Britney loses custody of her kids
Plus: Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas pair for ''The Code,'' NBC launching ''Robinson Crusoe'' series, Catherine Keener joins Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in ''The Soloist,'' and more...
Spears loses custody of sons
L.A. Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon ruled that Britney Spears must surrender custody of her two children to their father, ex-husband Kevin Federline. Federline will take custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, on Wednesday (Oct. 3) ”until further order of the court.” Gordon did not give a reason for his ruling, which follows an unspecified oral motion made by Federline’s attorneys that was handled in a closed-door hearing. Another hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. Spears has recently been charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid California license, and faces claims made by her ex-bodyguard that she used drugs and is a danger to her children. Gordon has already declared that Spears is a ”habitual, frequent, and continuous” user of alcohol and controlled substances, and ordered her to submit to random twice-weekly testing. (People)
Banderas, Freeman in The Code
Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman will star in Nu Image’s Millennium Films’ crime thriller The Code. Freeman will play a veteran thief who recruits a younger crook, played by Banderas, to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob. Director Mimi Leder (Pay It Forward), who previously worked with Freeman on Deep Impact, will helm from a script written by Ted Humphrey. Shooting starts this month in Bulgaria. Banderas last was seen on the big screen in Bordertown and Take the Lead, and he reprised his role voicing Puss in Boots for this past summer’s Shrek the Third. Freeman next will be seen in Ben Affleck’s Gone Baby Gone and The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson. (Variety)
NBC launching Robinson Crusoe series
NBC has picked up Robinson Crusoe, a new drama series based on Daniel Defoe’s classic novel, with a 13-episode order. The show will give the 1719 novel about Crusoe and his relationship with his loyal servant, Friday, a contemporary feel and voice, including a 21st century take on race relations, but like the book, it will be set in the 17th century. ”It’s part MacGyver, part contemporary morality tale about race and personal discovery, part comedy, and part Castaway meets Survivor,” said NBC chief Ben Silverman. The idea for the show came out of a brainstorming exercise Silverman thought up, in which he asked his development team to make a list of the most compelling stories ever told. Crusoe was at the top, with the story of David and Goliath and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde also under serious consideration. NBC plans to launch Crusoe either next fall or midseason 2009, depending on whether there is a strike. (Hollywood Reporter)
The Nine‘s Benedicto tapped for Cashmere Mafia
Lourdes Benedicto, who starred as Eva Rios on ABC’s The Nine, has been tapped for a recurring role on the upcoming ABC drama Cashmere Mafia. The actress will play Caitlin Dowd’s (Bonnie Somerville) lesbian love interest. Cashmere, from Sex and the City producer Darren Star, stars Somerville, Lucy Liu, Frances O’Connor, and Miranda Otto as four Manhattan women bonded by their Ivy League educations and executive success. It is set to debut this December. Benedicto previously appeared in several episodes of the second season of 24 as well as episodes of Dawson’s Creek, ER, and NYPD Blue. (Hollywood Reporter)
Keener joins The Soloist
Catherine Keener will appear alongside Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr. in DreamWorks’ musical drama The Soloist. The movie is based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers (Foxx), a schizoprenic homeless musician with dreams of playing at L.A.?s Disney Hall who became the subject of a series of articles penned by Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez (Downey Jr.). Keener will play Lopez’s wife. Atonement director Joe Wright will helm starting in January. Keener recently wrapped Hamlet 2, opposite Steve Coogan. Her upcoming credits include Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, and Spike Jonze?s Where the Wild Things Are. (Variety)
Radiohead tells fans to name a price for their new album
Radiohead announced via their website that purchasers will be able to pay whatever they like for a digital download version of their upcoming record, In Rainbows, which will be available from the site on Oct. 10. The record will also be sold as a CD package, featuring the new album on CD and double-vinyl, as well as a second disc with seven additional songs, photos, artwork, and lyrics. The materials will be encased in a hardback book and slipcase and sell for £ 40, shipping ”on or before” Dec. 3, according to the site. Radiohead exited longtime label home EMI in 2005 and has yet to announce a new deal for distribution of its music beyond this latest announcement for In Rainbows. (Billboard)
CBS orders Burnett competition show Jingles
CBS has ordered eight episodes of Jingles, a reality competition show from Mark Burnett in which contestants compete to see who can come up with the best melodies on behalf of real products. There is no planned airdate. (Variety)
Five cast in Last Chance Harvey
Kathy Baker, James Brolin, Eileen Atkins, Richard Schiff, and Liane Balaban have joined Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in Overture Films’ romantic drama Last Chance Harvey. The story is about a down-on-his-luck New York jingle writer (Hoffman) with a tough boss (Schiff). He becomes romantically involved with a lonely bureaucrat (Thompson) with an overbearing mother (Atkins) on a trip to London. Baker will play Hoffman’s ex-wife. Brolin plays the new husband of Baker’s character, and Balaban plays the daughter who brings everyone together at a British wedding. Productions starts this week. (Hollywood Reporter)
Leighton starring in Hallmark Channel movie
Laura Leighton (Melrose Place) will star in Hallmark Channel original movie Daniel’s Daughter as a successful New York magazine editor who is about to marry a wealthy businessman in what is set to be the biggest society event of the year. When her estranged father dies, she finds that his last request was for her to spread his ashes in her hometown on an island off the coast of Massachusetts, so she reluctantly leaves her job and wedding planning to complete the task. Once she gets to the island, she sees that there might have been more to her father than she believed and that there may be more for her in life than what she thought she wanted. Leighton’s next movie is Lionsgate’s The Burrowers. (Hollywood Reporter)
Access Hollywood: Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon applied for and were granted a marriage license in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sept. 29) afternoon.
Ben Widdicombe: Steve Guttenberg has inked a deal with Thomas Dunne Books for a memoir about his early years in Hollywood.
Rush & Molloy: Sharon Osbourne recently accused Courtney Love of turning her son, Jack, onto OxyContin at age 15. ”I never did that,” Love fired back in an interview. ”I would never give drugs to a teenager. F? you, Sharon!” Osbourne answered, ”I’m glad she doesn’t like me. I only pity her. She’s a virus. I don’t want her anywhere near people I love. The cold hard fact is she’s a has-been.”