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The Newsdesk 05.01.09 – First Photo of Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2; Newell Saddles Up for Lone Ranger

• The first official photo of Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2 has been released. Spoiler alert: Tony Stark has a lot of cool Iron Man suits.

Angels & Demons is the latest summer movie to have its release date in Mexico pushed back due to the swine flu outbreak.

• Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is in talks to direct The Lone Ranger movie. And, yes, Johnny Depp is still playing Tonto. That alone will be worth the price of admission.

• Warner Bros. is bringing the anime series Death Note to the big screen as a live-action movie.

• The first photos from the set of Clash of the Titans have surfaced. If you squint really hard, you can sort of make out Liam Neeson.

Jim Carrey is the lead candidate to star in The Beaver, a dramedy that follows the relationship between a man and his beaver puppet. Who says Hollywood has run out of ideas?

BIZ

3-D Advertising Spreads to Big Screen
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by ahampp@adage.com(Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Three-D advertising is already
making in-roads on TV, in magazines and even in beef-jerky marketing. Now it’s
making its debut in the medium that ushered in the 3-D renaissance: the big
screen.

The Coming Broadband Smackdown
from Forbes.com: Media News by Evan Hessel
Cable’s attempts to charge users for how much they download
threaten the Web video business.

Comcast Profit Rises
from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier
Cable giant posted net income of $778 million.

FESTIVALS
`About Elly,’ `Racing Dreams’ take Tribeca awards

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) — The Iranian drama “About Elly”
and documentary “Racing Dreams” won top honors at the Tribeca Film
Festival. Awards for the eighth annual festival, co-founded by Robert De Niro,
were announced Thursday.

Playwright Conor McPherson wins praise at Tribeca
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) — Conor McPherson has made the leap from
stage to screen, ghosts in tow.

Streep to be honored at Rome film fest
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
ROME, April 30 (UPI) — U.S. actress Meryl Streep is to be
presented with the Golden Marc’Aurelio Acting Award at the International Rome
Film Festival, organizers said.

Seattle film festival sets bookends
from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday
The Seattle International Film Festival will lead off with
Armando Iannucci’s political farce “In the Loop” and conclude with
Michel Hazanavicius’ “OSS 117: Lost in Rio.”

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Obsessed tops Wednesday’s box office with $1.4 million

Spike Lee films a game-in-the-life of Kobe Bryant
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE
NEW YORK (AP) — You could call Spike Lee the basketball
auteur.

First look: ‘Iron Man 2’ explores the unmasked life
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Tony Stark is out of the superhero closet, and it’s no picnic.

‘Wolverine’ leak shines light on movie pirates
from CNN.com – Entertainment
The highly anticipated movie “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” debuts today in theaters, but many fans have already seen it.

‘Star Trek’: Back to the frontier with J.J. Abrams at the helm
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
For about three decades, Star Trek was a pop-culture
phenomenon.

Tribeca film targets hypocrisy in U.S. gay politics
from Reuters: Entertainment News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A documentary called
“Outrage” argues that closeted homosexual U.S. politicians who vote
against the interests of gays and lesbians should be “outed” because
their hypocrisy has slowed the progress of gay rights.

Review: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past a Little Bit of
McConaugheaven

from E! Online – Movie News
Review in a Hurry: Ghosts mischievously fulfills your
vengeful wishes against exes, with surprising sensitivity and humor.

Hayden Panettiere: Wants to Footloose With Chace Crawford
from E! Online – Movie News
Chace Crawford could be playing footsies with Hayden
Panettiere. The Heroes starlet has auditioned for director Kenny Ortega’s
updated remake of the classic ’80s flick.

Swine Flu Takes Out Trek, Terminator, Tom Hanks
from E! Online – Movie News
Star Trek isn’t boldly going anywhere in Mexico for the time
being–and neither are any of its would-be summer blockbuster brethren.

Breakdancing documentary spins into fiction
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Benson Lee will adapt his
breakdancing documentary “Planet B-Boy” into a narrative feature for
Screen Gems.

Shatner snubs ‘Star Trek’ premiere
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) — “Star Trek’s” original
1960s Capt. Kirk, William Shatner, skipped the glittery Los Angeles premiere of
the 2009 film, observers said.

Willis in talks for three action flicks
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) — Bruce Willis is in talks to
star in three action films, The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday.

22 summer movies to geek out on
from EW.com: Movies
By Marc Bernardin
A hot season for your inner nerd: Here are 22 coming
attractions to get excited about (no rom-coms allowed!)

(123) Days of Summer: An Indie Film Guide
from indieWIRE News
The summer movie season isn’t exactly best known for
independent film.  With billions of likely recession-proof dollars set to
be spent on the countless sequels, remakes, and sequels of remakes set to be
released in the next four months, one wonders how much space is really going to
left over for the littler guys.

PBS buys Spike Lee ‘Passing Strange’ film
from EW.com: TV
By Tanner Stransky
Film of Broadway rock musical hit will air in 2010 as a part of ”Great
Performances,” and may get a limited theatrical release

Barry Levinson going back to ‘Sixty-Six’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
Barry Levinson is going back to Baltimore. The prolific
writer-director will return to his birthplace and cinematic stomping ground
with “Sixty-Six,” a story about a group of characters coming of age
in 1966 Baltimore.

Movie Review | ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past’: He Loved Too Often
but Not Wisely

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS
“Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” is a junky-looking romantic
comedy that’s neither remotely romantic nor passably comic.

Movie Review | ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’: I, Mutant, Red in
Face and Claw

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” with its ungainly, geeky title
and its relatively trim running time, helps explain just what makes this guy so
intriguing and unusual.

Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB
from Variety.com
Web Exclusive: Despite a strong sense of the oxymoronic, doc
has a lot of great music and spirit.

City Island
from Variety.com
Film Reviews: Another expertly written joyride through the
confines of narrowminded provincialism.

TELEVISION
Ratings: Fox wins Wednesday with ‘Lie To Me,’ ‘Idol’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Annie Barrett
Fox may have expected a ratings bump for Lie To Me, having
made the decision to air original programming instead of Pres. Barack Obama’s
press conference, but Lie To Me’s total viewership was consistent with last
week’s episode.

ABC, ‘Grey’s’ pace ratings race ABC, ‘Grey’s’ pace ratings race
ABC, ‘Grey’s’ pace ratings race

from Variety.com – TV Ratings
TV Ratings: NBC’s ‘Southland’ drops more viewers — May
sweeps usually deliver a dearth of repeats, but Thursday’s primetime ratings
were a virtual rerun from the previous week, with ABC again leading the way
among viewers 18-49, according to preliminary nationals from Nielsen.
“Grey’s Anatomy” was the top-ranked show in the demo, while timeslot
rival “CSI” and its network CBS had the most viewers overall.

Hasbro to Create Branded Cable Channel
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by ahampp@adage.com(Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hasbro will become the first kids’
marketer to create a branded cable network, through a joint venture with
Discovery Communications, to launch in late 2010. The new cable network will
replace the existing Discovery Kids.

‘Grey’s’ exclusive: Bye, Denny!
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Jeffrey Dean Morgan confirms he’ll reprise his role once
more this season. But then that’s it. Really.

‘Southland’: Getting very good
from EW.com: TV
By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker says this show is fast becoming essential viewing; last night’s
episode lets Tom Everett Scott shine.

NBC’s Nora O’Brien dies on ‘Parenthood’ set
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Tragedy struck NBC’s pilot “Parenthood” on
Wednesday night when network drama vp Nora O’Brien died unexpectedly on the set
of the pilot starring Peter Krause, Maura Tierney and Erika Christensen.

Are ‘Idol’ fans ready for a gay champion?
from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
With three weeks to go before the “American Idol” final, Adam Lambert is
favored to win and become, possibly, the first gay or bisexual singer to be
handed the “Idol” title by millions of Americans.

‘Breaking Bad’ has been very good to Aaron Paul
from USATODAY.com Television – Top Stories
Sleazeball drug dealer Jesse Pinkman was to have come to a
violent end in the first season of AMC’s dark dramedy Breaking Bad

MUSIC
Top Online Song and Video Downloads

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine
Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” was the most
downloaded iTunes song last week. See full chart for top iTunes, AOL and
peer-to-peer music downloads.

Depeche Mode soars on Euro chart
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Paul Sexton, Billboard
Depeche Mode races 67-1 on European Top 100 Albums with its
new, 12th studio set “Sounds of the Universe” (Mute/EMI), while Lady
Gaga’s “Poker Face” (Interscope/Universal) moves into a tenth week
atop European Hot 100 Singles.

Coldplay to give away free CD at gigs
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LONDON (AP) — Coldplay members say they will reward
recession-weary fans by giving away a free CD at all their shows this year.

Rob Thomas tune helps NBA playoffs keep the beat
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rob Thomas is rocking the basketball
playoffs, again.

Rapper Nas, R&B star Kelis splitting up
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) — The U.S. hip-hop couple of Nas
and his wife Kelis are breaking up with Kelis, who is pregnant, filing for
divorce in Los Angeles, her representative said.

Reba McEntire’s new album promises to be ‘funky, sassy’
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Reba McEntire credits last year’s tour with Kelly Clarkson
for changing her perspective on choosing songs for her album

ETC…
Vegas entertainer Danny Gans dies at 52

from CNN.com – Entertainment
Singer-impressionist-comedian Danny Gans died early Friday
at his Las Vegas, Nevada, home, according to the hotel where he was based.

Review: A crowd-pleasing ‘9 to 5’ hits Broadway
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MICHAEL
KUCHWARA
NEW YORK (AP) — Durn. You kinda want “9 to 5: The
Musical” to be better than it is.

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