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Len Wiseman on Gears of War Story and Casting

Director Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) and writer Chris Morgan (Wanted) appeared at Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming "Gears of War" film, stating that even though casting has yet to begin, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will not be cast. "A 'Doom' connection would not be smart for us," Wiseman said bluntly, adding that the way to find the right person to play the lead role of Marcus Fenix is not to "throw a bunch of strongmen into the ring and see who comes out victorious. I'm looking for an actor for the role and then [I'll] put him into shape." Wiseman also mentioned that he already has someone in mind to play the part of Maria, the doomed wife of second-in-command Dominic Santiago. "If I can convince [Kate Beckinsale] -- and I think I have a shot -- I'd love to see that," he said. Regarding the plot, Morgan said
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Writer Chris Morgan Talks Locusts in the Gears of War Movie

If you can remember back to November of 2006, when Gears of War first hit shelves, Microsoft used the "Emergence Day" story as their biggest marketing hook - and it worked very well. In the game, "Emergence Day" was the day the Locust Horde invaded from underground, attacking major cities and starting the war between the Cog and the Locusts. Well, that story is going to be an integral part of the Gears of War movie currently in the works at Warner Brothers, or so we hope. MTV caught up with screenwriter Chris Morgan, who recently turned in a final draft of the script to Epic Games for approval. "Look outside at your city and imagine that the Locust started rising -- that's how I want it to feel," Morgan explains. "There are elements to it that can be considered a prequel, but it's not a prequel as far as I'm
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CBS, Fox tied in 18-49 as sweep looms

CBS, Fox tied in 18-49 as sweep looms
Heading into the May sweep, CBS and Fox find themselves where they've never been before: leading the network pack in the key adults 18-49 demographic. Through the week ending April 24, the last full week before the sweep, CBS and Fox are tied for the top spot in 18-49 season-to-date with a 4.0 rating/11 share, holding a 0.2 lead to No. 2 ABC (3.8/10), according to Nielsen Media Research. NBC, the dominant demo force in the past decade, which was comfortably ahead of the competition by 0.2 rate points at the same point last season, also is in unfamiliar territory this year, languishing in fourth place with a 3.6/10. CBS, which is on its way of chalking up another season victory in total viewers, was the top dog for the quiet week ending April 24, finishing first in viewers and tied with Fox for No. 1 in adults 18-49. It was CBS' critically panned original movie Locusts (12.7 million, 3.8/9), which significantly outperformed CBS Sunday Movie's average in young demographics, that gave the network the final push and piece of the weekly lead in 18-49.

'Housewives' highlights defeat insect invasion

A swarm of locusts hit CBS on Sunday, but the insect invasion was no match for a clip-show recap episode of ABC's Desperate Housewives. ABC easily won the night, as usual, with a solid performance from a special Sorting out the Dirty Laundry highlight reel episode of Housewives that lured in 23.7 million viewers and 10.0 rating/23 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, according to preliminary estimates from Nielsen Media Research. ABC also dominated at 8 p.m. hour with a fresh episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (16.7 million, 6.7/17) and at 10 p.m. with fledgling drama Grey's Anatomy (18.2 million, 8.1/20). CBS had a good night with 8 p.m. drama Cold Case (16.5 million, 3.7/10) building significantly on its 60 Minutes lead-in (12.4 million, 2.5/8). The eye network's heavily promoted 9-11 p.m. telepic Locusts! (12.8 million, 3.9/9) did OK but won't go down in the Nielsen annals as one of primetime's great made-for plagues. NBC's regular 8 p.m. edition of The Contender (5.5 million, 2.5/7) produced modest numbers but an extra helping of the boxing reality show at 9 p.m. (6.4 million, 3.3/7) improved despite the Housewives competition. At 10 p.m., a fresh episode of NBC's Crossing Jordan (8.8 million, 3.3/8) had trouble keeping up with the ABC and CBS competition. Fox was on the sidelines for the night with its 8-10 p.m. telecast of the American Top 40 Awards special yielding only 4 million viewers and 1.6/4 in adults 18-49. For the night, ABC towered over the pack with an average of 16.7 million viewers and 6.9/18 in the key demo. CBS was second in both measures (13.6 million, 3.5/9).

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