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The Newsdesk 3.04.09 – DiCaprio Joins Nolan’s Inception; Boyle’s My Fair Lady

Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with Christopher Nolan for Inception, which will be the director’s first project post-Dark Knight.

• Danny Boyle is talking to Sony about directing an update of My Fair Lady. Emma Thompson is writing the screenplay. Looks like rumors of Boyle taking over the Bond franchise were too good to be true.

• Kevin Smith will direct Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis in the detective caper A Couple of Cops. The movie (which just had its title changed from the much more Smith-friendly A Couple of Dicks) will be the first time the director has worked from someone else’s script.

High School Musical 4 is a go. Commence “OMGs” now.

• Megan Fox is in negotiations to star in the comic book movies Jonah Hex and Fathom. Hey, at least she knows her audience.

• The very Johnny Depp-centric poster for Public Enemies has dropped. Isn’t Christian Bale also in this? Billy Crudup? Lost‘s Emilie de Ravin? Hello?

Watchmen director Zack Snyder has lined up an all-female cast for his next film Sucker Punch. Mamma Mia‘s Amanda Seyfried is the lead, while Emma Stone, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, and Evan Rachel are also set to star.

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 3/4/09

BIZ
February
Breaks Box Office Record

from Box Office Mojo – Top Stories by by Brandon Gray
This February was the highest-grossing February ever, with
Taken leading the way. Meanwhile, a number of high-profile pictures ended their
runs in February.

British TV sector to lose 600 jobs
from Hollywood Reporter by By Mimi Turner
In what promises to be one of the bleakest weeks British
television has ever endured, leading commercial broadcasters hit by the
collapsing advertising market are expected to announce 600 job losses.

Former Diller Exec To Head Up FCC
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
The Wall Street Journal is now reporting what the
Washington Post already did: that Barack Obama intends to nominate his
technology adviser and former Harvard Law School classmate, Julius Genachowski,
to head the FCC.

Disney Looking At Online Video Service
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
Still more news from the Deutsche Bank 17th Annual Media And
Telecommunications Conference: Bob Iger said Walt Disney Co is considering
creating a subscription-based online movie and TV rental service from the
company’s huge video library.

Candie’s
and Kohl’s Join the Circus

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine
Following in the rhinestone-studded paths of Avril Lavigne
and Hayden Panettiere, none other than Britney Spears has signed on to be the
new face of Candie’s Only at Kohl’s. She’s being trumpeted as “the 2009
Candies Girl,” and the two brands are co-sponsoring her Circus Tour
beginning tomorrow as well as working her into their promotional materials for
this year’s collection.

Rainn Wilson Fires WMA; Takes Meetings
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
The Office co-star Rainn Wilson is with William Morris
talent department head Gaby Morgerman. I hear CAA and Endeavor are running
neck-and-neck for him.

Westwood One in midst of restructuring
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Katy Bachman,
Mediaweek
Westwood One is restructuring its $241 million debt, the
financially troubled radio network said Tuesday. As part of the move, the Gores
Group will increase its equity stake in the company to 72.5%, acquiring control
of Westwood.

Viacom ‘Very Open’ to ‘TV Everywhere’ Proposal
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Viacom is ready for Time Warner’s
“TV Everywhere” initiative to take flight. In a panel at the Deutsche
Bank Media and Telecommunications Conference in Palm Beach, Fla., yesterday,
Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said the company was “very open” to
experimenting with models that would allow cable, satellite and telco TV
subscribers to view cable content online.

Actress: Jindal’s wrong on arts funding
from CNN.com – Entertainment
For actress Jane Alexander, the criticism of a $50 million
boost in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts is a sequel.

Reveille names new reality chief
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd
Reveille has named Noah Oppenheim as head of unscripted
development.

Brian Philips is new CMT president
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Brian Philips has been promoted to president of CMT.

DirecTV subscriber numbers strong
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Satellite TV giant DirecTV has maintained “strong”
subscriber momentum this year, president and CEO Chase Carey said Tuesday.

CAA Bloodbath: Now In TV Department
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
I’m hearing that 4 agents got the ax today — Glenn Bickel,
Tracey Murray and Catherine Stellin in CAA’s TV lit department, as well as
TV talent agent Steve Tellez.

FESTIVALS
SXSW film fest keeping Austin weird

from Variety.com
South by Southwest: Event aims to uphold niche under new
guidance — Austin prides itself in being a little bit “out there” —
a personality reflected in the Texas capital’s annual South by Southwest film
fest.

IFC lets wider aud watch SXSW films
from Variety.com – Film News
Film News: On-Demand fest gets projects out to the public —
During South by Southwest, fest sponsor IFC will world-premiere one film (Joe
Swanberg’s “Alexander the Last”) and screen four others (including
two acquisitions from last year’s festival), all of which will simultaneously
play for 90 days on IFC’s on-demand service in its own SXSW-branded section.

‘Lymelife’ to open Gen Art festival
from Variety.com
Film Festivals: ‘Gigantic,’ ‘My Suicide’ also scheduled —
The Gen Art Film Festival has announced the slate for its 14th annual edition.
Running April 1-7, the fest will feature new movies starring Paul Dano, Alec
Baldwin and Cynthia Nixon, among others.

AWARDS
Emmy Screeners go to iPod, iPhone

from The Wrap RSS by admin
Apple mobile devices will screen full episodes of Showtime
series, including “Dexter,” “Weeds” and “Tara.”

Godthwait to receive Commie Award
from Variety.com – Award Central News
Award Central News: Comic will be feted at L.A. Comedy
Shorts fest — Bobcat Goldthwait will be feted with the first-ever Commie Award
at the inaugural L.A. Comedy Shorts Film Festival.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Monday, March 2, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail tops Monday’s box office with
$1.0 million

Willis, Morgan to play ‘Cops’
from Variety.com – Film News
Film News: Kevin Smith to direct film for Warner Bros. —
Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan will star in Warner Bros.’ detective comedy
“A Couple of Cops,” with Kevin Smith directing his first major studio
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‘Watchmen’ Graffiti Appearing Around Cities As Movie’s Release
Date Approaches

from Splash Page by David Press
The familiar “Who Watches The Watchmen?” graffiti from Alan
Moore and Dave Gibbons’ celebrated graphic novel — and Zack Snyder’s upcoming
“Watchmen” movie — has been popping up all over lower Manhattan lately. But is
it a viral marketing campaign, or fans excited about the film’s looming arrival
in theaters

‘”Watchmen” Sales Outpace Snyder’s “300”
from The Wrap RSS by admin
And Imax tickets account for one third of all sales.

Wonder Woman Comes to Life in Small-Screen Animation
from Wired: Entertainment by Ken Denmead
Parents might want to screen the PG-13 animated film of the
Wonder Woman DC comic to see which kids it’s suitable for. But the classic
female superhero finally gets a film of her own on the small screen.

Leonardo DiCaprio To Star In Nolan Sci-Fi Movie
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
eonardo DiCaprio will star in “Inception,” the science-fiction film
that Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”) wrote and will direct as
his next pic at Warner Bros.

Danny Boyle to direct ‘My Fair Lady’ musical update?
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling
The false rumor that Slumdog Millionaire’s Danny Boyle would
direct the next James Bond movie dominated the news cycle today, but the
Academy Award winner is the talk of the town for another high-profile gig.

Disney Green Lights ‘High School Musical 4’
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens may have graduated and moved
on, but Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise will continue with a fourth
installment due out in 2010.

Zack Snyder readies all-girl cast for his next film, ‘Sucker
Punch’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling
With Watchmen bowing Friday, director Zack Snyder is already
busy prepping his next endeavor, the 1960s-based action fantasy Sucker Punch,
based on his own script. Snyder is still putting together his all-female cast,
but sources say Amanda Seyfried is in.

Megan Fox lines up two film projects
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Megan Fox is ditching the robots and taking her career to
Western and underwater frontiers.

Braga, Rourke, Cassel join ‘Minutes’
from Variety.com
Book Adaptations: Actors to star in adaptation of Coehlo
novel — Alice Braga, Mickey Rourke and Vincent Cassel are set to star in
“11 Minutes,” an adaptation of the steamy Paulo Coehlo novel that
will be directed by Hany Abu-Assad.

Billy
Burke Talks ‘New Moon’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Laura Saltman talks with Billy Burke at “Watchmen’s” LA
premiere about the “Twilight” sequel, “New Moon,” to find out if he will be
reprising his role as Charlie Swan, and to learn what other casting news he has
heard is true.

‘Slumdog’ prompts spike in charity giving
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 3 (UPI) — The Oscar-winning film
“Slumdog Millionaire” has sparked interest in charities that target
problems children face in India, CAFAmerica said Tuesday.

‘Slumdog’ fetches DVD, Blu-ray, small screen
from Hollywood Reporter by By Thomas K. Arnold
“Slumdog Millionaire” is headed for stores March
31 as both a standard DVD and a Blu-ray Disc, the latter with a digital copy
for play on iPods and other portable devices.

Alfred Molina puts spell on ‘Apprentice’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Alfred Molina is readying his potions for “The
Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”

Trio book roles in ‘Ramona’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit
Ginnifer Goodwin, John Corbett and Bridget Moynahan have
joined the cast of “Ramona and Beezus,” a film based on the classic
children’s book series.

EXCLUSIVE: First Tasty Details On Hasbro’s Big Screen ‘Candy
Land’

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian
Adaptations, sequels, reboots — nary a day goes by without
news of some newfangled iteration of entertainment properties big and small,
beloved and forgotten. You can’t be blamed for yawning in the face of all this
unoriginality. Yet the burgeoning big screen version of Hasbro’s “Candy Land”
board game should be a lesson to every would-be producer: assemble enough
top-tier talent and even the most jaded cinemagoer has got to get excited.

TELEVISION
Fox wins weekly ratings race

from Variety.com – TV Ratings
TV Ratings: Eclectic mix boosts demo dominance — Fox made
it look easy in primetime last week, routing its rivals in key demos behind
“American Idol,” “House” and another Sunday surge from NASCAR.

‘The Bachelor,’ and All His Waffling, Wins the Night
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks
MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — All’s fair in love and war, it is
said. So ABC used love — or reality TV’s equivalent, “The Bachelor”
— to triumph over war — or Fox’s equivalent, “24” — on its way to
a decisive demographic victory with ad-centric adult 18-49 year olds.

Creator: ‘Bachelor’ finale not fixed
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) — Mike Fleiss, creator of the
U.S. television dating show “The Bachelor,” insists Monday’s
surprising finale was not orchestrated.

Bachelor Castoff Jillian Crowned Bachelorette (E! Online)
from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News
E! Online – Turns out, it’s not better to have loved and
lost–or rather, been dumped on national television–than to have never been
chosen at all.

An easy first-night win for Fallon, Nielsen says
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Preliminary Nielsen ratings give NBC’s
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” a decisive, if predictable, win in its
debut.

“60” in Top 10 Again
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
Sunday’s “60 Minutes” was the 7th most-watched TV
show last week, according to Nielsen.

‘HIMYM’: Making ‘Mother’ plans?
from EW.com: TV
By Michael Ausiello
Series co-creator tells Michael Ausiello exclusively: ”We will address the
title of our show” this season.

Sherri Shepherd flocks to Lifetime
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Sherri Shepherd may be pulling double duty. Lifetime has
ordered a pilot for an untitled multicamera comedy to star the comedian and
“The View” co-host.

Bob Einstein to reprise ‘Super Dave’
from Variety.com
TV News: Spike enlists stunt spoofer for summer series —
Stunt spoofer Bob Einstein is set to reprise his Super Dave Osborne character
in a four-part half-hour series for Spike TV this summer.

Coens direct critical coal commercial
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) — U.S. filmmakers Joel and Ethan
Coen have directed a commercial for an environmental coalition that claims the
concept of clean coal is misleading.

Sarah Silverman Saved, Returning For Season 3
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
“The Sarah Silverman Program” will be back for a third season on
Comedy Central, following the resolution of four-day day standoff over planned
budget cuts.

DMC to host ‘Kings of Rap’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Daniel Carlson
Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is set to host “The
Kings of Rap,” a new reality series from IME Entertainment.

MUSIC
U.K. University offers first Beatles degree

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Reuters
A university in Liverpool has launched a Master of Arts
degree in The Beatles, the city’s most famous sons, and called the
qualification the first of its kind.

New York names street ‘U2 Way’
from CNN.com – Entertainment
U2 fans braved the frigid cold serenading each other with
old hits as they waited hours for the band to show up Tuesday. They were not
disappointed.

With new album out, U2 planning a quick sequel
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U2 just released its first album
since 2004 this week, but the Irish rock band is already planning a quickie
follow-up for next year.

Trent Reznor Reveals Nine Inch Nails and Jane’s Addiction Tour
Dates

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
Trent Reznor has finally officially revealed the first dates
for Nine Inch Nails’ joint tour with the reunited Jane’s Addiction on NIN.com
this morning.

Behind the Wigs: The Return of Spinal Tap
from Rolling Stone: Features
Twenty-five years after “This Is Spinal Tap” the
half-kidding rockers are back for a new album and tour

Ringmaster Britney Returns With Packed New Orleans Concert
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
NEW ORLEANS — Dressed as a sexy ringmaster and directing a colorful cast that
included jugglers, acrobats and martial arts dancers, Britney Spears delivered
a tightly choreographed, if perfunctory performance Tuesday night as she kicked
off her first concert tour in five years.

Neil Young Reveals Fork in the Road Details
from Pitchfork Media – Today by Tom Breihan
Neil Young cares about the environment, dammit. He
cares so much, in fact, that he’s recorded an entire concept album about
electric cars, which is pretty ridiculous. And now that absurd album has a
release date and a tracklist. Reprise will release Fork in the Road,
Young’s billionth album, on April 7

Mark Levine: Iron Maiden Takes Off–Sneak Peak at The Soon to
be Released Historic Documentary

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Mark Levine
You’ve never experienced “The Trooper” or
“Run to the Hills” until you’ve heard Iron Maiden perform them in
front of 15,000 screaming Muslim metalheads in Dubai. Or so I thought as I
stood in the middle of an ecstatic crowd in the sands of the Dubai Desert Rock
Festival a few miles outside of the city center in the middle of a crowd of
fans who knew every word to every song the band played.

“Sleepless in Seattle” gets musical makeover
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Sleepless in Seattle” —
the 1993 movie that turned Tom Hanks into a romantic leading man, is being
developed as musical headed for Broadway, producers said on Tuesday.

Michael Jackson to make ‘announcement’
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Michael Jackson may soon return to the stage, at least for a
“special announcement.”

ETC…
Stars micro-blog their lives on Twitter

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity can be an interesting thing when
distilled to no more than 140 characters.

James Franco Gets A Book Deal
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
James Franco signed a book deal. The “Milk” and “Pineapple
Express” actor, 30, is also in graduate school.

Charlie Murphy taking comedy to Crackle.com
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd
“Chappelle’s Show” alum Charlie Murphy is
launching a new sketch-comedy series on Sony’s crackle.com video network.

Matt Damon moved by plight of Zimbabwean refugees
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By CELEAN
JACOBSON
MUSINA, South Africa (AP) — Matt Damon listened emotionally
as a Zimbabwean woman described how she was raped while pregnant during a
perilous journey to cross into South Africa from her troubled homeland

Stephen King’s agent pleased at e-book debut
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JERRY HARKAVY
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — It’s not the sensation of his first
effort, but Stephen King’s latest e-adventure is another best-seller.

Usher Blasts Jet-Skiing Chris Brown
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
In a video posted by producer Jermaine Dupri, the “Yeah!” singer
slams his fellow R&B star for being photographed last weekend joyriding
around Diddy’s Miami Beach mansion in what was his first public outing since
the incident with Rihanna.

Wax museum honors Beyonce, Foxx
from Variety.com – Music News
Music News: Madame Tussauds Hollywood opening this year —
Wax images of Beyonce and Jamie Foxx will be among the first exhibits at Madame
Tussauds Hollywood, set to open later this year.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/variety/news/music/%7E4/ykpKjlIGjsU

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