T.I. Arrested on Machine Gun Charges
T.I. was arrested in a federal sting on Saturday after his bodyguard-turned-informant delivered three machine guns and two silencers to the hip-hop star, according to a Justice Department statement — mere hours before T. I. was scheduled to perform at the BET Hip-Hop Awards.
According to authorities, the rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, provided the bodyguard $12,000 to buy the weapons, which Harris, 27, is not allowed to own because he is a convicted felon. Court documents said Harris was convicted on felony drug charges in 1998, and a federal affidavit said he has been arrested on gun charges in the past. Harris, who was up for nine awards and was scheduled to perform along with fellow rap stars Common, Nelly and Kanye West, was taken into custody about 2:30 p.m. in Atlanta, where the BET award show was filmed. Read more at CNN and allhiphop.com.
Cho is Sulu, Pegg is Scotty
John Cho, who played Harold in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, has been cast as Sulu in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek movie, and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) is set to play Scotty. Lt. Hikaru Sulu, known for his love of fencing, was always seen on deck piloting the ship next to Chekov. George Takei played the character in the 1960s TV series and the 1980s movies. Montgomery ”Scotty” Scott was the ship’s third-in-command, known for his problem solving. The role was originated by the late James Doohan. Casting for the major characters is nearing completion on the Abrams-directed movie, with Eric Bana cast earlier this week as the movie’s villain, Nero. Chris Pine (Smokin’ Aces) is in talks to play a young Captain Kirk, and previously cast roles include Zoe Saldana as Uhura, Anton Yelchin as a young Chekov, and Zachary Quinto as a young Spock. Leonard Nimoy will make a cameo appearance. The lead roles remaining to be cast are Christopher Pike, the first captain of the Enterprise, and Kirk’s parents. Little has been revealed about the plot, but it is understood that the movie will likely chronicle the early days of the Enterprise crew. Shooting is scheduled to begin next month for a Christmas Day 2008 release. Cho is reprising his role as Harold for the upcoming Harold & Kumar sequel, and Pegg will next star in David Schwimmer’s comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run. (Variety)
Sarah Jessica Parker joins Sherman-Palladino’s HBO movie
Sarah Jessica Parker will star in The Late Bloomer’s Revolution, HBO Films’ feature adaptation of Amy Cohen’s memoir. The project marks the feature directorial debut of Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The book tells the story of a single woman who, after the death of her mother, develops a bond with her father as they both try to move on with their lives and navigate the dating world. Parker is also producing on the project with her Pretty Matches partner Alison Benson. The actress is currently working on the Sex and the City movie. Sherman-Palladino has directed episodes of Gilmore Girls and is also directing episodes of her new Fox comedy, The Return of Jezebel James, which stars Parker Posey and Lauren Ambrose. (Variety)
Langella joins Diaz in Kelly horror film
Frank Langella will star alongside Cameron Diaz in director Richard Kelly’s (Donnie Darko) horror film The Box. The story, scripted by Kelly based Richard Matheson’s short story Button, Button, is about a woman (Diaz) who is given a box by a mysterious man (Langella). Different things happen depending on what buttons she pushes on the ominous box. Media Rights Capital is funding the $30 million budget. Shooting is scheduled to start in mid-November. Langella is wrapping up shooting on the Frost/Nixon movie, based on the Broadway play, which earned the actor a Tony award this year. He will next appear in theaters for Starting Out in the Evening, which played at Sundance and Toronto and is set for wide release next month. (Variety)
Cage tapped for indie drama Wrestler
Nicolas Cage is in talks to star in Robert Siegel’s indie drama The Wrestler. The movie tells the story of Randy ”The Ram” Robinson, a 1980s-era pro wrestler who has become a burnt-out shell of his former self. After he has a heart attack during a small-time match, a doctor tells him he could die if he fights again. He moves in with an aging stripper and takes a job at a deli, but then decides he can’t pass up an opportunity to return to the ring and fight his old nemesis, even if it means risking his life. The movie is being produced by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures. Aronofsky, who previously directed Pi, The Fountain, and Requiem for a Dream, may also direct The Wrestler. Cage next stars in National Treasure: Book of Secrets. (Hollywood Reporter)
300 team reunite for Last Photograph
The team behind 300, director Zack Synder, writer Kurt Johnstad, and production company Hollywood Gang, is reuniting for The Last Photograph, a drama based on an original idea by Snyder. The story is about a photograph that becomes the catalyst for a journey two men undertake through war-torn Afghanistan. Hollywood Gang is producing with Synder and his Cruel and Unusual Films partner Deborah Snyder. Johnstad will write the script, and Synder may wind up taking on the project on as a directing vehicle. Snyder is currently directing Watchmen, and he’s developing Warner Bros.’ Army of the Dead, an adaptation of the Ray Bradbury novel The Illustrated Man. Snyder is also co-writing action fantasy Sucker Punch with Steve Shibuya. (Variety)
The mysterious Minkowski cast on Lost
Minkowski, the mysterious voice heard at the other end of the satellite phone on last season’s Lost, has been cast as a recurring role. Fisher Stevens, who recently co-directed the documentary Crazy Love, will play the character, which was referenced several times toward the end of last season, but only heard talking to Jack (Matthew Fox) on the phone when he told the survivors in the third-season finale in May that they will be rescued. (Hollywood Reporter)
Britney gets extra time with her kids
A judge ruled that Britney Spears can have one overnight visit a week with her sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. The boys’ father, Spears’ ex-husband Kevin Federline, said he was satisfied with the arrangement despite earlier objections to Spears spending overnight time with the children. (People)
Private Practice creeping up in ratings
Grey’s Anatomy spin-off Private Practice was up 9 percent in adults 18-49 on Wednesday (Oct. 10), attracting 12.42 million overall viewers and earning a 4.9 rating/13 share in the demo, beating out CBS’ Criminal Minds (3.9/10 in 18-49, 14.55 million) and NBC’s Bionic Woman (3.9/10, 10.28 million). Private Practice also was the decisive leader in 18-34 with a series-best 5.0/14. (Variety)
Blackthorne joins Lipstick Jungle
Paul Blackthorne (Big Shots) has joined the cast of NBC’s midseason series Lipstick Jungle. He will play the husband of Brooke Shields’ character in the drama about successful professional women in New York. Lindsay Price and Kim Raver also star. (Hollywood Reporter)
Warner Bros. teams with Clooney on Tourist
Warner Bros. has acquired movie rights to The Tourist, an upcoming book by Olen Steinhauer, for George Clooney to produce with his Smoke House partner Grant Heslov. The story is about a spy who must risk everything to reveal a conspiracy after he’s suspected of a murder he didn’t commit. (Hollywood Reporter)
Zomba sues PerezHilton.com over Britney leaks
Music publisher Zomba Label Group has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against PerezHilton.com, alleging that the celebrity gossip site illegally posted at least 10 completed songs and unfinished demos from Britney Spears’ upcoming album Blackout. The suit does not specify the amount of monetary damages. The new record was originally scheduled to be released on Nov. 13 by Zomba parent Jive but yesterday (Oct. 11) was moved up to Oct. 30 because of the leaks. (Billboard)
People.com: Actress Rose McGowan is engaged to director Robert Rodriguez. The two met in 2006 when he directed her in Grindhouse.
Page Six: Jessica Simpson just renewed her deal with face-wash company Proactiv and has made new infomercials that will air close to Christmas. She was rumored to have gotten a $3 million paycheck for the new ads.
Rush & Molloy: American Idol judge Randy Jackson will be honored with the ”Music of the Heart” award at tomorrow (Oct. 13) night’s 10th anniversary celebration for the Lili Claire Foundation, which treats children with neurogenic disorders.