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Osbournes make Ozzfest free this year

Plus: Kiefer Sutherland hitting the big screen for ”Mirrors,” Jeff Bridges joins ”Iron Man” cast, and more…

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Ozzy Osbourne, Sharon Osbourne
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Osbournes make Ozzfest ’07 free
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne called Ozzfest ”Freefest” during an announcement stating that the 12th annual music festival will be free this summer. Fans who want to attend the hard rock concert tour will be directed to www.ozzfest.com to find links to sponsor sites where tickets can be obtained. More information will be made available before the 25-date tour launches on July 7 in Los Angeles. Other confirmed dates for the tour so far are San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Albuquerque, NM, Phoenix, Dallas, San Antonio, Kansas City, St Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH, Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Hartford, CT, Charlotte, NC, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, FL, and Nashville. (Ozzfest official site)

Kiefer Sutherland tapped for Aja thriller
Sutherland will spend his next hiatus from 24 starring in Mirrors, a supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes). He will play an ex-cop working security at a mall who discovers something evil in the mirrors of a department store. Sutherland initially planned on spending the hiatus — which begins in April when he completes shooting for the sixth season — doing a 24 feature film, but that project was put on hold because the script was not ready, and has been pushed until after Sutherland completes shooting the seventh season in the summer of 2008. The actor will wrap Mirrors in mid-July and head back to shooting 24 in late July. His last feature was 2006’s The Sentinel, which also starred Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger, and Eva Longoria. (Variety)

Jeff Bridges joins star-studded Iron Man
Bridges has been tapped for the movie about the Marvel comic superhero. Robert Downey Jr. will portray Iron Man and Bridges will play a business associate of Iron Man’s alter-ego, Tony Stark, and a longtime employee at Stark Industries who plays a major role in shaping Stark’s life. The movie will also feature Terence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Jon Favreau-directed picture will start shooting in March and has tentatively set a May 2008 release date. (Hollywood Reporter)

Stephen Frears takes on CBS pilot
Frears will direct and executive produce the CBS drama pilot Skip Tracer, which stars Stephen Dorff as a skip tracer — a person who finds people who have tried to disappear. Frears is nominated for an Academy Award for directing The Queen and was also was nominated for directing 1990’s The Grifters. (Hollywood Reporter)

Super Bowl scores third-highest ratings ever
Sunday’s contest between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears averaged 93.15 million viewers on CBS and logged a 35.1 rating in adults 18-49. It did slightly better than last year’s Seattle-Pittsburgh Super Bowl, which attracted 90.75 million viewers for ABC and a 34.6 rating in 18-49. Only the 1996 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh and the 1983 series finale of MASH on CBS (105.97 million) have drawn a larger audience than Sunday’s game. (Variety)

Turner paying $2 million for ATHF stunt
Turner Broadcasting has agreed to pay the Boston-area authorities $2 million for disruptions caused by a marketing campaign to promote Cartoon Network’s Aqua Teen Hunger Force movie. About half of the money will compensate for the estimated cost for state and local police to respond, and the other half is earmarked as ”good will funds” that will pay for homeland security, emergency preparedness, and safety education. Boston area officials went into anti-terrorist mode when a guerilla marketing firm placed blinking electronic devices around Boston to promote the movie, which launches next month. The payment does not end Turner’s legal woes in the matter as it’s expected that businesses and individuals will continue to seek compensation for suffered financial damages. The same campaign ran in several other U.S. cities before Boston without incident. (Variety)

Brody, Kikuchi head to Brothers Bloom
Adrien Brody and Rinko Kikuchi have been cast alongside Rachel Weisz in Endgame Entertainment’s adventure movie The Brothers Bloom. Brody will play Bloom, a member of a con man team who falls for a mysterious millionaire (Weisz), who winds up turning the tables on the cons. Kikuchi will play the brothers’ accomplice. The movie is directed by Rian Johnson (Brick), who also wrote the screenplay. Shooting is slated for March. (Hollywood Reporter)

Zemeckis and partners form 3-D studio for Disney
Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Steve Starkey are partnering with Walt Disney Studios to form an as-yet unnamed film company aimed at producing 3-D movies using motion capture technology. Zemeckis, Rapke, and Starkey’s current production company, ImageMovers (Polar Express, Monster House), which is already based at Disney, will be folded into the new company. (Variety)

Paramount reacquires White City rights
Paramount Pictures has reacquired rights to Erik Larson’s best-selling book The Devil in the White City. The nonfiction book tells the intertwining stories of 1893 Chicago World’s Fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and serial killer H.H. Holmes, who used a hotel he built near the fairgrounds to lure his victims. Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner initially picked up rights to the book through a deal with Paramount in 2003, but the option lapsed the next year. Insiders say it fell apart over creative differences between Kathryn Bigelow (K-19), who was attached to direct and produce, and Cruise/Wagner Productions. (Variety)

Sarah Silverman scores decent ratings
Comedy Central’s Thursday premiere of The Sarah Silverman Program averaged 1.8 million viewers, and 1.3 million in adults 18-49, making it Thursday’s most-watched primetime cable program in that demo. It was Comedy Central’s strongest original debut since the premiere of the animated series Drawn Together (2.2 million viewers) in 2004. (Hollywood Reporter)

Apple, Beatles settle suit
Apple and the Beatles have settled their trademark dispute over the computermaker’s use of the Apple name (Apple Corps. was founded by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in 1968 to guard the commercial interests of the Beatles). Financial terms were not revealed. The settlement could lead the way to digital distribution of the Beatles catalog. The two parties have been disputing the issue since 1978. (Hollywood Reporter)

ABC launches online Lost special
ABC has launched its Lost Survivor Guide on abc.com and Yahoo! TV. The online special expands on the show with stories about the characters before the crash and how the island has changed them. The special may also reveal secrets gleaned from events that have taken place on the island. (Hollywood Reporter)

Barbara McNair dies at 72
The singer-actress who starred opposite Elvis Presley and Sidney Poitier died on Sunday after a long battle with throat cancer. McNair starred alongside Mary Tyler Moore and Jane Elliott in Presley’s last movie, 1969’s Change of Habit, and played Poitier’s wife in 1970’s They Call Me Mister Tibbs! and its 1971 sequel The Organization. She also hosted the syndicated musical variety series, The Barbara McNair Show in 1969, and appeared in Broadway productions of The Body Beautiful, No Strings and The Pajama Game. (Reuters)

TV Guide Channel launches reality show
The cable network is launching an original weekly reality series, Making News: Texas Style. The 13-episode series will provide an inside look at CBS affiliate KOSA-TV Channel 7 based in Odessa, TX and the team of professionals who work to put on the nightly broadcasts and keep the news station running. Shooting started last month. (Variety)

IN THE GOSSIPS

Page Six: Fresh off of Jessica Biel rumors, Justin Timberlake was holding hands and sexy dancing with Scarlett Johansson during Super Bowl weekend in Miami.

Ben Widdicombe: Sienna Miller was seen making out with English musician/model Jamie Burke.

Rush & Molloy: Tara Reid blamed her friends for tripping her after the red carpet fall.