Actress Emily Rossum made a new post on her MySpace blog talking about her preparations to play alongside Justin Chatwin. "Sorry I've been rather quiet for a bit," she wrote. "I've been working on a very exciting new film that I'm shooting outside the US. I'm working with the great Chow Yun Fat and I'm very excited about the role, which is so different than any role I've ever played. I love the character and I'm excited to get to share something so fun with you. In prep for the film I've been training very hard, learning how to fight, fire a gun, weapons training and even some martial arts. It's fun to play such a different character when I am such a pacifist in real life."
THE DARK KNIGHT
What do some of the industry's big names have to say about Heath Ledger as the Joker? MTV wanted to find out so they caught up with animation legend Paul Dini, director Guillermo del Toro, writer/producer Jeph Loeb and former "Batman" actor Adam West. "Heath Ledger's Joker seems perfectly suited to the dark Gotham City created by Christopher Nolan," Dini said. "He seems more street than any other version of the Joker, with his clownish visage recalling hastily applied graffiti paint rather than chemically dyed skin. His attitude is mordant and sardonic as opposed to manic. No goofy gags or puns for him. This Joker doesn't split sides ... he splits skulls."
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FIFTY-TWO
Today's strike watch should be dedicated to Dan Didio, but instead it's consecrated to Keith Giffen. He knows why. So does Ambush Bug.
According to Deadline Hollywood Daily, attempts to restart talks and work towards an amicable settlement are not likely. Nikki Finke wrote, "I have learned that last week Jeffrey Katzenberg tried and failed to backchannel a compromise that would have brought both the WGA and the AMPTP back to the bargaining table. It was an effort that was laudable. But the fact that it was unsuccessful dramatically points up disturbing realities, I have learned: that the CEOs are deeply entrenched in their desire to punish the WGA for daring to defy them by striking and to bully the writers into submission on every issue, and that the moguls consider the writers are sadly misguided to believe they have any leverage left. I'm told the CEOs are determined to write off not just the rest of this TV season (including the Back 9 of scripted series), but also pilot season and the 2008/2009 schedule as well. Indeed, network orders for reality TV shows are pouring into the agencies right now. The studios and networks also are intent on changing the way they do TV development so they can stop spending hundreds of millions of dollars in order to see just a few new shows succeed. As for advertising, the CEOs seem determined to do away with the upfront business and instead make their money from the scatter market."
This comes after 127 writers with pilots pending wrote a plea to get negotiations restarted.
Late night host Carson Daly told the Associated Press that NBC put a figurative gun to his head. "An ultimatum was put in front of me," Daly said. "It was, 'Put a new show on Dec. 3 or 75 people are fired. What's your answer?'"
KWANZAA DAY ONE: UMOJA
Every year this writer posts the principle of the day for the holiday Kwanzaa because I celebrate it. Not as an evangelizing sort of thing, feel no pressure to get down in the same way, just a celebration. The principle for today is for "Unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation and race."
It was a slow news day, and that's why we can't do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos -- they're all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, "What do you mean your sister's dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?" The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web's rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we've got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].