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The Police Kick Off Tour; Tickets to This Post Sold Out in Fourteen Minutes

The Police in concert.Photo: Getty Images

Police Kick Off Tour: Reunited Police play first show, a two-hour set in Vancouver. Set list highlights: little-played “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Synchronicity II,” “Next to You,” “When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around,” “Thinly Veiled Hostility Between Lead Singer and Rest of Band.” [Billboard]

NBC Makes Move: NBC to hire flashy ex-agent and producer Ben Silverman, whose Reveille Productions is responsible for The Office, Ugly Betty, and The Biggest Loser, to an as-yet-unnamed senior leadership role at network. A miffed NBC Entertainment President Kevin Reilly is leaving the network. Vice-President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming Jack Donaghy’s job is secure for now. [Variety]

Magical Thinking to HBO: Vanessa Redgrave’s performance on Broadway in The Year of Magical Thinking will be turned into an HBO film. No director yet set; David Hare directed the play. [Variety]

Romanian Wins Palme d’Or: Cristian Mungiu’s 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days, about a woman looking for an abortion in the waning days of Communist Romania, wins top prize at Cannes. Other prizes go to Julian Schnabel, Gus Van Sant, and Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis). Iran throws resultant hissy fit. [Variety, NYT]

American Girl Adds Cast: Joan Cusack, Chris O’Donnell, Julia Ormond, and Wallace Shawn join cast of HBO’s Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery. Production also casts four children from open calls around country, and let this be just the first of many boldfaced mentions in their careers: Max Thieriot, Madison Davenport, Zach Mills and Willow Smith. [HR]

Woo Directs Ninjas: John Woo will produce and direct Ninja Gold, developed in conjunction with video-game developer Warren Spector (Deus Ex). Film (and eventual game) will follow a traditional ninja in the contemporary world of the Yakuza and the Russian Mob. The purpose of this ninja will be to flip out and kill people. [HR]

Lohan, Dawson Join Grandma Gang Flick: Lindsay Lohan, Rosario Dawson, and Channing Tatum join cast of Poor Things, Ash Baron Cohen film about rampaging granny gangs starring Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis. Oh, and Lohan got arrested. [Variety]

13 Headed to Broadway: Producer Bob Boyett plans to bring Mark Taper Forum hit 13 — about the trials and travails of thirteen 13-year-olds — to Broadway in 2008. Musical is written by Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Last Five Years), director TBA. Westchester stage moms start feverishly rouging their children in anticipation. [Playbill]

The Streets With Live Instruments:
New album by The Streets (a.k.a. Mike Skinner) will feature British rapper with live instrumentation; untitled record will second-to-last Streets album, according to Skinner’s Website. [Pitchfork]

Junior Senior’s Second Album, Finally: Rykodisc will release Junior Senior’s second record, Hey Hey My My Yo Yo, in North America. Album, which first came out in 2005, was European hit but never received Stateside release. Album will drop in August and features basically the best song ever, “Take My Time,” featuring B-52’s Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson. [Billboard]

Bollywood Film on Cricket Murder: The death of Pakistani cricket coach Bob Woolmer at the Cricket World Cup this spring will be the springboard for a Bollywood film directed by Mahesh Bhatt. Expect singing wickets, dancing googlies, and a murdered coach falling in love. [NYT]

The Police Kick Off Tour; Tickets to This Post Sold Out in Fourteen Minutes