Gold Derby nuggets: Danny Boyle rats on 'Slumdog' | 'King of the Hill' knocked down | 'Law & Order' duels with 'Gunsmoke'
• Anne Thompson interviews director Danny Boyle about his Oscar contender "Slumdog Millionaire." Among the topics covered are the rigors of making a movie like this on a budget of $15 million. "'I like that tension,' he says. 'I don't want to make a dirty indie film struggling with paltry resources. I want to make a film that looks like it cost $50 million or $60 million.' To do that, Boyle jumped into a 12-week shoot on crazy Mumbai locations that changed overnight, deploying a nimble cameraman with a hard drive in a backpack and a gyro with an attached camera lens in his hand. 'It's a different way of grabbing reality and it has an intensity to it,' he says. 'It lets the mind float off places.'" The rags to riches story is emerging as a favorite among Oscarologists for one of the five best picture slots and opens in select cities November 12. Variety
• "King of the Hill" is to end its run on Fox after a lucky thirteen-season run that saw it win the Emmy Award for best animated program in 1999. The show never captured the attention of critics like its Sunday night time-slot companion "The Simpsons." Indeed, while "King of the Hill" earned its sixth nod as top toon at the most recent Emmys, it was "The Simpsons" that took home the trophy for the tenth time. Jason Hughes of TV Squad says, "it makes sense for Fox to let 'King of the Hill' go at this time, considering that 'Family Guy' spin-off 'The Cleveland Show' is waiting in the wings. On the other side, though, shouldn't they wait to see if that's going to work before they dump a solid perennial performer like 'Hill'?" TV Squad
• Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire ("Rabbit Hole") is thisclose to signing to script "Spider-Man 4," says the Hollywood Reporter. The franchise has a history of turning to award-winning talent: Two-time Oscar champ Alvin Sargent ("Julia," "Ordinary People") was scribe for "Spider-Man 2" and "3," with Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon ("The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay") assisting with the story for "2." Lindsay-Abaire, who was also Tony-nominated for the dark domestic drama "Rabbit Hole" in 2006, is back on Broadway this season with his book for the tuner version of "Shrek."
• Mike Ausiello follows up on reports that "Melrose Place" may be revamped and return to the CW a la this season's hit "90210" by speculating on the casting of one-time star Heather Locklear. While the 1990s version of the prime-time sudser was never nominated for an Emmy Award, Locklear did land four consecutive Golden Globe nominations as best actress in a drama series (1994-1997). As Ausiello writes, "Perhaps because her tumultuous personal life has been extra public lately, the actress formerly known as Amanda Woodward declined to be interviewed for this story. But a top Hollywood talent agent sees little downside in her slipping back into the man-eater's trademark miniskirts: 'It certainly wouldn't hurt her to do it.' Even a high-ranking exec at a rival net is excited by the prospect of seeing Aaron Spelling's old good-luck charm back in action. 'She should wait and find out what the actual concept is,' says the suit. 'But if it involves her running [her old Melrose ad agency] D&D à la The Devil Wears Prada, she should jump at it.'" Entertainment Weekly
• Erin Carlson of the AP takes a look at the crime drama staple "Law & Order" on the eve of its earlier than expected 19th season premiere on beleaguered NBC. The last of its staggering eleven consecutive Emmy nods for best drama series was back in 2002. While the show has won TV's top prize only once -- in 1997 -- creator Dick Wolf has in mind capturing another TV record -- surpassing "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running prime-time drama. "It's one to tie and two to win. I think after that, (we'll do) another 20," Wolf said. Interestingly, that oater only won a single Emmy as TV's top drama series as well. Yahoo News