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The Newsdesk 04.09.09 – Neeson and Fiennes Play God; Arnold in Terminator Salvation

• Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will play warring gods in Clash of the Titans. Neeson will play Zeus, while Fiennes will play Hades. Sounds like spot-on casting.

• David O. Russell (I Heart Huckabees) will direct the comedy Aaron and Sarah for the Milk producers.

Terminator Salvation cast member Terry Crews confirmed that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will make a cameo in the film. Look for Arnold to work on the state budget while dodging killer robots.

• Brittany Murphy is joining the cast of Sylvester Stallone’s action epic The Expendables. The actress will play Mickey Rourke’s singer-girlfriend. This movie sounds crazier and crazier every day.

The first trailer for Mike Judge’s Extract starring Jason Bateman has been released.

Borat and Bruno director Larry Charles will helm Winter’s Discontent, a sex comedy set at a retirement home. Antics will no doubt ensue.

• The Weinsteins and Dimension Films are still in possession of the rights to Sin City 2.

BIZ

TV’s Biggest Moneymakers
from Forbes.com: Media News by Lacey Rose
From American Idol to Grey’s Anatomy, a look
at the 15 most expensive ad buys in prime time.

Marketing Lessons From ‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by cbrodesser@adage.com (Claude Brodesser-Akner)
LOS ANGELES (AdAge.com) — Box-office revenue is up almost 15%, while movie
admissions are up almost 13% year on year. Conventional wisdom holds the
multiplex has simply become a cheap alternative for recession-frazzled
consumers. But what’s really driving this year’s box-office surge? Three
movies: Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” Fox’s “Taken” and
Universal’s “Fast and Furious.”

FCC’s Adelstein calls for PPM inquiry
from Hollywood Reporter
FCC Jonathan Adelstein on Wednesday morning called for a
government inquiry into how Arbitron’s portable people meter collects data and
affects minority audiences and broadcast stations.

FESTIVALS

Tribeca To Close “In Ruins”
from indieWIRE News
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that Donald Petrie’s
“My Life in Ruins” will close the festival on May 3, 2009 at the BMCC TPAC in
lower Manhattan.

Closing Night: My Life in Ruins
from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Kristin McCracken
Nia Vardalos and Richard Dreyfuss star in this year’s
crowdpleasing closing film: My Life in Ruins, directed by Donald Petrie.

‘Racing Dreams’ to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival –
Newsday
from TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL – Google News
‘Racing Dreams,’ a documentary focusing on kids who dream of one day racing for
NASCAR, will be screened at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

Lake Arrowhead fest announces winners
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
LeVar Burton’s “Reach for Me” took home the best
feature film award and the best of the festival award at the 10th anniversary
Lake Arrowhead Film Festival, which concluded Sunday.

‘My Suicide’ tops Gen Art festival awards
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
David Miller’s “My Suicide” copped the grand jury
award for best feature at the 14th annual Gen Art Film Festival, which handed
out its prizes Tuesday at a closing-night party at New York’s Club BLVD.

MOVIES

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, April 7, 2009
from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Fast and Furious tops Tuesday’s box office with $4.7 million

Arrests made in Wolverine leak case! Three to be charged
Thursday in Federal Court
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Scott Mendelson
I’ve just gotten confirmation from a source on the LAPD, officer Rolo Tomassi,
that three people have been arrested and charged with the shocking internet
leak of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Downey suits up as ‘Iron Man 2’ starts filming
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Robert Downey Jr. is officially back in the superhero
business.

Cruise & Travolta Not Getting Wild In Western Remake
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Fans hoping to see a cowboy buddy movie with Tom Cruise and
John Travolta will have to keep on waiting.

Hugh Jackman Heartbroken Over ‘Wolverine’ Leak
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Hugh Jackman said Wednesday that he is heartbroken his new
film, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” was leaked online a month before its official
release.

Virginia Madsen to defy ‘Gravity’
from Variety.com
Exclusives: Actress teaming up for female ski jumper doc —
Virginia Madsen is teaming with Empire 8 Prods. and Vancouver-based Screen
Siren on “Fighting Gravity,” a documentary about women ski jumpers’
ongoing battle for the right to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Robert Rodriguez’s Shorts Movie Trailer
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Want to see the movie trailer for Robert Rodriguez’s new
movie? Are you sure? Warner Bros has released the teaser trailer for
Rodriguez’s PG-rated Kids film Shorts.

HBO Still the Undisputed Documentary Champ: Thrilla in Manila a
Hit
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Michael Shrage
In HBO’s Sports and Documentary Films latest film, Thrilla in Manila,
Director John Dower depicts boxing’s greatest rivalry in a way people have
never seen.

Kyle Gallner joins ‘Nightmare’ relaunch
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Kyle Gallner has been cast as the soon-to-be-terrorized lead
male teen in New Line’s relaunch of “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

‘Sin City 2’: Weinstein says rights intact
from EW.com: Movies
By Dave Karger
Company denies report it has lost sequel, but source close to Robert Rodriguez
says it likely will not be director’s next film.

Brittany Murphy cast in ‘Expendables’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Brittany Murphy and David Zayas have joined the all-star
cast of “The Expendables,” Sylvester Stallone’s actioner being
produced by Nu Image/Millennium Films.

Observe and Report
from EW.com: Movie Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Star Trek Clip #3: Spock Meets Scotty
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Yesterday we posted the first two video clips from JJ Abrams’ Star Trek.
Today we bring you one more, this one from Collider, which features a scene where James T Kirk (Chris
Pine) and Scotty (Simon Pegg) sneak on board the enterprise and are confronted
by an angry Spock (Zachary Quinto).

Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes join ‘Titans’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes will play warring gods in
Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Clash of the Titans,” the Greek-god
epic directed by Louis Leterrier.

Anvil! The Story of Anvil
from EW.com: Movie Reviews
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

Scoop: Plot details for new ‘Sex’ movie
from MSNBC.com: Gossip
The next “Sex and the City” movie won’t hit theaters till 2010, but
expect Carrie and Big’s marriage to run into some problems.

Michael Myers to be Maskless for Most of H2
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
If you’ve seen any of the set photos from H2,
Rob Zombie’s sequel to the Halloween reboot, you may have noticed Tyler
Mane not wearing the signature mask, ShockTillYouDrop
was able to confirm with effects make-up artist Wayne Toth that Michael Myers
will be maskless for more than 70% of the film.

Lymelife
from EW.com: Movie Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum

EXCLUSIVE: Arnold Schwarzenegger Cameo In ‘Terminator
Salvation’ Confirmed By Actor
from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
It’s been hoped for, it’s been rumored,
and it’s been avoided. Now, it’s confirmed: Arnold Schwarzenegger has a
cameo in this summer’s “Terminator” sequel.

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
from EW.com: Movie Reviews
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

TELEVISION

‘Idol,’ ‘Fringe’ top Tuesday ratings
from Variety.com – TV Ratings
TV Ratings: ABC’s ‘Cupid’ takes a tumble — Fox captured
Tuesday night’s ratings race behind “American Idol” and the return of
“Fringe,” while ABC’s “Cupid” took a tumble from its
nothing-special premiere of the previous week.

ABC announces summer schedule
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd
ABC’s summer lineup includes a dating show on which
contestants can’t see each other, Mike Judge’s new animated comedy and the
return of three canceled dramas.

Obama’s a fan of HBO’s ‘Entourage’
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) — U.S. President Barack Obama is
a huge fan of the HBO comedy series “Entourage,” Politico reported.

‘Prison Break’ finale to air May 15
from EW.com: TV
By Dan Snierson
Two-hour series ender send-off features ”two major deaths” and return of
familiar faces, Fox says

‘Daisies,’ ‘Eli,’ ‘Money’ eps to air
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms ABC will show unaired finales from
yanked series on summer Saturdays

NBA
Creates Its First Reality Show in China
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by normandym@netvigator.com (Normandy Madden)
The reality series, called “Mengniu NBA Basketball
Disciple,” will follow a three-month basketball competition starting with
public tryouts in 64 cities in China.

‘L&O: SVU’: Salary showdown?
from EW.com: TV
By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms from multiple sources that NBC threatens to replace
stars over contract demands

‘Fringe’ beams up Mr. Spock!
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello reports J.J. Abrams has sealed a deal with
Leonard Nimoy for a pivotal role on series

Comedy Central to roast Joan Rivers
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Comedy Central will roast Joan Rivers.

Is ‘Someone’s Gotta Go’ Really the Best Idea Right Now?
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com (Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Does America want to see people
being fired by their own colleagues? News Corp.’s Fox is trying to raise
eyebrows again with a potential reality show that takes on exactly this
subject. While media buyers say not everyone may embrace the concept, the show
should get enough support to make at least an initial appearance on air.

Review: ‘The Unusuals’ on ABC
from L.A. Times – TV News
The NYC police precinct in this new series is populated with
just what the title promises. Could be good, but the pilot tries too hard.

‘Real Housewives of NYC’ recap: Game, set, snooze
from EW.com: TV
By Karen Valby
Karen Valby on mirrored POP side tables, the Countess and the Smart Girls,
and…tennis, anyone?

‘Supernatural’: Sexy. Scary. Over?
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Alynda Wheat
The CW series is a rapidly growing cult fave. So why do its
stars and creator want out after one more season?

HBO renews `Eastbound & Down’ for second season
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — HBO has renewed the raunchy, dark comedy
series “Eastbound & Down” for a second season.

A&E on hunt for ‘Fugitive’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
After building a reality brand with series including
“Intervention” and “Dog the Bounty Hunter” and venturing
into scripted drama with “The Cleaner,” A&E is blending the two
genres with “The Fugitive Chronicles,” a new hybrid docu-drama
series.

Economist Nouriel Roubini lashes out at CNBC host
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ROB GILLIES
TORONTO (AP) — CNBC’s Jim Cramer has another feud on his
hands.

Leah Remini joins ABC’s ‘Home’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Leah Remini has been tapped to star on ABC’s comedy pilot
“Don’t Try This at Home,” playing a newspaper editor married to
Matthew Lillard.

The Fake Head of NBC Has Some Thoughts on MSNBC
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
Frequent Huffington Post contributor Alec
Baldwin
wrote a post today about “why we need the New York
Times.”

‘Parks’ is like a bad day at ‘The Office,’ even with likable
Poehler
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
What you find in Parks and Recreation is a style in search
of a show.

Television Review | ‘Southland’; ‘The Unusuals’: From the
Pampered Life to Police Work on the Mean Streets
from NYT > Television by By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
The lead characters in two new police dramas that begin this
week, “The Unusuals” on ABC and NBC’s “Southland,” are upper-class kids who
defy their upbringing to become cops.

Ben McKenzie opens window on his world, ‘Southland’
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Ben McKenzie says he doesn’t lead an exciting life.
“I’d be the most boring Twitter-er,” he says.

MUSIC

Madonna pledges money for Italian quake victims
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna is coming to the aid of earthquake
victims in central Italy.

Celine Dion could bid for Canadiens
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Etan Vlessing
Canadian songstress Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil founder
Guy Laliberte and Quebec cable giant Quebecor Media have emerged as potential
bidders for the Montreal Canadiens NHL hockey team.

Kurt Cobain remembered 15 years after death
from CNN.com – Entertainment
The park bench facing Lake Washington is covered with
flowers, poems, a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes and graffiti.

Nas, Damian Marley prep album
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Mariel Concepcion,
Billboard
Queensbridge rapper Nas and reggae artist/producer Damian
“Junior Gong” Marley have announced that they are in the studio
prepping their collaborative effort, “Distant Relatives,” slated for
a late June release.

Jessica Simpson Splits From Country Label
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Jessica Simpson’s days as a country-music singer look to be over.

Urban’s ‘Gravity’ tops U.S. album chart
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) — Keith Urban’s “Defying
Gravity” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com
reported Wednesday.

Black Eyed Peas are No. 1 on Hot 100
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Silvio Pietroluongo,
Billboard
The Black Eyed Peas set the mark for best single-week and
debut download totals by a group as “Boom Boom Pow” shifts 465,000 in
its first week of release.

Bruce Springsteen Named As Other Man In Divorce Case
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
He may be The Boss, but Bruce Springsteen is also a home wrecker, a Red Bank
man has claimed in his divorce papers.

EXCLUSIVE: Is Robert Downey Jr. Out Of ‘Cowboys And Aliens’?
from Splash Page by Silas Lesnick
Word ran last September that “Cowboys and Aliens” seemed on the verge of casting Robert
Downey Jr.
as its lead, but now the star revealed to MTV News that he’s not
certain he’ll be off to the Wild West anytime soon.

Whitney Houston Countersuing Stepmother For Millions
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
FORT LEE, N.J. — Whitney Houston is countersuing her stepmother for $1.6
million. The Grammy-winning singer claims Barbara Houston owes her the money
for failing to make mortgage, tax, and condo association payments for the Fort
Lee condominium where she has lived since 1987.

Death Cab for Cutie Dig Out Deep Cuts for Philly Tour Opener
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by John Vilanova
Death Cab for Cutie kicked off their U.S. tour last night
with a stop at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater, a converted movie house with
acoustics ready-made for frontman Ben Gibbard’s supernaturally clean and
earnest whisper.

Eddie Vedder announces solo tour
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Jessica Letkemann,
Billboard
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will tour selected Eastern
and Southern U.S. cities in June, the band announced on its website Wednesday.

New Music Report: Metric, Doves
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone
In this week’s New Music Report, Rolling Stone‘s Kevin O’Donnell takes a
look at Metric‘s
new album Fantasies, and the band provides some insight into
the writing of single “Gimme Sympathy” in a video interview.

No Doubt Go New Wave With “Stand And Deliver” Cover
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
“Stand and Deliver,” the first song recorded by the reunited No Doubt,
leaked yesterday, nearly a month before the band was due to perform the song on a flashback episode of Gossip Girl.

Album Review: Doves, “Kingdom Of Rust” (Astralwerks)
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
(LiveDaily.com) Back in the early days of rock and roll, bands
were required to release a few albums a year–not to mention additional EPs,
singles, and fan-club exclusives.

Grandmaster Flash Builds Hip-Hop’s ‘Bridge’ to Future
from Wired: Entertainment by Scott Thill
The influential DJ has come a long way from modding junkyard
turntables. Embracing the latest digital gear, he’s pushing his music in an
international direction.

The Dead remain grateful to their fans as they hit the road
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
The long and winding road to Mickey Hart’s front door
screams retirement.

Video: Easy Star All-Stars Reinvent Reggae
from Wired: Entertainment by Wired.com Video Team
The Easy Star All-Stars are upgrading classic tracks by the
Beatles and others into reggae beats. Radiohead and Pink Floyd are fans of the
new versions.

Streisand concert DVDs coming soon
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, April 8 (UPI) — “Streisand the
Concerts,” a new 3-disc DVD showcasing some of U.S. singer Barbra
Streisand’s most memorable performances, is coming out this month.

ETC…

Sam Ronson’s Attorney: ‘[She] Has No Plan To Request A
Restraining Order’
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Despite an inquiry by the Ronson family about obtaining a
restraining order against Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson’s attorney says his
client is not seeking one.

Joaquin Phoenix II? Billy Bob gives odd interview
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) — Joaquin, you have competition. In a radio
appearance reminiscent of David’s Letterman’s recent interview with
actor-turned-rapper Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Bob Thornton gave a puzzling and
difficult interview Wednesday.

Zac Efron stars in Web video for FunnyOrDie.com
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — In a new comedic Web video, Zac Efron hosts
a star-studded pool party that dissolves quickly when his rude uncle arrives.

FBI says $1M Oprah e-mail is bogus
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) — The FBI is warning that
e-mails naming recipients as nominees to appear on the “Oprah Millionaire
Contest Show” are fraudulent.

48 Hour film competition expanding
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
The ninth edition of the 48 Hour Film Project, which bills
itself as the world’s largest timed filmmaking competition, will expand to
nearly 80 cities in 2009.

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