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Lindsay Lohan will play Kim Gotti opposite John Travolta in 'Gotti: Three Generations'

Lindsay Lohan will play the daughter-in-law of late mob boss John Gotti — and wife of imprisoned mobster “Junior” Gotti — in the film Gotti: Three Generations, according to a press release from Fiore Films. (A Fiore representative for Gotti had earlier told EW that Lohan was out of the running to play another role in the film: Victoria Gotti, the daughter of Gotti Sr. and sister of Gotti Jr.) As part of the deal, Lohan has also agreed to star in another Fiore film, Mob Street, written by Chazz Palminteri. Lohan joins a cast that includes John Travolta as Gotti Sr. and Joe Pesci as Gotti subordinate Angelo Ruggierio. The film will shoot in the fall, with an expected release date of late 2012.

Reese Witherspoon marries Jim Toth

Reese Witherspoon walked down the aisle on Saturday night, marrying Jim Toth, reports People. The 35-year-old Oscar-winning actress and the 40-year-old talent agent were wed in a private ceremony that was held on Witherspoon’s estate in Ojai, Calif. Robert Downey Jr., Salma Hayek, Tobey Maguire, and Renee Zelwegger were among the celebrities in attendance, along with Witherspoon’s 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son from her marriage to Ryan Phillippe. Witherspoon and Toth announced their engagement in December.

National Lampoon CEO arrested for alleged $200 million Ponzi scheme

Timothy Durham, the president and chief executive office of National Lampoon, Inc. — the comedy company that brought you such movies as Animal House and Vacation — was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly perpetrating a $200-million Ponzi scheme involving a business loan company, according to Reuters. Durham, 48, and two former executives at Fair Financial Services — a company that Durham co-owned — were charged on Tuesday with wire and securities fraud in a federal indictment. The charges allege that Durham and one of his co-defendants used investor funds to “maintain their lifestyles and to pay for personal expenses.” When contacted by EW, a National Lampoon spokesperson declined to comment.

Writers Guild to start negotiations with AMPTP on new contract this week

The Writers Guilds of America West and East will begin negotiating a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Thursday, the organizations announced in a joint statement today. The current contract, which expires in May, was signed in Feb. 2008 after a 100-day industry-halting strike by Hollywood’s movie and television writers.

'King's Speech,' Fincher win big at BAFTAs

The King’s Speech continued to gain awards-season momentum by cleaning up at the British Academy Film Awards, though The Social Network took the director and adapted screenplay categories. See the list of the winners below, and check out EW Oscars expert Dave Karger’s reaction.

BEST FILM: The King’s Speech



DIRECTOR: The Social Network, David Fincher

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: The King’s Speech, David Seidler

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


LEADING ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

LEADING ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech

ORIGINAL MUSIC: The King’s Speech, Alexandre Desplat

CINEMATOGRAPHY: True Grit, Roger Deakins

EDITING: The Social Network, Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland, Robert Stromberg and Karen O’Hara

COSTUME DESIGN: Alice in Wonderland, Colleen Atwood

SOUND: Inception, Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo, and Ed Novick

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS: Inception, Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, and Peter Bebb

MAKE UP & HAIR: Alice in Wonderland

SHORT ANIMATION: The Eagleman Stag

SHORT FILM: Until the River Runs Red


Golden Globes organization files suit against former publicist

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is countersuing its former publicist for fraud, claiming that he can’t prove that the organization that runs the Golden Globes accepted bribes in exchange for special treatment of films, according to the AP. The suit also alleges that Michael Russell and his partner Stephen LoCascio were in breach of a confidentiality agreement, and that they used their ties to the awards show for financial gain. Last month, Russell sued the HFPA for $2 million, accusing the organization of engaging in “payola.” 

'Superman' producer Ilya Salkind missing

Ilya Salkind, the 63-year-old producer behind the Christopher Reeve Superman films, has been officially declared missing in Mexico. According to John C. Palmer, executive vice president of Salkind’s production company, Salkind was visiting the town of Tepoztlán, near Mexico City, but he’s been unreachable since Sunday night. A missing person’s report was filed with the Mexican police force on Monday, the American Embassy has been contacted, and a personal private investigator has been hired, according to Palmer. There has been no contact with or demands from other parties that would indicate that Salkind, a Mexican native, had been kidnapped, and Palmer holds out hope that his colleague’s disappearance has a simple solution: “It’s not uncommon for Ilya to drop off the face of the earth for a couple of days and then just reappear.”

John Barry, Oscar-winning composer, dies at 77

john-barryImage Credit: Peter Jordan/AP ImagesFilm composer John Barry, who helped create one of the most iconic movie themes of all time and won five Oscars for his ground-breaking work, has died at age 77. According to the Associated Press, the English-born musician, who contributed the groovy signature theme to a dozen James Bond installments, passed away in New York on Sunday. In addition to his work on the 007 films, beginning with uncredited work on 1962’s Dr. No, Barry won Oscars for the score and song of 1966’s Born Free, 1968’s The Lion in Winter, 1985’s Out of Africa, and 1990’s Dances With Wolves.

Peter Jackson recovering from surgery

Peter Jackson is recovering from surgery for a perforated ulcer after being admitted to Wellington Hospital Wednesday night with acute stomach pains, a rep for New Line Cinema confirms to EW. Jackson is resting comfortably and doctors expect a full recovery. The procedure is only expected to delay slightly the start of filming of The Hobbit.

Read more:
‘The Hobbit’ scoop: Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis on board
Elijah Wood will appear in ‘The Hobbit’ as Frodo Baggins
New Zealand parliament officially passes ‘Hobbit law’
‘The Hobbit’ to shoot in New Zealand
Peter Jackson vents his frustration over the bitter ‘Hobbit’ labor dispute: ‘I’m out of my depth.’
Peter Jackson officially to direct ‘The Hobbit’

FCC blesses Comcast-NBC deal

In a 4-1 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal, creating an unprecedented powerhouse in the entertainment industry. Democratic commissioner Michael Copps dissented, expressing his fears that the merger granted too much power to one company: “The Comcast-NBCU joint venture opens the door to the cable-ization of the open Internet. The potential for walled gardens, toll booths, content prioritization, access fees to reach end users, and a stake in the heart of independent content production is now very real.” The Justice Department, which is also investigating the merger, is also expected to approve the deal.

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