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Initial taps Lyon as prod'n president

Initial taps Lyon as prod'n president
Gail Lyon has been hired as president of production at Graham King's Initial Entertainment Group.

Lyon, who reports to King, takes the job immediately and will lead Initial's team, comprising vp development Grey Rembert and production executive Denis O'Sullivan.

"Gail elegantly combines the skills of hands-on production and development of first-class, provocative material that really stands out," King said.

Added Lyon, "I look forward to expanding our slate of new material and supporting both the established and emerging filmmakers that look to Initial as a partner in realizing their films."

Lyon recently produced the teen movie Stick It for Buena Vista Pictures. She was president of Red Wagon Entertainment, where she oversaw development and was executive producer on Stuart Little 2, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton and Peter Pan. While there, she brought in Jarhead and RV.

Before Red Wagon, she was president of Jersey Films, where she was involved in the development of Out of Sight, executive produced the HBO movie Pentagon Wars and co-produced Gattaca and Erin Brockovich.

Luketic drilling for 'Dallas' helm

Luketic drilling for 'Dallas' helm
Robert Luketic is in negotiations to direct the big-screen version of the hit TV show Dallas for Regency Enterprises. Michael Costigan and the TV series' creator David Jacobs are producing, with Peter Cramer overseeing for Regency. Robert Harling, whose credits include 1989's Steel Magnolias, wrote the screenplay. The long-running primetime soap about a wealthy Texas oil family originally ran on CBS from 1978-91. Dallas joins such TV titles as Charlie's Angels, I Spy and the upcoming Dukes of Hazzard and Bewitched in getting big-screen makeovers. Luketic is in postproduction on New Line Cinema's Monster-in-Law, starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, which will be released next year. He also has directed Win a Date With Ted Hamilton! and Legally Blonde. He is repped by CAA.

'Stick It' vaults onto Disney slate

'Stick It' vaults onto Disney slate
Walt Disney Pictures has acquired Stick It, a comedy set in the world of gymnastics written by Jessica Bendinger. Bendinger also will make her directorial debut on the feature, which is being produced by Gail Lyon. The story is about a renegade girl who imports the idea of rebellion into the regimented world of women's competitive gymnastics. The film will be released under Disney's Touchstone label. Disney execs LouAnne Brickhouse and Kristin Burr are overseeing. Lyon exec produced Win a Date With Ted Hamilton! and Peter Pan and co-produced Erin Brockovich. Bendinger wrote the hit Bring It On, which was set in the world of cheerleading. Her credits also include The Truth About Charlie and First Daughter. She is repped by CAA.

Goodwin walks Cash 'Line' for Fox 2000

Ginnifer Goodwin has been cast opposite Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in Fox 2000's Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line for director James Mangold. Mangold's wife, Cathy Konrad, is producing along with James Keach. Phoenix plays the country music legend, and Witherspoon portrays his wife and bandmate. Goodwin plays the part of Cash's first wife, Vivianne, who tries to deal with his infidelity and distance but eventually divorces him. At Fox 2000, Line is being shepherded by Carla Hacken for Elizabeth Gabler. The screenplay is by Mangold and writing partner Gil Dennis. Goodwin's credits include Revolution Studios' Mona Lisa Smile and DreamWorks' Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! She is shooting the indie feature Love Comes to the Executioner. Goodwin is repped by WMA and Michael Gendler.

Bosworth Thanks Press for Bloom Romance

Bosworth Thanks Press for Bloom Romance
Win A Date With Ted Hamilton star Kate Bosworth is grateful to the media for bringing her closer to her actor boyfriend Orlando Bloom. Although the high-profile coverage of Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's romance played a part in their split earlier this year , the blonde beauty credits her fame with strengthening her relationship with the Lord Of The Rings hunk. The 20-year-old says, "when you become a public figure you're sort of giving yourself to the world and you realize the people who matter are the ones who know you best. It brought me closer to my loved ones and made me appreciate them. I try not to be suspicious of new people, but it's natural I am a little." Bosworth is currently filming Sin City with her boyfriend's LOTR co-star Elijah Wood.

CWM Films taps Berenson as president

CWM Films taps Berenson as president
Matt Berenson has been named president of Carsey-Werner-Mandabach Films. In his new position, Berenson will be spearheading the company's development and production slates. Berenson comes to CWM Films from Sony-based Red Wagon Entertainment, where he was executive vp. At Red Wagon, Berenson made Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! and, together with John Davis, produced the Revolution/Columbia comedy Daddy Day Care. He also sold and helped develop The Lone Ranger and RV.

Final boxoffice: 'Served' takes top spot with $16.1 million

Final boxoffice: 'Served' takes top spot with $16.1 million
You Got Served, the street-dance movie featuring the recently split R&B group B2K, opened as the top weekend flick with $16.1 million. The top 10 movies at North American theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distributor, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday are:

1. You Got Served, Screen Gems, $16,123,105, 1,933 locations, $8,341 average, $16,123,105, one week.

2. The Butterfly Effect, New Line, $9,556,280, 2,605 locations, $3,668 average, $31,735,064, two weeks.

3. Along Came Polly, Universal, $9,310,060, 3,052 locations, $3,050 average, $66,002,555, three weeks.

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, New Line, $5,310,803, 2,256 locations, $2,354 average, $345,331,815, seven weeks.

5. The Perfect Score, Paramount, $4,873,819, 2,208 locations, $2,207 average, $4,873,819, one week.

6. Big Fish, Sony, $4,533,655, 2,280 locations, $1,988 average, $55,316,067, eight weeks.

7. Mystic River, Warner Bros., $4,378,417, 1,370 locations, $3,196 average, $64,858,601, 17 weeks.

8. Cheaper By the Dozen, Fox, $4,285,230, 2,396 locations, $1,788 average, $128,034,055, six weeks.

9. Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, DreamWorks, $4,211,395, 2,808 locations, $1,500 average, $13,107,536, two weeks.

10. Cold Mountain, Miramax, $4,074,047, 2,500 locations, $1,630 average, $78,375,713, six weeks.

'Butterfly Effect' spreads its wings at weekend boxoffice

'Butterfly Effect' spreads its wings at weekend boxoffice
New Line's supernatural thriller The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, flew off with the top spot at the weekend boxoffice with an estimated $17.1 million, according to studio figures compiled Sunday. The weekend's other new wide release, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! starring Kutcher's That '70s Show co-star Topher Grace, Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel, didn't fare as well. The DreamWorks romantic comedy debuted in third place with an estimated $7.5 million. Last weekend's top title, Universal's Ben Stiller-Jennifer Aniston starrer Along Came Polly, dropped to the second spot with an estimated $16.6 million. Sony's Big Fish swam away with an estimated $7.3 million in fourth. New Line's blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was fifth with an estimated $6.9 million. The comedy Cheaper by the Dozen from 20th Century Fox was sixth with an estimated $6.6 million. Miramax's Cold Mountain was seventh with an estimated $5 million. Warner Bros.' Torque collected an estimated $4.4 millon to take eighth place. Sony's Something's Gotta Give landed at No. 9 with an estimated $4.1 million. Warners' Mystic River, which added nearly 1,200 screens this weekend in anticipation of landing several Oscar noms Tuesday morning, climbed back into the weekend top 10, earning an estimated $3.1 million. Final figures will be released Monday.

'Butterfly Effect' spreads its wings at weekend boxoffice

'Butterfly Effect' spreads its wings at weekend boxoffice
New Line's supernatural thriller The Butterfly Effect starring Ashton Kutcher and Amy Smart, flew off with the top spot at the weekend boxoffice with an estimated $17.1 million, according to studio figures compiled Sunday. The weekend's other new wide release, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! starring Kutcher's That '70s Show co-star Topher Grace, Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel, didn't fare as well. The DreamWorks romantic comedy debuted in third place with an estimated $7.5 million. Last weekend's top title, Universal's Ben Stiller-Jennifer Aniston starrer Along Came Polly, dropped to the second spot with an estimated $16.6 million. Sony's Big Fish swam away with an estimated $7.3 million in fourth. New Line's blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King was fifth with an estimated $6.9 million. The comedy Cheaper by the Dozen from 20th Century Fox was sixth with an estimated $6.6 million. Miramax's Cold Mountain was seventh with an estimated $5 million. Warner Bros.' Torque collected an estimated $4.4 millon to take eighth place. Sony's Something's Gotta Give landed at No. 9 with an estimated $4.1 million. Warners' Mystic River, which added nearly 1,200 screens this weekend in anticipation of landing several Oscar noms Tuesday morning, climbed back into the weekend top 10, earning an estimated $3.1 million. Final figures will be released Monday.

Boxoffice preview: From TV buddies to movie rivals

Boxoffice preview: From TV buddies to movie rivals
The media have already dubbed this weekend's boxoffice showdown as the Battle of the That '70s Show Stars. But despite the fact that two of that sitcom's regulars, Ashton Kutcher and Topher Grace, headline the two new wide releases, the contest is really one between vastly different genres. Kutcher's The Butterfly Effect is a spooky, time-traveling, psychological thriller, and Grace's Win a Date With Tad Hamilton! is a lighter-than-air, teen-centric romantic comedy. Kutcher is, of course, much more of a proven boxoffice commodity than Grace. Although Grace has appeared in such ensemble films as Traffic and Mona Lisa Smile, his individual appeal has yet to be tested. Kutcher can boast of the unforgettable Dude, Where's My Car? ($46.7 million) and January 2003's surprise hit Just Married ($56 million). (The August release My Boss's Daughter, which flatlined at $15.5 million, is best forgotten.) Still, it's the genre, not the stars, that may determine this weekend's returns.

Lane gets repped for D'Works 'Date'

Nathan Lane has closed a deal to join Kate Bosworth, Josh Duhamel and Topher Grace in DreamWorks Pictures' Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!!! for director Robert Luketic and Red Wagon Entertainment. The romantic comedy, due to begin lensing in mid-May, centers on small-town grocery store clerk Rosalee (Bosworth), who wins a contest that gets her out of West Virginia to Hollywood for a date with the hottest, most eligible movie star (Duhamel). Once in town, on what should be the typical publicity meet-and-greet, she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the movie hunk and her longtime best friend (Grace), a fellow clerk who has been in love with Rosalee since the sixth grade. Lane is set to play Hamilton's Hollywood power agent. Red Wagon's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing from a script by Vic Levin. Red Wagon senior vp Matt Berenson and creative executive Pete Chiarelli brought the project to their company. At DreamWorks, the project is shepherded by production exec Marc Haimes. Lane is repped by UTA and attorney Sam Fisher. Lane most recently starred on the big screen in United Artists' Nicholas Nickleby.

Duhamel getting first 'Date' with D'Works comedy

Duhamel getting first 'Date' with D'Works comedy
Kate Bosworth finally has her movie star crush and DreamWorks Pictures and director Robert Luketic have found an actor to play the title role in the romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!!! Soap star Josh Duhamel will play the title role of Tad Hamilton in the film, which Red Wagon Entertainment's Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing from a script by Vic Levin. The project sees Bosworth playing Rosalee, a small-town grocery store clerk who finds herself the winner of a contest that gets her out of West Virginia to Hollywood for a date with the hottest, most eligible movie star, played by Duhamel. Once in town, on what should be the typical publicity meet-and-greet, she finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the movie hunk and her longtime best friend (Topher Grace), a fellow clerk who has been in love with Rosalee since the sixth grade. The casting of Duhamel last week gave the project a May start date as his role was the last major one to be filled. According to sources, the studio and the producers first went after such big-name actors as Ben Affleck, Hugh Grant, Matthew McConaughey, James Franco and Heath Ledger to fill the key part before changing direction and getting a relative unknown like Duhamel. Red Wagon senior vp Matt Berenson and creative executive Pete Chiarelli brought the project to their company. At DreamWorks, the project is shepherded by production executive Marc Haimes. Duhamel is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager John Carrabino. His credits include All My Children and the NBC series Ed.

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