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The Newsdesk 03.31.09 – Trek Sequel Moves Forward; Barrymore and Long Go The Distance

• Paramount Pictures has signed Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof to write a Star Trek sequel despite the fact that the first film hasn’t come out yet. Orci and Kurtzman wrote the upcoming reboot, while Lindelof (Lost) produced.

• Drew Barrymore and Justin Long will star in the romantic comedy Going the Distance about a couple trying to maintain a long-distance relationship.

• Dreamworks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg thinks that the success of Monster Vs. Aliens may help theater owners make the upgrade to digital 3D technology

• Josh Hartnett was hospitalized yesterday for a mysterious gastrointestinal issue.

• Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg are reteaming for a sequel to their crime drama Eastern Promises. This will be the first sequel for director Cronenberg, though fans still hold out hope for Naked Lunch II: Still Lunchin’.

• British actor Jamie Campbell Bower (Sweeney Todd, The Prisoner) has been cast as Caius in the Twilight sequel New Moon. The 20-year-old actor is no doubt preparing himself for the mobs of tween girls who will soon be following his every move.


BIZ

How Twitter Saved the Celebrity P.R.

from Defamer by Owen Thomas
Blogs, Facebook, and Twitter were supposed to liberate famous people from
old-media gatekeepers. But John
Mayer
, Courtney Love,
and others are teaching us that public figures are terrible at shaping their
own image.

Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty resigns

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Mitchell Peters,
Billboard

Nearly two months after Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live
Nation announced plans to merge, Ticketmaster president and CEO Sean Moriarty
has resigned.

Some Online Shows Could Go Subscription-Only

from NYT > Television by By BRAD STONE and BRIAN STELTER

Cable TV providers are testing ways to restrict access to
free shows on the Web to just their paying subscribers.

Les Is Less: CBS Falls 17% On Downgrade

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Just when you think it can’t get any worse for Les Moonves,
it does. He’s already slashed the CBS Inc dividend. Today the stock fell more
than 17%.

Moscowitz to top WB Records

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: WMG’s chief exec expands role at label — Todd
Moscowitz, chief exec of Warner Music Group’s indie labels, is expanding his
purview to become exec VP at flagship Warner Bros. Records.

Marshall Fine: What’s killing independent film?

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Marshall Fine
So now what?

That’s the question I’ve asked myself recently after
watching any number of worthy but small movies. I come out of the screening
room – or turn off the TV because I’ve had to watch a DVD screener – and
thought, “This is a nice little movie – but who will ever have the chance
to see it?”

Time Warner, cable unit begin ‘new era’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

History was in the air Monday as shares of Time Warner and
Time Warner Cable had their first trading session after the spinoff of TWC and
related reverse stock splits.

Online thriller series is in the works

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, March 30 (UPI) — Paramount Digital
Entertainment says it is teaming up with Gaumont, a European film production
and distribution company, to produce an interactive Web series.

Gianopulos ‘bullish’ on movie business

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

It was message at once upbeat and sober. “While I’m
bullish about the movies, we can’t ignore the economic realities,” said
Jim Gianopulos, chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment, in a keynote
address Monday at ShoWest 2009.

Fox rebuffs costs of 3-D glasses

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Fox has quietly begun alerting exhibitors not to expect any
payments for costs associated with the use of special glasses when its 3-D pics
play in digital auditoriums.

Jeff Bewkes promises new era for TW

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

“A new era for Time Warner” — that was the title
of a memo that chairman and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes sent to staff at the
conglomerate Monday.

Film exhibitors: Hard to move forward

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

The industry’s conundrum: Boxoffice is booming, but the
credit crunch is keeping exhibitors from rolling out new theater systems as
quickly as they’d like.


FESTIVALS

Tribeca festival sets panels, special events

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The 2009 Tribeca Film Festival’s panel series and special
events will include conversations with directors Spike Lee, Barry Levinson,
Steven Soderbergh, Kirby Dick and Alex Gibney.

Panels, ‘Poliwood’ set for Tribeca

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Spike Lee, Steven Soderbergh to attend — The
world preem of Barry Levinson’s doc “Poliwood” is among the
highlights of Tribeca’s lineup of special events and panels.

Coldplay, Beastie Boys, Tool to Headline 2009 All Points West
Festival

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

The Beastie Boys, Tool and Coldplay will headline the three
nights of this year’s second annual All Points West Festival, which goes down
July 30th to August 2nd at New Jersey’s Liberty State Park.

AWARDS

Olbermann, Orman Win GLAAD Awards

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and CNBC’s Suze Orman were two of the winners at Saturday
night’s GLAAD Awards in New York City.

‘Bolt,’ ‘Simpsons’ top Genesis Awards

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Disney’s animated dog movie “Bolt” and an episode
of “The Simpsons” called “Apocalypse Cow” were among the
winners at the Humane Society of the United States’ 23rd Genesis Awards.

MOVIES

“Monsters vs Aliens” signals future 3-D successes

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – DreamWorks Animation SKG’s strong
$59.3 million opening weekend for 3-D movie “Monsters vs. Aliens”
signals that Hollywood’s greater reliance on the third dimension is popular
with audiences.

‘Fast & Furious’: Does the reunion have the goods?

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Is it possible to take four actors whose careers are
virtually in commercial eclipse, throw them together in the same film and have
movie marketers predicting the picture will be a big hit?

EXCLUSIVE: Vin Diesel On Why He Declined ‘Daredevil’ &
Creating ‘His Own Superhero Movies’

from Splash Page by Splash Page Team
Despite starring in a bevy of action films from “The Chronicles of
Riddick
” to the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Vin Diesel
has yet to strap on the cape and tights for a superhero movie. When MTV News
asked the actor why he’s stayed away from comic book fare, Diesel replied
matter-of-factly, “I do my own superhero movies.”

Paul Walker gets back behind the wheel

from MSNBC.com: Movies
“I wanted to work. Everyone was available to come back and make really the
first true sequel,” Walker says about “Fast & Furious.”

CO-EXCLUSIVE: ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra’ Game Trailer
Premieres

from Splash Page by Splash Page Team
FROM MULTIPLAYER: Along with our corporate pals at
GameTrailers.com, we’ve got the world’s first look at the new “G.I. Joe” video game in action. Check out the debut trailer
of the old-school shoot-em-up that’s based on the upcoming “G.I. Joe: The Rise
of Cobra” movie.

‘Trek,’ ‘Transformers,’ ‘Terminator’ — oh my!

from MSNBC.com: Movies
Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Shia LaBeouf look to crush box office records
this spring with a spate of new big-budget event films.

Drew Barrymore Going the Distance With Justin Long

from E! Online – Movie News

Drew Barrymore and Justin Long are back together–at least
for a movie!

Crawford Chasing After Footloose Remake?

from E! Online – Movie News

Can Chace Crawford sing and dance?

Zac Efron: Putting High School Musical Behind Him

from E! Online – Movie News

See ya later, musicals. That’s Zac Efron’s message to the
world of song and dance.

‘Twilight’ takes lead in ’09 video sales

from Hollywood Reporter by By Thomas K. Arnold

With sales hitting 5.6 million units at the end of this
weekend, Summit Home Entertainment’s “Twilight” is now the
top-selling home entertainment release of the year.

Campbell-Bower cast in ‘Twilight’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, March 30 (UPI) — British newcomer Jamie
Campbell-Bower says he has landed the key role of vampire leader Caius in
“The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”

“Slumdog” Kid Rubina Paid More For TV Ad Than The
Film

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
One of the child stars of Slumdog Millionaire has earned more from a three-day
shoot for a commercial than from the whole of the Oscar-winning movie, it has
been claimed.

Ice Cube has ticket to ‘Ride’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Actor set for New Line action comedy — Ice Cube
has set as his next star vehicle “Ride Along,” an action comedy that
New Line Cinema will put into production this summer.

Leonardo DiCaprio is not attached to ‘Button Man,’ reps say

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Adam B. Vary

Contrary to various reports trickling through the web today,
representatives of Leonardo DiCaprio and DreamWorks Pictures confirm to EW that
the Revolutionary Road star is not set to star in DreamWorks’ Button Man.

Tobey Maguire Starts His Engines, Drives ‘The Limit’ For Racing
Biopic

from MTV Movies Blog by Elisabeth Rappe
While he waits for “Spider-Man 4” to get underway, Tobey Maguire has been
anything but idle. His production company picked up the rights to “Good People” and a remake of “Robotech,” both of which he may take roles in.
Now he’s getting behind the wheel for “The Limit,” a true-life tale of rival
Grand Prix drivers.

‘Star Trek’ sequel on track

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Paramount hires trio to pen screenplay — As
Paramount Pictures readies the May 8 release of its “Star Trek”
franchise relaunch, the studio is moving forward with a sequel, and has hired
Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof to pen the screenplay.

Early Buzz: Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)

As we previously reported, Wes Anderson’s animated
adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox had
it’s first set of test screenings over the weekend in New York.

Cronenberg and Mortenson Reteaming For Eastern Promises Sequel

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
MTV have had a chat with David Cronenberg and gotten the
good stuff on his plans for an Eastern Promises sequel.
You may recall the end of the first film, or you may not – to reveal it here
would be a spoiler, so I’ve tucked it under the crease with – but you probably
weren’t expecting a sequel either way.

Miramax cooks up ‘Baster’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Studio acquires rights to Aniston, Bateman film
— Miramax Films has acquired North American rights to Mandate Pictures’
romantic comedy “The Baster,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason
Bateman.

Paul Bettany joins ‘Priest’ ‘hood

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Paul Bettany is in negotiations to star in
“Priest,” a horror Western that Michael De Luca and Stars Road
Entertainment’s Josh Donen are producing for Screen Gems. Mitchell Peck also
will produce.

‘Wackness’ director finds ‘Sitter’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Jonathan Levine, who wrote and directed Sundance darling
“The Wackness,” has signed to direct “The Sitter” for Fox
Atomic. Michael De Luca is producing.


TELEVISION

MTV renews ‘Real World’ for four seasons

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

MTV is ordering four more seasons of its veteran reality hit
“The Real World,” bringing the 17-year-old docudrama’s total to an
incredible 26 cycles.

MTV to Put a Bit More Music Back, in the A.M.

from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER

In an experiment that harks back to its origins, MTV will
use 3 to 9 a.m. Monday through Thursday to show music videos, news, interviews
and performances.

ABC, ESPN video hitting YouTube

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

Disney will put ABC and ESPN video on YouTube under a deal
announced Monday that indicates Google’s desire to make its popular online
video site more commercial.

NCAA, LeBron James Win Sunday for CBS

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks
by jrash@cmithun.com(John Rash)

MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — College basketball players and a
high-schooler-turned-pro advanced CBS in Sunday’s broadcast brackets, as an
overrun of the NCAA basketball tournament and a “60 Minutes” profile
of LeBron James helped the network net a 3.1/8 rating and share in the
ad-centric 18-to-49 demographic, ahead of ABC (2.8/7), Fox (2.6/7), NBC (2.5/7)
and the CW (.4/1).

‘Friday Night Lights’ safe!

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Insider confirms to Michael Ausiello the show will get two
more seasons under NBC-DirecTV deal

Fox News’s Mad, Apocalyptic, Tearful Rising Star

from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER and BILL CARTER

Glenn Beck’s show has become wildly popular with a mix of
moral lessons and outrage.

‘90210’ shocker: Dustin Milligan exit

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Series insider confirms to Michael Ausiello that Ethan won’t
return full time; more season 2 changes ahead

Yes, The Osbournes Have A Variety Show

from Forbes.com: Media News by Lacey Rose

But don’t expect Sharon and Ozzy dancing on the stage with
jazz hands.

Barry Levinson game for ’30 for 30′

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

ESPN is taking a trip to the “Diner.” The network
has brought on Barry Levinson to helm one of its documentaries in its “30
for 30” program.

‘Guiding Light’ may end this year

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) — A decision regarding whether to
cancel “Guiding Light,” the longest-running U.S. soap opera, is
expected to be made within the next month, insiders say.

‘The Office’ adds syndication clearances

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

NBC Universal has sold “The Office” in 93% of the
country for a fall off-network launch. Coupled with a previous cable sale to
TBS, that brings the initial syndication haul to about $3 million an episode.

“More To Love”: Fox Orders Overweight Dating Show

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Fox is teaming with “The Bachelor” producer Mike Fleiss for a new
dating-competition series that casts “average-looking” people.

Idolatry: Fading front-runners

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Slezak
Michael Slezak and Annie Barrett on how Lil, Danny can reclaim their mojo;
advice for Kris, Anoop, Megan

MSNBC finding rerun is wise prime-time strategy

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC will continue airing Keith
Olbermann’s talk show twice each weeknight in prime time, putting on indefinite
hold a search for a new 10 p.m. program.

U.N. hosts filming of ‘Law & Order: SVU’

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Murder and justice have always been hallmarks of the
“Law & Order” stable of TV shows, but never before have the
fictional New York City crimes guided the show’s detectives and attorneys to
the United Nations — until now.

‘The flea market of late-night talk shows’

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Starting in November, comedian George Lopez will enter the
late-night talk show fray, kicking off a new show on TBS. Now more than ever,
he feels diverse audiences need and want diverse representation on their TV
screens.

New ‘Stargate’ movie to air on Sci Fi

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) — Sci Fi Channel said
“Continuum,” the latest entry in the “Stargate” franchise,
is to debut this week.

Vicki Gunvalson, O.C. “Real Housewife,” Gets Real
Threats

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Cops say someone hates one of the “Real Housewives of Orange County”
so much, they’ve actually made threats on her life.

MUSIC

Lady Gaga tops U.K. singles chart again

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Paul Sexton, Billboard

Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope/Universal) started
a second week at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday, ahead of a strong
debut by London indie band the Noisettes with “Don’t Upset the
Rhythm” (Vertigo/Universal).

Crosby, Stills & Nash dust off old demos

from Reuters: Entertainment News

DETROIT (Billboard) – Early recordings of a dozen Crosby,
Stills & Nash tracks — including favorites such as “Marrakesh
Express,” “Almost Cut My Hair,” “Deja Vu,” “Love
the One You’re With” and “Chicago” — will be featured on an
album of demos due in stores on June 2.

Video:
Access Exclusive: Inside Jennifer Hudson’s Tour Rehearsal

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Shaun Robinson was there as Jennifer Hudson was flawless
during rehearsals for her upcoming tour. As Jennifer gets ready to kick off her
tour in Albany, New York, she’s also trying to plan her wedding to fiance David
Otunga.

Urban grateful for second chances with new CD

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JOHN GEROME

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It’s hard to imagine Keith Urban
choosing a more appropriate title for his fifth studio album, “Defying
Gravity.”

Green Day’s “American Idiot” Musical To Debut September ’09

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
Green
Day
and the director of Broadway’s Spring Awakening are set to debut
a musical based on the band’s 2004 punk epic American Idiot this autumn,
the New York Times reports. “It doesn’t make a lot of
sense,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told the NYT, “but that’s what I
love about it. When people see it, it’s going to be my wildest dream.” The American
Idiot
musical will premiere September 4th at California’s Berkeley
Repertory Theatre and run through October 11th.

T.I. sentenced to a year in jail

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

A judge sentenced Rapper T.I. to one year and a day behind
bars on federal weapons charges on Friday.

What will happen to T.I.’s career?

from CNN.com – Entertainment

There is an old saying: Out of sight, out of mind. With
rapper T.I. sentenced to prison for about a year, by the time he gets out he
may have to start his career over again. But music experts say that he’s in
good shape to pick up his success where it left off.

Smashing Pumpkins Auditioning New Drummers on April 10th

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone

Like Billy Corgan? Want to be in Smashing
Pumpkins
? No, these aren’t trick questions. The band — essentially just
Corgan at this point — will be holding an open call for drummers on April 10th
in Los Angeles.

Fans React To Marilyn Manson’s Dance-Punky New Song “We’re From
America”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

As Rock Daily reported last week, Marilyn
Manson
‘s new track “We’re From America,” from the upcoming The High End
of Low
, was posted as a free download on the shock rocker’s official Website.

Morrissey’s despondent pop shines in hallowed hall (Reuters)

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News

Reuters – During its nearly 120-year history, New York’s
Carnegie Hall has hosted performances by some of the world’s most renowned
musical deities, ranging from classical visionaries to jazz juggernauts and, occasionally,
rock royalty. Now, 25 years after he began wooing and wallowing his way into
the hearts of dejected alt-rockers the world over, Britpop godhead Steven
Patrick Morrissey has etched his name in the hall’s hallowed guestbook.


ETC…

Arts Advocacy promotes funding

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: Entertainers descend on D.C. to support arts —
An arts community that’s solidly enamored with the Obama administration —
except regarding one key point — will descend on Washington today for the 22nd
annual Arts Advocacy Day to promote policies and funding for the arts.

NASA in Colbert conundrum over Space Station

from Reuters: Entertainment News

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) – NASA’s outreach to the
public to drum up interest in the International Space Station started
innocently enough with an online contest to name the station’s new living
quarters.

Liam Neeson Returns To Work

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Teem
LIAM Neeson returned to work late last week after mourning the loss of his
wife, Natasha Richardson. Neeson was seen sitting alone at the bar of the Hazelton
Hotel in Toronto, where he’s shooting “Chloe” with Julianne Moore.
“It was so sad,” our source said. “He looked like he was in an
Edward Hopper print.”

Aggregation Forces Journalistic Evolution

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by mlearmonth@adage.com(Michael Learmonth)

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Most of the many, many sites
aggregating other people’s content can’t deliver that much traffic, and some
don’t even try. What’s more, a vast swath of readers couldn’t care less about
anything deeper than a headline, which is a problem for the nation’s
beleaguered journalistic institutions as they try to find a sustainable model
for newsgathering on the web.

Kendra Wilkinson Starting Own Line Of Stripper Poles

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
“I’m coming out with my own stripper pole. Stripper pole, and stripper
pole workout,” The Girls Next Door star, 23, told Usmagazine.com at the
American Red Cross Red Tie Affair in Santa Monica Saturday.

Fox News launches Web site FoxNation.com

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News has started a Huffington
Post-style Web site in an attempt to increase the network’s online reach.

Bruce Willis’ Ski Lodge Destroyed In Fire

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
FAIRFIELD, Idaho — Authorities say a fire has destroyed the main lodge at a
small ski operation co-owned by Bruce Willis.

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