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· The New Paramount's summer has been spent wandering around the box office, finding piles of War of the Worlds and The Longest Yard cash left laying around by the old, Sherry Lansing regime. Third place never felt so easy. [Variety]
· Hollywood's unions are lobbying NY's Governor Pataki, urging him to veto a bill that would allow managers to procure work for their clients while operating outside of the rules that apply to licensed agents (like the one that usually limits them to 10 percent commissions), plunging the world of talent agencies into chaos. [THR]
· Steve Carrell is the new poker: New Line nabs The 40 Year Old Virgin for High T, in which he's injected with testosterone until acceptable levels of hilarity ensue, and ensuring that the actor is well on his way to Stilleresque/Ferrellian levels of overexposure. [Variety]
· People are actually watching Big Brother 6, proving that the late summer schedule is even more of a wasteland than previously suspected. [THR]
· What we meant to say is that AJ Jacobs is the new poker: After very recently selling a book proposal to Paramount, Universal options the Esquire writer's article "My Outsourced Life" for Jay Roach's (newly Universal-based) Everyman Films. Steve Carrell to star. (Just kidding—for now, at least). [Variety]