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MGM Rebooting 'Fame' As A Scripted TV Series

MGM Rebooting 'Fame' As A Scripted TV Series
The 1980 Alan Parker MGM musical film already spawned a television series and spin-off, a stage musical, a reality TV competition series, and a 2009 film. But MGM apparently isn't through with Fame yet. The studio's TV arm is teaming with American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, to launch a scripted series based on the original film, and previous TV series. The producers are calling it a re-imagining of the first film and TV series. Here's how they describe this reboot: Set against the backdrop of today’s unprecedented access to the world of celebrity, it will expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom. So, unlike the original, this new TV series probably won't follow the lives of the students and faculty at the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Also, no word on whether it'll
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'Fame' Is Gonna Live Forever, Thanks to Nigel Lythgoe Reboot

'Fame' Is Gonna Live Forever, Thanks to Nigel Lythgoe Reboot
Hold on to your sweatbands: "Fame" is gonna live forever -- or at least a little longer -- thanks to a Nigel Lythgoe re-imagining of the 1980s film and series about kids striving to succeed in the brutal world of song and dance. MGM Television announced Tuesday that the executive producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance" will re-imagine series. He will executive produce with Kary McHoul, president of Nigel Lythgoe Productions, Charles Segars ("National Treasure") and Chad Gutstein.
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MGM TV & Nigel Lythgoe To Reboot ‘Fame’ As New Scripted Series

MGM TV & Nigel Lythgoe To Reboot ‘Fame’ As New Scripted Series
MGM Television has teamed with American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance executive producer Nigel Lythgoe for Fame, a scripted series based on the 1980 MGM film and 1982 MGM TV series that chronicled the lives of talented students paying their dues on the road to success. Lythgoe will serve as executive producer on the project, along with Nigel Lythgoe Prods. president Kary McHoul, Segars Media’s Charles Segars (National Treasure) and Chad Gutstein. According to the producers, the new project is a re-imagening of the original film and series that will strive to embody their spirit. Set against the backdrop of today’s unprecedented access to the world of celebrity, it will expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom. “This is a great opportunity for MGM to partner with world-class producer Nigel Lythgoe, whose unmatched experience with telling the true stories of talented
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Howard To Front African-American 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'

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Howard To Front African-American 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'
Crash star Terrence Howard is to head up an all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cat On A Hot Tin Roof on Broadway in March. The actor will perform alongside thespian Phylicia Rashad in the play, which will be directed by former Fame actress Debbie Allen. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, which made it to the big screen and starred Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor, has been revived on Broadway four times before, but this production marks the first African-American production approved by Williams' estate for the Broadway stage. The show will also feature Dreamgirls star Anika Noni Rose and James Earl Jones, who recently starred opposite Taylor in a one-night-only benefit performance of Love Letters in Los Angeles.

Jackson Hit with $120 Million Lawsuit

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Jackson Hit with $120 Million Lawsuit
Janet Jackson is facing a $120 million lawsuit after two of her bodyguards allegedly choked a fan so severely he almost blacked out. New Yorker Leonard Salati filed the legal action at Manhattan's Supreme Court, accusing the singer of negligence by hiring the two unnamed bodyguards. The 39-year-old says Jackson was friendly when they first met outside the Marquee nightclub and invited him to join her in the VIP area - but her security team turned nasty when he handed her a note. Salati says, "My cousin knew Janet from (the TV show) Fame back in the 1980s. She told her bodyguards that I was okay and invited me to join her entourage inside." After chatting to Jackson, Salati momentarily left the room before returning and trying to pass her a hand-written note. The suit alleges that, "Without provocation," the bodyguards, "Grabbed (him) around the neck, engaging (him) in a choke hold," and, "Dragged him down the steps," of the club, then, "Evicted him from Marquee into the street." Steven Goldman, Salati's lawyer tells the court, "Witnesses say he was choked so severely they could tell he was gasping for air. We don't know the extent of the spine injury." Jackson's legal representatives refuse to comment on the matter, and her spokesperson is not taking calls.

Janet Makes Cameo on 'Will & Grace'

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Janet Makes Cameo on 'Will & Grace'
Pop superstar Janet Jackson is taking on her first prime time TV role in two decades - to guest star in hit comedy Will & Grace. The sexy singer, who has appeared in classic television shows Good Times and Fame, will follow in the footsteps of Jennifer Lopez and play herself on Will & Grace. In the episode, which airs in America next month, Jackson will audition series regular Sean Hayes' character as one of her backing dancers - and she's left highly impressed with the actor's footwork. She says, "I thought he studied dance, I really did. There's a little bit of a routine." But while Jackson enjoyed filming her episode, she had a tough time keeping a straight face while cameras were rolling. She adds, "It's so funny because I have I have to catch myself because I'm cracking up. I found myself cracking up in rehearsals when I was supposed to be in the scene. And it's just funny to watch them. It's hilarious."

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