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Martin Bashir a 'Work in Progress': From Princess Diana and Michael Jackson to MSNBC

The bookshelves in Martin Bashir’s office at Rockefeller Center are empty. Hundreds of books sit in boxes, but they remain unopened. “I came here a year ago, and I am never particularly confident things will be a success,” Bashir told TheWrap. “I decided I will not put anything in my bookcase until we pass a year.” Bashir’s MSNBC show hit that one-year mark on Tuesday, and signs are trending up. His ratings have been on an upward trajector

Christopher Nolan Leaves CAA in Wake of Agent's Firing

Hours after firing agent Dan Aloni, CAA lost one of its most important clients Wednesday when Christopher Nolan left the agency, an individual familiar with Nolan's decision told TheWrap. Aloni brought Nolan to CAA from rival agency UTA in 2005. So far, Aloni's other clients remain at CAA. They include Michel Gondry and Jay Roach. The in

Davy Jones, Monkees Singer, Dead at 66

Davy Jones, the singer for 60s pop group the Monkees, died Wednesday morning of a heart attack, the Martin County, Florida, medical examiner's office told TheWrap. He was 66. Jones was rushed from his Hollywood, Fla. home to the Martin Hospital South in Stuart, Fla., but medical workers were unable to resuscitate Jones, according to a statement provided to TheWrap. He leaves behind a wife, Jessica, and four daughters. Also read:

Dane Cook Takes a Spin at DJ Pilot For NBC

Dane Cook is taking his act to the small screen. The "Good Luck Chuck" star has signed on to star in the NBC comedy pilot "Next Caller Please," which will be executive-produced by "Weeds" veteran Stephen Falk. Also read: Dane Cook Developing Comedy for NBC Cook will play Cam, a "a brash alpha male DJ" at a satellite radio station who's paired

Brett Butler to Join Fellow Chuck Lorre Foe Charlie Sheen on 'Anger Management'

The cast of Charlie Sheen's upcoming FX comedy "Anger Management" is shaping up to be quite the assemblage of actors who've done battle with Chuck Lorre. Former "Grace Under Fire" star Brett Butler is in final negotiations to join the cast of Sheen's new series, in a recurring role as a bartender working at the local bar that Sheen's character frequents, an individual close to the negotiations told TheWrap. Also read:

Pierce O'Donnell Accepts Plea Deal in John Edwards Contributions Case

Pierce O'Donnell, the lawyer who represented Art Buchwald against Paramount Pictures in the case that exposed studio accounting practices, has accepted a plea deal for illegally contributing to John Edwards' 2004 presidential campaign. Under the agreement between O'Donnell and federal prosecutors, O'Donnell will receive 60 days in prison, a year of supervised release, 500 hours of community service, plus a $20,000 fine. Also read:

Davy Jones Appreciation: 'Monkees' Star Wore the Mantle of Teen Idol Effortlessly

Davy Jones was the wanna-be that every girl wanted to be with. The Monkees may have been created as a Beatles knock-off, destined to always play second banana, at best, to the band in whose image they’d been created. But under all that pressure to create another Fab Four, Davy Jones never let ‘em see him sweat. He wore the mantle of teen idol effortlessly, as if he’d been to the moptop manor born. Jones, who died Wednesday at the age of 66, never seemed to p

TheWrap on CBS Sunday Morning: The End of Movies?

Never one to miss a beat, I am playing catch-up on a very good piece about the movie business that ran on CBS Sunday Morning.  I was interviewed for it, and thought y'all might learn something new. On the other hand, if you read this site regularly, you probably already know much of what they put together.  Anyway, it's a good, meaty, five-minute piece, with thanks to CBS and producer Steve Glauber. Here is a link to the video, and as soon as CBS fixes

Dan Aloni, Christopher Nolan's Agent, Fired From CAA (Updated)

Dan Aloni, a CAA motion picture agent who represents Christopher Nolan, Michel Gondry and David Dobkin, among others, was fired from the agency Wednesday morning, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation. CAA declined to comment. Aloni was said to be not compatible with the culture of the agency. The news hit the Hollywood agency community like the bombshell that it was. Other top agents told

Sony Classics Picks Up 'West of Memphis' Documentary

"West of Memphis," Amy Berg's documentary about the West Memphis Three, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, the company said Wednesday. Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson, Damien Echols and Lorri Davis produced. Echols is one of the West Memphis Three -- young men who were convicted of murdering three 8-year-old boy

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