Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Entertainment items...

When the new Star Trek movie comes out in 2008, we might have a brand new Mr. Spock. This is according to a report from Maureen Ryan's Chicago Tribune blog...
In an development sure to send nerd brains nationwide into overdrive, E!Online reporter Korbi Ghosh is reporting that Zachary Quinto, best known as the evil genius Sylar on "Heroes," is close to signing on the bottom line to be Spock in the upcoming "Star Trek" feature film.

"A source confirmed that the contract is with the business affairs team at Paramount, which is generally considered the last stop on the deal-negotiation train," according to a Monday press release from E!Online.com.

Wait! An actor from “Heroes” on “Star Trek”? The geek mind reels. Surely those eagerly awaiting Comic-Con, the giant sci-fi, film and comics convention this weekend, are all in a tizzy over the news.

Lucky for me, I’m going to Comic-Con (for the first time, and I’m already geeking out in anticipation) and you can be sure I’ll try to shove myself into the room where the “Heroes” cast will be talking about the second season of the show. Perhaps Quinto will discuss his new gig as well, you never know.
Also in other entertainment news, Drew Carey (man I'm glad Rosie O'Donnell isn't going to get the job as it was rumored that she was in the running) is going to be the new host of The Price is Right...
Genial comic Drew Carey was tapped Monday to replace silver-haired host Bob Barker on the CBS daytime game show "The Price Is Right."

The deal was set Monday afternoon shortly before a taping of CBS' "Late Show" with David Letterman, where Carey confirmed it.

"I realize what a big responsibility this is," he said. "It's only a game show, but it's the longest-running game show in American television and I plan to keep it that way."

Barker, 83, retired last month after 35 years following taping of his 6,586th episode.

Carey, 49, spent a decade on his own ABC sitcom and was host of the improv game show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

He will also be host of a new CBS prime-time game show, "Power of 10," that will debut next month.

Asked if he found the prospect of replacing such a TV icon daunting, Carey recalled talking to a friend who knows the game show business who told him, "As long as Bob Barker is cool with it, the fans will be cool with it."

"I'm cool with it," Barker said after hearing Carey's remarks.

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