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Fox, which has been looking to bring back the family comedy genre with a twist, is developing "The New McToms," a hybrid multi- and single-camera half-hour executive produced by Salma Hayek.
ABC Studios, where Hayek's Ventanarosa has an overall deal, is producing the project. Bugliari, McLaughlin, Hayek and her producing partner Pepe Tamez are executive producing the project, which has received a script commitment from the network.
"McToms" carries the trademark ethnic flavor seen in most projects on Hayek's TV slate, including the ABC dramedy "Ugly Betty," which she executive produces.
On the reality side, »
- By Nellie Andreeva
Berfield and his company J2 Pictures are being sued by bosses at distribution firm Essential Entertainment - who claim they have been left $150,000 (GBP75,000) out of pocket after plans for the movie fell through.
The lawsuit, filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Essential Entertainment has been stuck with thousands of dollars of expenses after the film - which was to be directed by Oscar-winner Oliver Stone - was shelved, according to TMZ.com.
Berfield's firm previously produced Jessica Simpson's 2007 flop Blonde Ambition. »
Latest: Actor/producer Justin Berfield has confirmed he'll be heading into space on entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson's inaugural Virgin Galactic flight, revealing Madonna could be sitting next to him.
The former Malcolm In The Middle star, a pal of Branson's, plans to turn his brief space adventure into a new book.
Berfield's spokeswoman says, "Justin considers Branson a genius and is one of the few people that he would follow just about anywhere.
"He's a frequent guest at Branson's ultra luxury island home, Necker, in the British Virgin Islands, and now he's heading into space."
Branson's White Knight Two commercial spacecraft will take off for the first time in late 2009 or early 2010, full of celebrities and space-loving rich kids.
The two-and-a-half hour trip is expected to include about five minutes of weightlessness in space.
Berfield's aide adds, "Justin will be joined by other celebrities with confirmed boarding passes, such as Madonna + Tom Hanks." »
The 22-year-old actor has reportedly paid $250,000 (GBP125,000) for a seat on a Virgin Galactic space flight.
Berfield, whose production company J2TV reportedly has links to Branson's charity Virgin Unite, is one of a number of celebrities linked to the first space trips; former Star Trek star William Shatner, rockers Dave Navarro and Moby, actress Victoria Principal and astrophysicist Stephen Hawking are all hoping to take off with Branson.
Those with enough money for a seat will get to experience five minutes of weightlessness during a two-and-a-half hour flight miles above the earth. »
Alessandra Toressani also has come aboard the NBC Universal Cable Studios-produced Caprica, a prequel to Sci Fi's Battlestar Galactica. Stoltz will play Daniel Graystone, a wealthy computer engineer who, after an emotionally crippling family tragedy, uses his technological wizardry to forever change the future of Caprica. Toressani plays Daniel's daughter, Zoe.
Eureka, from NBC Universal Cable Studios, returns for its third season July 29. Fisher will play Samantha Thorne, aka "the Fixer," a corporate titan who is brought in to clean up Global Dynamics.
5 items from 2008
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