A killer show
There's going to be a new version of Alfred Hitchcock
's "Rear Window," and it's not going to be a porn film.
A theatrical producing team has won the stage rights to the claustrophobic noir tale that starred Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.
Producer Charlie Lyons, director Jay Russell and actor Tim Guinee announced Wednesday that their two-year hunt for the rights have been successful and that they're hoping to mount the show on Broadway.
"Rear Window" is based on the Cornell Woolrich short story "It Had to Be Murder," which was first published in February 1942 in Dime Detective magazine.
* Bobby Brown
arrested for the second time this year on suspicion of drunken driving.
Los Angeles police spokeswoman Venus Hall says that officers stopped the singer's car in the Topanga area about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say he was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Van Nuys jail but was later released.
A rep for Brown could not immediately be contacted.
Brown pleaded no contest to DUI earlier this year following a March arrest in L.A. Under a plea agreement, Brown checked himself into a rehab center in August.
* Dolby Laboratories and
director Peter Jackson's Park Road Post Production announced Wednesday that "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" will be mixed and released in Dolby Atmos, the company's immersive new sound system that features two extra arrays of overhead speakers and the ability to direct sounds to individual speakers inside movie theaters.
Jackson "felt it was going to make a big difference in how he tells stories," said Stuart Bowling, Dolby's senior technical marketing manager. "He doesn't want people to just go and observe his movies. He wants you to feel like you're part of the experience of the stories that he's trying to tell on the screen and allow you to be part of Middle-earth."
Bowling said Dolby's goal is to have the Atmos platform installed in 80 to 100 theaters in time for "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which is scheduled to premiere on Dec. 14.
Since "The Hobbit" will probably be released in a few thousand theaters, your odds of being immersed are not so good.
And in Center City, they're nil.
* Alicia Keys is launching a
storytelling app for kids.
"The Journals of Mama Mae and LeeLee" is about a young New York City girl's relationship with her wise grandmother. It will be released Thursday for $3.99 and is inspired by Keys' relationship with her grandmother.
Alicia said that after giving birth to her son two years ago, she wanted to create learning tools for children.
* According to TMZ.com, Diddy
was involved in a serious car accident in L.A. on Wednesday after a car turned in front of his SUV and his driver rammed it.
Officers called to the scene claim that everyone involved in the accident ached but no one went to the hospital.
* This week, the National
Enquirer reported that Joe Simpson, father of Jessica and Ashlee, told his family he was gay.
The family denied it, but everyone denies the National Enquirer.
Now People reports that Joe and wife, Tina, are splitting after 34 years of marriage.
* What's the crazier part of this
That, according to the National Enquirer, a nearly perfect physical specimen like Rihanna is considering getting breast implants - or that she's doing it for Chris Brown?
- Daily News wire services
contributed to this report.