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Javier Bardem Will ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ Julia Roberts

8 June 2009 3:30 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Who here has read the beautiful, semi-self-help memoir "Eat, Pray, Love amongst you? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Me neither. Usually when I write up book adaptation news it's a time for me to brag about my ability to read. Hemmingway? Sure. Sears and Roebuck catalog? Breezed through it in a day. Your Worst Witch fan-fic that you wrote? I'm sure I'll get around to it. But with this news, I can honestly say I've never read the book. Nor have I read the parody that sprung from it - "Drink, Play, F@#K" - which may be the adaptation our readers would rather hear about. Apparently, it's the story of an unhappy woman who gets a book-writing advance to pay for a trip for 4 months to Italy to eat, 4 months to India to find spirituality and 4 months in Bali to find balance. At first glance, it sounds like the epitome of middle-class problems being solved by having adventures »

- Cole Abaius

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The 2009 AfterElton Hot 100: Men of Color

10 May 2009 9:47 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

While African-American men only nabbed 4% of the slots on the Hot 100 list, they pretty much ruled the roost when it came to this category. Indeed, it was nearly a Top 10 sweep with only Wilson Cruz and Mario López sneaking in at the end. As for Asians, B.D. Wong landed at #14 and Daniel Dae Kim came in at #18 while Sendhil Ramamurthy pretty much carried the torch for Indian representation by placing #12. The next highest-ranking man of Indian descent was British native Dev Patel, who made quite an impact in Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Alas, the success of that movie only propelled Dev to #28.

After Cruz and López, the next highest ranking men of Hispanic descent were Gael García Bernal and Guillermo Díaz at #s 20 and 21, respectively. Pop singer Ricky Martin clocked in at #26 followed by soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo at #40.

With any luck, the election of Barack Obama will remind all of us »

- dennis

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Two join horror film 'Dead of Night'

26 March 2009 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Taye Diggs and Anita Briem have joined the cast of the Hyde Park-Platinum Studios horror film, "Dead of Night," currently filming in New Orleans. Stunt coordinator Eric Norris ("Righteous Kill") has also come on board to handle the stunt choreography.

The actors join Brandon Routh ("Superman Returns") and Sam Huntington ("Fanboys") in the supernatural thriller being directed by Kevin Munroe ("Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"). Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly ("Sahara") penned the "Men in Black"-style vampire-werewolf-zombie film, which they adapted from the bestselling 1986 Italian comic series, "Dylan Dog."

Diggs will play Vargas, the head of a vampire family, and Briem is Elizabeth, one of Dylan Dog's (Routh's) potential romantic conquests.

Platinum's Scott Mitchell Rosenberg and Hyde Park's Ashok Amritraj are producing the $20-million indie along with Gilbert Adler ("Valkyrie"); co-financer Omnilab Media Group ("The Messenger") is presenting the film.

Diggs, repped by Icm and A Management Company, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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SoapNet going on 'Holidate' with reality special

9 March 2009 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SoapNet has greenlighted the reality special/backdoor pilot "Holidate" and has acquired all seven seasons of "Gilmore Girls" as well as movie packages from Disney ABC Domestic TV and Twentieth TV.

"Holidate," from ABC Media Prods., is a reality take on the movie "Holiday" and will have two single women unsuccessful in finding the right man temporarily swap lives, moving into in each other's homes and dating the men in each other's lives.

"Holidate," which begins production in March for a fall premiere, is one of several projects on SoapNet's development slate, including an unscripted series about celebrity mother-daughter pairs working with a therapist. It also is developing the scripted series "Julia's Tango," about a woman turning her family home in Buenos Aires into a bed and breakfast, and "Santa Monica," about four twentysomething best friends living together and embarking on adulthood.

The mother-daughter project is an Outline TV format »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Girl's Best Friend: A Post-Madea America

27 February 2009 12:05 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Photo: Lionsgate Weren't the Oscars grand? All that song and dance just made you feel like a kid again. Hugh Jackman's opening number also probably reminded you that you never saw The Reader. Well, let me save you the trouble: the film wasn't re-writing history. What you expected should happen at the end of the Nuremberg Trials is exactly what happens. Supwise! So it's officially time to move into the lighter fare of springtime. Whether your lady wants to see Jonas Brothers: the 3D Concert Experience or rent HSM3 (both are Stellar options), let this be the one-stop guide to discovering The Chick Flick: your girl's best friend (and the window to the inner girl in you). The title of this week's post might be a bit misleading. I'm not writing much about Madea, despite the fact that she probably deserves to go to jail by now. What I will reflect on briefly, »

- Amy J. Aniobi

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