Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen shot dead after Cher movie premiere. Well-known and popular Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was gunned down in an execution-style shooting on Monday night in Beverly Hills. Chasen had earlier attended the premiere of the new Cher movie ‘Burlesque’ and later attended the after-party with her client, songwriter Dianne Warren, who wrote a song in the movie. Cher and Christina Aguilera were also at the party. Chasen left the party at the W at around midnight and was heading for her Westwood home. At 12.28am, residents heard gunshots followed by a car crash. The passenger window of her Mercedes was shattered. Chasen was found bleeding. One hour later she was pronounced dead. Police are investigating different scenarios, one being she was a victim of road-rage, another that she was followed by a stalker. Ronni ran the publicity firm Chasen & Co. and specialised in soundtrack composers. Her clients included Howard Shore, John Williams, Hans Zimmer, David Hirshfelder and Mark Isham.
Drake Bell To Star In Live-Action “Fairly OddParents” Movie For Nickelodeon. Ten years after the debut of “The Fairly OddParents” on Nickelodeon, the network will premiere a live-action movie based on the hit animated series. “A Fairly Odd Movie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner!” will combine live-action with CG animation and star none other than Nickelodeon star Drake Bell. While the animated series followed 10-year-old Timmy and his fairy godparents Cosmo and Wanda, Timmy is now a 23-year-old, played by Bell, who starred on Nickelodeon’s “Drake & Josh” for four years. The only problem is, he’s still in the fifth grade and refuses to grow up in order to keep his fairy god parents. When a former crush returns to town all grown up, Timmy finds himself having to decide between following his heart to adulthood or act like a child to keep his fairy godparents around. “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star Cheryl Hines will play live-action Wanda, while Jason Alexander of “Seinfeld” fame will play live-action Cosmo. “Victorious” star Daniella Monet will play Tootie, Timmy’s love interest, and Steven Weber will play a villainous oil tycoon who wants to capture the fairies for their powers. “It’s so much fun to see our animated characters come to life,” said Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, for Nickelodeon. “And who better to bring grown up Timmy Turner to life than Drake Bell, who himself grew up on our air and still remains one of our most popular Nick stars ever.” “I think fans of the series will love seeing the characters in this new way,” said “Fairly OddParents” creator Butch Hartman, who will co-write along with Scott Fellows (“Big Time Rush) and executive produce. “Our mix of live-action and special effects animation will make them look ‘hyper-real’ and our goal is to make this movie as visually exciting as it will be funny.” The movie will be directed by Savage Steve Holland, who directed episodes of “Big Time Rush” and “Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide” for the network, among others. It’ll premiere in Nickelodeon in 2011.
Martin Scorsese Hires British Cast For New Film. Oscar Award-winning director Martin Scorsese has hired British cast for his first 3D film. “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” will feature Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir Ben Kingsley, Sir Christopher Lee, and Jude Law among others. The film – which also stars Ray Winstone, Richard Griffith, Helen McCrory, and Frances de la Tour – is an adaptation of the award-winning children’s book of the same name by Brian Selznick about a 12-year-old boy who lives in the walls of a Paris train station. The titular character will be played by 13-year-old Asa Butterfield (“The Boy in the Striped Pajamas”). Screenwriter John Logan wrote the film adaptation. The film, Scorsese’s first foray into 3D, has started production in London and will be out in December 2011.
Long before he was McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey starred in a movie in 1989 titled Loverboy. In the movie, a young Patrick Dempsey plays a rather cheesy role as a pizza delivery boy. His character Randy Bodek meets an older woman who uses him her boy toy. When she needs him for his special services, she calls in a pizza order with “extra anchovies”. Word gets out and soon Bodek is getting booty calls from other women who desperately want extra achovies. To make the entire movie even more awkward, Randy’s parents suspect him of being gay. I love the cheesiness of the 80s, but unfortunately I don’t think this movie is for me. What about you? This movie ran tonight against another Patrick Dempsey masterpiece. Would you rather have watched the movie Loverboy or a rerun of Grey’s Anatomy. More about movies…….
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Meteor on NBC is a two-part TV movie about a potential massive meteor strike that will be aired next Sunday, July 19. In NBC’s Meteor, Maria Sokoloff plays scientist Imogene O’Neil, who will pick up where her boss (Christopher Lloyd) left off in trying determine the GPS coordinates that could prevent the strike.
Sokoloff and Lloyd’s characters are in a mad rush to bring the information about the meteor to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to reveal it to the scientists in charge of managing the potential disaster.
In the first part of the movie they run into quite a bit of technical trouble on the way, which really helps build the suspense. We’re sure NBC will keep the suspense high and tease the second part of Meteor all through next week, too. Anyway, as the pieces of a Meteor named Kassandra are beginning to rain down onto the Earth, airplanes are knocked out of the sky, and hospitals are rendered inoperable. Scientists even begin to call it “an extinction event.” Christopher Lloyd plays a somewhat kooky mad-scientist type who was fired from his government job because they thought he was looney. Now they have to convince them that his character, Dr. Lehman, is not crazy, and in fact knows how to save humanity. We’ll have to wait until next week to see whether he can pull it off.
Check out the video of NBC’s Meteor TV movie below.
Don’t get me wrong I love the Golden Globes TV show. You can see it this Sunday on NBC. What other awards telecast sits dressed-to-thrill stars at tables and serves up booze in large quantities prompting loose lips and the delicious possibility of embarrassing acceptance speeches? But, my God, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that distributes these globe-shaped dildos has for sixty six years now been perpetrating a scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush. The 82 voting members of this organization (the Academy has 6000) have had their credentials challenged year after year. Very few members are full-time journalists. The skinny is that they’re in it for the parties and the movie stars and, of course, the annual network TV show which nets them a tasty $6 million. The Globes are notorious for boneheaded decisions. Here are my nominees for their worst calls this year:
–No nomination for Milk, The Dark Knight and The Wrestler as Best Drama, but they find room for The Reader—what’s that all about?
–Clint Eastwood gets ignored for a career-capping performance in Gran Torino, but Brad Pitt makes the cut in Ben Button for having his face digitally painted on small people. Huh? To add insult to injury, the Globes have a comedy category yet pass on Pitt for his real best acting this year in Burn After Reading.
–Tropic Thunder gets ignored for Best Movie Comedy in favor of—get ready—the egregiously unfunny Mamma Mia!
–Here’s my biggest beef with the Globes (I’d enjoy hearing yours): To stock the audiences with stars who draw TV ratings—Brangelina, Kate & Leo—they ignore non-glam actors who deliver truthful performances. Nowhere among the Globe nominees this year are:
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Benicio Del Toro (Che) as Best Actor
Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) as Best Actress
Josh Brolin (Milk), Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as Best Supporting Actor
Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Elsa Zylberstein (I’ve Loved You So Long) as Best Supporting Actress
Get yourself in the tabloids, people, that’s the true path to a Golden Globe.