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Katharine McPhee cast in Spielberg-produced musical pilot “Smash”

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee divides her time between singing and acting and now she’ll be able to do both. She’s been cast in a pilot for the NBC musical “Smash.”  McPhee will join the previously cast Debra Messing (TV’s “Will & Grace”) and Jack Davenport in the project from Dreamworks TV, Universal Media Studios, and none other than Steven Spielberg.

The show will follow the inner workings of a new Broadway musical inspired by screen legend Marilyn Monroe and the characters who come together to make it happen.

The show’s pilot was written by TV writer and playwright Theresa Rebeck. Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer, who also directed Broadway’s “Spring Awakening” and “American Idiot,” will direct.

Tony-winning songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman have been tasked to write original songs for the possible series. Spielberg is executive producing, along with , Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

It’s yet to be announced what character McPhee will play, but she was sporting some Monroe-esque hair during her “Unbroken” album release.

She’ll next be seen in the currently-titled “Untitled 3D Shark Thriller,” which opens later this year, and the romantic comedy “You May Not Kiss the Bride.”

The Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies

The Trailer for Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies

The Trailer for Steven Spielberg's Falling Skies

The Trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Falling Skies.  TNT has revealed a first look at the new series “Falling Skies,” from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Premiering in June, “Falling Skies” stars Noah Wyle as a former college professor who becomes the leader of a group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force. Moon Bloodgood co-stars as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation. The series also stars Drew Roy as Hal and Maxim Knight as Matt, Tom’s two sons; and Seychelle Gabriel as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary. Will Patton plays a fierce leader of the resistance. Robert Rodat (Saving Private Ryan) wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. The pilot was directed by Carl Franklin. TNT Website

Rumor Has It Fifth Indiana Jones Movie In The Works

Shia LaBoeuf

Shia LaBoeuf

Rumor Has It Fifth Indiana Jones Movie In The Works.   With Transformers 3 wrapping up in Chicago, Shia LaBoeuf’s next project might very well be Indiana Jones 5. At the Deauville Film Festival last year when promoting Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford mentioned that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were working on yet another Indy sequel, telling the press, “The story for the new Indiana Jones is in the process of taking form. Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and myself are agreed on what the fifth adventure will concern, and George is actively at work. If the script is good, I’ll be very happy to put the costume on again.”  MTV News confirmed that the fifth installment of Indiana Jones is, in fact, coming, and the script is being worked on. No word on a timeline either, for when the film will start production.

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL  The New York Film Academy’s School of Film and Acting is honored to be the school of choice of many luminaries in the film industry who have sent their family members to study with us. They include Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono(U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson and James L. Brooks among others. The Film Academy was founded on the philosophy that “learning by doing” combined with best industry practices is more valuable than years of theoretical study for filmmakers and actors. This educational model allows students to achieve more in less time than at all other film or acting schools in the world.  NYFA offers an Accelerated Three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in Filmmaking, as well as two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Producing and Photography, and two-year Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees in Filmmaking and Acting for Film at our Los Angeles campus at Universal Studios. They are structured for students who want intensive training from award winning faculty using professional facilities and equipment starting their first day of classes; better preparing them for a career in the motion picture and entertainment industries. For those that are considering sharpening their skills, each of our film schools and acting schools offer short term filmmaking and acting workshops as well. We also host summer camps throughout the world that are designed for high school aged students. Are you ready for the most challenging and rewarding experience of your life? Gain unsurpassed real world experience to prepare you for a career in filmmaking, acting for film, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, 3D animation or musical theatre. You can enroll in a short-term workshop or spend one, two or three years dedicated to perfecting your craft, instead of just reading books and attending lectures. In a One-year Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy, you will write, shoot, direct and edit 8 projects and work on crew of 28 more! Register in any of our world-class programs and get the experience you need to excel in your field. NYFA is considered the best hands-on film school in the world by many of today’s top filmmakers.

Oprah Winfrey Reclaims Most Powerful Celebrity Throne

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Reclaims Most Powerful Celebrity Throne. Oprah Winfrey is once again the queen of celebrities. The media mogul has reclaimed her throne as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, knocking over last year’s number 1 Angelina Jolie. Forbes tallied the names in the Celebrity 100 based on fame and money. Their earnings estimates and their Web hits, including press mentions. For this year, their social standing was also calculated using social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Winfrey was ousted from her comfortable top position last year by Jolie, but quickly regained footing this year. The magazine cited her eponymous talk show, as well as other media. Lady Gaga debuts in the list at 4th place, while America’s sweetheart Sandra Bullock sits pretty at 8th place. She was 92nd last year. Beyonce Knowles (2nd), Britney Spears (6th), Madonna (10th), and U2 (7th) make up the music stars included in the first 10 rank. James Cameron (3rd), Johnny Depp (9th), and Tiger Woods (5th) round up the Top 10. Jolie and partner Brad Pitt also make the list at 18th and 30th place respectively, while “Twilight” stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson join the power list for the first time at 66th and 50th.
Top 50 of Forbes’ Most Powerful List:

1.Oprah Winfrey
2.Beyonce Knowles
3.James Cameron
4.Lady Gaga
5.Tiger Woods
6.Britney Spears
7.U2
8.Sandra Bullock
9.Johnny Depp
10.Madonna
11.Simon Cowell
12.Taylor Swift
13.Miley Cyrus
14.Kobe Bryant
15.Jay-Z
16.Black Eyed Peas
17.Bruce Springsteen
18.Angelina Jolie
19.Rush Limbaugh
20.Michael Jordan
21.Dr. Phil McGraw
22.Steven Spielberg
23.Ellen DeGeneres
24.David Letterman
25.Tyler Perry
26.Jennifer Aniston
27.Pink
28.LeBron James
29.Roger Federer
30.Brad Pitt
31.Floyd Mayweather
32.Michael Bay
33.Donald Trump
34.Jay Leno
35.Coldplay
36.David Beckham
37.Jerry Seinfeld
38.AC/DC
39.Howard Stern
40.Jonas Brothers
41.Tom Hanks
42.George Lucas
43.Glenn Beck
44.Ryan Seacrest
45.Phil Mickelson
46.Ben Stiller
47.Jerry Bruckheimer
48.Cristiano Ronaldo
49.Alex Rodriguez
50.Robert Pattinson

“Back To The Future” Trilogy Head To Blu-Ray.

Back To The Future trilogy

Back To The Future trilogy

“Back To The Future” Trilogy Head To Blu-Ray For 25th Anniversary.   Great Scott! The “Back to the Future” trilogy is finally hitting the present-day best way to view movies at home: on high-definition Blu-ray. The set, featuring all-new bonus materials, are set to hit stores October 26th for the film’s 25th anniversary. The “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” features all three “Back to the Future” films restored for the best quality picture and sound for the new Blu-ray set. The set also includes more than two hours of brand new bonus features, including an all-new retrospective featuring interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Steven Spielberg, and more. Other special features include deleted scenes, Q&A commentaries, storyboards, outtakes, behind-the-scenes featurettes, photo galleries, music videos, and more. It even features a look at “Back to the Future: The Ride,” the hit attraction at Universal Studios theme parks worldwide. Of course, the “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” will feature all the interactivity Blu-ray offers, including U-Control features like trivia while you watch the movie and storyboard comparisons. My Scenes allows viewers to bookmark their favorites, while pocketBlu gives iPhone, iTouch, Blackberry and other uses increased interactivity for using their Blu-ray.”Back to the Future” has been named one of the greatest movies of all-time by Empire readers, one of the Best High School Movies by Entertainment Weekly, and one of the Top 10 best Sci-fi Movies of all-time by the American Film Institute. The “Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy” will also be released on DVD.

Gwyneth Paltrow on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS.  Th 4/29: Gwyneth Paltrow and  the Broadway cast of “American Idiot” tonight talking to David Letterman.  Although she initially gained fame for her real-life role as Brad Pitt’s girlfriend, Gwyneth Paltrow went on to build a solid reputation as one of the leading actresses of her generation. Repeatedly summoning comparisons to such classic presences as Grace Kelly, the blonde, blue-eyed Paltrow has won acclaim for her parts in a number of films, most notably Shakespeare in Love, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar in 1999.  The daughter of actress Blythe Danner and producer/director Bruce Paltrow, Paltrow was born in Los Angeles on September 28, 1972. When she was 11, her family moved to Massachusetts so that her father could direct summer stock productions — it was there that the actress began to receive theatrical training under her parents’ tutelage. Schooled at Manhattan’s exclusive Spence School, Paltrow went on to study anthropology at the University of California before deciding to drop out to pursue her acting career. She got her first screen role in the 1991 movie Shout and in the same year she played the young Wendy in Steven Spielberg’s Hook.   Two years later, Paltrow made her first significant impression with a chilling turn as a young con artist in Flesh and Bone. She went on to minor but memorable roles in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) and Jefferson in Paris (1995) before earning her first true taste of fame with her part as Brad Pitt’s wife in Seven (1995). Unfortunately, she got more attention for her status as the actor’s girlfriend than for her work in the film, becoming one of the world’s most photographed arm ornaments. However, the actress was able to come into her own the following year with the title role in Douglas McGrath’s adaptation of Emma. She won acclaim for her work and her flawless British accent, and the same year she could be seen in two more films: The Pallbearer, with David Schwimmer, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Hard Eight. However, it was not until 1998 — having broken off her engagement with Pitt the previous year — that Paltrow became better-known for her acting than for her ability to look good in designer evening gowns. That year, she had starring roles in no less than five films. Although both Hush and A Perfect Murder proved disappointments, and Great Expectations received mixed reviews, Paltrow’s two English excursions, the comedy Sliding Doors and John Madden’s Shakespeare in Love, netted positive receptions. The latter film drew particular acclaim, eventually winning seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Paltrow.  The following year, she had the lead in another high-profile project, Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. Starring opposite Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Cate Blanchett, Paltrow took part in a film that boasted one of the most photogenic collections of young stars that audiences had seen that year and it further enhanced her reputation as one of the most celebrated members of her generation to step in front of a camera. As photogenic as she may be, however, Paltrow’s healthy sense of humor would give the delicate actress the gusto she needed to take on the role of a 300-pound object of funnyman Jack Black’s affection in the Farrelly brothers’ cheerfully offensive Shallow Hal in 2001. With roles in The Anniversary Party, Possession, and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums that same year, Paltrow’s versatility and popularity showed no signs of waning – even if the subsequent flight attendant comedy View From the Top didn’t even climb high enough at the box office to take a nosedive.   Of course the failure of View From the Top could not be placed squarely on the shoulders of Paltrow, and given the film’s troubled production history it’s a small wonder that the film was released at all. If that film had simply been a glazed over comedy that gave its starlet little chance to shine, Paltrow would close out the year with a commendable and notably heavier performance in Sylvia. A film based on the life of literary legend Sylvia Plath, Sylvia couldn’t have been more different than A View From the Top and provided Paltrow with a role she could truly sink her teeth into. Both her performance as well as the film itself fared fairly well through the duration of its limited art-house run, despite the fact that Plath’s real life daughter Frieda Hughes publicly denounced the endeavor. The film also provided Paltrow with the opportunity to appear onscreen opposite her real-life mother Danner, who also played her ill-fated character’s mother in the film.   In the wake of her accolades from Sylvia, Paltrow closed out 2003 by wedding Coldplay singer Chris Martin. The new family would soon expand five months later with the birth of their first child, a girl they bestowed with the unique moniker Apple Martin. But family life didn’t slow Paltrow’s film career too much. By Autumn she could be seen opposite Jude Law in the sci-fi actioner Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and before the close of the year, audiences could catch her in director John Madden’s Proof

Showtime To Exclusively Air More Than 30 DreamWorks Releases.

Showtime To Exclusively Air More Than 30 DreamWorks Releases.

Showtime To Exclusively Air More Than 30 DreamWorks Releases.

Showtime To Exclusively Air More Than 30 DreamWorks Releases. A recent deal will move a certain studio’s output from the theater right to TV. Disney-ABC Domestic Television and Showtime Networks Inc. have announced plans to enter into an exclusive output agreement. Under this arrangement, up to 35 of DreamWorks Studios’ films scheduled for release between 2010 and 2015 will air on the network.  Matthew C. Blank, chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks, made the announcement.   “We are very pleased to be in business with The Walt Disney Company in bringing us theatrical films from DreamWorks,” said Blank. “We expect a great supply of high-profile commercially successful films from Steven Spielberg, Stacey Snider and their wonderful team. Combined with our current supply of theatrical titles, our subscribers will enjoy a diverse slate of films for years to come.” Janice Marinelli, president of Disney-ABC Domestic Television said it was “great to be back in business with Showtime.”   “DreamWorks pictures bring a high level of quality and entertainment to the network’s already impressive programming line-up,” she said. Speaking on behalf of the other end of the deal was Jeff Small, president and COO of DreamWorks Studios.  “All of us at DreamWorks Studios are excited by this new partnership with Showtime, and we look forward to delivering them quality films for years to come,” Small said. “We appreciate the tremendous efforts of Janice and the Disney team in putting us together with one of cable’s premier channels.”

Chelsea Handler Bares Her Pikachu for Playboy

Chelsea Handler Bares Her Pikachu for Playboy

Chelsea Handler Bares Her Pikachu for Playboy

Our favorite late night girl graces the cover of the new Playboy looking smokin!! But unlike many other cover models, Chelsea Handler immediately fessed up to getting airbrushed for the shoot.   Chelsea appeared as a guest on Jay Leno last night, and that was all Jay wanted to discuss!  He asked her about the shoot, making sure she wasn’t going give a us a pikachu shot in her spread.  Chelsea began her show biz career as a comedienne. She was quickly playing comedy clubs nationwide and soon landed on television, as a featured player on the Candid Camera-style show Girls Behaving Badly and a guest actress on The Bernie Mac Show and The Practice.  Here biggest (basic cable) break came when she starred in the eponymous The Chelsea Handler Show on the E! channel. The skit comedy program, similar to Comedy Central’s defunct – but classic – Chappelle’s Show and TBS’s Frank TV, was a cult favorite and would eventually be replaced with Chelsea Lately.

Becoming a Talk Show Host:
Chelsea has taken to the job of talk show host surprising well. Her self-deprecating style plays well to the late night format – one might consider her a latter day David Letterman. And her show is unique, in that it combines the roundtable format of a show like Politically Incorrect and the standard across-the-desk celebrity interview. Guests – often B-listers and E! celebrities promoting their reality programs – have an affinity for Chelsea, and it shows.

What the Future Holds:
Chelsea is in line to star in a new ABC series titled In the Motherhood with Megan Mullally and Cheryl Hines. The series is spun off the online-only program, which stars Chelsea, Leah (King of Queens) Remini and Jenny McCarthy. The show is touted as “about moms, by moms and for moms”. The series focuses on three mothers whose exploits are based on real-life stories from moms across the country.   And Just for Fun:   •Chelsea is a New York Times bestselling author, having written the tomes My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands and Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea.  

•Was the “one episode only” host of the quickly cancelled On the Lot, a reality program from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett.

•Chelsea Lately is set to run into 2009.

•Claims she was asked to be a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, but declined.

•Has running feuds with actresses Tori Spelling and Caroline Rhea.

Barbara Walters To Air Final Pre-Oscar Special After 29 Years

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters is parting ways with her legendary pre-Oscar special. The iconic journalist will be airing her last “Barbara Walters Special” on March 7.    The 80-year-old “The View” host announced on the show Monday that she will end the annual special. The show has been an awards night staple for almost three decades. She said, “ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful – and I’m thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show – but to be honest, I feel like I’ve been there, done that.”   “This special has been a labor of love for 29 years. I will always remember when Hugh Jackman gave me a private lap dance or sitting down with the legendary Bette Davis or being taught to tango by Al Pacino. It’s those priceless moments that have made this special the Oscar tradition that it has become, but I truly feel enough is enough.”   Walters assured that the special will be going out with a blast. The final show will feature Best Actress nominee Sandra Bullock and Best Supporting Actress nominee Mo’Nique. It will also feature memorable scenes from the past.  “Barbara Walters Special” premiered on March 31, 1981. Since then, she has welcomed bold names and famous faces, including the late president Ronald Reagan, Steven Spielberg, Anthony Hopkins, Elizabeth Taylor, and Prince Charles

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