· NBC drops out of the Television Critics Association winter press tour due to the writers strike, a move that will rob reporters of the chance to witness a retaliatory beatdown of Peacock perfect storm Ben Silverman by the network-running rivals he recently disparaged as "D-girls". [Variety]
· Entourage's Kevin Dillon joins Emma Roberts, Don Cheadle and Lisa Kudrow in hotly anticipated canine-housing drama Hotel for Dogs. [THR]
· Wistfully envisioning a time when writers and studios can once again skip down Hollywood Blvd hand-in-hand, New Line signs Neil LaBute to script a remake of The Woman Next Door once the strike is over. Helen Mirren's husband [Ed. note—HAAACKFORD!] to direct. [Variety]
AIIIEEE! I almost forgot the gossip roundup! How did you survive all day without it?! Dear godyou probably had to actually do work! I'm SO sorry!
· Hustler's Larry Flynt is looking for video footage of First Twin Barbara Bush at one of Yale's notorious naked parties. [Page Six]
· Playwright Neil LaBute: "I think of myself as a misogynist. But maybe I'm not because if I were one really, I'd write shitty parts for women." Documentarian Michael Moore: "In fourth grade, my school newspaper got shut down, the ACLU filed suit when I was 18, and I ratted on my school board to the prosecutor at 19." [Cindy Adams]
· Smoking ban irony: the city of New York will make $20 million this year off of tobacco investments. [NY Daily News]