NEWS ROUNDUP

Beyonce, Timberlake Lead VMA Nominations

Plus: Jennifer Connelly starring in Drew Barrymore comedy, Van Halen reunion tour expected to launch this fall, Renee Zellweger and Ed Harris starring in Western drama ''Apaloosa,'' Tim Allen doing indie comedy ''Henry Lefay,'' and more...

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Beyonce, Timberlake get seven nods
Beyonce and Justin Timberlake lead the pack of nominees for this year's MTV Video Music Awards with seven nominations each, including Video of the Year. Also up for that award are Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Rihanna, and the French electronic duo Justice. West and Rihanna follow just behind the front-runners with five nominations each, and Winehouse got three. The 24th Annual VMAs will be held at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas on September 9. The show will feature performances by Timberlake, West, Rihanna, Winehouse, Timbaland, Fall Out Boy, Chris Brown, Lily Allen, and the Foo Fighters. (MTV)

Connelly set for Into You
Jennifer Connelly is in talks to star in He's Just Not That Into You, a comedy that Drew Barrymore is producing and starring in for New Line Cinema. Also in negotiations to star are Kevin Connolly (Entourage), Bradley Cooper (Alias), Justin Long (Ed, Live Free or Die Hard), and Ginnifer Goodwin (Big Love). Ken Kwapis (License to Wed) is directing the film, which is based on a best-selling book about modern-day relationships. The book's authors, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo, worked together on Sex and the City as a consultant and writer, respectively. For Into You, Jennifer Connelly will play a woman stuck in a tired marriage with Cooper's character. Kevin Connolly will play a man pining after a woman (still not cast) who is having an affair with Cooper, while Goodwin will portray a woman, obsessed with Kevin Connolly's character, who tries to set up accidental meetings with him. Long will play a friend of Connolly's character who takes on Goodwin as a My Fair Lady experiment. Finally, Barrymore plays a woman confused by dating in a culture obsessed with technology rather than actual human contact. Production is scheduled to start next month. (Hollywood Reporter)

Van Halen tour seemingly back on
A press conference is expected next week announcing that the on-again-off-again Van Halen reunion tour is actually going to happen this fall. Sources say the tour will take the band, helmed by original frontman David Lee Roth for the first time in 20 years, on a 50-date U.S. arena tour, starting in early October. The band canceled plans for a summer stadium tour earlier this year when Eddie Van Halen checked into rehab. The guitarist has since been seen in public looking sober and healthy. Van Halen last toured in 2004 with Sammy Hagar on vocals. (Billboard)

Renee Zellweger, Ed Harris in Apaloosa
Renee Zellweger, Ed Harris, and Viggo Mortensen will star in Apaloosa, a Western drama Harris will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Robert Knott. New Line will distribute the movie, which is adapted from Robert B. Parker's novel about a pair of friends hired to protect a lawless town from a renegade rancher. The pair are thrown for a loop when an attractive widow arrives. Zellweger will next be seen in Leatherheads and Case 39, and she is voicing a lead role in Bee Movie. Harris will be seen next in Gone Baby Gone, The Cleaner, and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Apaloosa will be his second directing project; he previously directed himself in 2000's Pollock. (Variety)

Tim Allen starring in The Six Wives of Henry Lefay
Tim Allen will star as the title character in the indie comedy The Six Wives of Henry Lefay. Elisha Cuthbert, Paz Vega, Andie MacDowell, Kelli Garner, and S. Epatha Merkerson will also star, and Howard Gould, who wrote the script, will make his feature directing debut on the movie. Allen will play a flashy salesman who is presumed dead. When his daughter (Cuthbert) returns home to arrange his funeral, she discovers that his current wife and her five predecessors are fighting over who gets to bury him. Allen just finished the David Mamet-directed ultimate fighting movie Redbelt for Sony Pictures Classics. He previously worked with Gould on Home Improvement. Gould has also written scripts for Mr. 3000 and Shrek the Third. (Variety)

NBC reups with Carson Daly
NBC has reupped with Carson Daly, host of Last Call, through 2009. The new deal has some speculating that Daly is being considered as a possible Late Night replacement for Conan O'Brien, who will take over The Tonight Show from Jay Leno also in 2009. NBC signed a holding deal with Jimmy Fallon earlier this year, making the former Saturday Night Live cast member the leading candidate to take over for O'Brien. Daly, who recently celebrated his fifth year on Last Call, has said that he wants The Late Show and reportedly tried to get NBC to build that job into his new contract. The network declined. (Variety)

Harold and Kumar's Cho doing arc on 'Til Death
John Cho, who played Harold in 2004's Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, will do a multiepisode story arc on the next season of the Fox comedy series 'Til Death. In three episodes, the actor will play the principal of a prestigious private school who squares off with Jeff Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas), the public school's vice principal. Cho most recently starred in CBS' comedy pilot Up All Night. (Hollywood Reporter)

Three tapped for Selleck franchise Jesse Stone
Camryn Manheim (Ghost Whisperer, The Practice), Leslie Hope (Everwood, House), and Kathy Baker (Picket Fences) have joined the cast of the fifth installment of the Tom Selleck Jesse Stone CBS telefilm franchise: Jesse Stone: Thin Ice. Manheim will play a woman in search of her child, stolen from the maternity ward seven years ago. Hope will portray an Internal Affairs investigator charged to find out why Jesse was involved in a shootout in Boston when he was off-duty. Baker will reprise her role as Rose Gammon from the most recent installment, Jesse Stone: Sea Change. Shooting is slated to begin this month. No air date is set. (Hollywood Reporter)

CBS picks up Worst Week pilot
CBS has greenlit Worst Week, a comedy pilot adapted from the BBC series The Worst Week of My Life. The single-camera comedy is about a young couple trying to cope with their soon-to-be in-laws during a family holiday. CBS is the third U.S. network to try launching an American version of the series, following Fox and NBC. (Hollywood Reporter)

Music publishers join lawsuit against YouTube
The National Music Publishers Assn. has joined a class-action lawsuit filed in May by the Premier League, England's top soccer division, and the Bourne Co., an independent music publisher, accusing YouTube and its parent company Google of copyright infringement. ''NMPA is very concerned about YouTube's approach to copyright,'' said David Israelite, the trade group's president and CEO. ''We are joining the lawsuit to protect the interests of music publishers and songwriters, whose creative works are being used without permission or compensation by YouTube.'' (Hollywood Reporter)

CELEBRITY NEWS

TMZ: Now that a DNA test has cleared Chris Rock from paternity claims, he and Malaak, his wife of nearly 11 years, have issued a statement addressing the ''grossly inaccurate media reports that were sold to the tabloids.''

Page Six: Now-sober Tracy Morgan was playing around at a recent Yankee game, showing off his SCRAM alcohol-monitoring bracelet and saying, ''Check out my Lindsay Blowhan bracelet... I'm taking it to Jacob the Jeweler to get it blinged out!''

Originally posted Aug 07, 2007