‘Partners,’ ‘Applebaum,’ and more CBS pilots to keep an eye on for 2012-2013

It’s that time of year again, TV fans — the networks are almost done picking up and casting the various pilots that will be in contention to become series in the Fall 2012 schedule. With so many announcements made on a daily basis, keeping track of it all can be overwhelming, so Zap2it is assembling round-ups of all the information to help you out. (You can check out ABC’s here.)

The CBS pickups are listed below. Remember, don’t fall in love with a logline — some of these will never see the light of day! We’ll find out which made the cut in mid-May at the network upfronts. Get ready for a whole lotta cop shows.

Applebaum“: Starring “Twilight’s” Rachelle Lefevre, “Applebaum” follows a former lawyer who gave up her career to take care of her kids. Now, she’s going back on the job as a private detective. »

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Kate Middleton’s Cousin Who Wants to See Me Naked?

Kate Middleton‘s 21-year-old cousin Katrina Darling flaunted her royal lineage — and everything else — during her racy nearly-naked stage show in NYC last night.

Darling, who is the Duchess of Cambridge’s second cousin once removed and has never met Kate, is a burlesque dancer and brought her erotic dance act to the U.S. this week.

Warner Bros To Conjure Up ‘Mandrake The Magician’

Just as we told you yesterday with their apparent acquisition of Ron Howard’s extremely expensive adaptation of The Dark Tower (possibly the most ambitious motion picture idea since Peter Jackson convinced financiers to make his vision for three Lord of the Rings movies in the late 90s), Warner Bros have huge cash reserves from the ending Chris Nolan Batman saga and the Harry Potter film franchise that they want to churn into new profitable franchises.

This should be a good note to anyone in the industry right now –  if you have a spec script or film idea to pitch that is a bit risky or unusual but has the potential for a franchise, take it to Warner Bros.

The Hollywood Reporter are breaking the news that Warner Bros have plans to bring the vintage pulp comic ‘Mandrake the Magician’ to the big screen.

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Finally A Really Good Dark Knight Rises Action Figure Released

Sideshow Collectables has released a photo of a really awesome Batman action figure. The upcoming film “The Dark Knight Rises” by director Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight, Inception, Memento) stars Christian Bale (Batman Begins, Terminator Salvation, The 13 Women of Nanjing), Anne Hathaway (The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart, Alice in Wonderland, The Silver Linings Playbook), Tom Hardy (Inception, RocknRolla, Bronson), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Elektra Luxx, 3rd Rock from the Sun), Morgan Freeman (The Shawshank Redemption, The Dark Knight, Se7en), Gary Oldman (The Professional, The Fifth Element) and Michael Caine (Cars 2, Gnomeo & Juliet, Inception, Harry Brown). Click Here to check out our Top 30 photo gallery from Dark Knight

Flying High: A conversation with filmmaker Brad Bird

Trevor Hogg chats with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Brad Bird… “In the period before The Iron Giant [1999], when I was trying to get movies made, and running against all the walls a lot of filmmakers run up against, half the projects I had on the runway were live-action,” reveals Oscar-winning American filmmaker Brad Bird who won Best Animated Feature for The Incredibles (2004) and Ratatouille (2007). “It’s something that I’ve been circling for a long time.” When the Great California Earthquake tale 1906 failed to get made, the native of Kalispell, Montana was offered an opportunity to helm the fourth installment of the Mission: Impossible franchise by producer J.J. Abrams (Super 8). “With animation you’re pushing people toward a finished state,” states Bird who decided to direct Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). “You keep pushing the shot forward whereas live-action you’re rolling the dice on catching the shot. You get a » – flickeringmyth

American Idol’ Contestant Jermaine Jones Disqualified From Competition


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Jermaine Jones has been disqualified from further participation on American Idol after it was discovered that he concealed “multiple crimes,” TMZ reports. Jones announced his departure on Twitter, tweeting, “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” Photos: ‘American Idol‘ Season 11 Top 13 Finalists Jones was reportedly charged with two crimes in 2011, one involving violence. In both arrests, Jones gave a fake name to police. He additionally did not reveal to producers that he has outstanding warrants. Jones departure will pan out in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night’s broadcast. Fox had no comment. Later on


HBO Not Moving Forward With Spike Lee/Doug Ellin’s ‘Da Brick’


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Doug Ellin is 0-for-2 this pilot season. HBO has passed on its Spike Lee/Ellin-produced boxing drama Da Brick, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The premium cable network has opted to pass on the boxing drama, which was described as a contemporary explorating of what it means to be a young, black man in a supposedly post-racial America. The news comes more than a week after the network passed on Ellin’s 40, a comedy pilot about a See more »