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NEW YORK -- American Idol came up big again Wednesday night, plowing through the competition at 9 p.m. Fox's Idol averaged 26.1 million viewers and an 11.5 rating/27 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. Its performance was more than double its nearest rival, ABC's Alias (10.5 million, 4.2/10) and better than NBC's West Wing (10.2 million, 3.1/7), CBS's comedy duo of King of Queens (10.4 million, 3.4/8) and Yes, Dear (9.3 million, 3.1/7) as well as WB's Jack & Bobby (2.3 million, 1.0/2) and UPN's Kevin Hill (2.4 million, 1.0/2). »
Matt Long, who stars as Jack in the WB Network's Jack & Bobby, is in negotiations to play a younger version of the title character played by Nicolas Cage in Columbia Pictures' Ghost Rider, an adaptation of the Marvel Comics title. The movie stars Cage as a former motorcycle stuntman named Johnny Blaze who agrees to let his body become host to a vengeful spirit -- becoming a bike-riding demon in the process -- to secure the safety of his true love, to be played by Eva Mendes. Long would play a young Johnny, who makes the deal with the devil. Also starring are Wes Bentley and Sam Elliott. Mark Steven Johnson is directing and wrote the latest draft of the script. Shane Salerno wrote the original draft. Marvel Entertainment's Avi Arad and Crystal Sky's Steven Paul are producing the project with Johnson's producing partner Gary Foster and Michael De Luca. Matt Tolmach, the studio's co-president of production, is overseeing the project. Long is repped by CAA, One Entertainment and attorney Patti Felker. »
Newcomers Desperate Housewives, Jack & Bobby, Veronica Mars, Deadwood and The L Word will join such stalwarts as Law & Order and NYPD Blue in the spotlight in March at the 22nd annual William S. Paley Television Festival, hosted by the Museum of Television & Radio. The March 2-16 tribute to the small-screen's finest, held at the DGA Theater in Los Angeles, will kick off with a panel on NYPD Blue, which comes the night after the veteran cop show created by Steven Bochco and David Milch ends its 12-season run on ABC. »
11 January 2005 | IMDb News
Perennial awards favorite Sideways dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with a field-best four nominations, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Alexander Payne comedy also nabbed three individual acting nominations as well for lead Paul Giamatti and supporting players Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, putting it just ahead of a number of films that received three nominations each, including The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda; all those movies also earned Best Ensemble nominations alongside Ray and Sideways. Jamie Foxx was once again the actor of the hour, taking home three individual nominations for Ray, Collateral, and TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story as well as an Ensemble nod for Ray. Foxx was followed by Hilary Swank, who received two solo nominations, for Million Dollar Baby and HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels, and an Ensemble mention for Million Dollar Baby.
With their film nominations, the SAGs threw a number of new names into the awards season mix, including Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), James Garner (The Notebook), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish), and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). A few noticeable absentees included Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside), and the entire cast of Closer, an actor-driven movie if there ever was one. On the TV side, familiar shows (The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc) rubbed elbows with a handful of newcomers, including Arrested Development and Desperate Housewives, and Patricia Heaton pulled a Hilary Swank of her own, getting two individual nominations for Everybody Loves Raymond and TV movie remake The Goodbye Girl as well as an Ensemble nomination for Raymond.
The SAGs will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Here's the (very long) list of film and TV nominees:
Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Being Julia; Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace; Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby; Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story; William H. Macy, The Wool Cap; Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story; Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; Jon Voight, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter; Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl; Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap; Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels; Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City; Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond
LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: James Garner »
4 items from 2005
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