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The Newsdesk 05.20.09 – Gossip Guy to Fill Bacon’s Dancing Shoes; Aykroyd on Ghostbusters 3

• IMAX addressed criticism that their new digital screens are not actually all that much bigger than conventional movie screens. Representatives for the brand stressed that screen size is not important. Wait, isn’t that the point of paying extra for the IMAX experience?

Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford has signed on to star in Paramount’s Footloose remake.  Yes, the same one Zac Efron passed on. We are living in a world where Zac Efron is too busy for a Footloose remake, people.

Kevin Spacey and Colin Firth have signed on to Catalonia, an adaptation of George Orwell’s novel about the author’s time in the Spanish Civil War.

Dan Aykroyd offered an update on Ghostbusters 3, suggesting that filming could start this winter. The actor would also like Harold Ramis to direct should original series helmer Ivan Reitman prove unavailable. As long as Brett Ratner stays away from it, we’re happy.

• Steven Spielberg will produce a Martin Luther King Jr. biopic for Dreamworks. It’ll be the first King biopic… with dinosaurs!


BIZ
37% of High-Level Marketers Plan to Spend More in Upfront

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by mbush@adage.com(Michael Bush)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Just in time for this year’s TV
upfront market, it looks as if there’s some growing optimism among some
high-level marketers.

Imax: Screen size not important
from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio
Imax execs sought Tuesday to wow the media at a company
presentation while also performing a bit of damage-control amid a controversy
over the size of the specialty exhibitor’s new digital screens.

FESTIVALS
Cannes: Almodovar’s ‘Broken Embraces’

from EW.com: Movies
By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Lisa Schwarzbaum on a movie that’s seamlessly chic, playful, and unmistakably,
grandly Pedro Almodovar-ian

The Cannes Credit Crunch
from Forbes.com: Media News by Lily-Hayes Kaufman
Too many films, too little financing put the squeeze on the
presale market.

AWARDS
Sugarland leads with 5 CMT award nominations

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JOHN GEROME
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sugarland leads all the nominees
announced Tuesday for Country Music Television’s awards show next month with
five nominations.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Monday, May 18, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Angels & Demons tops Monday’s box office with $4.7
million

King siblings oppose film deal struck by brother
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ERRIN HAINES
ATLANTA (AP) — DreamWorks Studios plans to tell the Rev.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s story on the big screen in a film to be co-produced by
Steven Spielberg, the studio announced Tuesday.

‘New Moon’ poster: Like it?
from EW.com: Movies
By Mandi Bierly
Mandi Bierly’s impression: Film feels darker and more atmospheric than first
(and Edward and Jacob are hotter with shorter hair)

IMAX Considering 3 Month Run for James Cameron’s Avatar
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
What are Hollywood’s expectations for James Cameron’s Avatar? We haven’t
even seen a trailer, or even a photo, but many are already touting a
“revolution.” With the director of the highest grossing film of all time behind
it, everyone is hoping for big.

SNL to Make MacGruber Movie?
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Lorne Michaels tells The Hollywood Reporter that a feature film based on MacGruber
is being considered.

ReTaking ‘Pelham 1 2 3’: Tony Scott brings trademark style to
update of subway hostage thriller

from Film Journal by Maria Garcia
Ask director Tony Scott about the principal characters in
any of his films, and he will describe the people they’re based upon. Scott
doesn’t write scripts; he “researches” them.

Sam Raimi on his new horror Drag Me to Hell
from Film News from Times Online
Sam Raimi certainly doesn’t look like the king of gross-out
horror movies.

Chace Crawford set for ‘Footloose’ update
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Long-rumored for the lead in Paramount’s
“Footloose” revamp, “Gossip Girl” star Chace Crawford has
finally made it official.

Review: ‘Terminator Salvation’
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Director McG’s energetic movie plays with elements from
earlier in the franchise. But some of its soul has been lost.

Movie Review | ‘Burma VJ’: Bravery Fills Secret Burmese
Dispatches

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT
“Burma VJ” is a rich, thought-provoking film not only
because of the story it tells, but also because of the perspective it offers.

Pattinson has “Breaking” news for
“Twilight” fans

from Reuters: Entertainment News
CANNES, France (Hollywood Reporter) – Robert Pattinson, who
shot to stardom in “Twilight” and is now filming the second and third
movies in the franchise, confirmed Tuesday at the Cannes festival that there
will be a fourth installment of the vampire franchise, based on the book
“Breaking Dawn.”

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi Reveals ‘Spider-Man 4’ Script Plans,
Kirsten Dunst Uncertainty

from Splash Page by Larry Carroll
With “Drag Me to Hell” rocking the socks off preview audiences and likely on
its way to becoming one of the summer’s sleeper hits, director Sam Raimi
can finally shift his focus back to the blockbuster franchise that made him a
household name. And at the end of June, he’ll be ready to do exactly that with
a newly-printed copy of Hollywood’s hottest screenplay.

TV
‘American Idol:’ 10 Things You Didn’t See On T.V.

from Billboard News – All by Ann Donahue, L.A.
Sure, countless millions watched the final performance
showdown between Adam Lambert and Kris Allen on TV. But those in the audience
at the Nokia Theatre in downtown L.A. got to see the show behind the showdown.
What did you miss?

Kris vs. Adam: Battle of the voices in final ‘Idol’ face-off
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest billed Tuesday night’s
performance finale as an epic battle of “the guy next door vs. the
guyliner…”

Who’s the last one standing on ‘Dancing’?
from USATODAY.com Television – Top Stories
Gymnast Shawn Johnson, who brought home gold and silver from
the 2008 Summer Olympics, now has another gleaming prize to place …http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/UsatodaycomTelevision-TopStories/%7E4/nf2VHKyZjNo

NBC announces fall schedule: ‘Chuck’ stays, ‘Southland’ moves
to Fridays

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice
NBC will premiere two new dramas and a single-camera comedy
this fall and move the struggling cop series Southland to Fridays, where the
net hopes it’ll have a better chance of surviving against Fox’s Dollhouse and
ABC’s Ugly Betty.

CBS Studios blasts NBC for cancelling ‘Medium’
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
Statement from the CBS TV Studios re: NBC’s decision to
cancel its oft-smacked around “Medium.”

The CW orders ‘Melrose,’ ‘Vampire,’ ‘Life’
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
“Melrose Place,” “Vampire Diaries” and
“Beautiful Life” are a go at the CW.

MUSIC
NY auction house offers poem by a young Bob Dylan

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ULA ILNYTZKY
NEW YORK (AP) — Long before he became famous for such tunes
as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Bob Dylan’s social consciousness and
artistry were evident in a poem he penned about a little dog who met a tragic
end.

Echo And The Bunnymen’s ‘Ocean Rain’ Headed To Space
from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
Seminal British post-punk group Echo and The Bunnymen are
going to space. Well, their critically acclaimed album “Ocean Rain”
is, at least.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Leave Heads Rolling On The Road
from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit
Yeah Yeah Yeahs are still actively working “Zero,”
the first single from their new album, “It’s Blitz,” and the group’s
Nick Zinner says the band will stay on that surprising, synthesizer-driven path
when it rolls out the next single, “Heads Will Roll.”

Fugitive android, time-traveling songstress
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Janelle Monae is a girl from another planet, and she’s
invading your world.

Katy Perry Talks Pop Plans for Next LP, Dispels Personal Rumors
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
“I Kissed A Girl” singer and couture chameleon Katy Perry
recently stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to open up about the
pressures of following up her hit debut One of the Boys, what the new LP
will sound like and why her parents aren’t merely the staunch Christians the
media makes them out to be.

Toad the Wet Sprocket maps headlining outing
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
Alt-rockers Toad the Wet Sprocket, who played a series of
shows at “intimate venues” earlier this month, will extend their
current unofficial reunion run through the summer.

The Cult rediscovers ‘Love’ on the road
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
Veteran alt-rockers The Cult will give longtime fans a treat
this summer when the band exhumes its 1985 breakthrough album,
“Love,” and takes it out on the road.

ETC…
Angelina Jolie Attends Trial At The Hague

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Angelina Jolie sat in a courtside booth Tuesday at the
International Criminal Court and watched the trial of a Congolese warlord
charged with using child soldiers.

Patrick Swayze rep: Actor is ‘alive, well’
from EW.com: TV
By Lindsay Soll
Publicist statement: ”Patrick Swayze did not pass away this morning contrary
to severely reckless reports”

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