'Fair game' a box-office flop
The movie Fair Game, about the Valerie Plame/Joseph Wilson affair, was in theaters and then it seemed to disappear. Any reason?
Poor ticket sales, basically.
Fair Game was a generally well-regarded movie (it got a good 79 percent favorable rating on the movie website Rotten Tomatoes) that starred big-name actors in Naomi Watts and Sean Penn. It was about CIA operative Valerie Plame (played by Watts) whose cover was blown in Bob Novak's widely read Washington Post political column.
The information was allegedly leaked to Novak by White House officials to discredit her husband, Joseph Wilson (played by Penn), who had written a column in the New York Times in 2003 that said the Bush administration distorted intelligence information to justify the invasion of Iraq.
The movie, based on books by both Plame and Wilson, opened Nov. 5 in 46 theaters. It drew a paltry $651,082 in the opening weekend. As a comparison, Watts' 2005 movie King Kong drew more than $50 million in its first weekend.
Fair Game's total domestic gross ticket sales were just $9,540,691, and it closed on Feb. 17 after being in theaters 15 weeks. Its foreign ticket sales totaled $13,004,731, and the combined total barely covered the movie's $22 million production budget.
'Cougar Town' gets third season
What happened to Cougar Town? Will it be returning to Wednesday nights?
ABC announced on Jan. 10 that Cougar Town would be renewed for its third season.
The show, starring Courteney Cox as Jules Cobb, began with Cox as a divorced woman dating younger men. But it's evolved into a show that's more about Jules and her friends in the fictional small Florida town of Gulf Haven in Sarasota County.
'Drop Dead Diva' coming back
Can you tell me what happened to a brilliant show named Drop Dead Diva? It was clever, funny and greatly entertaining (musically, story lines with surprising twists, and good acting as well). It showed on Sunday nights on Lifetime.
In September, the Lifetime network renewed Drop Dead Diva for a third season. The premiere is sometime in June, and the network is going to replay episodes on Fridays, starting April 8.
Lifetime describes the show this way: "The one-hour, comedic drama tells the story of a shallow wannabe model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a brilliant, plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane."
Brooke Elliott, 36, stars as Jane Bingum, a terrific but shy attorney who has the spirit of an aspiring model, Deb Dodson, inside.