Scoop: No hooray for Hollywood

The days of Hollywood’s monopoly on moviemaking are becoming a thing of the past: New Zealand, Vancouver and London are competing with California and winning.

“Filmmaking talent is migrating to where the money is,” the Associated Press reports, as politicians and civic leaders offer tantalizing tax breaks to production companies to woo them to their area.

James Cameron says he is saving 25 percent by filming the “Avatar” sequels in New Zealand, provided he spends at least $415 million in the country in the process. Sounds like a deal.

A big movie production can really do wonders to a local economy. Auckland, New Zealand entertainment lawyer Alex Lee says getting the “Avatar” franchise was “the best Christmas present we could have possibly hoped for.”

At least we still have Silicon Valley, right?

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QUICK TAKES

A representative for Selena Gomez answered “no comment” to reports the actress has been diagnosed with lupus.

Toby Keith fans are bummed that the country singer’s new restaurant in Virginia has a “no guns permitted” sign.

Britney Spears’ Las Vegas residency kicked off this weekend at Planet Hollywood with Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry in the audience.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Honey Boo Boo were voted “least desirable celebrity neighbors” in a poll by real estate database Zillow; Jimmy Fallon won for “most desirable.”

A judge ruled that the famed British detective character Sherlock Holmes is has entered public domain in the U.S.

HAPPY BRITHDAY

Actress Eliza Dushku (“Dollhouse”) is 33.

Actor C.S. Lee (“Dexter”) is 42.

Pundit Sean Hannity is 52.

TV host Matt Lauer (“Today”) is 56.

TV host Meredith Vieira (“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”) is 60.

Singer Jeff Lynne of ELO is 66.

Singer-songwriter Patti Smith is 67.

Musician Michael Nesmith of The Monkees is 71.

Musician Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary is 76.

Actor Russ Tamblyn (“Twin Peaks”) is 79.

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