Zooey Deschanel just tweeted this photo from the set of Bill Murray-starrer, Barry Levinson-directed Rock The Kasbah. Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Scott Caan and Danny McBride also star in the pic about a a down-on-his-luck rock manager who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. After finding himself abandoned in Kabul, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young village girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star. Do you recognize these dudes?
This is the first co-production for Sony Pictures TV and Televisa under their 5-year deal announced on Monday. Original teleseries Señorita Pólvora, starring Camila Sodi, Iván Sánchez and José María de Tavira, was inspired by the real life story of a beauty queen whose alleged connections to the underworld and a romantic affair with an assassin ultimately led to her untimely demise. The series will be produced in Mexico by SPT, and will air cross multiple Televisa platforms and on UniMás in the U.S. UniMás will present the series at Univision’s upfront next Tuesday. Señorita Pólvora is also being sold across the rest of Latin America by SPT while Televisa will distribute across the east and south of Europe; SPT and Televisa will jointly distribute the series throughout the rest of the world. Señorita Pólvora follows Valentina (Sodi), a beautiful, well-to-do young women who falls for a hit man only to find out that her love, in addition to her own family, belongs to of one of Mexico’s most powerful drug cartels. Her explosive life and gradual descent into the world of crime is chronicled by a journalist who kindles a burning flame for the deadly beauty queen.
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This is sad news for me. As a former Associated Press writer-editor I had the pleasure of working with Bob Thomas, a legend not only at the AP but throughout the entertainment industry. Thomas died today of age-related illnesses at his Encino, CA home, his daughter Janet Thomas told the AP. He was 92. From the time he began working as an entertainment reporter for the wire service in 1944, he covered a record 66 Oscar ceremonies, interviewed stars ranging from Lucille Ball to Elizabeth Taylor, and also made his mark outside of entertainment, filing the bulletin that Robert F. Kennedy had been shot. (He actually joined the AP in 1943 with hopes of becoming a war correspondent, but left after a year after he was named the Fresno, CA correspondent. “It gets so damn hot in Fresno in the summer and nothing much ever happens there,” he once told a colleague, according to the AP). He returned to the AP in 1944 as an entertainment reporter and for the next seven decades covered the industry he loved.
Thomas’ credits are endless. He reviewed of hundreds of films and television shows, and countless retrospective pieces on Hollywood and how it had changed from the perspective of someone who had lived through its transitions. He is listed twice in Guinness World Records: for most consecutive Academy Awards shows covered by an entertainment reporter and for longest career as an entertainment reporter (1944-2010). His interview subjects included luminaries such as Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Groucho Marx and Marlon Brando, Walt Disney and Fred Astaire. He also authored nearly three dozen books, including biographies of Disney, Brando and a portrait of studio mogul Harry Cohn, King Cohn. He wrote, produced and appeared on several television specials on the Academy Awards and was a guest on numerous TV programs including The Tonight Show, Good Morning America and Nightline. His biographies of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes and the comedy team of Abbott and Costello were made into TV movies.
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4TH UPDATE: Issuing a statement to South African newspaper The Star and ABC News, SA-born PR pro Justine Sacco apologized for the offensive AIDS Tweet that led to her firing from IAC over the weekend: “Words cannot express how sorry I am, and how necessary it is for me to apologize to the people of South Africa, who I have offended due to a needless and careless tweet. There is an AIDS crisis taking place in this country, that we read about in America, but do not live with or face on a continuous basis. Unfortunately, it is terribly easy to be cavalier about an epidemic that one has never witnessed firsthand.
“For being insensitive to this crisis – which does not discriminate by race, gender or sexual orientation, but which terrifies us all uniformly – and to the millions of people living with the virus, I am ashamed.
“This is my father’s country, and I was born here. I cherish my ties to South Africa and my frequent visits, but I am in anguish knowing that my remarks have caused pain to so many people here; my family, friends and fellow South Africans. I am very sorry for the pain I caused.”
3RD UPDATE, SATURDAY PM: Justine Sacco has been swiftly sacked by Barry Diller‘s IAC a day after posting her controversial AIDS Tweet. “The … Read More »
UPDATE 12:12 PM: ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer is expanding to one hour again tonight as part of the network’s continuing coverage of the Boston bombings. ABC News also says it will air a special edition of Nightline with Terry Moran anchoring From Boston. That’s the only change from the networks announced so far. Both NBC’s Brian Williams and CBS’ Scott Pelley are anchoring their networks news from Boston tonight. And Fox News’ Shep Smith also will again be anchoring the network’s coverage from Boston at 3 PM and 7 PM ET. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will continue to report from Boston with his AC 360 live at 8 PM and 10 PM ET. Cooper will be joined by Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta among others in CNN’s coverage. CBS said it is going back to its regular programming tonight. Two bombs exploded yesterday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring more than 170. This morning President Obama called the attack “heinous and cowardly” and said the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism, though they still don’t know who’s behind the bombings.
Tonight’s Boston Celtics-Indiana Pacers game in Boston was cancelled yesterday by the NBA after the blasts, and other upcoming major sporting events are taking extra steps in security planning for their events including the Kentucky Derby and Indianapolis 500.
PREVIOUS MONDAY PM: NBC News will air a one-hour primetime special at 10 PM ET tonight on the Boston Marathon explosions. So far, NBC is the only network to interrupt its primetime schedule for special coverage. That means that the new episode of the network’s Revolution scheduled for tonight will not air this week. The J.J. Abrams-produced post-apocalyptic series recently returned from a long winter break to unsteady ratings. NBC is also extending its network newscast to one hour. CBS says Scott Pelley will be anchoring an extended one-hour-and-a-half-long version of the CBS Evening News tonight from New York from 6:30 PM to 8 PM ET. Read More »