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Casting Bites: Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Tom Selleck, Peter Krause and More March 24, 2009 12:52 am

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amandaseyfried-032409Here’s a round up of the latest casting related news for television and film.

  • Amanda Seyfried won’t be able to take on the lead role in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch because HBO won’t release her from her contract on Big Love. Snyder’s film begins shooting this fall, which would conflict with scheduled shooting on the fourth season of Big Love. [EW]
  • Actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have all signed on to star as members of the wolf pack in Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. [STYD]
  • Anne Hathaway has signed on to star as Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. [Weinstein Co.]
  • Giovanni Ribisi has joined the cast of Hunter S. Thompson’s adaptation of The Rum Diary from Warner Independent. Ribisi will play a carousing journalist in the film, which stars Johnny Depp.  [Variety]
  • Amanda Bynes has landed the starring role in the ABC pilot Canned.  The actress will play Sarabeth, a naive Midwesterner who’s being exploited by her boss – and doesn’t realize it. [Variety]
  • Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Mull have all joined the cast of Five Killers, a Lionsgate action comedy that also stars Ashton Kutcher (as a retiring hitman) and Katherine Heigl (his computer tech girlfriend).  Selleck and O’Hara are playing Heigl’s overprotective father and doring mother, while Mull is playing Holbrook, Kutcher’s handler. Robert Luketic is directing the film which is scheduled for release on June 4, 2010 release. [THR]

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Sunday, March 22, 2009 March 23, 2009 6:30 pm

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Big Boost for Battlestar Galactica Series Finale [Update] March 23, 2009 5:54 pm

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Updated on 3/25/2009 at 1:05PM: The final numbers for the episode were 2.36M viewers.  Among the demos, it drew 1.5M adults 18-49 and 1.6M adults 25-54.  In terms of the season 4.5 average (based on live + same day DVR playback) the show averaged 1.77M viewers.  SCI FI reports that the season 4 average (based on live+7-day numbers with the exception of the penultimate episode and the two-hour series finale) is 2.3M.

Original article follows below.

The two-hour series finale of Battlestar Galactica drew 2.4 million viewerslast Friday, according to preliminary data (final data will be released by Tuesday/Wednesday).  While on its own, that’s not all that impressive (after all, a normal airing of Ghost Hunters on the network drew 2.7 million viewers the week before last), but when compared to its most recent episode, the show was up 41%.  Overall, the 10-episode season 4.5 averaged 1.77M viewers.

The finale was also the most-watched episode of the series since the season 2.5 premiere nearly 3 years ago on January 6, 2006.

Source: THR

New Astro Boy Poster March 23, 2009 5:44 pm

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astroyboy-032309MTV has gotten their hands on a brand new promotional poster for Summit Entertainment’s Astro Boy.  Click the image above to see the poster in full.

Astro Boy hits theaters on October 23, 2009.

Twilight DVD Sells 3 Million Copies March 23, 2009 5:40 pm

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twilight-032309Summit Entertainment has announced that the DVD release of Twilight sold an impressive 3 million copies in just its first day of release, placing the title in the top 5 of first day releases in the past two years.

Twilight grossed $191.4 million domestically and an impressive 373.4M worldwide.

Check out the full press release after the jump. (more…)

Roseanne Barr Looking to Return to Primetime March 23, 2009 5:32 pm

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roseannebarr-032309Roseanne Barr, star of the long-running and successful ABC sitcom Roseanne, may be returning to primetime.  Jim Vallely (Arrested Development) is attached to pen the script for the project, which has been pitched to Fox.

According to THR, Barr has teamed with one of the Roseanne producers, Caryn Mandabach, for a family comedy where Barr will play the matriarch.

New Photos from Where the Wild Things Are March 23, 2009 5:24 pm

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wherethewildthingsare-032309USA Today has posted several new photos from the Spike Jonze directed feature, Where the Wild Things Are.  I’ve posted one above, click here to see more.  The article also features some quotes by Jonze, and also confirms that the first trailer for the film will be attached to Monsters vs. Aliens on March 27th.

Where the Wild Things Are hits theaters on October 16, 2009.

Broadcast TV Ratings for Saturday, March 21, 2009 March 22, 2009 11:26 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Friday, March 20, 2009 March 21, 2009 6:56 pm

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New Extended Clip from Pixar’s Up March 21, 2009 2:43 am

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up-032109A new extended clip from the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated film Up has premiered online.  This film looks hilarious.  I can’t wait to check it out, hopefully in 3-D.  You can watch the 1-minute clip after the jump.

Up hits conventional and 3-D theaters on May 29, 2009. (more…)

President Obama’s Appearance on Leno Nets Highest Ratings in Four Years March 21, 2009 2:21 am

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barackobamajayleno-032109President Barack Obama’s appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Thursday night gave the show its highest ratings in four years.  The episode drew an 11.2/26 HH rating/share (in the overnight metered markets), matching the number that Leno pulled in a January 2005 tribute episode following the death of Johnny Carson.

The highest rated episode of the series came on the night of the Seinfeld finale in May 1998 (a 12.4 HH rating). To put the number in perspective, it’s 187% above the show’s average this season of a 3.9 HH rating.  The episode also lifted lead-out Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to its highest numbers in three weeks (a 3.9/13 HH rating/share in the overnights).

Source: Variety

Brief Description of Avatar Footage March 21, 2009 2:07 am

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avatar-032109The latest issue of TIME Magazine features an article about 3-D films and the reporter got to see some footage from James Cameron’s upcoming 3-D epic Avatar.  Here’s a small excerpt from the article:

I couldn’t tell what was real and what was animated–even knowing that the 9-ft.-tall blue, dappled dude couldn’t possibly be real. The scenes were so startling and absorbing that the following morning, I had the peculiar sensation of wanting to return there, as if Pandora were real.

Sign me up!  I’m really looking forward to the film.  Which reminds me, where’s the teaser trailer?

Be sure to head on over to TIME to read the entire article.  It’s a great piece on the (hopefully) re-emergence of 3-D films.  Well worth the read.

Avatar is scheduled to hit theaters on December 25, 2009.

New Terminator Salvation Movie Poster March 21, 2009 1:49 am

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terminatorsalvationpostertease-032109IGN has unveiled a brand new poster from McG’s Terminator Salvation.  Click the tease above to check out the full poster.

Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22, 2009.

Peter Segal Frontrunner for Little Fockers March 21, 2009 1:40 am

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petersegal-032109Variety is reporting that Peter Segal (Get Smart) has emerged as the front runner to direct Little Fockers, the third film in the Meet the Parents/Meet the Fockers Universal Pictures franchise.  Segal came available after Steve Carell decided to hold off on Get Smart 2, opting instead to work with Tina Fey in the Shawn Levy-directed comedy Date Night for 20th Century Fox.

Segal is still expected to direct Get Smart 2.

Broadcast TV Ratings for Thursday, March 19, 2009 March 20, 2009 8:01 pm

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Broadcast TV Ratings for Wednesday, March 18, 2009 March 19, 2009 5:44 pm

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The American Idol results show and another solid performance by Lie to Me at 8:00pm kept Fox way in front of its competition last night, nearly doubling up its nearest competitor among adults 18-49 (5.7 rating vs. a 2.9 rating).

CBS then, was steady in second, paced by the night’s #2 and #3 programs, Criminal Minds and CSI: NY.

Finishing in third place was ABC, which while not so competitive among viewers, did stay in the competitive loop among adults 18-49 finishing just a tenth of a point behind CBS in the demo.  Overall though, it was mostly bad news.  The series premiere of comedy Better off Ted drew just 5.64M viewers, while once power house Lost returned from its one-week hiatus with a season low 9.08M viewers (Note: These numbers may change some due to Lost running approximately 2 minutes into the 10:00 pm time period).  Life on Mars perked up a bit from last week, but only managed a few more than 5 million viewers and even though there was some good news to report in the time slot premiere of Scrubs–up nearly 40% among viewers from its last original episode — it still drew a disappointing 5.8 million viewers.

In fourth place was NBC, who is just having problems all over the place.  Failed reality series opened the night for the network with a dismal 3.46M viewers and 1.3 A18-49 rating, while likely-to-be-canceled drama Life hit a series low.  Law & Order improved a bit in the 10:00pm hour, but remains below average.

And lastly, The CW’s America’s Next Top Model failed to hold last week’s improved audience, falling by double-digits across the board.

Full ratings and breakdown’s, including my full analysis, week-to-week comparisons, etc., follow after the jump.

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Casting Bites: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Justin Long and more March 19, 2009 5:04 pm

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tommyleejones-031909Here are some of the latest casting hires for film and television.

  • Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) is returning to comedy, landing the starring role in the untitled Tad Quill half-hour pilot for ABC. [THR]
  • Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones have been cast in The Company Men, an independently financed drama about the impact of corporate downsizing.  They join Ben Affleck, who was cast last fall. [Variety]
  • Alexandra Daddario has landed the female lead in 20th Century Fox’s Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief, a fantasy/adventure movie bieng directed by Chris Columbus. [THR]
  • Nanette Burstein’s romantic comedy Going the Distance, has landed Justin Long to play the lead role.  [Variety]

Disney/Pixar’s Up To Open Cannes March 19, 2009 4:44 pm

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up-031909Disney/Pixar’s Up will be opening the 62nd Festival de Cannes.  This is the first time that an animated film, and a 3D film, will be the opening ceremony film at the festival.

Up hits conventional and 3D theaters on May 29, 2009. The 62nd Festival de Cannes opens on May 13th and runs through Sunday May 24th.  The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)

Green Lantern Begins Shooting in September March 19, 2009 4:31 pm

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greenlantern-031909Production Weekly is reporting that Warner Bros’ Green Lantern will begin shooting mid-September.  The comic book adaptation, to be directed by Martin Campbell, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 17, 2010.

The lead role has yet to be cast.

50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson) Replacing Forest Whitaker in Stallone’s The Expendables March 19, 2009 4:21 pm

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50cent-031909AICN is reporting that Forest Whitaker has had to pull out of Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming action pic The Expendables due to conflicts with other projects.  Replacing the award-winning actor will be rapper 50 Cent (aka Curtis Jackson).  There’s been some backlash to the casting, which has prompted Sly himself to respond.  Here’s an excerpt via AICN:

A player is only as good as his coach. If a man can communicate in one medium, he can communicate in another if his strengths are brought out and he has the support of well-wishers. So, trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson is a good one.

Broadcast TV Ratings for Tuesday, March 17, 2009 March 18, 2009 7:35 pm

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CBS Hands Out Multi-Year Renewals for Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory March 18, 2009 7:30 pm

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cbslogo-513CBS and Warner Bros. television have announced a multi-year broadcast agreement for Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.  The agreement renews the Two and a Half Men through the 2011-2012 season and The Big Bang Theory through the 2010-2011 season.  There was news of this development about a week ago.  The full press release follows after the jump. (more…)

Crank: High Voltage Movie Poster March 18, 2009 7:25 pm

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crankhighvoltagesmall-031809Lionsgate has released a brand new outdoor poster for Crank: High Voltage.  The studio released the image via their Twitter account.  By the way, if you aren’t already, you can follow me and my site on Twitter.com/YourEntNow.  Check out the full poster after the jump.

Crank: High Voltage hits theaters on April 17, 2009. (more…)

Casting Bites: Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Freddie Prinze Jr. and more March 18, 2009 6:54 pm

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natalieportman-031809Here are some of the latest casting news for television and film.

  • Brad Pitt and Natalie Portman have signed on to a film based on the new Leanne Shapton book Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry.  The film, from Paramount Pictures, will be developed as a romantic comedy, with Pitt to play Morris and Porman to play Doolan. [Variety]
  • Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) has landed a lead role on the CW’s new Melrose Place series.  Lucas will play Riley Richmond, a wealthy and beautiful 24-year-old who works as an inncer-city elementary school teacher. [THR]
  • Freddie Prinze Jr. is returning to ABC for the network’s comedy pilot No Heroics.  The pilot is about four B-list superheroes living among us.  Prinze’s character, Bradley aka Ultimatum, is the nemesis to the group’s leader Pete aka Chillout. [THR]
  • Walden Media has signed Ellen DeGeneres as Mother Nature in a currently untitled comedy that is being produced by the company.  Walden says that DeGeneres “will return to Earth for the first time since the planet’s creation.”  The film will co-star Jim Carrey.[First Showing]

Dan Harris To Write Dante’s Inferno March 18, 2009 6:31 pm

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dantesinferno-031809Variety is reporting that Dan Harris (Superman Returns, X2: X-Men United) has been tapped by Universal Pictures to write the adaptation of Dante’s Inferno, the the studio’s project based on the yet-to-be released video game from Electronic Arts.