Keri Russell, forever known to the world as the winsome but conflicted college student Felicity, will be hitting the big screen in her most high-profile role to date.
Russell will star opposite Tom Cruise in Felicity creator J.J. Abrams' Mission: Impossible 3. The role of a junior agent under the supervision of Cruise's character was intended for Scarlett Johansson, but the young star dropped out due to scheduling delays. Russell reportedly won the part over Lindsay Lohan, who had also expressed interest.
Despite rumors of trouble due to a sky-high budget and Tom Cruise's recent publicity antics, the film will begin shooting next month. In addition to Cruise and Russell, Mission: Impossible 3 will feature Ving Rhames, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Michelle Monaghan, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film should reach theaters on May 5, 2006.
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Lifetime has ordered 20 episodes of Bianca, a prime-time soap based on the popular German telenovela of the same name. It is targeted for a fall premiere on the women's cable network.
Bianca--Wege zum Glueck, which airs on public broadcaster ZDF, explores the forbidden love between a woman searching for a new life after being unfairly imprisoned and a wealthy heir who is engaged to be married.
"It's a sexy, flirty, fun, modern soap filled with deception, murder, secrets, and betrayal and is an ideal format for our audience," said Susanne Daniels, president of Lifetime Entertainment.
It is being produced in Australia by FremantleMedia, home of Fox's chart-topping American Idol.
Bianca is the third drama series ordered by Daniels since she joined Lifetime in August. The improv comedy ...Read more
Since the advent of the DVR, advertisers have been scrambling to find a way to make you watch their ads. ReacTV has a solution--pay you.
ReacTV, a startup company created by real estate maven Frank Maggio, will offer viewers the chance to watch TV and win money by interacting with the ads they see. The advertisers will make use of a watcher's ad-viewing habits, much like Neilsen ratings system, or a focus group.
Each "game" consists of a 10-minute round divided into two parts. The first part is a trivia game (presumably dealing with ads and products), while in the second half viewers watch ads and answer questions about them. At the end of every hour, a "winner" is announced and sent a cash prize.
The company has created a remote control unit that connects to the Internet and sends your viewing information back to ReacTV. The remote can ...Read more