Her Name is Winona, and She's an Alcoholics Anonymous Co-Founder


· Let's hear it for Winona Ryder! For the second consecutive day, her comeback blazes ahead with news of her casting in When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story. OK, so maybe not "blazes ahead," but maybe "strolls ahead at a nice, consistent clip": The Hallmark Hall of Fame production will feature Ryder as the title character, whose husband Bill founded Alcoholics Anonymous. (Lois herself founded Al-Anon in 1951.) Barry Pepper will play the famous Bill W., and the scorching premiere party will feature signature cocktails co-sponsored by O'Doul's and Kool-Aid. [Variety]

Meatballs gives theater owners a stomachache, Nine finds a friend in Mickey Mouse, and more Hollywood Ink after the jump.

· Exhibitors were already pissed off when Paramount decided to break the four-month window between G.I. Joe's theatrical and video releases. But they don't want Sony to nudge them any further down that slippery slope with Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, which the studio is planning to make available for limited download on Dec. 8. Some theater owners are even bouncing the film from their venues in protest, potentially costing Meatballs more than 70 percent of its screens by Friday. [THR]

· Disney clearly won't have any Miramax product to cross-collateralize this fall, so it's once again joining up with The Weinstein Company for a mega-aggressive push for Nine. A Dancing With the Stars routine next week will be choreographed to one of the musical's songs, a roadblock-style trailer will air simultaneously Nov. 22 on multiple networks, and the film will be written into ABC's daytime programming. No word yet if Harvey paid extra for General Hospital guest James Franco to be involved, but I doubt it. [Variety]

· Summit Entertainment is getting behind The Cold Light of Day, about a young American who uncovers a government conspiracy when his family is kidnapped while on vacation in Spain. No director or stars are yet attached, but there's no reason for Summit to get out of the Taylor Lautner business now. [Variety]

· Sony has picked up the remake rights for Fathers and Guns, a comedy about an estranged dad-and-son cop team assigned to investigate a group-therapy camp. The requisite spin-off Twitter feed is surely on the way. [THR]


  • Furious D says:

    1. It's enough to make you want to take up drinking.
    2. Cloudy with a chance of pissed off exhibitors.
    3. Just before the dancers come out the Weinsteins are going to bump back them back to 2015.
    4. Why can't anyone outside the US government have a conspiracy of their own? That's racism!
    5. I see Robert De Niro, I see Seth Green, and I see a hit!

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