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- The British Royal Family has a naked in-law problem. A week after Kate married Prince William, photos are already making the rounds that show her brother James pantsless and sister Pippa (not Pippa!) without a shirt. [Jezebel]
- Tupac Shakur sold a screenplay this week, despite the notable handicap of being dead. The rapper, who was killed in 1996, wrote the script for Live 2 Tell in 1995 while in jail on weapons charges. Budgeted at $11 million, the film is described as"the story of a teenage drug lord and his efforts to leave a life of crime." Production is scheduled to begin later this year. (For those wondering: Shakur's mother Aleni--the executor of the artist's estate--"found" the script in some of her son's old papers and brokered the sale.) [Variety]
- Viacom chief Philippe Dauman is tightening the reigns at MTV following the departure of network CEO Judy McGrath yesterday (possibly because of a fight she and Sumner Redstone had over the eye candy of Electric Barbarellas). Dauman won't hire a replacement for McGrath, and plans to rebuild the chain-of-command at MTV Networks (a separate corporate entity that includes Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and VHI), so that all division heads report directly to him. The rebuilt corporate structure would be called Viacom Networks. [New York Post]
- It's official: fantasy fans can't catch a break: The long-awaited movie version Stephen King's Dark Tower books may be going back into turnaround after Universal balked at the sky-high price for the planned trilogy. If the project goes into turnaround, producer Imagine Entertainment can look for another studio to split the costs with Universal or take on the entire thing themselves. Ron Howard had been set to direct, with Javier Bardem starring as gunslinger Roland [The Hollywood Reporter]
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