The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz is stumped for ideas after the hit show's next season--because the four main characters will be leaving for college.
But the producer is optimistic the departure of Seth Cohen (Adam Brody), Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) and Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson) could open doors for new exciting storylines.
He says, "I think we've got at least one more good year in us, so we're going to do some pretty radical stuff at the end of this year.
"The season finale is going to be the craziest thing we've ever done and it will launch the show in a whole new direction next year.
"So I'm excited about next season. And then beyond, I don't know. We'll see."
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Twentieth Century Fox Television has signed a deal with xXx director Rob Cohen valued in the mid-six-figure range. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the deal calls for Cohen to develop, executive produce, direct and possibly co-write a drama series targeted for fall 2003. Cohen is no stranger to TV, having directed Miami Vice, the 1980s action series about two undercover Miami police detectives. Twentieth TV president Dana Walden said of Cohen, "If you look at the work he's done on the feature side over the past five years, he is...an FBC (FOX Broadcasting Company) 'wish list' kind of director."
Liza Minnelli and husband David Gest, who recently adopted a three-year-old girl named Serena, plan to adopt three more children, Ananova.com reports. The couple will reveal their plans on tonight's edition of Liquid News on BBC Choice--from the dining room of their New York home. Minnelli and Gest will co-star in their own reality series titled Liza and David, set to air later this year on the VH1 music channel.
Hugh Grant will play adventurer Phileas Fogg with Jackie Chan as his eccentric butler in Twentieth Century Fox's remake of the 1956 adaptation of Around the World in 80 Days. According to the UK's The Sun, filming on the project is set to begin in January. The original starred David Niven.
The giant-screen release of Apollo 13 took in $183,090 in ticket sales from 18 IMAX venues across the United States and Canada from Friday through Sunday, Variety reports. With just a nine percent drop since its Sept. 20 opening weekend grosses, the film has already exceeded Universal Pictures' expectations for the IMAX format, which costs the studio about $2-3 million per film.
Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami, who was to have introduced his film Ten at the New York Film Festival Sunday, was forced to cancel his participation when he failed to obtain a visa. According to The Associated Press, the State Department said Iranians are subject to an extensive security review due to heightened security following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Kiarostami, whose film Taste of Cherry won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997, has been to the New York Film Festival twice and was the subject of a retrospective in 1996.
It's Big Brother, with celebs. The WB network is working on a new reality series titled The Surreal Life, in which TV cameras will follow the lives of has-been and never-quite-were celebrities living together under one roof. According to Variety, cast members include rapper turned preacher M.C. "U Can't Touch This" Hammer, Webster star Emmanuel Lewis, The Facts of Life's Mindy Cohn and Motley Crue's Vince Neil. The series, originally set to air this month, was pushed back to midseason so producers could cast it.
Freddie Prinze Jr., a nanny? That's right. Prinze will make an appearance on the NBC comedy Friends this season as a male nanny hired by Ross and Rachel for their new baby. The episode will most likely air during one of the "sweeps" months, which include November, February, May and July.
The stars of this week's newest contenders for the box office crown, psuedo-CGI beauty Simone and the lovely Liz Hurley, sure would have looked nice wearing it, but they didn't have a prayer against Mel Gibson's former priest in Signs.
As box office dollars dwindle with the waning summer, the supernatural thriller won the heated battle for first place with a mere $14.3 million, while xXx failed to meet expectations that it would be the summer's first three-peat at No. 1 with $13.7 million.
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams climbed a notch to third place, taking in $7.8 million in its third week.
The indie sleeper My Big Fat Greek Wedding continued to climb up the box office chart in its 19th week. With a $7.5 million weekend take, it came in at No. 4.
This weekend's new releases, including Serving Sara, Simone and Undisputed, hardly put up a fight for the top spot. These wide releases weren't expected to cause a commotion, though, since they each opened in fewer than 3,000 theaters.
In limited release, One Hour Photo, which opened Wednesday in New York and Los Angeles, grossed $315,000 from only seven theaters for a strong $45,000 average per theater.
This weekend's top 12 films were down about 21 percent from last year with $63.8 million versus 2001's $81.6 million. It was the sixth consecutive weekend the box office was down versus last year. The top 12 films were down about 35 percent compared to last weekend's box office, which grossed $99.1 million.
THE TOP TEN
Buena Vista/Touchstone's prediction that Signs would rise to the top once again came true. The PG-13 rated supernatural thriller took top honors with an ESTIMATED $14.3 million (-26%) at 3,453 theaters (+109 theaters; $4,159 per theater). Its cume is approximately $173.2 million.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, it stars Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.
Revolution Studios and Columbia's PG-13 action adventure thriller xXx lost its bid for first place, slipping to a close second with an ESTIMATED $13.7 million (-38%) at 3517 theaters (+129 theaters; $3,895 per theater). Its cume is approximately $106.7 million, making it the 13th film released this year to cross the $100 million mark.
Directed by Rob Cohen, it stars Vin Diesel, Asia Argento and Marton Csokas.
Miramax/Dimension Films' PG rated family comedy Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams gained one spot this week, coming in third place in its third week with an ESTIMATED $7.8 million (-32%) at 3,307 theaters (theater count unchanged; per theater average dropped to a weak $2,359). Its cume is approximately $58.5 million.
Directed by Robert Rodriguez, it stars Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino.
IFC Films' PG rated comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding continued to expand in its 19th week, climbing two notches to fourth place with an ESTIMATED $7.5 million at 1329 theaters (+269 theaters; $5,702 per theater). Its cume is approximately $61 million.
Directed by Joel Zwick, it stars Nia Vardalos and John Corbett.
Universal Picture's PG-13 rated surfer girl pic Blue Crush placed fifth in its second week with an ESTIMATED $6.5 million at 3,015 theaters (+13 theaters; $2.156 per theater).
Directed by John Stockwell, it stars Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez, Matthew Davis and Sanoe Lake.
Paramount's PG-13 rated romantic comedy Serving Sara fared best of the week's new releases and opened sixth to an ESTIMATED $6 million at 2154 theaters ($2,820 per theater).
Directed by Reginald Hudlin, it stars Elizabeth Hurley and Matthew Perry.
New Line's PG-13 rated comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember fell two pegs to seventh place in its fifth week with a not so shagadellic ESTIMATED $5.6 million (-36%) at 2,805 theaters (-308 theaters; $2,005 per theater). Its cume is approximately $193.9 million.
Directed by Jay Roach, it stars Mike Myers, Beyonce Knowles and Michael Caine.
Miramax's R rated urban drama Undisputed opened eighth with an ESTIMATED $4.7 million at only 1,102 theaters, with a solid $4,265 per theater average.
Directed by Walter Hill, it stars Wesley Snipes and Ving Rhames.
New Line Cinema's sophisticated PG-13 rated comedy Simone opened ninth with an ESTIMATED $4 million at 1,920 theaters ($2,109 per theater).
Directed by Andrew Niccol, it stars Al Pacino, Catherine Keener and Evan Rachel Wood.
Rounding out the Top Ten was Warner Bros.' R rated thriller Blood Work, which took in an ESTIMATED $2.8 million at 2,203 theaters ($1,298 per theater).
Produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, it stars Eastwood.
This weekend also saw the arrival of Fox Searchlight's R rated drama One Hour Photo to an encouraging ESTIMATED $315,000 at seven theaters (a whopping $45,000 per theater).
Directed by Mark Romanek, it stars Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen and Michael Vartan.
Fox Searchlight also saw its R rated comedy The Good Girl gain two notches as it expanded this week with an ESTIMATED $1.5 million at 188 theaters (+128 theaters; $8,245 per theater). Its cume after three weeks is approximately $3.1 million.
Directed by Miguel Arteta, it stars Jennifer Aniston, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly.