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Gold Derby nuggets: 'Avatar' only 2-D on DVD for now | Peter Jackson on 'The Hobbit' | Drew Barrymore's fashion faux pas

April 16, 2010 |  3:04 pm

Avatar Blu Ray DVD • Our good pal Lou Lumenick chatted with "Avatar" producer Jon Landau at the recent DVD launch of the blockbuster. "'It's like going to a live concert when you have the CD at home,' he told me at a small press event in Hell's Kitchen where clips from the gorgeous Blu-ray version -- the scenes look a lot brighter and more detailed when you're not wearing 3-D glasses -- were shown." Landau revealed, "that between 5 to 10 minutes would be added for the theatrical reissue, which hasn't been officially announced by Fox but is expected in late summer, when there seems to be a gap in the IMAX release schedule." And Lou reports, "A full-featured edition will be released in the fall, with a 3-D Blu-ray likely follow sometime in 2011. 'People don't realize that the only reason Panasonic developed a 3-D TV is because we asked them to come in as a partner with us,' Landau said." NEW YORK POST

• Perennial Emmys also-ran Bill Maher has reupped with HBO for a ninth season of his talker "Real Time." The comedian has had little to laugh about when it comes to TV's top honors setting a record with no hardware to show for his 22 nominations. Next season the show will expand from 24 to 35 episodes with Maher appearing on the paycaster from February through November and taking a break in July.

Ellen Gamerman reports that this year's Tony Awards may be short one race as not enough of the new musicals boast original scores to warrant that category. Last's year winner was "Next to Normal," which was just honored with the Pulitzer prize for drama. "To compete for the award, more than 50% of a show's score must be original music. That was often not the case this season, which was dominated by musicals featuring popular rock songs and other tunes that already existed." As per Gamerman, "So far, 'Memphis' qualifies for best original score, and 'The Addams Family' is likely to make the cut, but other new musicals do not, including the critically acclaimed 'Fela!' and, probably, 'American Idiot,' opening next week." WALL STREET JOURNAL

The HobbitPatricia Chui chats with Peter Jackson about the status of "The Hobbit," the long-in-the-making two-part prequel to his hit trilogy "The Lord of the Rings." The three-time Oscar champ told her that "we've just delivered the script. Literally last week, we delivered the second of the two screenplays -- the first draft. So the studio's got both scripts now, which is a milestone; and if anything was holding it up, it was us doing the screenplays because we'd just been writing as fast as we can, but it took us this long to get them finished." And Sir Peter says that, "any character that's returning from 'The Lord of the Rings,' we obviously would love the same actors to play. But even those actors haven't been approached yet, or there [haven't] been any deals done. And the studio wouldn't organically do any of that until they've greenlit the film." MOVIEFONE

Roger Friedman reports that the producers of the rialto revival of "A Little Night Music" are considering replacing five-time Tony winner Angela Lansbury and Oscar champ Catherine Zeta-Jones -- who may be exiting the hit show as soon as June after the Tony Awards -- with mother-daughter act Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow. However, as Roger points out, "each is too young for the roles. Jones is three years older than Paltrow. Each of them is substantially younger than Glynis Johns was when she originated the role. Danner is strikingly younger than 85-year-old Lansbury, that’s for sure. Could it work? Well, they do call it acting. All those years, Estelle Getty played 20 years older as Sophia on 'Golden Girls.'" SHOWBIZ 411

Kenneth Jones breaks the news that the novel that was adapted into 1990 best picture Oscar champ "Dances with Wolves" is now being turned into a tuner. Theater producer Matt Murphy ("Memphis") has acquired the stage rights to Michael Blake's 1986 book" and "is putting together a writing team to adapt the novel into a musical for the Broadway stage. He expects the score to have music inspired by folk, Appalachian, Civil War and Native American music." PLAYBILL

Drew Barrymore 2006 Golden Globes • For many people, awards shows are all about the red carpet and rare is the star who will admit to having committed a fashion faux pas. However, Drew Barrymore candidly cops to having made her share of mistakes, revealing "my worst red-carpet moment is the Gucci green dress where my boobs look like watermelons, it's the worst. Never wear a high neck dress with a high belt. It makes your [breasts] look like they are at your waist. It was the Golden Globes. I felt so bad. I was like, 'I'm so sorry, Gucci. I have tarnished your name.'" While Barrymore may have been a fashion don't at those awards four years ago, this year she was the belle of the ball as she won a Golden Globe for best TV movie actress for her performance in "Grey Gardens." CONTACT MUSIC

Victoria Rowell may not have won a daytime Emmy during her many years on "The Young and the Restless" but that doesn't mean she is bitter about her three losses. Or is she? Check out this sassy spoof of her former co-stars. YOUTUBE

Top photo: "Avatar" DVD / Blu-Ray cover. Credit: Fox. Middle photo: "The Hobbit" cover. Credit: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Bottom photo: Drew Barrymore at the 2006 Golden Globes. Credit: NBC


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