THIS JUST IN FROM UNIVERSAL/NBC:

NBC SIGNS EXCLUSIVE ONE-YEAR TALENT AND DEVELOPMENT DEAL WITH HILARY DUFF TO STAR IN HER OWN SERIES FROM UNIVERSAL MEDIA STUDIOSBURBANK – November 14, 2008 – NBC has signed Hilary Duff  to a one-year, exclusive, talent and development deal to star in her own series that would also allow her to guest-star or appear in multiple story arcs in various current NBC series, it was announced today by Ben Silverman, Co-Chairman, NBC Entertainment and Universal Media Studios.

“Hilary is an incredibly versatile talent with a huge following whose career we know will continue to soar on NBC,” said Teri Weinberg, Executive Vice President, NBC Entertainment.  “We are confident we will develop great ideas that would feature her vast talents and are thrilled to have this opportunity.”

The new series would be produced by Universal Media Studios.

Hilary gained fame in the Disney Channel’s top-rated series “Lizzie McGuire” in 2001. Shortly after, Duff starred in numerous feature films such as “The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” “Agent Cody Banks,” “A Cinderella Story,” “The Perfect Man,” “Raise Your Voice,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2.”

More recently, Hilary pushed new boundaries as an actress co-starring in John Cusack’s critically acclaimed 2008 film “War, Inc.” Also due on the big screen in 2009, are the feature films “Safety Glass,” “Stay Cool” and “Greta,” in which Hilary plays the title character and co-stars with Oscar winner Ellyn Burstyn.

In addition to her acting, Duff also has a global prolific and successful singing career, entering the Top-40 music charts with the singles “So Yesterday” and “Come Clean.”  Her first album, “Metamorphosis,” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and later rose to the #1 spot, selling over two million copies.   She has won two platinum album awards and her concerts are routinely sold out across the country as she attracts a large and loyal fan base.

Among her many accolades, Duff was honored with two separate Teen Choice Awards for her performances in “The Lizzie McGuire Movie” and “A Cinderella Story.”  She also was named by Teen People as one of the magazine’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25.”

Hilary is passionate about several charitable causes. Her charity work includes the founding of Blessings in a Back Pack, an organization she started with USA Harvest founder Stan Curtis, which helps inner city schoolchildren get the nutrition they need. Hilary has also been passionate in speaking out against animal cruelty.


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In the upcoming GAS VAN SANT biopic, MILK, EMILE HIRSCH stars as Cleve Jones, a real life friend and colleague of San Francisco Supervisor HARVEY MILK.

We spoke with HIRSCH recently and he told us that what took the most getting used to was the 70’s style clothes, Listen in below:

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ROBERT PATTINSON, the star of TWILIGHT, tells us that he had no idea STEPHANIE MEYER’S vampire franchise was so popular.

PATTINSON claims to have been surprised the books have sold millions of copies. Listen in below:

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In the upcoming GUS VAN SANT biopic, MILK, actress ALLISON PILL plays ANNE KRONENBERG, a bike riding lesbian, who eventually became HARVEY MILK’S campaign manager.

But, while the real-life KRONENBERG was adept on a motorcycle, the real-life ALLISON PILL….well,….isn’t.

We recently called her out on not riding a bike in MILK and she came clean. Listen in below:

 


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NOAH WYLE recently spent time in New Orleans while shootong the upcoming TNT movie THE LIBRARIAN: MYSTERY OF THE JUDAS CHALIS.

WYLE tells us that it was his first time in ‘The Big Easy’ and, even though some progress has been made, he wishes he’d seen it before the KRATINA disaster.  Listen in below:

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Check out our review of the new JAMES BOND adventure, QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

We spoke with star DANIEL CRAIG about the film and he told us a sequel to CASINO ROYALE was inevitable. Listen in below:

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On this day in 1964, child actress PIA ZADORA made her big screen debut in the holiday classic, SANTA CLAUSE CONQUERS THE MARTIANS.

Long considered one of the all-time worst holiday movies ever made, this was the cinematic equivilent of getting coal in your stocking.

 


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On this day in 1919, sultry screen siren VERONICA LAKE was born. As famous for playing femme fatales as much as zany comedy, LAKE was probably best known for the one-eyed, peek-a-boo hairstyle she made internationally famous.

So famous, in fact, the government had to take action. Check out the clip below:

 


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THIS JUST IN FROM OUR PALS AT 20th CENTURY FOX: 

Please check out a very cool global feature we have created online for THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.  We call it “Earth’s Vital List” and it is a fun social networking exercise where you choose what you would hypothetically save if the earth was being demolished….  (iPhone? Girlfriend? Pet? Taco Bell?…)  I also attached a static screengrab of MY Vital List from Facebook, but you can do it on MySpace and other Social Networking places. It starts some fun dialogs…  I already have friends on Facebook asking why I wouldn’t “save” them….  You can also be a voyeur.  Some of the things people would save are hilarious….

http://www.earthvitallist.com


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JOSH BROLIN, who should get an Oscar nod this year for W and possibly MILK, was not always an A-list actor.  For several years he put acting on the backburner and actually became a day trader.

 BROLIN talks about his trading technique and he explains why, these days, he’s basically sticking to acting. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR)

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