Hospital says Wilson doing well
Plus: Jeremy Piven starring in Will Ferrell-produced comedy, Keanu Reeves tapped for ''Day the Earth Stood Still'' remake, Donal Logue starring in Sonnenfeld-directed pilot, and more...
Hospitalized Wilson doing well
A hospital spokesperson says Owen Wilson is in good condition a day after he was admitted to a medical center for an undisclosed ailment. ”I respectfully ask that the media allow me to receive care and heal in private during this difficult time,” the actor said in a statement. Wilson is at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was initially taken by ambulance to St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. A neighbor said a police car, fire truck, and ambulance were outside the actor’s gated house around noon Sunday. Police and hospital officials confirm that Wilson was taken to a medical center on Sunday but would not provide any other details. (AP via Yahoo!)
Piven starring in The Goods
Jeremy Piven will star in the Paramount Pictures comedy The Goods: The Don Ready Story, which is being directed by Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan. The project is the first comedy to result from Paramount’s deal with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez Productions. The story is about a used-car liquidator hired to save a struggling dealership during a Fourth of July weekend sale. The script was penned by Rick Stempson and Andy Stock (Gary the Tennis Coach). Production is set to begin in December. Piven won an Emmy and received two Golden Globe nominations for HBO’s Entourage. He will next appear in Peter Berg’s political drama The Kingdom, which stars Jamie Foxx, and recently finished Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla. (Hollywood Reporter)
Reeves tapped for sci-fi remake
Keanu Reeves will star in 20th Century Fox’s remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, the classic 1951 sci-fi movie directed by Robert Wise. The actor will play Klaatu, a humanoid alien who arrives on Earth with a warning to world leaders that their continued aggression will lead to annihilation by species watching from afar. Michael Rennie (The Third Man) played Klaatu in the original. Director Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) will direct the updated remake from a script by David Scarpa. Reeves just completed Fox Searchlight/Regency’s David Ayer-directed The Night Watchman, which also stars Forest Whitaker, Chris Evans, and Hugh Laurie. (Variety)
Logue tapped for Sonnenfeld-directed pilot
Donal Logue (Knights of Prosperity, Grounded for Life) has been cast as the star of the Fox comedy pilot Hackett, which is being directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. The show, which also stars Rachel Boston (American Dreams) and Morgan Murphy (Jimmy Kimmel Live), is about a bad-boy literary luminary (Logue) who leaves his disgraced career teaching at Yale for the ultra-PC ranks of teachers at an Ohio public high school. Boston will play the school’s principal; Murphy will play a teacher. Sonnenfeld directed the pilot of ABC’s drama Pushing Daisies and has been tapped to direct several more episodes. He will also direct CBS’s pilot Kingdom and an untitled legal thriller for NBC. (Hollywood Reporter)
AFTRA investigating Kid Nation
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists announced that it is investigating whether producers of the upcoming CBS reality show Kid Nation violated their union contract by harsh treatment of amateur kid performers. The show, which is set to premiere Sept. 19, put a group of 40 kids, ages 8-15, in a New Mexico ghost town where they had to fend for themselves by cooking, cleaning, and forming their own local government. Since wrapping the six-week shoot on May 10, questions have surrounded the treatment of the kids, including whether they had access to proper medical care. CBS has responded to the criticism by saying: ”The series was filmed responsibly and within all applicable laws in the state of New Mexico at the time of the production. What was extraordinary about Kid Nation was the behind-the-scenes support structure, which included on-site paramedics, a pediatrician, an animal-safety expert, and a child psychologist, not to mention a roster of producers assigned to monitor the kids’ behavior.” (Hollywood Reporter)
Pirates cleans up at Teen Choice
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End won Choice Movie: Action Adventure, and its stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, and Bill Nighy all won awards at the seventh annual Teen Choice Awards. High School Musical 2 also did well, winning Choice TV: Movie, and earning awards for stars Zac Efron (Choice Male Hottie) and Vanessa Hudgens (Choice Music Breakout Artist: Female). Sophia Bush was the biggest individual-category winner, scoring Choice Movie Breakout: Female, Choice Movie Actress: Horror/Thriller for The Hitcher, and Choice Movie Actress: Comedy for John Tucker Must Die. Justin Timberlake won for Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Music: Payback Track for ”What Goes Around . . ..,” and was honored with a lifetime-achievement award, ”Ultimate Choice.” The awards are selected by the teen-voting public, who had been submitting picks online since July 2. (AP via Yahoo!)
Christopher Reeve documentary getting DVD release
A two-part documentary from Matthew Reeve chronicling his father’s struggle to walk again will be released on DVD on Nov. 6. Art Alliance America’s Hope in Motion contains two parts of a planned three-part series. The first segment aired on ABC in 2002 and earned an Emmy nomination. Reeve died before the third part could be completed. The 102-minute two-part documentary features interviews with Christopher Reeve, his doctors, and footage of his rehabilitation sessions. It also covers the actor’s fight to support stem cell research. Reeve was paralyzed after a fall from a horse in 1995. He died at age 52 in 2004 from a systemic infection during treatment for a pressure wound. (Variety)
Virgin reviving Dan Dare
Virgin Comics is planning a new comicbook series and feature film based on the U.K. comic Dan Dare: Pilot of the Future. Dan Dare, described as the British Buck Rogers, launched in Britain’s weekly comic magazine Eagle in the 1950s. Virgin head Richard Branson is a huge fan and led the effort to acquire publishing, movie, TV, and videogame rights. The new comicbook series will come out in November, written by Garth Ennis, whose credits include Preacher, Hitman, and John Woo’s Seven Brothers. CAA is reportedly packaging the potential movie and meeting with clients about the project. (Variety)
Missy Elliot shilling for Doritos
Missy Elliot has partnered with Doritos for a multiplatform ad campaign, which includes a TV spot, online presence, and an exclusive track. The artist has already started shooting the TV spot, set to debut on Sept. 17, in which she is seen recording a song in the studio while munching on a bag of two-flavor Doritos Collision chips. Inspired by the two different flavors in one bag, she peppers her hip-hop track with country music. The online component of the campaign contains a link that takes fans to Elliott’s website, where they learn more about her forthcoming new album (tentatively titled The Countdown), set for release in December. (Hollywood Reporter)
The Cure scraps North American fall tour
On the heels of a second delay on the release of their upcoming album, the Cure have canceled their planned North American fall tour, saying they will make up the dates next spring. Tickets will be honored at the makeup shows, and refunds will be granted at points of purchase. The band will still play the Download Festival in San Francisco on Oct. 6, the MTV Latin Music Awards on Oct. 18, and three shows in Mexico City on Oct. 20-22. Their new record has been pushed from this fall to spring of next year. (Billboard)
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Page Six: Warner Bros. has asked director Tim Burton to tone down the graphic violence in his film adaptation of Sweeney Todd, which stars Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen. It releases in December.