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More pilot season coverage
The frantic pilot season is creating a bull market for top-tier talent.
Thirtysomething men including Dominic West, Matthew Perry and Simon Baker are being offered roles, as are Amanda Peet and Amy Smart, the latter of whom recently signed to star in CBS' "The Meant to Be's". Also lured back to TV is "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar.
As in previous years, there is the young hot ingenue. Last year, it was Jordana Brewster, who was offered a number of plum lead roles and ultimately picked ABC's "Mr. and Mrs. Smith". This year, it's "12 Miles of Bad Road" co-star Eliza Coupe, who is in hot demand.
There also is an accomplished foreigner who is taking over the lead of a pilot despite the fact that he's virtually unknown in the U.S. Last year, Brit Michelle Ryan was tapped in "Bionic Woman"; this year, Australian Josh Lawson landed the lead in "Spaced".
As usual, there is a departing HBO series that has freed up actors for pilot season.
Two years ago, it was "Six Feet Under", whose stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Rachel Griffiths and Lauren Ambrose landed leads on new series. Last year, it was "Rome", with Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson and Polly Walker doing broadcast pilots.
This time around, it's "The Wire", whose star West is a hot commodity. »
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Disney-based Andrew Gunn, whose "College Road Trip" opens Friday, is producing via his Gunn Films banner.
The adaptation revolves around a pair of paranormal-powered siblings (Ludwig, Robb) who, with the help of a Las Vegas cab driver (Johnson), go on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities. Hinds will play the nefarious leader of the pack.
Mark Bomback wrote the current "Witch" draft.
The studio is eyeing a late March start in Los Angeles.
Ludwig, repped by ICM, starred in Walden's "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising".
American Cinema Editors have announced 10 feature film nominations for the 58th annual ACE Eddie Awards, set for Feb. 16 at the Beverly Hilton.
Christopher Rouse for The Bourne Ultimatum, Jay Cassidy for Into the Wild, John Gilroy for Michael Clayton, Roderick Jaynes for No Country for Old Men and Dylan Tichenor for There Will Be Blood will compete for best edited dramatic feature.
Nominees for best edited feature, comedy or musical are Michael Tronick for Hairspray, Dana E. Glauberman for Juno, Craig Wood and Stephen Rivkin for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Darren Holmes for Ratatouille and Chris Lebenzon for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Two-thirds of the films that won Eddies during the past 15 years have also been best picture nominees.
Competing in the documentary category are Edgar Burcksen & Leonard Feinstein for Darfur Now, Leslie Iwerks & Stephen Myers for The Pixar Story and Geoffrey Richman, Chris Seward & Dan Swietlik for Sicko.
In television, the nominees for half-hour series are Ken Eluto for 30 Rock (The C Word episode), Shannon Mitchell for Californication (Hell-A Woman) and Grady Cooper for Curb Your Enthusiasm (The Bat Mitzvah). Contenders for their work on one-hour series for commercial TV are Norman Buckley for Chuck (Pilot), Malcolm Jamieson for Damages (Pilot) and Karen Stern for Law & Order: SVU (Paternity).
3 items from 2008
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