November 10th, 2009
01:15 PM ET

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Oscar buzz continues to build around "Precious," and movie studio Lionsgate plans to expand it to 1,200 theaters over Thanksgiving, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio's president told the paper that the word of mouth for the movie is higher than that of most "prestige films" this early on.

Speaking of Oscar buzz, the chances for this past summer's "Up" to be nominated for Best Picture continue to look good. The Hollywood Reporter says that if that happened, it would be the first time a movie has been nominated for both Best Picture and Best Animated Feature. "Beauty and the Beast" was the last animated movie nominated for Best Picture in 1991.

Donald Trump and first season "Apprentice" contestant Omarosa are getting back together, Variety reports. The pair are working on a reality dating show called "Omarosa's Ultimate Merger." Omarosa also appeared on the first season of "Celebrity Apprentice."

Another one bites the dust: ABC has decided not to renew new series "Eastwick," EW.com reports. However, another new series, "The Forgotten," just got an additional five episodes ordered.

On DVD today: the aforementioned "Up," "The Ugly Truth," starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler, Ashton Kutcher in "Spread," "Andy Barker, P.I.: The Complete Series" and "Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days."

November 9th, 2009
01:27 PM ET

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Is Steven Tyler leaving Aerosmith? EW.com asks that question, reporting that Tyler gave an interview last week where he said he would be pulling out of the band's South American tour, while guitarist Joe Perry has since said that Tyler has stopped returning his phone calls.

Jonas Brothers fans, take heart: another season of the sitcom "Jonas" has been ordered up by The Disney Channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show has been winning in its Sunday night time slot in key kids demographics.

"Curb Your Enthusiasm" is heading into cable syndication, The Hollywood Reporter says. The long-running HBO comedy starring Larry David will air in reruns on the TV Guide Network and TV Land starting in February.

Fox's new Saturday night talk show "The Wanda Sykes Show" debuted over the weekend, and it improved on now-canceled "Mad TV's" ratings last year, Variety reports. However, "Saturday Night Live" still scored better with viewers.

November 6th, 2009
01:16 PM ET

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The Hollywood Reporter says that GLAAD is protesting Wednesday night's episode of "South Park" which dealt with the "F-word." Their statement reads in part, "Though this seems to represent a well-intentioned effort by the creators of South Park to delegitimize a vulgar anti-gay slur, the fact is that the word is and remains a hateful slur that is often part of the harassment, bullying and violence that gay people, and gay youth in particular, experience on a daily basis in this country."

Jellystone Park is getting a little more crowded as three actors are in talks for the live-action/CG-animated "Yogi Bear Movie," Variety reports. Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd and Justin Timberlake will be part of the film's cast, with Aykroyd looking at voicing Yogi himself, with Timberlake as Boo-Boo. Faris is negotiating to play a documentary filmmaker (not CG-animated in this case, one would assume).

Popular satirical website/newspaper "The Onion" is coming to TV, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Comedy Central is partnering with "The Onion" on a half-hour scripted comedy, based on the website's video sports "coverage."

In theatres today: Jim Carrey gets animated in Robert Zemeckis' state-of-the-art version of "A Christmas Carol," George Clooney in the quirky "The Men Who Stare at Goats," Cameron Diaz in the psychological thriller "The Box," alien close encounters of "The Fourth Kind," and finally, "Precious," which is getting a lot of Oscar buzz of late.

November 4th, 2009
01:30 PM ET

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The cut "Bruno" scene featuring LaToya Jackson will be part of the movie's upcoming DVD, People reports. It was removed from the film at the last minute due to Michael Jackson's death, which occurred days before the movie's release. In the 90-second scene, Sacha Baron Cohen interviews LaToya in character as Bruno.

Tuesday night's highly-anticipated premiere of "V" paid off in the ratings for ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was the highest-rated premiere for a new scripted show so far this season.

James Franco will not only appear in several episodes of "General Hospital," he also plans to guest star on "30 Rock," according to EW.com.

Variety reports that Sigourney Weaver and John C. Reilly have joined a cast which includes "The Hangover's" Ed Helms and Anne Heche for the comedy "Cedar Rapids." Weaver will play Helms' former seventh-grade teacher in the movie, which has already begun shooting.

Now on DVD: action blockbuster "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," Denzel Washington and John Travolta in "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," Bush stage spoof "You're Welcome, America" starring Will Ferrell, teen comedy "I Love You, Beth Cooper," family fare "Aliens in the Attic," documentary "Food, Inc.," Hitchcock classic "North by Northwest: 50th Anniversary Edition," plus TV sets "Star Wars The Clone Wars: The Complete Season One," "G.I. Joe: Season 1.2" and "Ruby-Spears Superman."

November 3rd, 2009
01:05 PM ET

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Sony Pictures decided to extend the run of concert film "Michael Jackson's This Is It" due to the fact that the popularity of the film seemed to extend beyond Jackson fans when the studio looked at opening night ticket sales, according to EW.com. The movie will now remain in theaters through Thanksgiving.

After last year's successful "Marley & Me," Owen Wilson is sticking with canine family fare. The Hollywood Reporter says that he has been tapped to voice comic strip character Marmaduke in a feature length movie about the Great Dane.

Variety reports that George Clooney is in discussions to join the cast of "The Descendants," a "family dramedy" to be directed by "Sideways'" Alexander Payne.

Kathy Griffin has been tapped to host "Let's Dance," another celebrity dancing show, set to make its debut on November 23 after "Dancing with the Stars," according to EW.com. The show will get a trial run of five episodes to begin with.

"Terminator: Salvation" was not the last we've heard of the film franchise. Rights to future "Terminator" movies will go up for auction in January, Variety reports.

EW.com reports that "Heroes" cast member Adrian Pasdar, who played flying U.S. Senator Nathan Petrelli, is leaving the show.

November 2nd, 2009
01:07 PM ET

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Scandal may have been good for David Letterman's ratings: The Hollywood Reporter says that the "Late Show" is up 13 percent in total viewers so far this season. Meanwhile, "The Tonight Show" has seen precipitous declines with Conan O'Brien at the helm.

"Michael Jackson's This Is It" had a strong opening overseas, The Los Angeles Times reports. Sony Pictures estimates that it made $68.5 million in 108 foreign territories. This is despite what was seen as a disappointing domestic box office.

Warner Bros. Pictures is now stepping in to advertise on Fox's upcoming special, "Family Guy Presents: Seth and Alex's Almost Live Comedy Show," according to The Los Angeles Times. Microsoft recently backed out, reportedly due to concerns over jokes about deaf people and the Holocaust.

Katie Holmes has replaced Liv Tyler in upcoming independent film, "The Romantics," Variety reports. Not only that, she has also been made an executive producer of the movie, which revolves around several college friends who reunite for a wedding.

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