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Eric Roberts Joins New Batman Flick, Rosie Gets Canned

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It's turning out to be a light afternoon, with a lot of sites reporting that Rosie O'Donnell is gone from The View after her current contract expires. Honestly, who cares? People who watch The View do not read sites such as this one, or TV Squad, or Hollywood Reporter. She brought the ratings up but upset a lot of people in the process, and won't be starving anytime soon.

Just about everyone is carrying the nonstory about a fire breaking out on the new Batman sequel set, even though the fire was unrelated to filming and nobody was hurt.

I put it in this mornings quickies because that's just about all it was worth. After all the fluff was sorted out of my feed reader (80 + stories reduced to 5) there isn't much left to report on, consider however that my feed reader went from 22 stories to that 80+ since the post this morning on Joan Rivers being canned by TV Guide (yay!) There'll be more to come later, I'm certain.

Everyone is covering the Spider-Man 3 folly. Has it or hasn't it? Who knows. Sony is denying that it's on the streets and that's worth something, on the other hand, Sony isn't exactly the most trustworthy of media companies.

Nielsen, the guys who gather television rating statistics, put out a press release this afternoon declaring that Fox's House and ABC's Lost are the most recorded programs on DVRs. I remember hearing that NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was near the top when it was actually on the air. You do remember Studio 60, don't you?

Eric Roberts is joining the cast of Batman: The Dark Knight.

It's the latest in an especially bountiful current crop of assignments for Roberts, including his ongoing series roles on "Heroes" and "The L Word," and his June Hallmark Channel presentation, "Pandemic," with Faye Dunaway.

There is a strange report coming out of Variety that is placing the blame for video piracy on a "lack of trust."

A survey by public relations experts Edelman claims that more than a quarter of 18-34 year olds in the U.K. and France would download film and music content illegally due to a lack of trust in the entertainment industry.

This, as opposed to a quarter of 18-35 year olds in the U.K. being cheap bastards that steal the things they want because there is hardly any risk of getting caught and punished. It's real easy for a person to attribute their misdeeds to altruistic or harmless motives, but it's rationalization. They are breaking the law and stealing because they don't want to pay for this stuff, plain and simple.

And finally IGN has a new poster for Potter 5. Like I said, light afternoon.

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