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RAI to televise Pope-rock fest

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Italian pubcaster RAI will provide 24-hour marathon coverage via free and satellite TV, radio and Internet of events on Monday’s Labor Day holiday, starting with a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II and winding up with a mega-concert with performances from the Eurythmics, Alanis Morissette and Lou Reed, among others.

Broadway sees fall of ‘Saigon’

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“Miss Saigon,” the sixth-longest running show in Broadway history, will drop its final curtain on Dec. 31, just 14 weeks shy of its 10th anniversary.

Bratt inks for ‘Congeniality’

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Benjamin Bratt is set to star opposite Sandra Bullock in Donald Petrie’s “Miss Congeniality” for Castle Rock Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Ad strike clock ticking

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Barring a miracle, Hollywood will experience its first major strike in more than a decade on Monday, when union actors walk out on advertisers.

Players

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Three alums of NBC’s recently departed “Freaks & Geeks” are on to new projects: John Francis Daley will play Geena Davis’ stepson in the ABC/Touchstone pilot “Lost & Found”; Kevin Tighe will topline the two-hour FX pilot “Shadows”; and Lizzy Caplan has landed a series regular role on CBS/Paramount’s pilot “From Where I Sit.” Daley… Read more »

Astaire Awards announce noms for B’way dancers

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Nominees for the 19th annual Astaire Awards, which honor Broadway dancers and choreographers, were announced Thursday. This is the first time the nominees have been made public. Previously, single winners in each category were announced.

Corrections

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Jeff King did not write a draft of Columbia Pictures’ “Ice Queen” for Sydney Pollack, nor was Pollack officially attched to produce the picture. Information was incorrect in Tuesday’s paper. * * * “A Nice Family Gathering” is running indefinitely at the Group Repertory Theater. A closing date was incorrect in Thursday’s paper.