• Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) will bring a new version of the classic board game Clue to the big screen. Unless it has Tim Curry and multiple endings, we’ll wait for the Monopoly movie.
• Warner Bros. set release dates for Green Lantern, Christopher Nolan’s Inception, and several other tentpole movies. Plan your July of 2011 now!
• Ellen DeGeneres is returning to animation with the canine comedy Dog Show. Ellen’s dog will no doubt be adorably deadpan.
• Michel Gondry will direct Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow in the Green Hornet movie. Finally, the whimsical stoner hero America so desperately needs.
• Dreamworks Animation saw its profits take a tumble last quarter, despite Jack Black’s karate-chopping panda. Hey, Shrek can’t save the company every year.
• Guillermo del Toro wants to direct a “gothic-western” twist on The Count of Monte Cristo. If it was any other director, this would be a terrible idea.
• Iron Man helped Marvel Entertainment more than double its quarterly profit. So why are they lowballing Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson? Pony up, Stan Lee!
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 2/25/09
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By RYAN NAKASHIMA
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sen. Charles Schumer has urged
Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. to sell off its TicketsNow resale subsidiary
that was at the core of an uproar over Bruce
Springsteen concert tickets.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond
DreamWorks Animation reported Tuesday its fourth-quarter
profit fell 45% to $51.6 mililon on revenue that sunk 31% to $199.8 million.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul J. Gough
The nation’s biggest media buyer is bearish on the ad market
for the time being.
A group including Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, Patti LaBelle
and Dionne Warwick urges Congress to require stations to pay performers when
their music is played.
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
Until this week, the only official disclosure
from corporate raider/shareholder activist Carl Icahn has been that he’s
buying up Lionsgate stock because it’s “undervalued”. But that
all changed on Monday.
from Tribeca Film News and Features Feed by Kristin McCracken
With Watchmen on the horizon, can the world of the
fantastical stay as popular as it is now–a mega-genre studios can take to the
Film Festivals: Film event will be based in East Hampton —
The 17th annual Hamptons Film Festival will take place Columbus Day weekend,
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail tops Monday’s box office
with $2.5 million
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Art will imitate life when Gov.
Arnold Schwarzenegger spends a few hours playing himself later this year in a
movie by Sylvester Stallone..
Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, two of the child actors
from the 2009 Best Picture winner “Slumdog Millionaire,” have had a non-stop
celebration during their time in Hollywood this past week, and the good news
will continue when they return home to Mumbai, India.
Columbia Pictures says it is in talks with “Eternal Sunshine
of the Spotless Mind” director Michel Gondry to replace Hong Kong comedian
Stephen Chow at the helm of its adaptation of “The Green Hornet.”
“Slumdog” sweetheart Frieda Pinto is the new darling of
Hollywood. A former model, the film was Freida’s big screen debut and it wasn’t
long ago that she was just a girl in India with a “Titanic” dream.
from MSNBC.com: Movies
The $120 million comic book adaptation “Watchmen,” one of 2009’s most eagerly
awaited films, has had its world premiere in London, and reviews on Tuesday
generally cast the movie as classy but no classic.
from Splash Page by Casey Seijas
For the casual comic fan out there who only knows “Watchmen”
as a super-hyped film based on something called a “graphic novel,” the fact
that one of the book’s creators — legendary writer Alan Moore — wouldn’t want
his name attached to a film that’s sure to bring in beaucoup box office
receipts is probably quite confusing.
from MTV Movies Blog by Brian Jacks
We may be three months away from the release “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood
Prince,” but Warner Bros. is already looking towards the future. “Exhibitor
Relations” reports the second part of “Deathly Hallows” — the final film in the
franchise — will hit theaters on July 15, 2011.
Canadian actor Bronson Pelletier is joining the cast of
“Twilight” sequel “New Moon,” according to his management.
Academy Award-nominated and Hugo Award winning geek
writer/director Joss Whedon has a theory on why it’s so hard to translate DC
comic book characters to the big screen
Web Exclusive: $25 million financing plan completre — The
feature version of “Astro Boy” is officially back on track for an
Oct. 23 release after producer Imagi Entertainment announced it’s completed a
$25 million financing plan.
Universal Pictures has made a series of deals with Hasbro to
adapt board games and toys into big screen movies.
Nameless inside sources have apparently told E! Online’s
Watch With Kristin that Michael Cera has buckled and agreed to board the Arrested
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Ellen DeGeneres is making a return to the animated big
From a squeaky-clean nun to a single mom who cleans. Amy
Adams follows her Oscar-nominated role in Doubt with Sunshine Cleaning
Exclusives: Actress joins cast of indie drama — Melissa Leo
has joined the cast of indie drama “Betty Ann Waters” alongside
Hilary Swank, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell.
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack
Fox’s House delivered a healthy showing last night with 14.7
million viewers, up 700,000 from the previous week’s airing. Its lead-out, 24,
also saw a boost in viewership with 11.6 million, an increase of 400,000 from
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams placed first in Total
Viewers and the A25-45 demo again last week drawing more viewers than the prior
week. ABC’s World News, with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos subbing,
finished more than 1.5 million Total Viewers behind Nightly News, but cut the
demo gap with NBC by 13% week-to-week.
In weekday prime time (8-11pmET M-F), MSNBC was up 31% in
Total Viewers and up 4% in the A25-54 demo. In total day (6a-6a), MSNBC was up
17% in Total Viewers and up 7% in the demo. “Morning Joe” continues
to be the fastest growing morning cable news show — up 74% in the demo and up
41% in Total Viewers.
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
While Hollywood focused on the Oscars last weekend, HBO
quietly shattered a creative community losing streak.
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
PAULA Abdul isn’t too keen on the addition of fourth judge
Kara DioGuardi to “American Idol” this season.
TV News: Rapper-actor to play former Navy SEAL — LL Cool J
is getting on the gumshoe beat. The rapper-actor has been set to star in CBS’ planned
spinoff of “NCIS.”
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Lindsay Price has signed up
for a role in the pilot for a small-screen version of “The Witches of
Eastwick,” The Hollywood Reporter said.
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By FRAZIER MOORE
NEW YORK (AP) — After a bullish staff meeting (which ended
with a cheer) and before a wardrobe fitting (strictly suit-and-tie), Jimmy
Fallon took time to marvel at how busy he is these days.
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Gail Mitchell,
Fans of the Roots can rest easy: the Philadelphia-based band
has started work on a new album and still plans to tour. But the Grammy
Award-winning group’s primary focus right now is its new gig as the house band
for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — NBC says Andy Richter and Conan O’Brien
will be back together again on late-night TV.
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SEAN YOONG
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Gay Asians voiced indignation
Wednesday after television broadcasts of the Academy Awards in their region
censored the words “gay” and “lesbian” in speeches that
called for equal rights for homosexuals.
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
This week in Ausiello TV: Does Meredith have another
long-lost sibling on ”Grey’s Anatomy”
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
”Supernatural,” ”Smallville,” ”One Tree Hill,” ”Top
Model” also coming back; no word on ”Privileged”
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd
NBC is looking to adapt the hit British series “I’m a
Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!”
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Veteran TV director James Burrows has signed on to direct
two comedy pilots, Fox’s “Absolutely Fabulous” and NBC’s “100
Questions for Charlotte Payne.”
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Lou Diamond Phillips, Ming-Na, Elyse Levesque and Alaina
Huffman round out the cast of Sci Fi Channel’s new original series “SGU:
As Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal approached the camera to
deliver the GOP response to Pres. Obama last night, someone on the MSNBC set
whispered “Oh God.” But the whisper was loud enough to be heard by
anyone who was watching MSNBC.
TORONTO (AP) — Singer-guitarist Steven Page has left the
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Killers are countersuing a former
manager in federal court in Nevada, where the two sides seek millions of
dollars from each other over breach-of-contract allegations.
from Billboard News – All by Katie Hasty, N.Y.
Newly-formed power pop supergroup, with members of Hanson,
Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins, and Fountains of Wayne, have set an April 21
release date for their debut self-titled album, due via S-Curve.
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Simon
The Beastie Boys are putting the finishing touches on their
eighth studio album. “It’s a pretty weird record,” rapper Adam Yauch
(MCA) told EW at last weekend’s Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica,
from People.com Latest News by David Caplan
A magician traveling with Spears dishes on her body, her
dancing and sawing her in half!
(LiveDaily.com) Rock outfit AFI [ tickets
] has announced the impending release of its eighth studio album, as well the
group’s first performance of 2009. “Crash Love,” the follow-up to
2006’s “Decemberunderground,” will hit shelves later this year
from Hollywood Reporter by By Mike Shields, Mediaweek
History has announced plans to launch “Great and
Telling Tales With Timothy Dickinson,” the network’s first original series
for the Web.
from Rolling Stone: Features
After launching at London’s O2 arena in April, a live stage treatment of the
Star Wars series, Star Wars: A Musical Journey, will make its way to the
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By AMY WESTFELDT
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Post is dropping Liz Smith’s
column this week to save money, leaving the legendary gossip columnist without
a newspaper home in the city for the first time in 33 years. “I’m very
sorry that that has come to an end, and that I wasn’t valuable enough for them
to keep me on,” the 86-year-old Smith said Tuesday.
Spider-Man has conquered the movies. Now it’s Broadway’s
from Peter Bart
The Oscar show sealed his fate: Joaquin Phoenix is now part
of Hollywood mythology; at least that sub-set dealing with celebrity