Sex and the City at New Line: New Line finalizes deal to produce Sex and the City movie, with series creator Michael Patrick King writing and directing and all four stars participating. Kim Cattrall had held things up with contract demands but receives a deal for a future show at HBO as part of negotiations for this project. [Variety]
Desperate Housewives, The Musical?: Or at least a musical episode. Marc Cherry tells Liz Smith — who knew she wrote for Variety? — that he wants to produce a musical episode of Desperate Housewives. What a good idea that Joss Whedon already had! [Variety]
Van Halen Tour Back On?: With Eddie Van Halen out of rehab, Van Halen reunion tour looks to be back on, with the band holding dates at several amphitheaters around the country for the fall. No, not Van Hagar — the real thing, with David Lee Roth fronting in all his spandex-clad glory. Our brother saw David Lee Roth perform at a wedding recently, and he was so tan he looked like a saddle wearing sunglasses. [HR]
Pumpkins to Tour: Smashing Pumpkins announce fall tour of U.S., though one currently without a New York City date. If you had told us twelve years ago that we'd be way more excited about a Van Halen tour than a Smashing Pumpkins tour, we'd have politely expressed our disbelief. [Pitchfork]
Anthony Minghella at the Met: Film director Anthony Minghella will write the libretto for an opera by Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov and direct the ensuing production at the Met. [NYT]
Pavarotti to Sing Sacred: Luciano Pavarotti is working on an album of sacred music, to be released next year. The opera star is currently fighting pancreatic cancer. [NYT]
Nothing Else Is Happening: Seriously, the trades are dead. Everyone just loves America so much that there was no time to sign any deals.