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Mike Bruno
November 08, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

No MSNBC for Rosie
Rosie O’Donnell announced on her blog Wednesday (Nov. 7) that she would not be hosting her own primetime talk show on MSNBC. The controversial former co-host of The View wrote that they were ”close to a deal” for a show, but added that it is ”just as well” that it fell apart, describing the collapse as, ”poof/my career as a pundit is over/b4 it began.” A deal would have given Rosie MSNBC’s 9 p.m. slot, going up against Fox News’ Hannity & Colmes and CNN’s Larry King. Though MSNBC has had success with Countdown With Keith Olbermann at 8 p.m., Live With Dan Abrams has struggled to keep up at 9 p.m. Fox News is the highest-rated cable news channel, according to Nielsen, with CNN in second, and MSNBC a distant third. NBC had cautioned earlier in the week that negotiations with O’Donnell were still ongoing and that the two sides were far from a closed deal. It is still unclear why the talks broke down. (AP via Yahoo!)

Thornton joins Eagle Eye
Billy Bob Thornton has joined the cast of DreamWorks’ thriller Eagle Eye, which reunites star Shia LaBeouf with director D.J. Caruso (Disturbia). Thornton also joins Michelle Monaghan and Rosario Dawson in the project about a slacker (LaBeouf) and a single mother (Monaghan) who are framed as terrorists and forced to become members of a cell with plans to carry out a political assassination. Thornton will play a government employee who leads a homeland security team that tracks down the fugitives. Caruso created the role for the actor. Thornton will start work on the movie after he completes shooting for The Informer. (Variety)

Greenwood joins Abrams’ Trek
Bruce Greenwood (I’m Not There, National Treasure: Book of Secrets) has been cast in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek movie as Christopher Pike, the Starship Enterprise’s first captain. The character appeared in the original unaired pilot that Gene Roddenberry created and was later weaved back into Star Trek lore in a two-part episode. The movie, understood to chronicle the early days of the Enterprise crew, is scheduled to start shooting this month for a Christmas Day 2008 release. (Hollywood Reporter)

Chesney, Underwood, Paisley take top honors at CMAs
Kenny Chesney took home entertainer of the year, Carrie Underwood won top female artist and top single for ” Before He Cheats,” and Brad Paisley nabbed top male artist and top video for ”Online” (directed by Seinfeld‘s George Alexander) at the 41st annual Country Music Association Awards, held Wednesday (Nov. 7) in Nashville. George Strait’s It Just Comes Natural, which was co-produced by Tony Brown and Strait, was named album of the year. Rascal Flatts won its fifth straight vocal group award. (Billboard)

Eagles hit No. 1 with Wal-Mart exclusive album
Long Road Out of Eden, the Eagles’ first record in nearly 30 years, hit No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 711,000 copies sold in the U.S. The Eagles Recording Co. album is available exclusively in the U.S. through Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and the band’s Web site. The Eagles’ record marks the first time Billboard has allowed an exclusive album title only available through one retailer to appear on its charts. (Billboard)

Del Toro adapting U.K. TV’s Champions
Director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) will write and direct United Artists’ feature adaptation of cult British science fiction TV series The Champions. The story is about a trio of secret government agents whose lives were saved when their plane crashed in the Himalayas and they were rescued by an advanced civilization that bestowed them with superhuman abilities. The series, which ran for 30 episodes in 1968-69, originally was produced by ITC, the company behind such British shows as The Saint, The Prisoner, and Thunderbirds. Del Toro will also produce the movie with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner’s C/W Prods. (Hollywood Reporter)

Polanski adapting The Ghost
Director Roman Polanski has signed on to direct a movie adaptation of Robert Harris’ political novel The Ghost, published last month by Simon & Schuster. The story is about a ghostwriter, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister, who uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy. Shooting is scheduled to begin next fall. Polanski had been working for 18 months on the $100 million epic Pompeii when he left the project last September. (Variety)

Lead actresses cast in Slamdance’s Slaughter
Shawnee Smith (Saw II and III, Erica Leerhsen (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003), and AnnaLynne McCord (Day of the Dead) will star in the horror movie Slaughter for Maverick Films, Angel Baby Entertainment, and the Slamdance Film Festival. The story is about three actresses who are unknowingly cast in a Japanese snuff film. Memoirs of a Geisha‘s Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Eugenia Yuan will play a director and producer, respectively, Geisha‘s Karl Yune will play the women’s co-star, and Jonathon Trent (Alone With Her) will play the boyfriend of McCord’s character. Director Victor Garcia (Ciclo, El) will helm from a script penned by 2007 Slamdance Horror Screenplay Competition winners Nathan Brookes and Bobby Lee Darby. (Hollywood Reporter)

ABC orders unscripted Dance Machine
ABC, home of Dancing with the Stars, has placed a five-episode order for a new dance competition series, Dance Machine. ”Ordinary people, extraordinary circumstances, and a whole lot of money on the line,” described RDF USA CEO Chris Coelen. Production is set to get underway in January. Although networks are expected to start adding new unscripted series to their midseason orders because of the writers’ strike, a deal for Dance Machine reportedly preceded fallout from the WGA walkout this week. (Hollywood Reporter)

CELEBRITY NEWS Jennifer Lopez finally confirmed what the world already knew: she and husband Marc Anthony are expecting a baby. She made the announcement in Miami, the last stop on her El Cantante Tour. ”Now we will go away for awhile,” she said after sharing the news.

Page Six: An anonymous seller is auctioning Lindsay Lohan’s 2005 black Mercedes SL-Class on eBay. It’s being touted as the car the actress crashed on Sunset Boulevard last May, allegedly under the influence of drugs and alcohol. It has 6,207 miles on it, and at press time the highest bid was $117,000.

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