HOLLYWOOD — Why did Sam Champion leave “Good Morning America” to work at The Weather Channel? Sam, at GMA since 2006, became such an important part of the team that weather was almost his minor job. Since GMA leads the ratings, it’s unlikely he was pushed out, like Ann Curry at “The Today Show” or Al Roker, who’s on The Weather Channel in addition to “The Today Show.” The Weather Channel is a step back for Sam. Is it a coincidence Sam left less than a year since he “came out” officially and married his male partner? Just asking!
Also at ABC, Katie Couric’s daytime talk show is all but canceled because of low ratings in its second year.
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Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, who won Oscars for writing “Good Will Hunting” in 1997, are reteaming, as producers, to bring the DC comic book series “Sleeper” to the big screen. No word yet if either or both will act in the film.
Hugh Jackman has completed shooting on “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” as Wolverine. The highly anticipated sequel arrives May 23. Jackman has been before the cameras with Sigourney Weaver in Johannesburg, South Africa, since October in the science-fiction comedy “Chappy,” set for a March 2015 bow.
Could Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence be the new Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn or William Powell/Myrna Loy team? They scored big in “Silver Linings Playbook” (for which she won an Oscar), and are currently on screen in “American Hustle,” to be followed by the “secret project” they shot in March of 2012, the Depression-era drama “Serena.” Jennifer’s Oscar win, coupled with her top-grossing “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and Bradley’s track record have started a bidding war among distributors unlike any seen in recent years. The buzz is that Cooper and Lawrence will do it again! Word on the street is that Harvey Weinstein wants it, and what Harvey wants, he usually gets!
Channing Tatum is one busy guy. He’ll be heard as Superman in the animated “Lego Movie,” out Feb. 7. Then come June 23, he stars with Jonah Hill in “22 Jump Street,” followed by “Jupiter Ascending” with Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne (“My Week with Marilyn”) and the most recent screen Romeo, Douglas Booth, bowing July 25. Then he’ll lend his voice again to the 3D computer-animated “Book of Life,” with Zoe Saldana and Christina Applegate, out Oct. 17. He’s currently filming “Foxcatcher,” with Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, in which People’s “The sexiest man alive” plays 1984 gold medal Olympic wrestler Max Schultz. With a new baby at home, keeping him and his wife up nights, small wonder he’s chosen location, location, location!
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