- The American Idol premiere was its lowest rated in four years, TV Week reports — but it still got more than 33 million viewers.
- Variety has more details on Apple's new iTunes movie rental service.
- Studios have canceled dozens of deals with producers as a result of the strike, writes The Hollywood Reporter.
- While the Grammys and Oscars are in question, the NAACP Image Awards will go on as planned, the New York Times reports.
- Forest Whitaker may star in Patriots, a post-Katrina sports drama directed by Tim Story, writes ComingSoon.
- According to Billboard, Alicia Keys' album returns to its No. 1 spot on the charts, though the Juno soundtrack is up there, too, coming in as the No. 3 bestselling album in the country.
- The Hollywood Reporter has news that Will Smith's son Jaden Smith will star in the sci-fi thriller The Day the Earth Stood Still.
- According to ComingSoon, the director of 27 Dresses, Anne Fletcher, has signed on to direct Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy The Proposal.
- The Decemberists' Colin Meloy will release a live solo album in April, Pitchfork reports.
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