Plus: Stanley Tucci in talks to star as the killer in ''Lovely Bones,'' Tom Cruise vehicle gets a director, ABC wins Goldie Hawn show, and more
Deathly Hallows breaks one-day U.S. sales record
In a period of 24 hours, fans hungry for the final book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series snapped up 8.3 million of the 12 million first-run copies printed by Scholastic in the United States. That shatters the previous record for one-day book sales — $7 million, earned by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in 2005 — and translates into a profit of more than $150 million for Scholastic and Rowling, according to Variety. Deathly Hallows is also poised to break international records; one bookseller in the U.K. told Variety it was selling a copy every 15 seconds. (Variety)
Stanley Tucci in Lovely Bones talks
The actor is in negotiations to join the cast of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones in a key role: George Harvey, the rapist and killer of 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), who looks down on him and her parents (Ryan Gosling and Rachel Weisz) from heaven. (Hollywood Reporter)
Tom Cruise project gets a director
Terry George, the Hotel Rwanda writer/director, is negotiating to direct Edwin A. Salt, a Columbia Pictures property being developed as a movie to star Cruise. The actor would play the title role, a CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy. (Variety)
ABC wins rights to show from Goldie Hawn, Friends creator
The network has made a pilot commitment to Leap, a one-hour ensemble drama developed by Hawn and Marta Kauffman and based on Sara Davidson’s nonfiction book Leap! What Will We Do With the Rest of Our Lives? Together, the three women will executive-produce the project, described by ABC Entertainment prexy Steve McPherson as ”an insightful look at how two different generations deal with the big moments we all face in our lives.” Hawn is likely to join the cast in a major role, her first regular TV gig since Laugh-In. (Variety)
Will there be a Family Guy movie?
It’s possible, the animated TV series’ creator Seth MacFarlane told the Hollywood Reporter. ”We have been trying to figure out how to do that and the series at the same time without the series suffering,” he said. He mentioned the possibility that Ricky Blitt, a former writer on the show, will start on a script, but also emphasized that ”nothing is official” and Fox has not approved anything. He did reveal, however, what he would not want to see in a Family Guy movie: ”I don’t want to do ‘The Griffins must save the world,”’ he said. (Hollywood Reporter)
Jackie Chan to headline immigrant drama
Chan will produce and star in The Shinjuku Incident, a drama set in the 1990s and focused on Chinese immigrants in Japan. It will be directed by Derek Yee Tung-sing and will be Chan’s next project after The Forbidden Kingdom, his Rob Minkoff-directed film with Jet Li. (Variety)
Netflix drops rental-plan prices
Heating up its fierce competition with Blockbuster, the online DVD rental company has cut prices on two of its popular plans by $1 a month. Starting Tuesday, it will now cost $16.99 a month for the three-DVDs-at-a-time plan, and $8.99 a month for the one-DVD plan. These prices are equal to what Blockbuster charges for its online rental plans. (Variety)
Disney remake gets a director Andy Fickman, who directed Dwayne ”The Rock” Johnson’s upcoming movie The Game Plan, has signed on for Witch Mountain, an update of 1975’s adventure movie Escape to Witch Mountain. The original, about a supernaturally gifted brother and sister on the run from evil men who want to exploit their powers, spawned a sequel, Return to Witch Mountain, starring Bette Davis and Christopher Lee. (Hollywood Reporter)
Castings in Jessica Simpson vehicle
Among those recently cast in the pop star/actress’ project Major Movie Star: Vivica A. Fox, Steve Gutenberg, Cheri Oteri, and Ryan Sypek. The film follows an actress (Simpson) who impulsively enlists in the U.S. Army Reserve after her boyfriend turns out to be gay and her accountant swindles her. Fox will play her tough training officer; Gutenberg, her agent; Oteri, a fellow recruit; and Sypek, her love interest. (Hollywood Reporter)
People.com: Laila Ali, boxer and ex-contestant on Dancing With the Stars, marries retired NFL player Curtis Conway.
TMZ.com: Following an alleged domestic dispute between her and her mother, country singer Mindy McCready was arrested Saturday in Florida on charges of battery and resisting arrest.