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The Newsdesk 05.18.09 – Angels Scores Heavenly Weekend; Trek Dad Is Thor

Sean Penn will play a wealthy, middle-aged rock star in This Must Be the Place, the English-language debut of Italian filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino.

Lars von Trier’s latest film, Antichrist, has shocked the Cannes Film Festival, eliciting everything from cheers to derisive laughter.

Marvel Studios is in talks to sign Chris Hemsworth to play Thor in the Kenneth Branagh-directed comic book film. Hemsworth can currently be seen as Kirk’s father in Star Trek, and is in the upcoming remake of Red Dawn. Though not all that well known at the moment, Hemsworth is sure to be fighting off geeks come Comic Con time.

Regal Cinemas is joining the 3D movie revolution by installing Sony 4K digital projectors throughout the entire theater chain. Perhaps someday we’ll be watching the latest Ice Age movie in four dimensions.

Angels & Demons hauled in $48 milllion to take the top spot at the box office this weekend. The controversial summer thrill-ride fared better overseas, scoring over $104 million in 96 territories.

• The writers behind Disney’s Tomorrowland offered an update on how they’ll be transplanting an entire section of the Disney theme park to the big screen. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is set to star, in a project that sounds a lot like Pirates of the Caribbean meets Gattaca.

• Martin Scorsese is partnering with two companies to promote and distribute classic restored movies.

BIZ
Advertising: In Slump, Networks Scramble Lineups

from NYT > Television by By STUART ELLIOTT and BILL CARTER
Estimates are that sales on the five big broadcast networks
could decline by as much as 15 percent from last spring.

Relativity Media is Angling to Take Control of MGM
from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier
The deal would involve buying up a part of the studio from
its major investors.

FESTIVALS
Agency packages unopened in Cannes

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
Five days. Dozens of stars. Zero sales. With the festival
hitting its midway point, the abundance of top-tier projects available to U.S.
distributors hasn’t translated into a blizzard of buys.

Anvil Brings Metal Mayhem To Cannes Film Festival
from Billboard News – All by Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood
Reporter
Anvil, the Hanson Brothers of Canadian heavy metal, are
bringing a little headbanging mayhem to Cannes.

Cannes report: Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’: ‘The closest film
to a scream’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lisa
Schwarzbaum
I didn’t say that; Lars von Trier did about his own new
movie, which had exactly the kind of scandal-courting press premiere on Sunday
evening that the wily Danish bad-boy filmmaker must have hoped for.

Dubai film fest focusing on France
from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Rebecca Leffler
The Arab world will meet French auteur cinema in December
when the Dubai International Film Festival puts the spotlight on France for its
sixth edition, organizers said Sunday.

MOVIES
Weekend Box Office: May 15-17, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Angels & Demons tops the box office with an estimated
$48.0 million

NASA Astronaut Bringing ‘Star Trek’ To Space
from Access Hollywood – Movies
“Star Trek” really is going to the final frontier. 
NASA astronaut Michael Barratt will watch the film while aboard the
International Space Station, 220 miles above Earth, NASA said in a statement to
Access Hollywood.

Tomorrowland Movie Details Revealed
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Back in September Disney announced that they were developing a film
project based on the Tomorrowland section of their theme parks, with
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to star.

Early Buzz: Terminator Salvation
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
The first official reviews of McG’s Terminator Salvation have hit
over the weekend in the Hollywood trade newspapers and a college website.

Chris Hemsworth is Thor
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Chris Hemsworth has been cast as the title character in Kenneth Branagh’s
big screen adaptation of Marvel’s . Hemsworth will also be playing the mythic
comic book character in the Summer 2012 superhero team-up film The Avengers.

Q&A with Ang Lee: The ‘Brokeback’ director talks about how
he re-created Woodstock

from Film Journal
CANNES — Ang Lee, who diagnosed America’s discontent in the
’70s in his 1997 film “The Ice Storm,” turns his attention to the
more hopeful and certainly more musical era of the late ’60s in his new film
“Taking Woodstock.”

‘Battleship’ may have a captain
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Peter Berg is in talks to direct a big-screen version of the
Hasbro board game for Universal. Brothers Jon and Erich Hoeber have signed on
to write the script.

‘Slumdog’ star joins ‘Shyam’s Secret’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Rebecca Leffler
“Slumdog Millionaire” child star Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
is returning to the big screen for the Swiss film “Shyam’s Secret,”
producers Vergari Studio-Mangola Films and Vinay Pictures said Friday.

Stephan Elliott takes on Noel Coward
from L.A. Times – Movie News
His work on ‘Easy Virtue,’ with Jessica Biel, Colin Firth
and Kristin Scott Thomas, follows painful setbacks.

McG, the machine behind ‘Terminator Salvation’
from L.A. Times – Music News
The director has transformed himself after his Superman
debacle to take over the futuristic action franchise.

Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Bastards’ Gets A Soundtrack
from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
Is there anyone out there in the world who doesn’t like a Quentin
Tarantino
soundtrack? No need to raise your hands; just stop reading and
move on to the next post if you’re one of those fun-hating mutants. This isn’t
going to be big news for you.

TELEVISION
Tweets chirp upfront news

from Variety.com
Technology News: Networks make announcements via Twitter —
News from this week’s network upfronts has been emerging in 140-character
chunks — thanks to the exploding popularity of Twitter.

What to Watch for week of May 18 to 25, 2009
from EW.com: TV
By Jessica Shaw
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*

Out of 11 Finales, Only ABC’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Holds on to
Season Rating

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by jrash@cmithun.com (John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — Spoiler alert! No, not the fates of Izzie and
George, but this Nielsen character, who was behind the scenes in one of 11 (!)
series finales last night. Based on Nielsen fast-affiliate ratings, network
TV’s May malaise continued, as only “Grey’s” hit its original-episode
season average. The other 10 season-enders ended below their normal 2008-2009
live-plus-same-day levels.

The tribe speaks, a new `Survivor’ wins big money
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ERIN CARLSON
NEW YORK (AP) — The tribe has spoken, naming cattle rancher
James “J.T.” Thomas Jr. the sole “Survivor.”

Review: ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ season finale
from L.A. Times – TV News
The ill and injured await the great hospital elevator in the
sky.

Doctors, patients say ‘Grey’s’ cancer story isn’t accurate
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
The cliffhanger ending on Thursday’s season finale of Grey’s
Anatomy left fans worrying that one of the show’s main characters

‘Grey’s’: Izzie gunning for Emmy
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively: Katherine Heigl will
enter her work for award consideration this year

‘Chuck’: Back…with a catch
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello: NBC orders 13 episodes after studio agrees
to cut costs — so how will that affect cast?

‘Bones’: Two more seasons!
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively Fox commits to series,
ending rumors of license-fee dispute.

‘Castle,’ ‘Better Off Ted’ live!
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Network also renews ”Scrubs”; picks up ”V” reboot,
Courteney Cox’s ”Cougar,” Kelsey Grammer’s ”Hank”http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainmentweekly/latest/%7E4/EorvEHNMGcw

’60 Minutes’ on Anna Wintour: Why?
from EW.com: TV
By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker on a less-than-revealing profile of the ”Vogue” editor that left
him scratching his head

Ausiello: ‘Sarah Connor’ canceled
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
More Michael Ausiello updates: ”Cold Case” renewed,
”Without a Trace” very shaky, ”Unusuals” axedhttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainmentweekly/latest/%7E4/cPT8_A3zFxE

‘Medium’ may go to CBS
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
If it opts to lose comedy “The New Adventures of Old
Christine” to ABC, CBS may gain another veteran series from a competitor,
NBC’s drama “Medium.”

MUSIC
Danger Mouse And Sparklehorse Album Release Scrapped

from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
It’s been one of the most hotly anticipated albums of 2009
since it was first announced: “Dark Night of the Soul,” a collaboration between
the producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, The Black Keys) and
critically acclaimed psych-rock act Sparklehorse (a.k.a. Mark Linkous). Due to
unspecified legal issues with EMI, though, the project’s official release has
been either scrapped altogether or put on indefinite hiatus.

T.I. Headed To Arkansas For Prison Term
from Billboard News – All
T.I. will be coming to Arkansas by May 26 to serve a prison
sentence on federal weapons charges.

Elvis Costello Reveals ‘Secret’ New Album
from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit
Being able to revisit pieces from his unfinished opera about
the life of Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was a welcome
“surprise” for Elvis Costello on his new album, “Secret, Profane
& Sugarcane.”

’21st Century Breakdown’ by Green Day
from L.A. Times – Music News
The punk trio takes a dazzling musical journey in their
latest concept album.

Political jitters put damper on China’s concert biz
from Reuters: Entertainment News
BEIJING (Billboard) – This summer, for the second
consecutive year, Chinese government pressure will prevent top-tier
international music acts from performing in the country’s biggest cities.

ETC…
7 Webotainers Worth Watching

from Wired: Entertainment by Hugh Hart
Does webotainment 2.0 deliver? Is the formerly radical
anyone-can-upload technology resulting in experiments that burst the confines
of network television hackery, or are the New Webotainers simply producing
shorter versions of lame sitcoms and tired sci-fi clichés?

Robert Redford Works In New Mexico To Train Minority Filmmakers
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Robert Redford is collaborating with the state of New Mexico
to expand training for Native American and Hispanic filmmakers.

Why Does Ben Silverman Still Have a Job?: The Bill Carter NYT
Profile Edition

from Defamer by Foster Kamer
Times
TV reporter Bill Carter’s profile on NBC co-chairman and Executive Bong
Smoker Ben Silverman
ran today. To put it lightly: Carter takes Silverman
by the collar, beats him, and stuffs him in a locker.

Cynthia Nixon ENGAGED To Christine Mariononi (PHOTOS)
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Sunday Cynthia Nixon announced her engagement to longtime partner Christine
Mariononi during an Action=Marriage Equality rally in midtown New York to fight
for same-sex marriages.

Martin Scorsese’s latest project? Saving old films.
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Chris Nashawaty
Aside from his day job as arguably America’s greatest movie
director, Martin Scorsese spends what little down time he has as one of the
world’s most high-profile champions of film restoration.

Bradley Cooper Denies Romance With Jennifer Aniston
from People.com Latest News by Mark Gray
Despite media reports – and mom’s wishes – the Hangover star
says it just isn’t sohttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/people/headlines/%7E4/xSyRjBWHgBY

‘Billy’ dominates Drama Desk Awards
from Variety.com – Award Central News
Award Central News: Musical dances off with ten trophies —
“Billy Elliot” dominated the 54th annual Drama Desk Awards Sunday night, with
ten trophies including top tuner going to the musical about the Brit boy who’s
just gotta dance.

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