Battle of Shaker Heights opens in NY, LA; Project Greenlight 2 finale Sunday.

Battle of Shaker Heights opens in NY, LA; Project Greenlight 2 finale Sunday.
The Battle of Shaker Heights opens today in New York and Los Angeles, after having its production chronicled on Project Greenlight 2, which concludes Sunday evening. As the film’s trailer shows, the final edit definitely apparently centers on the more comedic material, making the film seem like a coming-of-age teen comedy. Reviewers aren’t too thrilled with the film calling it “another bleached photocopy”, “rather superior to the first effort, ‘Stolen Summer,’ but not by much”, and “simply negligent filmmaking”. One reviewer, though, says the film is joyful filmmaking, starkly insightful and utterly involving. And all seem to agree that the star of the film is its star, Shia LaBeouf. He’s been signed to films produced by both New Line Cinema and 20th Century Fox, which “has cast him opposite Will Smith in ‘I, Robot,'” according to The Hollywood Reporter. Screenwriter Erica Beeney is also doing well; she is writing Corporate Spy, a series being developed by Viacom.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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