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Ashlee Simpson joins "Melrose Place" revamp.

Ashlee Simpson is joining the CW's "Melrose Place" update. This marks her return to a TV series since her big break on WB's "7th Heaven" back in 2002.The singer will place Melrose Place's newest resident called Violet who is, according to sources, a bright-eyed and shrewd girl form a small town who comes to L.A. with a secret. Her character has similaries to the original series' Sandy Harling character played back then bt Amy Locane.The Darren Star created version is produced by CBS Paramount Television.   Simpson-Wentz was last seen in an episode of "CSI NY" and before that in the badly rated Meiert Avis directed "Undiscovered" for Lionsgate.  
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Watch: Ashlee Simpson returns to television on 'CSI:ny'

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  Oh, cast of "Undiscovered," where have you gone? Yes, one of the worst films of 2005 featured the big screen acting debut of one Ashlee Simpson whose Top 40 popularity and some snazzy cinematography couldn't save the movie's lame script and uninspired direction.  Her co-stars have floundered as well, except for possibly Steven Strait who managed to get absolutely no career bump by starring in Roland Emmerich's "10,000 B.C.," but at least it almost made $100 million right?  And poor Shannyn Sossamon.  Online fans loved her last TV series, "Moonlight, but not enough to save it.  The overhyped promise after...
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Tran inks with ICM, bolstering film sector

ICM has hired former Lakeshore Entertainment vp acquisitions and co-productions Bic Tran as an agent in the firm's Los Angeles office, bolstering ICM's presence in the independent and international film sector. She will join ICM head of independent and international film Hal Sadoff as well as agents Sarah Lash and B.J. Ford. "Bic's ability to successfully shepherd projects from the early stages of development through production makes her an ideal candidate for our team," Sadoff said. Tran produced the 2005 teen comedy Undiscovered and, at Lakeshore, developed and packaged such films as Underworld, Wicker Park, The Next Best Thing and Arlington Road.

Undiscovered

Undiscovered
She's a New York model hoping to launch an acting career; he's a sensitive New York singer-songwriter looking to snag that elusive record deal. They both come to Los Angeles in search of their dreams and, in, the process end up finding each other.

That's the gist of Undiscovered, an entirely dispensable, soapy caricature of a love story that comes complete with a jukebox full of music industry cliches plus Ashlee Simpson's big feature film debut.

Unleashed by Lions Gate at a time of year when its target teen female audience is going to be preoccupied with back-to-school shopping, the film will unlikely be more than a blip on the boxoffice charts but is bound to pop up on an MTV or VH1 movie night, where it really belonged in the first place.

For his feature directorial debut, Irish video director Meiert Avis, whose body of work includes a number of defining U2 videos, including the Grammy-winning Where the Streets Have No Name, returns to that clip's L.A. setting, albeit one where, thanks to John Galt's script, characters have Spelling-ready names like Brier Tucket and Luke Falcon.

The former, played by Pell James, is the fresh-scrubbed aspiring actress, and the latter, played by Steven Strait, is the hunky, brooding musician who shares an apartment with a bulldog who rides a wicked skateboard (played by Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog).

It's meaningful glances at first sight for Brier and Luke, but there are the inevitable complications. Brier is theoretically still involved with Mick (Stephen Moyer), a philandering British rocker with an appetite for twin groupies, and she has promised her brassy surrogate mom of an agent (Carrie Fisher) not to make the same mistake again.

Also, in a bid to generate a little career buzz for Luke, Brier and her new best friend, Clea (a subdued, unadorned Simpson), enlist the help of Josie (Shannyn Sossamon), a paparazzi magnet of a Brazilian model, and the resulting media attention doesn't go unnoticed by Garrett Schweck (Fisher Stevens), an obnoxious record producer who signs Luke to his label.

In an attempt to keep it real, the production takes advantage of such locales as the Mint and the Troubadour, but though the location scouts have come up with something more welcome than the usual stock shots of the Hollywood sign, the scripting lends it all the gritty authenticity of a temporary tattoo.

Throughout it all, the young actors emote meaningfully, while the older actors, including Peter Weller as a legendary impresario who dispenses Bob Evans-worthy nuggets of wisdom from behind his sunglasses, appear to have been left to their own, character-driven devices.

Now if you could have spent the entire 90 minutes just hanging with that skateboarding bulldog, you would have got yourself a movie.

Undiscovered

Lions Gate

Credits: Director: Meiert Avis

Screenwriter: John Galt

Producers: Michael Burns, Bic Tran, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven

Executive producers: Joe Simpson, Michael Paseornek

Eberhard Kayser, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Harley Tannenbaum, Jordan Schur

Director of photography: Danny Hiele

Production designer: Philip Duffin

Editor: David Codron

Costume designer: Jen Rade

Cast:

Brier Tucket: Pell James

Luke Falcon: Steven Strait

Euan Falcon: Kip Pardue

Carrie: Carrie Fisher

Clea: Ashlee Simpson

Josie: Shannyn Sossamon

Mick Benson: Stephen Moyer

Garret Schweck: Fisher Stevens

MPAA rating PG-13

Running time -- 97 minutes

A 'Virgin' no more as film takes top spot for 2nd week

A 'Virgin' no more as film takes top spot for 2nd week
As three new wide releases opened in the late summer milieu, Universal's The 40-Year-Old Virgin lived up to its reviews and exit poll numbers and captured first place for the second consecutive weekend. The R-rated comedy, starring Steve Carell and directed by Judd Apatow, racked up $16.3 million -- dropping a slim 24% from its debut. Virgin scored well in exit polls, and a high majority of its reviews were positive. The late-summer hit has gleaned $48.6 million after 10 days in release. Dimension's The Brothers Grimm held sway in the second spot with a debut of $15.1 million. The fantasy-horror film from director Terry Gilliam, starring Matt Damon and Heath Ledger, opened in 3,087 theaters and arrived at the low end of the area expected. The weekend's two other newcomers -- Screen Gems' The Cave and Lions Gate's Undiscovered -- each had disappointing bows, with Undiscovered receiving the worst of it. The Cave arrived in the fifth spot with $6.1 million, while Undiscovered debuted in the 20th position with a $676,048 from 1,304 sites -- averaging a meager $518 per theater. Pell James and Ashlee Simpson star in Undiscovered, directed by Meiert Avis.

Ashlee Simpson's Dad Bans Her Lesbian Scenes

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Pop beauty Ashlee Simpson's manager and father Joe Simpson has changed the gay plot in her movie debut Wannabe, because he's uncomfortable with his daughter playing a lesbian. The former Baptist minister fears the star's chances of breaking into Hollywood would be hampered if she played a homosexual, so he ordered movie producers to alter the romantic comedy's script, reports American gossip site Pagesix.Com. He explains, "I changed it. It doesn't work for her to be gay the first thing out. She said, 'But it's cool, it's edgy, it's different,' and of course the filmmakers were like, 'It's cool for a woman to be a lesbian.' She's going to be a huge movie star. She's like Meg Ryan or Cameron Diaz, with probably more depth. When we're done, she'll play it all."

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