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The Newsdesk 04.30.09 – Sean Penn Files for Divorce; Streep Is Julia Child

Sony will offer free streaming films — everything from Spider-Man 2 to A Few Good Men — on Crackle.com.

• Robert Zemeckis is considering bringing back Roger Rabbit for another go-round. If it was made at any point during the ’80s, it’s eventually coming back, folks.

• Bruce Willis is still in the action game with three testosterone-heavy projects in the works. Hey, anything that keeps him away from playing harmonica is fine with us.

• Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Rainn Wilson are joining Natalie Portman in the indie dramedy Hesher.

Sean Penn filed for legal separation from wife of 13 years Robin Wright Penn.

• Box office pundits predict a $92 million opening for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Expect everyone who illegally downloaded it to show up to theater to be disappointed for a second time.

Meryl Streep delivers a spot-on Julia Child in the new trailer for Julie & Julia. Meanwhile, Amy Adams manages to still look adorable in a terrible wig. Who is the bigger talent?

BIZ

Marketers Still Holding On to TV Dollars
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com(Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Marketers are continuing to hold
their money close at hand, creating a foggy outlook for TV-ad buying. The
traditional deadline for approving third-quarter upfront options for
broadcast-TV ad buys has come and gone, but few marketers have approved that
money for order, according to media buyers.

SAG mailing ratification ballots May 19
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
The Screen Actors Guild announced Wednesday afternoon that
ratification ballots for the proposed new TV-theatrical contract will be mailed
to the membership May 19.

DreamWorks Animation shares soar
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Shares of DreamWorks Animation soared more than 25% in
Wednesday trading, following a better-than-expected first-quarter earnings
report after the market close Tuesday and a contract extension for CEO Jeff
Katzenberg.

Ad slump hits Viacom earnings
from Variety.com
Business News: Income hurt by falling ad, entertainment
revenue — Media conglomerate Viacom said Thursday its first-quarter profit
fell 34%, hurt by falling ad and entertainment revenue.

Subscribers up, profit down at TWC
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Time Warner Cable’s first-quarter profit dropped 31% to $184
million, driven by $82 million in charges and write-downs, while its subscriber
metrics beat market expectations.

Disney takes ownership stake in Hulu
from Hollywood Reporter by Reuters
Disney has reached a deal to become a partner in the popular
Hulu video Web site founded by NBC Universal and News Corp., the media company
said Thursday.

FESTIVALS
A guide to the world’s best music festivals

from CNN.com – Entertainment
More than 160,000 people flocked to the tenth Coachella
music festival in April, signaling the start of the annual summer music
festival season worldwide.

Make a hit festival? Yes we Cannes
from Film News from Times Online
The 62nd Cannes Film Festival is looming on the horizon with
typically monstrous swagger, bearing a genuinely breathtaking roster of
big-name directors and a recently announced line-up that includes Quentin
Tarantino’s war movie Inglourious Bastards, Lars Von Trier’s horror movie
Antichrist and Pedro Almodóvar’s melodrama Broken Embraces.

‘Three Monkeys’ tops N.C. film festival
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys” won
the best narrative feature prize and Nati Baratz’s “Unmistaken Child”
was the top documentary at the 11th annual RiverRun International Film Festival
in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Economic woes in the frame at Tribeca Festival
from MSNBC.com: Movies
Movies generally take a long time to make, but thanks to
foresight and quick work, several films at the Tribeca Film Festival constitute
the first wave of what’s sure to be a glut of recession-themed films.

Jessica Biel’s ‘Easy Virtue’: A Tribeca Film Festival Review
from MTV Movies Blog by Rachel Josue
I attended an industry screening, but even the press were buzzing about the
film. People seemed to be looking forward to “Easy Virtue,” but with a cast
that includes Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Kristin Scott Thomas,
how could you not?

Munich fest to honor Stephen Frears
from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Scott Roxborough
The 2009 Munich Film Festival, which runs June 26-July 4,
will honor British director Stephen Frears with a retrospective of his life’s
work.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Tuesday, April 28, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Obsessed tops Tuesday’s box office with $1.7 million

Film critics take sharp claws to “Wolverine”
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Movie critics took sharp claws to
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” on Wednesday, carving it up in several
poor reviews, but box office watchers said it still should bring blockbuster
ticket sales at this weekend’s debut.

Newsweek: Are summer movies worth the cost?
from MSNBC.com: Movies
The dollar is stretched as thin as Lindsay Lohan’s career,
so we priced how much some of the big summer movies are really worth.

Zoe
Saldana & Karl Urban Talk ‘Star Trek’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Zoe Saldana (Uhura) and Karl Urban (Bones) talk with Access’
Scott “Movie” Mantz about why they think that this movie is relevant to today’s
audience. Plus, what did Zoe think about the short skirts Uhura wears in the
film?

Porn star Sasha Grey stars in new Soderbergh film
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) — Of all the veteran actors with films at the
Tribeca Film Festival, the length of Sasha Grey’s filmography could rival them
all.

Noth inks deal for ‘Sex’ sequel
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) — U.S. actor Chris Noth is to
reprise his role of Mr. Big in “Sex and the City 2,” the sequel to
2008’s hit film, which was a follow-up to the iconic TV series.

New film recalls magic of New York punk mecca CBGB
from Reuters: Entertainment News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – CBGB always made a powerful first
impression, even before the intended country music club in a derelict section
of Manhattan became a world renowned rock ‘n’ roll mecca.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman Cast In
Hesher

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Writer/director Spencer Susser has been working in commercials and music videos , but is
finally making his first feature film, an indie dramedy titled Hesher
starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rainn Wilson, and Natalie Portman.

Jon Favreau’s ‘Iron Man 2’ Twitter Update: John Slattery
Confirmed, Robert Downey Jr. Suits Up

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
If you’re not following Jon Favreau on Twitter, then you are missing out on a tremendously good
time. The “Iron
Man 2
” director’s Twitter feed is an incredible source of entertainment
ranging from encouraging words for his cast — “Don
[Cheadle] did a great job today
” — to gleeful pyromania — “I have
to admit, it’s fun to blow things up.

Robert Zemeckis Has A New Idea For Roger Rabbit 2
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
The sequel madness in Hollywood is starting to get out of control.

A ‘Deadpool’ Musical? Ryan Reynolds Talks Solo Spin-Off For
‘Wolverine’ Merc

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Now that the word is out that Deadpool and Weapon XI are one and the same in “X-Men
Origins: Wolverine
” — a significant, less mouthy departure from the comic
books in more ways than one — it’s natural to wonder how a faithful “Deadpool
spin-off movie could ever occur. Luckily, Ryan
Reynolds
is dreaming up some ideas.

EXCLUSIVE: Hugh Jackman ‘Talking To Writers’ About ‘Wolverine’
Sequel Set In Japan

from Splash Page by Casey Seijas
Sure, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” doesn’t hit the multiplex circuit
until this Friday (unless of course you’re one of the lucky fans that live in Tempe, AZ), but that certainly
isn’t stopping the actor who’s become synonymous with Marvel’s franchise hero, Hugh Jackman,
from dishing on where he’d like to take Wolvie on his next epic adventure —
both in terms of story and location.

TELEVISION
Ratings: ‘American Idol’ gives Fox another Tuesday win

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Mandi Bierly
Although CBS offered some competition with a night of new
episodes, Fox remained on top Tuesday thanks to American Idol.

‘Bubble’ shows await their fate for fall
from MSNBC.com: Television
Welcome to TV’s waiting game, an annual event playing out at
dozens of network TV series that are neither slam-dunk hits nor terminal flops
but instead (in industry lingo) “on the bubble,” their fate
undetermined as each network formulates a fall prime-time schedule.

McCain to host AMC’s weekend of war heroes films
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — John McCain will be the host of AMC cable
network’s Memorial Day weekend marathon of movies celebrating war heroes.

Viacom/CBS chief predicts Leno failure
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) — Sumner Redstone, the
executive chairman of Viacom and CBS, said he thinks Jay Leno’s upcoming NBC
prime time chat show will fail.

Donald Trump to appear on ‘The View’ after feud
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrity feuds can’t last forever when
there is publicity to be had. Just ask Donald Trump and Barbara Walters. Trump
is booked to appear next Tuesday on Walters’ daytime show “The View.”
He will promote a book and the season finale of “The Apprentice.”

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ rehired by NBC next season
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … By FRAZIER MOORE
NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump will be firing more stars next
year when “Celebrity Apprentice” returns for another round.

‘Save Chuck’ latest in efforts to rescue shows
from CNN.com – Entertainment
It happens every season.

‘American Idol’: Is Simon Cowell’s time up?
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Jennifer
Armstrong
Simon Cowell has publicly declared that he may walk away
from American Idol when his contract expires after next season, hinting
(repeatedly), “Maybe it’s time for a change.”

‘Housewives’: Who gets hitched?
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively there’s a top secret
wedding to end the season on Wisteria Lane.

Adult Swim nabs British ‘Office’
from Hollywood Reporter By Nellie Andreeva
Adult Swim has acquired the original British series
“The Office.”

CMT nets ‘Singing Bee’
from Hollywood Reporter By James Hibberd
“The Singing Bee” is coming back — but not to
NBC.

IFC ramping up in comedy arena
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
IFC is going for laughs with its 2009-10 slate, which
includes projects starring “Saturday Night Live” alum Chris Kattan
and punk food princess Thu Tran.

‘American Idol’ gets down to final four
from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
Another finalist gets the boot as show continues to narrow
down cast. But this week, the singer sent home wasn’t the night’s biggest
shocker.

TV is a ‘journey’ for ‘Grey’s’ creator Shonda Rhimes
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Yes indeed, Denny’s coming back.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/usatoday-LifeTopStories/%7E4/OT3hqGB0UHg

MUSIC
Bob Dylan’s “Together Through Life” On Pace for Number One

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
After just two days on sale, Rolling Stone cover artist Bob Dylan‘s
latest album Together Through Life is already on pace to top next
week’s sales charts, Billboard reports.

Bob Dylan plans summer ballpark tour
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Mitchell Peters,
Billboard
Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp will share the
bill during a U.S. summer tour of minor league baseball parks, beginning July
2.

Jonas Brothers releasing fourth album
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
BURBANK, Calif., April 30 (UPI) — The fraternal U.S. pop
group Jonas Brothers plans to release its fourth album “Lines, Vines and
Trying Times” June 16, Hollywood Records said.

Britney Spears extends “Circus” tour to Europe
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Singer Britney Spears has extended
her “Circus” concert tour to include a dozen European shows taking
her from London to Russia, the pop star’s representatives said on her Web site
on Wednesday.

Rapper Rick Ross leads album chart for third time
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Rapper Rick Ross scored his third
No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart Wednesday, while veteran synth-rockers
Depeche Mode came in at No. 3 with modest sales for their first album in almost
four years.

Country music singer Vern Gosdin dies in Nashville
from Reuters: Entertainment News
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Honky-tonk singer Vern
Gosdin, 74, whose “Chiseled in Stone” became a classic in country
music, has died, his assistant said on Wednesday.

Lil Wayne sues song’s producer
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press
Rapper Lil Wayne is suing the producer of a song he
performed that allegedly sampled another singer’s work without permission.

William Morris signs Mary J. Blige
from Variety.com
Music News: Talent agency to rep Grammy-winning singer —
WMA has signed Mary J. Blige. The agency will rep the nine-time Grammy winner
in all areas and guide the expansion plans of her entertainment company,
Matriarch Entertainment.

ETC…
Carrie Fisher brings one-woman show to Broadway

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Carrie Fisher will bring her tales of
growing up in Hollywood to Broadway next season.

Parker, Broderick having twins
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Sarah Jessica Parker is expecting twins this summer, but
she’s not pregnant.

Sean Penn files for divorce from Robin Wright Penn
from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News
The “Milk” star just filed for legal separation,
“Extra” reports.

Kelly McGillis: I’m A Lesbian
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
The actress, who is single, ‘came out’ in an interview with lesbian website
SheWired.com.

Paula Abdul Fooled By Bruno Interview
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
PAULA Abdul is about to be ridiculed at a theater near you — and she doesn’t
even know it. A source tells us Sacha Baron Cohen, playing a wildly gay
Austrian TV reporter in “Bruno,” conducted a wacky interview with the
“American Idol” judge.

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