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Famke Janssen Cops for NBC

Plus: The Police reunite for the Grammys, Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott team for new comedy, and more...

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FAMKE JANSSEN

Janssen to do NBC cop drama
Famke Janssen will star in a new NBC Universal TV Studio project from House creator/executive producer David Shore and writer Peter Blake. Last year, Janssen starred in X-Men: The Last Stand as Jean Grey/Phoenix, a part she played in all three X-Men movies. She is also featured in The Ten, which premiered at Sundance, and had a role on Nip/Tuck. The as-yet untitled NBC show is being described as a light drama with procedural elements that centers on a female cop, played by Janssen. (Hollywood Reporter)

The Police reunite for Grammys performance
The recording Academy has announced that The Police will reunite to open the Grammy Awards on Feb. 11. It is widely speculated that band mates Sting, Andy Summers, and Stewart Copeland are also planning a summer reunion tour to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's hit ''Roxanne.'' The Police broke up in 1984. They last played together in 2003 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Reuters)

Rudd, Scott doing comedy for Universal
Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott have been cast in Universal Pictures' forthcoming comedy Big Brothers. It is being directed by Luke Greenfield, who is also producing with Mary Parent and Scott Stuber. The story is about two wild beer reps who are forced to do community service and become mentors in the Big Brother program. Timothy Dowling wrote the screenplay. Shooting is scheduled to start in late April. (Hollywood Reporter)

Kiss creates new comic book company
The rock band has partnered with comic book producers Platinum Studios to create a new comic book entertainment company — the Kiss Comics Group. This March will see the first project from the group, Kiss 4K, which will be released as a three-foot comic priced at $50, making it the largest comic ever sold. The company plans on expanding onto multimedia platforms, including mobile, online, film, television, and licensed merchandise. The band members say they will be involved in the day-to-day operations. (Hollywood Reporter)

TV execs Berman, Braun form new company
Gail Berman (former president of Paramount) and Lloyd Braun (former ABC Entertainment chairman who until December was head of Yahoo Inc.'s media group) have partnered to form a new TV-focused production company, BermanBraun. The company has already started talks with a number of networks and studios. The business model is expected to incorporate Internet components into its projects and bring advertisers on board with projects during creation rather than after they are slated for broadcast. (Variety)

ThinkFilm picks up Slamdance entry
ThinkFilm has paid approximately $2 million for worldwide rights to You Are Here, a Slamdance Film Festival entry featuring Bijou Phillips, Lauren German, Katie Cassidy, and Patrick Fleuger. The comedic story is about a group of twenty-something friends who try to piece together what happened to them over the course of a single night. It was written and directed by Henry Pincus in his feature directorial debut, and produced by Paul Schiff. The Slamdance festival runs concurrently with Sundance in Park City, UT. (Variety)

Only two film ads slated for Super Bowl
Lionsgate and Disney are the only two studios who have purchased pricey Super Bowl time this year, down from eight ads last year. Procter & Gamble and Unilever are also reported to be passing as many companies see better value in other advertising venues. (Variety)

Hoskins signs on to Rogue thriller
Bob Hoskins has joined the cast of Rogue Pictures' Doomsday, written and directed by Neil Marshall. Already cast are Alexander Siddig, Adrian Lester, Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Emma Cleasby, Chris Robson, MyAnna Buring, Nora-Jane Noone, Leslie Simpson, and Craig Conway. Shooting is slated to start on Feb. 9. (Hollywood Reporter)

Miramax to be first distributor for Groundswell with Smart People
Miramax has purchased North American rights to Smart People, one of the first productions from Michael London's new Groundswell Prods., in the new company's first distribution deal. Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Thomas Haden Church star in the romantic dramedy about a widowed professor, his new love interest, and his adopted brother. The movie, currently in post-production, was directed by newcomer Noam Murro. It is scheduled for a fall release. (Variety)

Rocco directing adaptation of Thompson novel
Marc Rocco (Murder in the First) will direct an adaptation of Jim Thompson's The Killer Inside Me. The 1952 book is about a deputy sheriff in a West Texas town whose kind demeanor masks his true dark self as he is slowly revealed as a psychotic killer. The movie is slated for a fall start, contingent on casting. (Variety)

Tarantino honored with Golden Eddie Award
Quentin Tarantino has been named the recipient of the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award. The director will be presented at the 57th annual Eddie Awards ceremony on Feb. 18. His most recent features are the two Kill Bill movies, and he was billed as a special guest director on Sin City. Next up is Grindhouse, the movie Tarantino directed with Robert Rodriguez. It is set for an April 6 release. (Hollywood Reporter)

Eva Mendes tapped for Cleaner
The actress is joining the cast of the thriller, which will star Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, and Keke Palmer. Renny Harlin is directing. Mendes will next star opposite Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider, which opens Feb. 16, and co-star opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg in We Own the Night. (Hollywood Reporter)

IN THE GOSSIPS

Page Six: Miss USA Tara Connor is out of rehab, and out of Trump Tower, living in a larger apartment with a chaperone.

Liz Smith: Sharon Stone sounds off on the Isaiah Washington situation and reveals that she is ''inactively dating.''

Rush & Molloy: P. Diddy has been spotted gallivanting with a number of women, including Sienna Miller.

Originally posted Jan 30, 2007
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