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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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LAT in 90 Seconds

scaredscooby.jpgRut-Ro. LAT Creeps Us Out: The one word you don’t want to see next to a link for an obit? “Video.” But we swallowed hard and clicked the link about the death of Iwao Takamoto, the creator of Scooby-Doo. We were relieved to find it was just a poorly enunciated KTLA clip about Takamoto’s career.

cameronshot.jpgKing of the World Gets Off His Duff: James Cameron is set to film his first feature since 1997′s Titanic. It is unfortunately not Aquaman, but a sci-fi film called Avatar, which uses that kinda icky performance-capture animation technique used in Monster House and The Polar Express. Titanic turned Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet into stars. So learn these names now: Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. You’ll probably be seeing a lot of them.

honorkillings.jpgAnd Now For Something Important: Tracy Wilkinson has one of those pieces today that remind you why anyone is in this business. She explores the topic of honor killings in Turkey — in great and sometimes gruesome detail.