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The Newsdesk 05.21.09 – Braff Joins Swingles; An Inglourious Debut

• Zach Braff is in talks to direct, rewrite, and star in Swingles, a romantic comedy vehicle for Cameron Diaz. First task, Zach: Change that terrible title.

• Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds premiered at Cannes with a star-studded debut. Reviews range from “his best since Jackie Brown” to “worse than his segment of Four Rooms.”

IFC has purchased Antichrist, the controversial Lars von Trier film that is all the talk of Cannes. Word is it pushes the NC-17 rating.  Dare we bring back the “X”?

• Bonafide “Trekkie” President Obama offered his review of Star Trek to Newsweek. But can he explain the time travel logic to us? Our nation needs reassurance that the plot makes sense.

• Rumor has it Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will feature the first look at James Cameron’s Avatar. If you leave after the trailer, you probably won’t miss much.

• More footage from Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol has been released. Still can’t get over how creepy Jim Carrey looks. Are they sure they aren’t making Rip Van Winkle?


BIZ
How Can IMAX Save Their Name Brand?

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Last week, spurred by Actor/comedian Aziz Ansari’s experiences with Digital
IMAX, we published an article titled “Why You
Probably Shouldn’t Waste $5 More For Digital IMAX
.”

TV viewing, time-shifting rise
from Hollywood Reporter by By Mike Shields, Mediaweek
Here’s some data for buyers to chew on as they mull over the
latest offerings from the broadcast networks during upfront week: Americans are
spending more time watching TV than ever before. Yet nearly 80 million people
watched some amount of time-shifted TV during the first quarter, meaning that
lots of ads are likely getting skipped.

Advertising: TV Advertisers Are Offered Closer Ties With
Content

from NYT > Television by By STUART ELLIOTT
Television advertisers are being offered something like the
contextual targeting they can achieve online.

Website helps finance pics
from Variety.com
Film Festivals: Touscoprod.com helps filmmakers raise cash
— Amid the global economic meltdown, Paris-based website Touscoprod.com has
hit the blogosphere to help film directors and producers finance their films.

FESTIVALS
Cannes Means Businesss

from Forbes.com: Media News by Vidya Ram
This year, the film festival is way less frothy and
extravagant.

Tarantino: “I am God…”
from indieWIRE News
Ebullient as usual on stage, Quentin Tarantino met the press
today shortly after the overwhelmingly packed first screening of his new film,
“Inglourious Basterds” this morning at the Cannes Film Festival. He praised
Cannes as the holy land and declared himself god. But, there’s more to the story.

IFC nabs ‘Eric,’ ‘Antichrist’ for U.S.
from Variety.com
International News: Films have generated buzz in Cannes —
IFC Films has grabbed two Cannes Competition titles for U.S. distribution: Ken
Loach’s “Looking for Eric” and Lars Von Trier’s
“Antichrist.”

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Angels & Demons tops Tuesday’s box office with $3.6
million

Movie Review | ‘Terminator Salvation’: Heavy Metal
from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT
“Terminator Salvation” feels both comfortable with its
limitations and justly proud of its accomplishments.

Pitt, Tarantino alter WWII history with `Basterds’
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN
CANNES, France (AP) — Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt have
spun some revisionist history on how World War II ended.

Chris Pontius Cast in Sofia Coppola’s Next Film Somewhere
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Yes, Party Boy. In a bit of casting news already earning groans from
snobs and wooo’s from slobs, Jackass‘s Chris Pontius will co-star
in Sofia Coppola’s ode to Hollywood’s storied Chateau Marmont hotel, Somewhere.

Firth extols Coward’s ‘Virtue’
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) — British actor Colin Firth says he was well-versed in
Noel Coward’s work long before he signed on to star in “Easy Virtue,”
a film based on a Coward play.

Soderbergh film to debut on HDNet
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
DALLAS , May 19 (UPI) — Steven Soderbergh’s film “The
Girlfriend Experience” is slated to premiere as a sneak preview on HDNet
Movies, the U.S. company said.

‘Ghostbusters III’ In The Works
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Dan Aykroyd says that the long-awaited Ghostbusters III may
start shooting this winter, with all the original cast members returning,
including Sigourney Weaver.

Will Smith, Sony acquire Katrina story
from Variety.com
Film News: John Lee Hancock to write and direct feature —
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment are set to
dive into the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Drag Me to Hell
from Variety.com
Film Front Reviews: A flagrantly schlocky horror yarn that
will titillate the teens without alienating fanboys.

Cher to star opposite Christina Aguilera in ‘Burlesque’
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling
In what could be a brilliant casting move, sources tell
EW.com that Cher is in talks to star alongside Christina Aguilera in the Screen
Gems’ musical Burlesque. The veteran singer/actress (remember she did win an
Oscar for Moonstruck) would play…

Hundreds Of Behind-The-Scenes Hours Coming For ‘Star Trek’
from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
Today is a glorious day if you’re a diehard “Star Trek”
fan. Note that I’m not referring to the new movie from director J.J. Abrams,
but rather the thousands of hours of tape committed to various TV series’ and
films.

TV
Adam Lambert Defeated in ‘American Idol’ Upset

from Billboard News – All
Kris Allen’s smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled
him to “American Idol” victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical
powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans.

‘Idol’ wins Tuesday with lowest-ever finale; ‘Glee’ preview OK
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
The premiere preview of Fox’s new musical dramedy
“Glee” posted a solid stand-alone number

NBC’s ‘Chuck’ Off Chopping Block, Into Upfront Deal With Subway
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by bsteinberg@adage.com (Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — NBC has signed one of the first publicly announced
deals of this year’s upfront marketplace, securing Subway restaurants to
support “Chuck,” a humorous spy serial thought to be in danger of
losing its roost on NBC’s air.

Rush: MSNBC Trying to “Build Its Ratings on My Back”
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
Rush Limbaugh is challenging MSNBC to go 30 days without saying his name.

MTV sets ‘Real World’ bow
from Variety.com
Reality TV: 22nd season of franchise to begin on June 24 —
MTV has set June 24 as the premiere date for its next edition of “The Real
World” franchise.

Oxygen to air dance/weight loss show
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) — The U.S. cable television network
Oxygen has announced plans to air a new dance/weight loss competition series
called “Dance Your Ass Off.”

‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ Star Fired 40 Staffers In 3 Months
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
The new issue of Us Weekly reports that Jon & Kate mom Kate Gosselin —
known for being short with her husband, Jon Gosselin — is even more combative
with her family and employees.

‘Glee’: So, what’d you think?
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker’s already sung this show’s praises; now, he wants
to know your opinion — were you hooked?

‘Medium’ officially moving over to CBS
from EW.com: TV
By Jeff Labrecque
As Michael Ausiello reported yesterday, Patricia Arquette series dropped by NBC
will continue on Friday nights on new network.

TNT bets on star power
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
TNT is launching new shows from Mark Burnett and Jerry
Bruckheimer this summer and developing scripted drama projects with the likes
of Steven Spielberg, Steven Bochco, “Roseanne” creator Matt Williams
and the husband-and-wife team of Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon.

Mary-Louise Parker regrets ‘Weeds’ nude scene
from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News
She was goaded into going topless.

‘River Monsters’ is TV ratings hit
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) — Animal Planet said its nature adventure show
“River Monsters” has become the U.S. network’s best-performing series
ever.

‘Chuck’: The boss talks season 3
from EW.com: TV
By Michael Ausiello
Josh Schwartz dishes to Michael Ausiello about budget, cast, 10-month gap
between new eps, more

MUSIC
Green Day Takes Top Spot On Billboard 200

from Billboard News – All by Keith Caulfield, L.A.
Green Day bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with “21st
Century Breakdown,” selling 215,000 in an abbreviated three-day sales
week.

What will save rock ‘n’ roll?
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Steven Van Zandt did not mince words.

Hoobastank finds its footing on ‘For(n)ever’
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
Hoobastank is appreciative of the success of its rocking
single “My Turn,” but the group prefers not to hear good news.

Mandy Moore Continues To Grow On ‘Amanda Leigh’
from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit
Mandy Moore is hoping her forthcoming sixth studio album,
“Amanda Leigh,” continues the gradual process of transitioning from
teen hitmaker (“Candy”) to greater acceptance as a bona fide musical
artist.

Eminem Victorious At Free Detroit Concert
from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit
It was short and sweet but decidedly victorious as Eminem
brought his “Relapse” back home with a special free concert in
Detroit.

Ruben Studdard reflects on ‘Idol’ life
from CNN.com – Entertainment
No one knows better than Ruben Studdard what Adam Lambert
and Kris Allen face after the finale.

Steve Martin: Country Star!
from People.com Latest News
The hilarious actor releases and album and will grace the
stage at the Grand Ole Opry

Michael Jackson postpones some London shows
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LONDON (AP) — Michael Jackson’s representatives announced
Wednesday that the elusive King of Pop will postpone several of his London
comeback shows scheduled for this summer.

Dylan “poem” on sale was actually Hank Snow song
from Reuters: Entertainment News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – A “poem” purportedly written
by a teenage Bob Dylan and up for auction at Christie’s is actually a song
written by the late Canadian country singer Hank Snow, the auction house said
on Wednesday.

Breaking: St. Vincent
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling
StoneWide-eyed Brooklyn pixie St. Vincent, a.k.a. Annie Clark, who sings like
an angel but shreds like a monster on her second album, Actor.

Dolores O’Riordan Sheds ‘Baggage’ For Zoë/Rounder Debut
from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
Best known for her work with Irish rock act the Cranberries,
vocalist Dolores O’Riordan has inked with Rounder Records’ rock imprint Zoë for
her second solo record.

ETC…
‘Slumdog’ child star’s home destroyed

from MSNBC.com: Movies
The shanty home of another “Slumdog Millionaire” child star was torn
down by Mumbai authorities Wednesday as they demolished part of city’s slum
where she lived.

Elton frustrated about attitudes towards AIDS
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Elton John may be famous for smash hits such as “Tiny
Dancer” and scores for films such as “The Lion King,” but he’s
also made a name for himself in HIV/AIDS activism.

Parker discusses surrogate decision
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
BURBANK, Calif., May 20 (UPI) — U.S. actress Sarah Jessica Parker said she
turned to a surrogate to help expand her family because she had trouble doing
it naturally after her son was born.

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