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Michael Douglas Defends Earnings From Ex-Wife

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Break-ups, Divorce, Legal Issues,

Michael and Diandra Douglas’ ex-wife has filed a lawsuit claiming she is entitled to half the money he has earned from new film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Diandra Luker received a $45 million payout from the couple’s divorce in 2000, but she now claims she is entitled to 50 percent of the earnings Michael makes from any spinoffs to his previous films. The 65-year-old actor - who has been married to for 10 years - is said be furious with his former spouse’s suit.

Michael starred in the original Wall Street movie in 1987, and according to him, the new Oliver Stone movie is a “sequel”, not a “spinoff.” However, Diandra’s lawyer Nancy Chemtob told Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper last week, “It’s the same character, the same title, just years later.”

Michael’s lawyer Marilyn Chinitz said, “They’re not the same thing. He doesn’t want her to be an albatross around his neck forever.” On Wednesday, Justice Cooper told the lawyers he hasn’t yet come to a conclusion regarding the case and he will not until he decides whether it should go ahead in New York or be sent back to Santa Barbara, California, where the former couple divorced.


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Ashley Tisdale to Star in High School Musical Spinoff

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Kids, Music, Cable, News,

Ashley Tisdale as Sharpay EvansAshley Tisdale is set to return as character Sharpay Evans in a new film.

The actress will return to the Disney channel for Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, a spinoff off the popular musical franchise. The project is set to be filmed this summer and will be released in 2011.

Ashley, 24, who will also be an executive producer on the movie, will be the only returning original member of the HSM cast.

The plot will see Sharpay and her dog, Boi, make their way from fictional school East High to Broadway after being spotted by talent scouts. During her attempt to become a theater star, she meets her match in a rival starlet.

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RealNetworks spinning Rhapsody off into separate company

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Corporate News, Internet, Music,

Rhapsody spinoffRealNetworks has just announced that it will be spinning off its Rhapsody music service into a separate, independently-operated company that will be based in downtown Seattle. This move follows the departure of founder Rob Glaser as CEO of the company, and about 150 RealNetworks employees will make the transition over to the new Rhapsody. Rhapsody, a joint venture between RealNetworks and Viacom MTV Networks, will no longer see it’s majority stake held by Real, which currently has a 51 percent share. RealNetworks says this is a move that is focused on streamlining company operations. Interesting, to say the least, since as far as we’re concerned, Rhapsody is the most interesting and mainstream product that RealNetworks has to offer.

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Casting Corner: Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Jake Gyllenhaal: The Jarhead star may be prepping to play another military man in Source Code, a sci-fi thriller. The movie, which will be directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), centers on a soldier who wakes up as a commuter on a train. The passenger is forced to relive the experience again and again until the mystery behind a bombing is determined. Shooting should start in early 2010.

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Sweet! Top Chef Does Desserts

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Bravo has recently picked up a spin-off, titled Top Chef: Just Desserts. Casting is underway, and the show is expected to air in 2010 after production wraps.

Though Top Chef offers great reality TV fare, desserts aren’t often on the menu. “Their Achilles heel is usually the desserts,” Frances Berwick, executive Vice President and general manager, admitted. “We’ve been thinking it would be fun to do a Top Chef with experienced pastry chefs. We’ve had a few pastry chefs…but they haven’t gone too far. It’s just a different skill.”

One that will finally have its own Top Chef spotlight, apparently. No hosts or judges for the show have been revealed, but it’s all supposed to come together in upcoming weeks.

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Big Plans for the X-Men Franchise

X-Men Origins: WolverineWolverine won’t be the last of the side stories; there are more flicks in the works for eager comic book fans.

Producer Lauren Shuler-Donner recently revealed a few juicy details about the future of the franchise. Wolverine 2 will feature “samurai, ninja, katana blades, different forms of martial arts”—in other words, lots of “extreme fighting.”

Other planned movies include X-Men: First Class and Deadpool. First Class will be a little “darker” and potentially include several “strange villains.” will be working on Deadpool at the same time he’s shooting for the Green Lantern movie, but Shuler-Donner doesn’t anticipate a problem. In the flick, Reynolds will play Wade Wilson, described as “a bad ass, a wise-cracking mercenary who will go out and kill anyone for money.”

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Columbia Moving Forward with Venom

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Spider-Man 4 screenwriter Gary Ross is to direct a spin-off film based on super-villain . Ross - who directed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit and whose screenwriting credits include Big and Dave - is to rewrite the script and helm the hotly-anticipated project.

It is not yet known whether , the actor who played the alien parasite in 2007’s Spider-Man 3, will return. Topher, 31, has only just signed on to star in Robert Rodriguez’s Predators - based on the character from the cult 1987 sci-fi film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger - so it is unlikely he will have time for the role.

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Casting Corner: ER, Gossip Girl, Entourage and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

ER: George Clooney won’t be the only cameo to keep an eye out for in the next few weeks. TV Guide reports that vet Sherry Stringfield (Dr. Susan Lewis) is now scheduled to make a return to County General as well. No details about her visit have been revealed.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that Gilmore Girls’ Alexis Bledel will be appearing in the April 2nd two-hour finale as Julia Wise, a new intern.

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CBS Fleshes Out Cast for NCIS Spinoff

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Prime Time, CBS, Gossip,

LL Cool JProduction on a planned NCIS spinoff is moving full steam ahead.

So far, three names have already been confirmed for CBS’ latest hour of crime. Louise Lombard (CSI), the series’ lead female, will star as a a former major in the military police. Notes from the Underbelly‘s Peter Cambor has been cast as an operational psychologist while Daniela Ruah will play a young investigator with a degree in forensics and criminology.

Two well-known actors are also in talks for the other leads. (Batman & Robin) is currently negotiating for the role of Callen, a “chameleon” who can easily transform into different identities. Meanwhile, the well-toned LL Cool J is being eyed for the part of Sam Hanna, an ex-Navy SEAL.

The new team will be introduced later this spring during a regular episode of NCIS.

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Spinoff News: Gossip Girl, The L Word, NCIS

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: Apparently when executive producer Josh Schwartz said back in June that there were “no plans for spinoff at this moment,” what he really meant was: “We aren’t planning anything for Jenny Humphrey.”

After months of speculation, CW finally announced that they will be creating a backdoor pilot for what could possibly be a spinoff. (This would be similar to what Shonda Rhimes did with Private Practice.) If the test run is successful, the new series would not involve any actors from the sophomore show, nor would it even be located in New York.

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