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Dane Cook in Talks for 'Bachelor No. 2'

Plus: Sony disputes six-day box office record set by ''Pirates,'' Fox's ''On the Lot'' gets poor ratings, Amber Heard starring in teen comedy, and more...

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Dane Cook in talks for Lionsgate comedy
Dane Cook is in negotiations to star in the Lionsgate comedy Bachelor No. 2. The story is about a man named Tank, who is hired by dumped boyfriends to take their exes out on terrible dates so they will come crawling back to them. Tank struggles, however, when his best friend hires him to take his ex out. Howard Deutch (The Replacements, Pretty in Pink) is in final talks to direct. Cook's Superfinger Entertainment is producing with Management 360's Guymon Casady and Doug Johnson, Terra Firma's Adam Herz, Greg Lessans, and Josh Shader, as well as Barry Katz and Brian Volk-Weiss of New Wave Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to start in August. Cook will next appear alongside Kevin Costner in the drama Mr. Brooks, which opens this weekend. Cook recently completed shooting for Dan in Real Life, which also stars Steve Carell, and Good Luck Chuck, with Dan Fogler and Jessica Alba. (Hollywood Reporter)

Sony disputes Pirates' box office record
Sony is questioning the accuracy of the six-day worldwide box office haul reported by Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, claiming that Disney actually opened the movie a day early in Italy and France, which would mean its six-day totals actually occurred over seven days. Pirates set an overseas launch record with $251 million over ''six'' days, $19 million ahead of Sony's Spider-Man 3. Buena Vista International, the foreign distribution arm of the Walt Disney Co., confirms that $1.4 million in sales from a seventh day were rolled into the six-day total, and a Sony executive claims that Spidey 3, which opened a day early in 18 overseas markets, should be given a seven-day record for taking in $418.1 million over that timespan. (Hollywood Reporter)

On the Lot scores poor ratings
Fox's unscripted On the Lot aired for the first time in its regular Monday night timeslot and averaged just a 1.3 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m. Those numbers are low even by summer TV standards. Fox placed fifth for the night, behind new programming on ABC, NBC, and Univision, and repeats on CBS. On the Lot, which is a competition for the next great movie director, has failed to attract an audience despite hyped preview episodes last week, one following the final American Idol performance show. (Variety)

Amber Heard starring in teen drama Get Some
Amber Heard has been tapped for the female lead in teen drama Get Some, which is being directed by Jeff Wadlow (Cry Wolf). The story is about a transplanted Iowa teenager (Sean Faris) who winds up in an underground fighting league in Florida. Heard's character has her loyalties put to the test when her boyfriend severely beats up Faris' character. Heard, who stars in Hidden Palms, Kevin Williamson's new series on the CW, recently finished Pineapple Express, with Seth Rogen and James Franco, and next appears in the title role of the Weinstein's horror movie All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. (Hollywood Reporter)

Dennis Iliadis in talks to direct Last House remake
Dennis Iliadis is in negotiations to direct Rogue Pictures' remake of Wes Craven's debut movie, the 1972 horror classic Last House on the Left. Iliadis wrote and directed the 2004 Greek feature Hardcore, about the relationship between two prostitutes. Craven, who wrote and directed the original Last House, is producing the remake with Marianne Maddalena and Sean S. Cunningham, the producer of the original. The story is about two naïve girls who go out for a night of fun and wind up kidnapped, raped, and killed by a gang of degenerates. The killers unknowingly wind up taking refuge at the home of one of the victim's parents, who figure out who their guests are and exact a gruesome revenge. (Hollywood Reporter)

Mixon, Hawkes, Daly join Ferrell's HBO pilot
Katy Mixon (Blind Dating), John Hawkes (Deadwood), and Andrew Daly (Mad TV) have been tapped to star opposite co-creator Danny McBride in HBO's comedy pilot East Bound and Down, from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Prods. The story is about a burned-out former professional baseball pitcher who returns to his small Southern hometown, where the only job he can find is as a substitute gym teacher. McBride will play the baseball player, and Mixon will play his high school girlfriend, who is now a teacher at the school and engaged to the principal (Daly). Hawkes will play McBride's brother. (Hollywood Reporter)

Vanilla Ice, Stephen Baldwin, Leif Garrett to ride a bull for CMT
Vanilla Ice continues his run as the ironic star of unscripted cable series by agreeing to take part in CMT's upcoming Ty Murray's Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge, an unscripted series set to debut Aug. 10. Also attached are actor Stephen Baldwin and actor-musician Leif Garrett. The six-part unscripted show features rodeo champion Ty Murray trying to teach nine celebrities how to ride a bull. Other celebrities taking part will be former NFL player Rocket (Raghib) Ismail, Moto-X rider Kenny Bartrum, actor ''Nitro'' Dan Clark (American Gladiator), reality star Jonny (Dalton) Fairplay (Survivor), UFC fighter Josh Haynes, and actor Francesco Quinn. (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS buying Last.fm
CBS Corp. is expected to announce today that it is buying social networking website Last.fm, which revolves around connecting users based on music tastes. CBS is reportedly paying $280 million for the London-based site, which claims more than 15 million monthly users, including more than 4 million in the U.S. Last.fm users tell the website what music they are listening to and the site recommends other music they might like and links to buy the songs. It also has content agreements with EMI and Warner Bros. to stream music. For music it doesn't have licenses to, it offers 30-second samples. Users can also install software that puts their profiles elsewhere on the Web to show what music they are listening to. (L.A. Times)

IN THE GOSSIPS

People.com: Britney Spears posted a 900-word message to fans on her website in which she addresses her public meltdown and says she ''truly hit rock bottom'' while in rehab.

Page Six: Ozzy Osbourne reportedly pulled out of a performance on the American Idol finale when he learned he'd have to duet with Sanjaya.

Originally posted May 30, 2007