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16 items from 2007

MySpace: Ready for PrimeTime

20 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

NEW YORK -- MySpace launched its PrimeTime channel Wednesday, a hub that will integrate Hulu content with offerings from MySpace TV.

The page will present streaming episodes and movies that also are available on the stand-alone site for Hulu, the joint online video venture between NBC Universal and News Corp., the parent company of MySpace. Smaller clips of the shows also will be available.

Programming on PrimeTime includes such Fox and NBC series as 24, Heroes and The Office; along with older shows no longer on the air such as Arrested Development, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Kojak; and movies from studios owned by News Corp. and NBC Uni like Fox Searchlight's Sideways and Fox's Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World.

MySpace TV content also will be available on PrimeTime, including Quarterlife, Roommates, Prom Queen and Lonelygirl15.

New shows, clips and films will be added regularly to the page.

Hulu also is distributed through Time Warner's AOL, Microsoft's MSN, Comcast and Yahoo. The site launched in private beta at the end of October. »

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Chung goes live with 'Dragonball'

6 December 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Jamie Chung has joined Justin Chatwin and James Marsters in Fox's Dragonball, the live-action adaptation of the popular Japanese comic.

James Wong is directing the science fiction action-adventure, which centers on an adult humanoid alien named Goku (Chatwin) who, after discovering he was sent to Earth to destroy the population, tries to fulfill the wish of his dying grandfather and collect all seven of the world's mystical Dragon Balls to keep them out of the hands of the evil aliens.

Chung will play Chi Chi, the love interest of Goku when he's growing up.

Marsters (Buffy, the Vampire Slayer) plays the evil Piccolo, who tries to take over the world.

Dragonball, which is being produced by Stephen Chow, is one of the most successful Japanese cultural exports of all time.

Created by Akira Toriyama and published by Tokyo's Jump Comics, the manga was adapted into graphic novels, video games and a successful television series that ran in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America. »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Doing a Buffy Movie Scares Gellar

20 November 2007 12:52 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's only been four years since Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended but it seems like fans have been clamoring for a reunion movie for much longer. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's going to happen any time soon. Though Buffy faced all sorts of evil demons, trying to "go home again" is what that terrifies Sarah Michelle Gellar.

Of a Buffy movie, Gellar tells Moviehole, "I have to be honest. That thought really scares me. Buffy was a movie and it didn't work because her story was longer than that. This was about a girl that you had to get to know and it took so long to figure out how to crack the ending so that people weren't upset. Of course I never say never, so I'm not saying no, but my fear would be to open something like that up again, to only end it again." Gellar also »

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Gellar Goes Green To Save Cash

21 September 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Thrifty Sarah Michelle Gellar has quietly become the queen of the green celebrities by recycling shopping bags and cycling to work. But the former Buffy The Vampire Slayer star admits it has more to do with saving cash that being environmentally conscious. She tells Self magazine, "I take my reusable bag to Whole Foods so I get a discount. I go to Bloomingdale's on double rewards day. And I always print my dry cleaning coupons before I go. My dry cleaner laughs. He's like, 'You don't have to keep printing them out!'" But it's her bright pink bicycle which earns her frowns from friends and neighbors now she lives in New York. She adds, "Not only is it bright pink with the bell and streamers and the whole thing, but it has Hello Kitty tires. Every time I leave my apartment, my doorman just shakes his head." »

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Gellar Turned Down 'Stardust' Role for Love

3 August 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar turned down a lead role in Stardust - because she didn't want to be apart from husband Freddie Prinze Jr. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer star married Prinze Jr. in 2002 and the couple made a vow to avoid conflicting work schedules so they could spend more time together. But the promise meant Gellar missed out on a part in the new fantasy adventure movie starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer - because the film was being shot in Scotland when Prinze Jr. was filming in the U.S. She explains, "I turned it down because it was Freddie's turn in New York. I would have loved to have done it - are you kidding? But it was Freddie's turn." »

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: ''Ripper'' to Finally Happen

30 July 2007 12:23 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

It's been four years since we said goodbye to slayer Buffy Summers and her gang of Scoobies. Though creator Joss Whedon has been shepherding an incredibly popular season eight of Buffy in comic book form, fans have been longing for a new television or movie project. It looks like the wait may be over.

At San Diego's ComicCon International this weekend, Whedon excited fans by announcing that a deal to produce the long-awaited Ripper project is nearly complete. As fans know, "Ripper" was a nickname that Buffy's watcher Rupert Giles (played by Anthony Stewart Head) was given during his dark past.

Ripper was first discussed while the Buffy TV show was still in production but it never progressed much further than that. Whedon has said that he envisioned that a Ripper project would be in the tradition of classic English ghost stories. He also said that it would probably »

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At two TV fests, top names have one main goal

25 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It's a perfect storm for aspiring TV writers, producers and performers. Los Angeles is hosting back-to-back television festivals this week that will feature some of the top names in the business sharing insights about their craft, showcase new talent and give attendees the chance to pitch ideas to TV networks, production companies and agencies.

NATPE's inaugural LATV Festival, coinciding with its fifth annual TV Producers' Boot Camp, runs today through Friday at numerous locations, while the Independent Television Festival kicks off its second year Friday and runs through Sunday at Raleigh Studios. (The fests joined Tuesday night to co-host a gala opening-night celebration at Raleigh Studios.)

For their part, NATPE executives decided to launch the LATV Fest to spotlight the work of producers here in Los Angeles. NATPE senior vp marketing Beth Braen says that the decision to schedule both fests in the same week was made to create a "nice week of video content celebration" in Los Angeles.

The LATV Fest will feature top executives from such networks as Showtime, Sci Fi Channel, Fox Reality Channel and TV Guide Network and from production companies including Lionsgate and FremantleMedia North America. Also on hand will be writers and producers from such shows as Weeds, Friends, Sex and the City, Entourage and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and a number of agency representatives.

The festival officially kicks off this morning with the first of three Deconstructing a Hit breakfast panels -- spotlighting NBC's The Office and ABC's Supernanny and Lost -- that are being produced by the Producers Guild of America and sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

ITVF founder and director AJ Tesler says there is a need for TV festivals -- even two that are running almost concurrently in the same city.

"I had a lot of friends who were writers and a lot of really talented people who weren't finding the opportunities I thought they deserved," he said. "There are a million film festivals; why aren't there television festivals?"

Perhaps demonstrating that need, the ITVF had 4,000 attendees last year, and Tesler is expecting to double that this year. The event, in which The Hollywood Reporter is a media partner, also is drawing A-list talent: Nicolas Cage will be at a Friday night screening for his ex-wife Christina Fulton's documentary When Giants Collide, which stars their son Weston Coppola-Cage as well as fellow members of his high school wrestling team. »

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New Line lines up donors for 'Y' adaptation

24 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

D.J. Caruso and Carl Ellsworth, the team behind the hit thriller Disturbia, are reteaming for Y: The Last Man, New Line Cinema's adaptation of the acclaimed Vertigo comic book. J.C. Spink, Chris Bender and David Goyer are producing.

Caruso is developing and directing, with Ellsworth on board to write.

The comic, created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, centers on Yorick, an escape artist who is the last survivor of a mysterious plague that has killed every single male mammal in the world. With his male pet monkey, he sets out to find what might have wiped out the world's male chromosomes.

Mason Novick is exec producing.

Caruso and Ellsworth became hot properties with Disturbia, the teen-skewing Rear Window-like thriller made for $20 million that has grossed about $80 million.

Caruso, who also directed The Salton Sea and Two for the Money, is repped by CAA and attorney John LaViolette.

Ellsworth began his Hollywood career working on Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer and then going on to Cleopatra 2525, on which he worked with Sam Raimi. »

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Pair race to Family 'Circuit'

16 July 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Billy Campbell and Michelle Trachtenberg have been tapped to star in an ABC Family original movie tentatively titled The Circuit.

Drew Fuller (Lifetime's Army Wives) co-stars in the two-hour movie, which is set to premiere next year.

Circuit is described as an "adrenaline-charged family drama" in which an estranged father (Campbell) and daughter (Trachtenberg) compete on the stock-car race track. Her star is on the rise, while his once-legendary career is on the decline. Fuller plays the love interest to Trachtenberg's character.

The movie is from von Zerneck/Sertner Films, with the company's Frank von Zerneck and Robert M. Sertner executive producing alongside William Gilmore and Charles Lenhoff. Peter Werner Will direct and serve as co-executive producer, with Randy Sutter producing.

Circuit was written by Bill Hanley, with rewrites by Quinton Peeplescq and Janet Brownell.

Campbell's credits include The 4400, The O.C. and Once and Again. He is repped by CAA and Sean Fay at 1 Management.

Trachtenberg's credits include Six Feet Under and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She is repped by CAA, manager Peg Donegan at Framework and attorney Ira Schreck. »

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Trachtenberg Dating Nightclub Manager

8 June 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Michelle Trachtenberg has found love in the arms of a New York nightclub manager, according to U.S. reports. The Buffy The Vampire Slayer beauty, 21, has been spotted on a string of dates with 26-year-old Brandon Hirsch. According to People.com, the couple hooked up at the Killers' Las Vegas concert on Friday and were virtually inseparable for the rest of the weekend. A source says, "They stayed by each other's sides all night and they were making out all night. (Michelle's) becoming bicoastal and spending a lot more time in New York to be with him." The pair reportedly first met two years ago but only renewed the acquaintance six months ago. »

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Veronica Mars: Fighting Cancellation Yet Again

16 March 2007 10:53 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Veronica Mars is struggling to stay alive yet again. Not the character, the show. Unfortunately, it's a scenario that fans know all too well. Despite their allegiance and wide-ranging critical support, the series has had an uphill battle each season. The current fight may be the toughest yet.

Veronica Mars debuted on September 22, 2004 on the old Upn and then migrated to the CW network last Fall. The series centers around young and intelligent Veronica Mars as she juggles school with solving mysteries at her single Dad's detective agency. With the tone of the series described as "a little bit Buffy and a little bit Bogart," Mars is a wonderful blend of humor, mystery and scholastic social drama. The series stars Kristen Bell as the title character and also currently features Jason Dohring, Percy Daggs III, Ryan Hansen, Julie Gonzalo, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino, Francis Capra, and Enrico Colantoni.

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'Grey' scale: Noxon earns exec stripes

13 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Marti Noxon has been upped to executive producer on the ABC/ABC TV Studio hit medical drama Grey's Anatomy.

Noxon, who is under an overall deal at ABC TV Studio, joined the series at the end of last year as a consulting producer while also working on her development for the studio. She co-wrote with Grey's creator Shonda Rhimes the highly rated episode Some Kind of Miracle, which aired Feb. 22.

On Grey's, Noxon will serve as executive producer alongside Rhimes, Krista Vernoff, Mark Gordon and Betsy Beers.

Under her deal with ABC TV, Noxon served as executive producer/showrunner of the studio's drama for ABC "Brothers & Sisters" when the project was at a pilot stage.

Noxon was executive producer/showrunner on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and created and executive produced the Fox drama series Point Pleasant.

She is repped by ICM and attorney Jeanne Newman. »

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Lewis and Trachtenberg Dating

2 March 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former Sex And The City star Jason Lewis is moving on from his split with Rosario Dawson and is dating Buffy The Vampire Slayer star Michelle Trachtenberg. Lewis, 35, and Trachtenberg, 21, were recently spotted on a date at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles. A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "They just began hanging out." Lewis and Dawson started dating in 2004 before breaking up in November. Trachtenberg has recently been romantically linked with Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. »

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Jameson's NY Comic Con Journal: Day 1

24 February 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Hey everybody! Jameson here, reporting on Day 1 of the Second Annual New York Comic Convention.Friday February 23: After stopping by the press office to pick up my pass, I headed downstairs with my sister Cate to line up for the ‘Buffy Trivia Challenge.’ Doors had been open to the public for about 90 minutes, and there was a substantial line and wait outside the convention’s main room. The evenings major attractions seemed to be tryouts for Stan Lee’s “Who Wants to be a Superhero?” and a packed panel for Marvel’s popular superheroes-are-weapons-of-mass-destruction Civil War series.Cate managed to be selected as one of 8 competitors for round one, and took her first (of several) prizes of the evening – A ‘Men of Sunnydale’ trading card set. She later answered one of the most difficult questions of the trivia (the Buffy equivalent of a Level 4 Sat question), “Who is the patron Saint of Vampires? »

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Whedon Quits Wonder Woman Movie

5 February 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon has quit as writer and director of the forthcoming Wonder Woman movie over "creative differences." Whedon signed up to adapt the popular comic book and 1970s TV show for the big screen in May, but has severed ties with the project after failing to agree to a script with the film's producers. He writes on his website, "You (hopefully) heard it here first: I'm no longer slated to make Wonder Woman...I had a take on the film that, well, nobody liked. Let me stress first that everybody at the studio and Silver Pictures were cool and professional. We just saw different movies, and at the price range this kind of movie hangs in, that's never gonna work. It happens all the time. I don't think any of us expected it to this time, but it did." »

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Another 'Wonder Woman' for WB

1 February 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Warner Bros. Pictures and Silver Pictures are quietly in the process of buying a Wonder Woman spec script from newcomers Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland, sources said.

The studio and producer Joel Silver have been developing a big-screen rendition of the DC Comics superhero, with Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon writing the script and attached to direct.

So why does the studio want another "Wonder Woman" script? Sources said the purchase is a pre-emptive measure aimed at taking the spec off the market to protect itself against the possibility that any similarities between the scripts could be fodder for future legal action. It is understood that the Jennison-Strickland script is set against the backdrop of World War II, while Whedon's script is set in the present day.

Silver has no interest in making a period Wonder Woman, sources said. But as the spec script made the rounds, it landed at Silver Pictures, and executives there were impressed by Jennison and Strickland's writing. »

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