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(MEYER, ROBOT, CHICKEN, WRITER, GREEN, EPISODE)


By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - A viral video billed as "Breckin Meyer Responds to Perez Hilton" plays like a parody of Hilton`s video statement about his recent run-in with the Black Eyed Peas in Toronto. But in fact it`s a stealth promo for an upcoming "Robot Chicken" DVD release. Since being released Wednesday on FunnyOrDie.com (www.FunnyOrDie.com) and later on AdultSwim.com (www.AdultSwim.com), the clip of actor/writer Meyer, which features Zac Efron, has nabbed about 370,000 views. It was written by "Robot Chicken" creators Seth Green and Matthew Senreich and head wr... read more
 
 
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01 July 2009 @ 06:01 pm

(SEASON, CASTLE, AUTHOR, MYSTERY, NOVEL, HYPERION)


By James Hibberd LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - As television networks brainstorm dizzying high-tech ways to promote shows online and via social networks, ABC is adopting a decidedly retro medium to excite viewers for the upcoming second season of "Castle": a book. Because the show`s protagonist, Richard Castle, is a best-selling author of mysteries, what more appropriate tie-in than to publish a mystery novel credited to the character? The first chapter of Castle`s novel "Heat Wave" will debut August 10 on ABC.com. The network will post the first half of the book, a chapter a week, for 10... read more
 
 
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(AEROSMITH, KRAMER, PEOPLE, ABOUT, HAMILTON, ALBUM)


By Gary Graff DETROIT (Billboard) - Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer says he wrote his new book, "Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top," in order "to be entertaining, but at the same to ... help people." Kramer tells Billboard.com that "Hit Hard," which was published Tuesday (June 30), is the result of a four-year process with writers William Patrick and Keith Garde. The book, which includes a forward by Motley Crue`s Nikki Sixx, chronicles the drummer`s substance abuse problems, his psychologically scarring relationship with his father and a similarly tumultuous, "co-dependent" ba... read more
 
 
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01 July 2009 @ 05:26 pm

(GRAVITY, NETWORK, DRAMA, EXECUTIVE, PRODUCER, PARRIOTT)


By Nellie Andreeva LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - ABC is "Defying Gravity." The network has picked up the 13-episode adventure drama starring Ron Livingston. "Gravity," whose cast includes Laura Harris, Christina Cox, Malik Yoba and Florentine Lahme, is set in the near future and revolves around eight astronauts from five countries who undertake a mysterious six-year mission through the solar system. The internationally produced series -- also set to air on Canada`s CTV, Germany`s ProSieben and the BBC -- hails from familiar ABC contributors: creator/executive producer James Parriott, who ... read more
 
 
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(LAKHMARI, THROUGH, CASANEGRA, ABOUT, CHARACTERS, KARIM)


By Natasha Senjanovic TAORMINA, Italy (Hollywood Reporter) - The likes of Bogey and Bergman are nowhere to be seen in Nour Eddine Lakhmari`s tour through the nocturnal underbelly of Casablanca, or "Casanegra," as the city`s underclasses call it. Lakhmari picked up the prize for best director at the Taormina festival for this film about two childhood friends, young men striving to rise above the surrounding squalor. Moroccan films usually are relegated to art-house cinemas, but "Casanegra" is hip, stylish and engaging enough to break out further -- if it weren`t for its two-hour running time. L... read more
 
 
 
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(JACKSON, AUCTION, MADDALENA, PROFILES, HISTORY, SHELL)


Bob Tourtellotte LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - He was famously called "The Gloved One," and now anyone can slip their hand into one of only two Michael Jackson electric-white gloves that could sell in the six figures, an auctioneer said on Tuesday. Joseph Maddalena, who heads auction house Profiles in History, said the item was consigned by glove designer Ted Shell and worn by the singer on the Jacksons` 1984 Victory Tour. "Michael Jackson is `The Gloved One.` That`s his nickname. That is one thing he`ll be remembered for," said Maddalena, who said the glove comes with a letter of authenticity from ... read more
 
 
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(LONDON, MICHAEL, JACKSON, FAMILY, PHILLIPS, BEFORE)


By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The promoter of Michael Jackson`s planned run of 50 concerts in London wants his family to stage an all-star show in his memory and said on Tuesday he had discussed the idea with them. Randy Phillips, chief executive of AEG Live, also said Jackson appeared to be fit and ready to perform the day before he died last Thursday, aged 50, after suffering cardiac arrest. "At some point the world needs to see this production, and I would imagine if we could do it, it would be done as a tribute with the family ... but also other stars who loved Michael and were ... read more
 
 
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(JACKSON, REPORTS, PUBLIC, MOTHER, FAMILY, NEVERLAND)


By Jill Sergeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bizarre in life, Michael Jackson`s complex personal affairs are taking even stranger twists in death, with sketchy reports on Tuesday of plans for an elaborate public memorial and questions over the parentage of his children. After five days of television replays of Jackson`s hit songs and glowing tributes to his musical genius, attention has turned to the murkier side of the "Thriller" singer. Celebrity website TMZ.com, which broke the news of Jackson`s death, reported the entertainer was not the biological father of his three children and that his ex-... read more
 
 
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(LONDON, MICHAEL, JACKSON, FAMILY, PHILLIPS, BEFORE)


By Mike Collett-White LONDON (Reuters) - The promoter of Michael Jackson`s planned run of 50 concerts in London wants his family to stage an all-star show in his memory and said on Tuesday he had discussed the idea with them. Randy Phillips, chief executive of AEG Live, also said Jackson appeared to be fit and ready to perform the day before he died last Thursday, aged 50, after suffering cardiac arrest. "At some point the world needs to see this production, and I would imagine if we could do it, it would be done as a tribute with the family ... but also other stars who loved Michael and were ... read more
 
 
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(MICHAEL, JACKSON, DEATH, CHILDREN, BIOLOGICAL, MOTHER)


By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bizarre in life, Michael Jackson`s complex personal affairs are taking even stranger twists in death, with reports on Tuesday questioning the parentage of his children and what caused his untimely demise. After five days of television replays of Jackson`s most famous hits and glowing emotional tributes to his musical genius, attention has turned to the murkier side of the "Thriller" singer. Celebrity website TMZ.com, which broke the news of Jackson`s death, reported the entertainer was not the biological father of his three children and that his ex-wife... read more