Ryan Seacrest tapped as Emmys host
The American Idol host has been announced as emcee of this year’s Primetime Emmy Awards, to be broadcast live on Fox (Idol’s network). The network said Seacrest’s experience with live TV helped get him the gig: ”He’s a consummate host of major live broadcast events and a proven talent who always makes it look easy,” said Fox alternative entertainment prexy Mike Darnell. The 59th annual Emmys ceremony will be held Sept. 16 at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. (Variety)
Kristen Bell joins Heroes
The star of the canceled cult fave Veronica Mars will costar on NBC’s superhero hit starting this October, playing Elle, a mysterious woman who has ties to Peter, H.R.G., and Claire. The casting is considered a big win for Heroes and its network, considering Bell had been pursued by other shows (including, reportedly, ABC’s Lost). The actress also has a couple film projects in the works, including the title role in the Judd Apatow-produced Forgetting Sarah Marshall. (Variety)
Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston sign on for Marley & Me
The actors will play a married couple who bring home a difficult yellow Labrador in 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of John Grogan’s best-selling memoir. David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) will direct. Production on the movie is expected to begin next year. (Variety)
Injuries on the set of Tom Cruise movie
Eleven people were hurt during the filming of Cruise’s WWII-set Valkyrie, after falling off the back of a moving truck (a side panel burst open as the vehicle turned a corner). One person was seriously injured in the accident and remains hospitalized; filming was halted. This is not the first trouble for Valkyrie, in which Cruise stars as the real-life colonel who led a failed conspiracy to kill Hitler; the actor has been under fire from the colonel’s family and the German government, which considers Scientology a cult and previously forbade the production from shooting on military sites. (Reuters)
Nicole Kidman, Ralph Fiennes to star in The Reader
Oscar winner Kidman and Oscar nominee Fiennes have signed on for the romance, in which a man recounts his post-WWII secret love affair with an older woman. The movie, an adaptation of a best-selling novel by Bernhard Schlink, will be directed by Stephen Daldry (The Hours) and produced by Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack, and Scott Rudin — all of whom have worked with Kidman before on various other prestige projects. (Variety)
Conchords, Entourage renewed
HBO has renewed its comedies Flight of the Conchords (for a second season) and Entourage (for a fifth). Both series, which end their current seasons soon, will return in 2008. The announcement comes after the network’s decision to cancel John From Cincinnati and to renew Big Love. (Variety)
CSI adds new cast member
Jessica Lucas (The Covenant, She’s the Man, Life as We Know It) will play Veronica ”Ronnie” Lake, a hotshot rookie CSI who joins the Las Vegas crew. Though there was some speculation that the new character was written as a replacement for Jorja Fox’s Sara Sidle, it’s now understood that Ronnie is simply a new member of the team. (Hollywood Reporter)
People.com: Kevin Federline has subpoenaed the Promises Treatment Center — the facility where Britney Spears did a month-long rehab stint — in his custody battle with the pop star.
Page Six: Speaking of Britney Spears… Donald Trump claims he’s talking to her — and considering Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan — to star in his celebrity version of The Apprentice.
Rush & Molloy: And speaking of Lindsay Lohan… She’s said to be ready to revive her singing career, reaching out to Universal Music about a third album.