Who will be the next Ricky Gervais?

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Industry on lookout for U.K.’s rising stars America’s affinity for U.K. comedians began long before the Ricky Gervais craze touched these shores. From Charlie Chaplin to Monty Python, Brits helped shape Hollywood’s sense of humor. But who will be the next overseas star to hit it big Stateside? And what does it take to capture this country’s imagination? Top comedy agents agree the crucial factor is exposure — and not just in “Borat’s” naked-wrestling sense. Since a hip TV show can launch a career, new faces such as John Oliver (”The Daily Show”) and Ashley Jensen (”Extras,” “Ugly Betty”) gain enormously from regular appearances in American homes.

But even off-camera talent benefits. James Bobin, who co-scripted and directed “Da Ali G Show” for HBO in 2003 and 2004, graduated to showrunner on the net’s “Flight of the Conchords.” Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, co-creators of the U.K.’s award-winning Channel 4 sitcom “Peep Show,” are developing a U.S. version for Spike TV (they also wrote the film “Magicians”).

High-profile movie roles often provide the fastest shortcut for Brits hoping to register on the U.S. radar. Russell Brand, for instance, just appeared in the Judd Apatow comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and will appear again in December opposite Adam Sandler in “Bedtime Stories.” (Apatow also has him in mind for a Universal comedy.) And audiences may connect with standup Omid Djalili opposite Mike Meyers in “The Love Guru.” Djalili has a hit BBC series and plans to tour America this year.

Other names who’ve caught the industry’s attention include Kevin Bishop (”Star Stories”), Alexander Armstrong (”Saxondale”) and Rob Brydon (”Gavin and Stacey”).

But exposure alone does not a star make. “Writing your own material is also very important,” notes David Martin, president of the U.K.-based Avalon agency, which reps Oliver and standup comedian Lee Mack, whose new sitcom, “Not Going Out,” airs on BBC America in May. “They both write everything they perform, which is very unusual in a sitcom, and so their personalities are very invested in their performances, and their points of view come over very clearly.”

Overall, personality matters, and a novel approach — even one as potentially cringe-inducing as Gervais’ “Office” boob — can win over audiences in a major way.

As Matt Labov, senior VP of talent at BWR PR, puts it: “To me, funny is funny in any language, so it’s more about their original voice and that likability factor. And those who cross over here do so for the same reason certain American comedians cross over in other countries: because they’re appealing and they tap into something universal.”


Hugh Goes Dark in Deception

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Hugh Jackman talks about his sex thriller Deception

Gwyneth Paltrow on her knee surgery

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Gwen is really funny in this bit from Dave talking about her recent knee surgery

‘Geek’ not very popular with CW

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Season finale could be reality skein’s last

The May 13 season finale of CW reality skein “Beauty and the Geek” will likely be the show’s swan song –at least for a while.

Nothing’s been confirmed yet, but people close to the production confirm that CW execs have decided to put “Geek” on ice after the current season wraps. Skein may one day be revived, but only given the passage of enough time so that the format could once again seem fresh.

CW execs also may be spurred to reconsider if producers come up with a unique twist on the nerdy-guys-interacting-with-attractive-women format. One possible idea that’s been discussed is changing the format to focus on age differences.

Like just about everything on the CW this season, “Geek” has suffered serious ratings slippage during its fifth season, which began March 11.

Skein — a production of Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst, 3 Ball and Fox 21 — was an instant ratings winner when it premiered on the now-dead WB network in 2005. It continued to do well when it migrated to the fledgling CW a year later.

“You can never be sad about a run like this,” exec producer J.D. Roth told Daily Variety.

Source: Variety

WB revived as online platform

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TV unit unveils TheWB.com

Warner Bros. TV Group has revived the WB as an online platform.

Warner brass on Monday unveiled TheWB.com, a digital network intended to monetize old skeins and original content through ad support. Josh Schwartz, McG and “Laguna Beach” impresario Gary Auerbach have created skeins for the site, which will launch in beta next month and is expected to go fully live by August.

The group is also launching KidsWB.com, with classic Looney Tunes segs and its own original shortform toons, plus games.

Bruce Rosenblum, prexy of the TV group, cast the initiative as a complementary extension of the group’s smallscreen efforts.

“It is our belief we are in the multiplatform storytelling business — no longer simply in the television business,” Rosenblum said.

TheWB.com targets the 16-34 demo, a group that already actively consumes online programming intended for the smallscreen. “To them, that is television,” Rosenblum said.

Initiative requires significant expenditure; Rosenblum declined to project when it may be profitable, joking that the question is straight out of WB chair-CEO Barry Meyer’s mouth.

“We are taking this very seriously,” Rosenblum said. “This is an important part of where we see television going.”

Exec also brushed aside concerns that the site would eat into the CW network’s business. Several of the smallscreen skeins touted during Monday’s Gotham presentation, including “Smallville” and “One Tree Hill,” originally aired on the former WB.

“We would not expect it to cannibalize the CW in any way,” Rosenblum said, stressing the conglom’s commitment to the CW.

“The opportunity to bring the WB back as a digital destination just falls in line with our overarching strategy,” he added.

He predicted more of these digital platforms would pop up in the next six to 18 months and pointed out that TheWB.com content wouldn’t necessarily be exclusive. “It’s a competitive landscape,” he allowed. “That demographic is one that is highly sought after by advertisers.”

Nor, Rosenblum said, would the site affect licensing deals with Hulu. He said the company hoped to license third-party content for TheWB.com to build a more enticing environment for users.

He admitted the ultimate impact on the syndication market is not yet known, but predicted the site would not hurt homevideo sales or electronic sell-through efforts. Episodes of “Friends,” for example, will be available for the first time on the site; the show has already minted coin in syndication and on DVD.

“The digital landscape is giving us a lot of new opportunities to monetize content, and none of them are mutually exclusive,” Rosenblum said.

The site already has lined up a charter sponsor in Johnson & Johnson and has partnered with Facebook.

“We want to go where they are and make it as easy as possible for them,” said Craig Erwich, exec VP of Warner Horizon Television.

Users will be able to employ a video editing tool to further customize content and share it with others on the site.

The original content will be created under the Warner Bros. Studio 2.0 banner.

Among the skeins: “Sorority Forever,” a sudser from McG’s Wonderland Sound and Vision and “Prom Queen” producer Big Fantastic; Schwartz’s untitled project about a fictional Hollywood rock club; Auerbach’s reality skein “Rich Girl/Poor Girl”; and “Exposed,” a thriller exec produced by McG. The slate also includes 3-D horror adventure toon “Chadam”; “High Drama: Against All Oz,” a nonscripted series about the production of a high school musical; and thriller “Lockdown.”

The cost of the programming itself will be small compared with the investment in the actual sites; that, execs say, will help the venture’s viability. But Erwich stressed that the focus will be on content created for the Internet aud, not on cut-rate TV programming.

“This is not an incubator for cheap programming for cable or broadcast,” Erwich said. “The Internet is its own medium, and we want to be respectful of that. We’re not doing this to save money.”

Similarly, KidsWB.com will stream original toon shorts created by the WB Animation division, which last week saw the exit of topper Lisa Judson. KidsWB.com will focus on interactivity in the form of games and virtual worlds. Users will be able to customize avatars of characters such as Tweety.

“The only rule is there are no rules,” said Sam Ades, general manager of KidsWB.com.

There will be more than 100 games at launch, with more added as the site rolls out. McDonald’s and Mattel are early sponsors of the kids’ site.

TheWB.com content will be distributed through a variety of platforms, including Comcast, Fancast.com and AOL.

During the Gotham presentation, execs didn’t provide many details about the nature and frequency of potential ads, other than to stress how flexible and customizable the platform is. TV brass are meeting with the Madison Avenue crowd this week to tout the platform.

Although a promo reel plays up the WB connection, intoning “the WB is back — and with an attitude,” execs admit the name is more expedient than anything else.

“The brand is a great organizer for these things,” Erwich said. “There was a tremendous spirit to it.”

Ultimately, he said, the site will develop an identity of its own as it bows more original content. The biggest challenge it likely will face is the same one that afflicted the old WB: attracting enough eyeballs in a cluttered environment. But here, Erwich suggests, they may have an advantage in the dedicated fans for shows that aired on the defunct weblet — or elsewhere, for that matter.

“I think ultimately it’s about the shows,” Erwich said. “As we roll out more original content, it will become clearer.”

Source: Variety

“Witch Mountain” kids return for remake with The Rock

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Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, the original kid stars of Disney’s 1970s “Witch Mountain” movies, are coming back for the studio’s re-imagining of the adventure tales.

“Race to Witch Mountain,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Carla Gugino, is currently in production.

In a nod to the original movies, Eisenmann plays a sheriff and Richards a waitress at a roadhouse called Ray’s in a town called Stony Creek.

They help a Las Vegas cabbie (Johnson) and his two paranormal-powered passengers (AnnaSophia Robb and Alexander Ludwig), who are on the run from a diabolical group of men who wish to exploit their abilities.

Richards appeared in “Black Snake Moan,” and Eisenmann did voice work for “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

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Judge, Bateman team up for comedy

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - “Office Space” director Mike Judge will team up with “Juno” co-star Jason

Bateman for another feature that mines the workplace for comic material.

“Extract” follows a flower extract plant owner (Bateman) dealing with workplace issues and a stream of bad luck, including his wife’s affair with a gigolo.

Judge previously satirized the workplace in the 1999 cult classic “Office Space,” while his 2006 film

“Idiocracy” took on the dumbing-down of American society.

The new project, which Judge also wrote, is set up at Miramax Films. He is perhaps best known for creating the animated classics “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill.”

Mekhi Phifer over the “Moon” for thriller

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Mekhi Phifer (NBC’s “ER”) will star in “Hunter’s Moon,” a live-action version of James L. White’s graphic novel.

He will play

a stockbroker who takes his son on a weekend hunting trip in the woods. The teen is kidnapped, forcing the father to do the criminals’ bidding to save the boy’s life.

“Hunter’s Moon” was published as a five-part comic series last year, and released in novel form this month via Boom Entertainment, which will produce the film.

Days: Nicole is Back and the Summer is Heating Up!

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As a rabid Sami and Nicole fan- these are my fave ladies in Salem I cannot describe how happy I am that Nicole is back and we are promised some exciting Lucas action in the weeks ahead!

3:10 to Yuma- Well Worth the DVD purchase price

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By Kate Blake- EH Admin I saw 3:10 to Yuma when it was released in the theaters for 3 reasons. First it was based on an Elmore Leonard story and Yuma is about a one legged rancher (Bale) who dares to accompany a dangerous criminal (Crowe) to the 3:10 train to Yuma where he will be tried and sentenced to one of the most horrific prisons ever built by man. Anyone who knows the Arizona desert knows Yuma is hot beyond belief and the old Federal prison used to have prisoners kept in unshaded cells baking in the heat harassed by insects and sand. The path the men take is not easy and filled with complications and contemplation. Like all Leonard films this has many levels of storytelling and character development going on throughout. If you are a fan of westerns- make sure you add 3:10 to Yuma to your collection! Available on Widescreen DVD or Blu-Ray 3:10 to Yuma (Widescreen Edition)

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