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'Bullitt' director Peter Yates dies

British filmmaker Peter Yates died in London on Sunday. He was 81. Yates was nominated for four Academy Awards during his four-decade career, two for his 1979 coming-of-age film, Breaking Away. The Dresser, his 1983 adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play, starring Albert Finney, was rewarded with five Oscar nominations. He also made such memorable films as Krull, The Deep, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, and Suspect, but he may be best remembered for directing Steve McQueen in 1968’s stylish cop movie, Bullitt. Yates is survived by his wife, Virginia, a son and a daughter.

Ivan Reitman says 'Ghostbusters 3' script is ready

GhostbustersImage Credit: Everett CollectionPaging Dr. Venkman. You’re wanted on the set of Ghostbusters 3. Ivan Reitman, the man who directed and produced 1984’s box-office smash Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, says a “very good script” for a third film in the knee-slapping ghost-hunting franchise has been sent to Bill Murray. According to the Associated Press, Reitman added, “nothing you’ve read on the internet is accurate” and that Murray has not yet read a script for Ghostbusters 3. Reitman also says he believes that the new screenplay is strong enough to be filmed — “it’s good enough to do, to take the risk of doing again.” Reitman did not say who had written the long-awaited screenplay or whether the other two stars of the franchise, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, had also been sent the script. Stay tuned.

Howard Stern signs with SiriusXM for five more years

Howard Stern, whose five-year, $500 million contract was set to expire at the end of the year, announced on his radio show this morning that he had signed a new five-year deal to stay on SiriusXM satellite radio. “I have come to the conclusion that the real innovators, the real geniuses are the people here at Sirius,” he said, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I can say with almost certainty that this [will be] my final five years on radio.” Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Sam Mendes and Kevin Spacey announce dates for 'Richard III'

Kevin Spacey will star as Richard III in Sam Mendes’ production of the Shakespeare classic. The show will open on June 29 at the Old Vic, where Spacey is the artistic director, and then play at BAM in New York in early 2012. “I am absolutely delighted to be working with Kevin again for the first time since American Beauty,” Mendes said in a statement announcing the play. “Richard III is a play I love, and a role I think Kevin is born to play.”

News Corp. considers selling Myspace

News Corp.’s COO says the company is willing to selling off Myspace. (Recall that it’s no longer “MySpace.”) Chase Carey told Reuters that the company is open to a sale, partnership, or some other option. “There are opportunities here to do 20 things… but that doesn’t mean you’re going to do any of the 20. If there’s something there that makes sense you ought to think about it,” Carey said. Myspace’s recent redesign and rebranding efforts are an attempt to make the site more attractive to possible buyers, and Carey stuck by his position that the social networking platform had “quarters, not years” to turn itself around. “We need to deal with this with urgency,” he said today.

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Ryan Seacrest reups with Clear Channel

Ryan Seacrest and Clear Channel have agreed to a three-year extension of his contract with the radio giant, clearing the way for Seacrest to build upon his three top-rated shows and serve as a company spokesperson. The New York Times estimated that the entire deal would bring Seacrest approximately $60 million. In addition to continuing his hosting and producing duties with On-Air With Ryan Seacrest and American Top 40, Seacrest will develop new programming, as well as cultivate and promote new musical artists.

'The Zone' shut down

Roland Emmerich’s low-budget sci-fi movie The Zone has been shut down for unspecified reasons. The $5 million alien invasion movie was going to revolve around found-footage — similar to Cloverfield — and be cast with relative unknowns. It was to start shooting next week and cast members were in the midst of rehearsals. The Hollywood Reporter speculates that one of the causes might be a recent Weinstein Co. screenplay, the similarly-themed found-footage Apollo 18, which is set to be released in March, right before The Zone was due to debut. [HR]

Sally Field may play Aunt May in new 'Spider-Man' film

Sally-FieldImage Credit: Angela Weiss/Getty ImagesBrothers & Sisters star Sally Field is in early talks to play May Parker, the beloved aunt of Peter Parker, in director Marc Webb’s big-budget Spider-Man reboot, has confirmed. Martin Sheen is already lined up to play Uncle Ben in the movie, which Sony has set for release in July 2012. The superhero tentpole would mark the first major feature film role for two-time Oscar winner Field since 2003’s Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde. She joins a cast that already features Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker/Spidey and Emma Stone (Easy A) as Peter’s love interest, Gwen Stacy.

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Broadway's 'Spider-Man' musical delays opening until Jan. 11, 2011

Tony-winning director Julie Taymor’s Spider-Man Turn off the Dark, a new Broadway musical with songs by U2’s Bono and the Edge, today announced plans to delay its opening by more than two weeks. The reported $60 million production, which was to have begun previews Nov. 14 in advance of a Dec. 21 opening, will now begin preview performances on Nov. 28 and open officially on Jan. 11, 2011. In a statement, lead producer Michael Cohl said, “Shows like ours, that embrace the challenge of opening on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout, often need to adjust their schedules along the way.” It’s the latest postponement for what has become the costliest show ever mounted on Broadway. Earlier this week, safety inspectors for the New York State Department of Labor reportedly had a first inspection of some of the aerial tricks contained in the show; at least one actor with the show broke his wrists last month when a slingshot-like stunt went awry during rehearsals.

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