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Fox reveals 'On the Lot' guest judges, new format for next few weeks


By Christopher Rocchio, 06/05/2007 

Fox has announced that Transformers star Shia LaBeouf and director Michael Bay will serve as guest judges during the Tuesday, June 5 episode of On the Lot, the Mark Burnett and Steven Spielberg-created American Idol-like movie-making reality competition series that aims to find the country's next great filmmaker.

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LaBeouf is no stranger to appearing in reality television shows seeking to find up-and-coming movie directors -- he starred in The Battle of Shaker Heights, the 2003 film that was of the focus of the second season of HBO's Project Greenlight reality series.  LaBeouf and Bay will serve as guest judges for On the Lot along with the series' regular judges, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and director Garry Marshall.

In addition to announcing this week's guest judges, Fox also revealed the new format On the Lot will follow over the next few weeks. 

Due to poor ratings, Fox has scrapped its original plans to air one-hour "Film Premiere" episodes -- the show's version of Idol's weekly performance shows -- on Monday nights, followed by half-hour "Box Office" results shows on Tuesday nights.  Instead, Fox has announced it will air just one hour-long weekly episode of On the Lot on Tuesdays at 8PM ET/PT beginning with this week's episode.

Beginning with On the Lot's June 5 broadcast, the show's remaining 15 finalists have been -- similar to the semifinalists performance show format American Idol used to utilize -- divided into three groups of five. 

The first group of five consists of Sam Friedlander, a 27-year-old web producer who currently resides in Santa Monica, CA and was raised in Westchester, NY; Adam Stein, a 29-year-old freelance film editor who was born in Miami, FL and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA; Hilary Graham, a 37-year-old stay-at-home wife and mom who lives in Francestown, NH and was raised in Chelmsford, MA; Shalini Kantayya, a 30-year-old freelance director who was raised in Hartford, CT and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY; and Trever James, a 24-year-old film editor who currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, and is originally from Great Falls, MT.

The first group will premiere their On the Lot personal submission films and receive comments from the four judges during the the show's Tuesday, June 5 broadcast.  Viewers will then vote for their favorite of the five films following the 8PM ET broadcast, however Fox has not announced how many finalists will be eliminated based on those votes.

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