Rob Cohen being wooed for ''Mummy 3''
Plus: ''Pirates'' grabs the booty at People's Choice Awards, ''Dreamgirls'' nabs eight NAACP Image Award nods, and more...
Cohen in talks for Mummy 3
Universal is talking with Rob Cohen (XXX, The Fast and the Furious) about helming Mummy 3. Stephen Sommers directed the first two Mummy pictures, released in 1999 and 2001. Details have not been released on the story, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, but Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz have both been contacted about reprising their roles. The third installment has been in the works for about a year and is targeted for a 2008 release. (Variety)
Pirates cleans up at People’s Choice
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and stars Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley led all winners at the 33rd annual People’s Choice Awards. The movie was awarded Favorite Movie Drama, Depp grabbed Favorite Male Star and Favorite Action Star, and shared Favorite On-screen Match-up with Knightley. Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Carrie Underwood, Justin Timberlake, Eva Longoria, and Patrick Dempsey were also among the winners. (Variety)
Everybody Loves Chris, Dreamgirls lead NAACP nominations
The CW comedy leads the pack in NAACP Image Awards nominations, with nods in eight categories, including comedy series, actor (Tyler James Williams), and actress (Tichina Arnold). Dreamgirls also got eight nods, including best motion picture and soundtrack. Beyoncé leads all individuals with five nominations. (Variety)
Madonna teams with Jackass crew for new movie
Madonna’s Maverick Films and HBO Films are partnering for Hosed, a comedy to costar Jackass‘ Chris Pontius, Steve ”Steve-O” Glover, Preston Lacy, and Jason ”Wee Man” Acuna. It will be about a goofy volunteer firefighter dealing with similarly goofy firefighters from the wrong side of the tracks. (Hollywood Reporter)
Kanye West to star in HBO series
HBO is developing a new series that will star hip-hop artist Kanye West. The project, to be helmed by executive producer/director Larry Charles (whose credits as EP include Curb Your Enthusiasm and Entourage), will focus on a day in the crazy, hectic life of the Grammy-award winning musician. (Hollywood Reporter)
Borat DVD escapes censor
In the wake of failed lawsuits seeking to have the movie edited, Borat will debut on DVD March 6 without changes from the theatrical version. It will actually include bonus material, including deleted scenes and scenes from Borat’s visits to the Toronto International Film Fest, Cannes, and Comic-Con. (Variety)
O’Reilly, Colbert trade appearances
Fox and Comedy Central have arranged for the hosts to appear on each other’s shows, The O’Reilly Factor and The Colbert Report. Both appearances will take place on Jan. 18. (Variety)
NFL playoffs help NBC catch rivals in 18-49 demo
Saturday’s post-season game between Seattle and Dallas won the week for NBC among adults 18-49 and helped the Peacock catch ABC and CBS for a three-way tie in the demo. With 26.77 million viewers overall, and was the week’s top-rated primetime telecast. (Variety)
HBO making Lackawanna Blues series
HBO is developing a drama series based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical one-man play and movie adaptation. S. Epatha Merkerson, who won Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG awards for her role in the HBO Films movie as Nanny, has not been approached about the series. Merkerson currently appears on Law & Order. (Hollywood Reporter)
Fox picks up Latin American Rights to El Bufalo
Twentieth Century Fox grabbed Latin American rights to El Bufalo de la noche, the first producing effort from Mexican writer Guillermo Arriaga. The script was adapted from a novel by Arriaga, who also scripted Babel. He and executive producer Enrique Lopez are holding onto U.S. and world rights until after Sundance. Variety
Fox Reality lands new distribution deals
Fox’s 24-hour reality TV channel has established new distribution pacts with Comcast Cable and Time Warner Cable. The channel, launched in May 2005, expects the deals to push its subscriber base over 35 million. It is already carried by seven of the country’s 10 largest cable systems, DirecTV, and telecom video provider Verizon. (Variety)
A&E orders animation pilot
A&E is launching an animated series from the producers of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist. Hollywood DMV will focus on characters working at the DMV dealing with petty office dramas and bizarre personality defects. It will also feature stand-up comedy from characters waiting in line, played by actual comedians. (Hollywood Reporter)
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