CMT plans four Cyrus reality specials
CMT is developing a four-episode reality show that follows country music star Billy Ray Cyrus as he attempts to balance his life as a musician and a family man (Cyrus is the father of Miley Cyrus, with whom he co-stars on Disney Channel's Hanna Montana). CMT's Billy Ray Cyrus: Home at Last will go behind the scenes with the actor-singer-songwriter as he prepares to go on tour while also being a good father to Miley, who on tour herself and will appear on the CMT program. Home at Last is set to debut at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and air in half-hour installments over four Saturdays. Jason Hervey and Eric Bischoff, creators and executive producers of VH1's Scott Baio Is 45 ... and Single, will executive produce through their Bischoff Hervey Entertainment. (Hollywood Reporter)
Lucas starring in Tell-Tale
Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama, The Hulk) will star in Scott Free Prods.' Edgar Allen Poe-inspired psychological drama Tell-Tale, which is being directed by Michael Cuesta (Twelve and Holding, L.I.E.). The project puts a contemporary spin on Poe's story The Tell-Tale Heart, with Lucas starring as a single father whose recently transplanted heart leads him on a desperate search to find the donor's killer before a similar fate befalls him. Scott Free's Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, and Michael Costigan are producing with Social Capital Films' Martin Shore and Christopher Tuffin. Lucas recently wrapped production on Death in Love and Boy in the Box, the latter of which also was produced through his new production company, Two Bridges. (Hollywood Reporter)
Musicians doing I'm Not There celebration concert
Artists on the Columbia Records soundtrack for Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There will perform Wednesday (Nov. 7) at a celebration concert held at New York's Beacon Theater. Included are Jim James & Calexico (''Goin' to Acapulco''), Cat Power (''Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again''), Yo La Tengo w/Buckwheat Zydeco (''Fourth Time Around''), Mark Lanegan (''Man in the Long Black Coat''), and Ranaldo (''Can't Leave Her Behind'' plus ''I'm Not There'' with Sonic Youth). Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, My Morning Jacket, Joe Henry, Michelle Shocked & Jimmy LeFave, the Roots, Ian Ball & Olly Peacock of Gomez, J Mascis, Dan Hicks, and the Hot Licks are also on the bill. I'm Not There will get a limited release on Nov. 21. (Variety)
Whitaker developing branded Web game for Mountain Dew
Forest Whitaker has partnered with Pepsi-Cola North America to develop a branded Web game called Dewmocracy, which culminates with users creating a new flavor of Mountain Dew soda that will go on sale next year. Whitaker helped conceive the virtual world, plot, characters, and mini-games. He also directed a live-action short film that kicks off the gameplay, which has players complete challenges to win the ability to pick color, flavor, and label graphics for the new soda. Three choices will be offered to consumers to vote on in February and the winning product will hit shelves in July. ''Mountain Dew offered me an amazing opportunity to create a mythic universe using all forms of storytelling that will allow those who participate to develop their product,'' Whitaker said. He added, ''This is about voting. This is about taking a stance and making things happen. It's about empowering people and allowing them to express themselves and create something that represents who they are.'' The game bows this week. (Variety)
Givens, Lung, Amick tapped for Lifetime pilot
Robin Givens, Emma Lung (Stranded), and Madchen Amick (Viva Laughlin, Freddie) will star in Lifetime's pilot The Verdict, directed by Mark Piznarski (Looking for Sunday). The story is about a ''crime of the century'' trial of a beloved pop star accused of having her lover murdered. Amick will play Christine, a talented assistant D.A. struggling to balance work and personal life when she's assigned to the case; Givens will play Ayira, the pop singer/supermodel-turned-mogul on trial for allegedly having her lover/personal trainer killed by her bodyguard; Lung will play Fiona, a British news reporter covering the case. (Hollywood Reporter)
Beyonce, Underwood, Fergie participating in Movies Rock event
Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Elton John, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, and composer John Williams are among the performers who will be featured in Movies Rock, a two-hour television special that will celebrate the relationship between music and film. The special will also act as a benefit for the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Beyonce will sing The Wizard of Oz's ''Somewhere Over the Rainbow''; Underwood will perform the title song from The Sound of Music; Fergie and Hudson will team for Live And Let Die and Goldfinger from the James Bond films; Mary J. Blige and Legend will sing ''As Time Goes By'' from Casablanca; John will honor music from animated movies; and Williams will conduct an orchestra through a medley of his original scores. The event will take place Dec. 2 at the Kodak Theatre and air Dec. 7 on CBS. (Hollywood Reporter)
ABC Monday scores well again with Dancing, Samantha
ABC's Dancing with the Stars was Monday night's (Nov. 5) top show with 21 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/12 share in the adults 18-49 demographic, although CBS's Two and a Half Men (14.1 million, 5.0/11) tied it in rating. ABC also got another strong showing from freshman Christina Applegate series Samantha Who? (18.3 million, 5.0/11). Last week, Samantha scored a 4.5/10 in adults 18-49. (Hollywood Reporter)
Implode-o-meter: Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch has appeared in the Nov. 5 Foreclosure Detail Report for Santa Barbara county, seemingly confirming rumors that the King of Pop is losing his 2,700-acre estate now that he is some $200 million in debt. Jackson still owns his parents' home in Encino, CA, but he has a $4 million mortgage on that piece of property.
Page Six: Mandy Moore, 27, and Matthew Perry, 38, were seen on a date at Amici Trattoria in Beverly Hills where Perry greeted Moore with a kiss on the cheek and held her hand across the table.
Rush & Molloy: Britney Spears' mother Lynne is quoted in Life & Style's latest issue as saying, '' For everything that's gone wrong for Britney, I blame myself. I didn't raise my children to have Hollywood careers. This all just exploded in my face, and big dreams became big headaches.'' She also says she and Brit have ''reunited. We're friends.''