands courtesy of a big-screen adaptation of Beau Willimon’s play called Farragut North, Var‘s Michael Fleming reports. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star in the pic with George Clooney “eyeing” the project to direct. Both actor’s respective production companies will produce. Var says the story centers on “a young communications director for a fast-rising presidential candidate. During the course of the campaign, the idealistic young man falls prey to the backstabbing and other dirty trickery of seasoned rivals.”

NBC Moving to Uni’s Headquarters
NBC will soon consummate its marriage with Universal by sharing the same address. Variety is reporting that after 50 years in Burbank, NBC will sell a large portion of its 34-acre property and move across the street from Universal Studios. On the move will be NBC’s West Coast news operations and local stations KNBC and KVEA in a new complex in 2011, the trade paper says. More news about the move here.

THR on Fire
THR’s Kirk Honeycutt takes a closer look at Susanne Bier’s Things We Lost in the Fire starring Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro. In his review he calls the pic “an unstable mix of a tearjerker, junkie-recovery story and odd-couple pairing.” Honeycutt was also turned on by the “refreshing change” that Bier brought to the project by casting a racially mixed cast in parts that were “undoubtedly” written as white.

- CHRIS GARDNER

LAT in 90 Seconds

hilbac.jpgLee Baca’s Paris: The Sheriff’s Dept. has launched an internal investigation to see whether Paris Hilton got special treatment in the slammer. So far, they’ve found that she had access to a cordless phone at all hours and that the heiress “received daily visits from top brass at the Lynwood facility — including a captain who hand-delivered her mail.” To say nothing, of the lieutenant who hand-delivered her males.

sspeilb.jpgasork.jpgSorkin Teams Up With Spielberg: Movie deity Steven Spielberg has tapped Aaron Sorkin to write three screenplays, the first being The Trial of the Chicago 7 about the trial of the protesters at the 1968 DNC.

2fast.jpg2 Fast, 2 Furious, But Not 2 Racist: A federal judge ruled that Universal Studios wasn’t acting out of racial bias when it fired Frank Davis, an African American assistant director of the movie 2 Fast 2 Furious. Our suit against the studio for making the piece of crap film in the first place is, apparently, still pending.

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