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ABC frustrates its rivals with fresh 'Housewives'

21 December 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

ABC's Desperate Housewives was the only thing cooking in primetime Sunday on a night otherwise dominated by repeats. Housewives brought in a healthy 22.2 million viewers and 9.8 rating/22 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. A fresh episode of Boston Legal (13 million, 5.2/13) kept ABC on top at 10 p.m. ABC did respectable business at 8 p.m. with a repeat of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (9.8 million, 3.9/10). CBS and Fox's regular schedules were thrown off by football overruns at the start of primetime. NBC placed third for the night (9.6 million, 2.8/7) with two hours of newsmagazine Dateline NBC from 7-9 p.m. capped by repeats of Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Crossing Jordan. ABC easily prevailed in the adults 18-49 derby for the night (5.4/14), but the spillover of some 22 million viewers in the first hour of primetime from football put CBS over the top in total viewers (16.3 million). The WB was stronger than usual for a Sunday with its 7:30-10 p.m. telecast of The Wizard of Oz drawing an average of 3.4 million viewers and 1.3/4 in adults 18-49. »

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Moore To Join 'Wicked' Cast?

28 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Acting and singing superstar Mandy Moore is considering a starring role in hit Broadway musical Wicked. The Saved beauty told fans on her official website about her love for the Wizard Of Oz prequel, which has won several theatre awards including three Tonys, since its launch last year. Moore enthuses, "Wicked is beyond amazing. I've actually seen it twice and was offered the chance to replace Kristin Chenoweth (Glinda) once she leaves the show. What an honor. But how could anyone step into those shoes? She's pretty unbelievable and irreplaceable and totally owns that role. Although I have to say that I'm obsessed with Idina Menzel (Elphaba). To me, she is the ultimate singer/performer and her voice blows you out of the water." Former New Kids On The Block heart-throb Joey McIntyre recently joined the cast of the New York hit, as partyboy Fiyero. »

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Donald Trumbull dies; pioneer in film effects field

10 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Donald Edmund Trumbull, a two-time winner of the Academy's Sci-Tech Award who was renowned for his contributions to visual effects cinematography, has died. He was 95. Trumbull died Monday of natural causes at his daughter's home in Graegle, Calif. He was known for his technical innovations in the field of effects photography and for his design of process projection systems, motion-control camera systems and a range of special equipment for film production. Trumbull's long career in the motion picture industry included work as a young special effects rigger on the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. »

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Jackman Scoops Top Tony Award

8 June 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Australian movie heart-throb Hugh Jackman was the toast of Broadway last night after scooping the Best Leading Actor In A Musical award at the 58th Tonys in New York. The X-Men star was given the accolade by Aussie pal Nicole Kidman for his performance as flamboyant entertainer Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz, at the star-studded ceremony in NBC Rockefeller Plaza's Rainbow Room. Stepping up to collect his honor, Jackman said, "Thanks to my wife (Deborra-Lee Furness) for being the best musical widow, it wouldn't be as much fun without you. I'll be sharing the Fosters when I get to the party. Peter, it's an honor to play you and I dedicate this Tony to you." The big winner on the night was Stephen Sondheim's sardonic musical Assassins, which won five Tonys, including Best Direction Of A Musical for Joe Mantello. Other honorees included quirky musical Avenue Q, which uses puppets, expletives and jingles, which garnered three awards and Wizard Of Oz prequel Wicked, with another trio of accolades. Sean 'P Diddy' Combs' co-star Phylicia Rashad made history after she became the first black actress to win for a leading dramatic role for A Raisin In The Sun. »

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Tony Nominations for 'Taboo'

11 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

This year's Tony Awards shortlist has honored Boy George's shunned musical Taboo, despite the devastating reviews and financial problems encountered by the production. The Rosie O'Donnell-produced stage spectacular failed to capture the American imagination when it relocated from London's West End to Broadway last year. But Taboo garnered an impressive four nominations when the shortlist was revealed yesterday, including Best Score for Boy George and Best Actor in a Musical for leading man Euan Morton. Other big name nominees include X-Men star Hugh Jackman, nominated in the Best Lead Actor In A Musical category for his portrayal of Liza Minnelli's gay ex-husband Peter Allen in The Boy From Oz. Musical Wicked, which tells the Wizard Of Oz story from the witch's perspective, leads the pack with ten nominations, closely followed by Steven Sondheim's musical Assassins and the Lincoln Center's production of Henry IV. The Tony awards will be given out at a glitzy ceremony in New York on June 6. »

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Bruckheimer, Dis revisit 'Oz'

26 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Video game creator American McGee, who most recently brought a twisted retelling of Alice in Wonderland to gamers, has turned his imagination on The Wizard of Oz. Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Walt Disney Pictures have optioned the movie rights already, and other media deals are either signed or pending. There's no time frame for the first film of what will be a trilogy, McGee said, but screenwriters Kevin and Dan Hageman are attached. McGee said games, books and other projects featuring his unique vision of "Oz" also are being developed. Carbon6, the interactive entertainment franchise properties company co-founded by McGee and Anthony Jacobson, owns the intellectual property rights. ICM brokered the film deal and all other deals separately to ensure creative control. Dan Baime and Paul Hook represent McGee and Carbon6 for ICM. »

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