week in review
EmptyAfter 18 days of talking and getting exactly nowhere, SAG and the Alliance of Motion Picture &Television Producers broke off talks Tuesday after sister union AFTRA refused to postpone its own talks with the producers for a third time. SAG president Alan Rosenberg diplomatically expressed his disappointment: "We made a decision we thought would be good for members of both unions, which happen to be the same members, and they declined." AFTRA and the AMPTP began their own talks Wednesday to negotiate a primetime TV contract.
It turns out that "make it work" is easier said than done. In the latest development in the ongoing "Project Runway" saga, producers Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz confirmed Monday that they will not follow the hit series when it makes the jump to Lifetime. Instead, they inked a first-look deal at NBC Universal for their company, Magical Elves, to produce broadcast, digital and cable properties. The producers claim the developments are nothing more than a coincidence. "The two decisions were made independent of each other," Cutforth said.
Take-Two Entertainment is touting "Grand Theft Auto IV" as the richest launch in the nebulsouly defined realms of entertainment history. The game, available for Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3, notched $500 million in first-week sales, moving 6 million total units and 3.2 million just in the first day. The previous record-holder, Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," raked in $404 million worldwide in its first six days, but analysts are quick to point out that it's apples and oranges: A ticket to "Pirates" cost about $10, but "GTA IV" retails for $60 a pop.
There must be something in the water. Talent agent Mitchell Gossett said this week that he's leaving Cunningham Escott Slevin Doherty for UTA, taking with him teen sensation and walking ATM Miley Cyrus among his other clients. A day later, word came that Warren Zavala was leaving Gersh for CAA, bringing Paul Dano, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and a batch of other young actors with him. And finally, in a separate but weirdly coincidental development, former UTA agents Jonathan Perry and Brian Dow joined APA.
Ellen Page has signed on to play Jane Eyre in the literary adaptation for Ruby and BBC Films. … Esai Morales will play patriarch Joseph Adama on "Caprica," Sci Fi Channel's pilot prequel to "Battlestar Galactica." … James Brolin is stepping in for James Caan in David O. Russell's "Nailed," and Kirstie Alley is coming on board, as well. … Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Zooey Deschanel and Minka Kelly are starring in Fox Searchlight's anti-romantic comedy "500 Days of Summer."