SHORT CUTS: From Rock to "Tooth Fairy" | Entertainment |

SHORT CUTS: From Rock to "Tooth Fairy" | Entertainment |

Published February 27, 2008

Posted Feb. 27, 2008 -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will star as the title character in "The Tooth Fairy," a 20th Century Fox comedy scheduled to begin in August, reports Variety.

The wrestler-turned-actor will play an ordinary man who's brought in to try to save the tooth fairy kingdom. He's currently starring in Disney's "Witch Mountain," and he will be seen starring this summer opposite Steve Carell in the Warner Bros. comedy "Get Smart."

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"The Apprentice" Hits Africa

The Apprentice" arrived in Africa Feb. 26 with simultaneous launches in five countries.
"The Apprentice Africa" is produced by Nigerian TV production company Storm Vision in conjunction with the Executive Group, with financial backing from Nigeria's Bank PHB for broadcast in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

The Donald Trump of the African version of the Mark Burnett reality TV concept is Nigeria's "father of advertising" Biodun Shobanjo, chairman and founder of marketing and communications group Troyka Holdings.

The nine men and nine women contestants were drawn from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Guinea, Cameroon, Tanzania and Kenya after auditions were held across Africa.

The show airs on Nigeria's Silverbird Television and National Television Authority, on TV 3 in Ghana, KTN in Kenya, WBS in Uganda and ITV in Tanzania.

Banks, Kutcher Team Up

Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher have created an as-yet-untitled project that will feature contestants competing in a beauty pageant. Naturally there's a twist, but the network has requested that the concept remain under wraps because the show hasn't started production.

ABC has ordered eight episodes from Banks' Bankable Prods., Kutcher and Jason Goldberg's Katalyst and Warner Horizon where Banks has a deal.

Kutcher and Banks, repped by Endeavor, have found success producing unscripted projects. Kutcher is behind MTV's "Punk'd" and the CW's "Beauty and the Geek," and Banks executive produces the CW's top-rated "America's Next Top Model" as well as an upcoming CW project in which contestants compete to become assistant editors at a fashion magazine.

Written by BET-Staff


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