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The Newsdesk 05.26.09 – First Look at Avatar Mech; Pitt to Play McQueen?

• The first trailer for The Burning Plain has been released. The movie, directed by 21 Grams writer Guillermo Arriaga, stars Charlize Theron and looks an awful lot like 21 Grams and Babel.

Footage of Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, and Sean “P-Diddy” Combs in Get Him to the Greek debuted on MTV.com.

• The final tally for the Memorial Day weekend box office is in with Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian topping Terminator Salvation with $70 million. Salvation came in second place with $53.8 mil. Might want to tread lightly around Christian Bale today.

• A first look at the mech power suit from James Cameron’s Avatar has leaked. Wow, a robot foot. This movie will be amazing.

Angels and Demons continues to be strong overseas, nabbing $60.4 million to top Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Brad Pitt could be playing Steve McQueen in an upcoming biopic. Will Jennifer Aniston turn up as Ali MacGraw?

BIZ
Never Mind Online Video — Networks Rally Around TV

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by ahampp@adage.com (Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com)
— The rise of Hulu, DVRs and Facebook and slipping ratings across the board
have forced the networks to do something we didn’t expect at this year’s
upfronts: make the case that TV still dominates.

Can strong lineups trump tough times?
from Hollywood Reporter by By John Consoli, Mediaweek
Despite the troubled economy, most advertisers are not
drastically cutting their national TV ad budgets for next season, a signal that
might bode well for the broadcast networks — if they don’t take hard-line
positions regarding rate increases.

FESTIVALS
Article: In A Year Light On Stars, Movies Shone Brightly At
62nd Cannes Film Festival

from Access Hollywood – Movies
It was a bad year for business, a so-so year for
celebrities, but a good year for movies at the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes signals new industry model
from Variety.com – Film Festivals
Film Festivals: Film business shifts to private equity,
local fare — Producers, buyers and sellers at Cannes found the film biz
experiencing deep structural changes in how business is done and money made
from making movies.

Jones, Spinal Tap booked for Glastonbury
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LONDON, May 25 (UPI) — The musical acts Status Quo, Tom
Jones, Franz Ferdinand and Spinal Tap have all been booked for this year’s Glastonbury
Festival in England, organizers said.

MOVIES
Memorial weekend box office sluggish

from L.A. Times – Movie News
The healthy box office seemed to lose its mojo over Memorial
Day.

Daily Box Office: Monday, May 25, 2009
from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian tops Monday’s
box office with an estimated $16.5 million

Box Office Report: ‘Night at the Museum’ opens with $70 mil
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by John Young
Ben Stiller had no problem handling Christian Bale and an
army of robots this Memorial Day weekend. Night at the Museum: Battle of the
Smithsonian cruised to an easy first-place finish of $70 million over the
four-day weekend.

‘Navigator’ to take flight again
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Disney is readying another launch of sci-fi adventure movie
“Flight of the Navigator.”

Aykroyd Reveals Details of New Ghostbusters ‘Leader’ and
Busting Tech

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Speaking to the Guardian Guide, a pull out supplement that comes with every
Saturday’s issue of The Guardian newspaper here in the UK, Dan Aykroyd has
revealed even more details of the upcoming third Ghostbusters film.

‘Buffy’ in for feature relaunch
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
A new incarnation of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
could be coming to the big screen.

TELEVISION
What to Watch for week of May 25 to 31, 2009

from EW.com: TV
By Jessica Shaw
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*

Ad Age Picks the Best and Worst of the New Fall Lineup
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks
Presenting Ad Age’s annual wager on the new shows likely to
succeed as well as those we hope not to see again next year.

Top time-slot showdowns for fall
from Hollywood Reporter
With broadcaster’s fall plans now set, here are some of the
more dramatic time-period battles shaping up for next fall’s TV season.

‘Daisies’ to wrap next month
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) — Nora Dunn and Wendie Malick are to appear in the series
finale of the U.S television series “Pushing Daisies,” ABC announced.

‘Jon & Kate’ Season Premiere: Anger At The Media And Each
Other

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team

‘In Treatment’: Ending strong
from EW.com: TV
By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker on the fine finishes for the Hope Davis and Alison Pill story lines
in this superb season

‘Wipeout’ is even tougher than it looks on TV
from MSNBC.com: TelevisionAn Associated Press reporter took his
lumps on the ABC reality show’s infamous obstacle course, which he dubbed
“a brightly colored nightmare.”

MUSIC
Jay Bennett, ex-member of band Wilco, dies at 45

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Jay Bennett, a former member of the
band Wilco, has died at age 45, according to his record label.

T.I. Packs Atlanta Arena On Eve Of Prison Term
from Billboard News – All
Grammy-winning rapper T.I. told fans he would stay
optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The
28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., performed for a
packed audience Sunday night in Atlanta’s Philips Arena less than two days
before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day.

Beastie Boys Complete ‘Hot Sauce Committee’ Album
from Billboard News – All by David J. Prince, N.Y.
The Beastie Boys revealed the title of their forthcoming
album in an email message delivered to fans today (May 25).

Classic pop bands unite to tour, create hits
from CNN.com – Entertainment
There’s a bit of a trend brewing this summer concert season
— put together a couple of big-name acts for a nationwide tour, then record a
song together to promote the event.

ETC…
John Sayles, novelist, seeks a binding agreement

from L.A. Times – Movie News
The writer-filmmaker is shopping a sprawling work of
historical fiction, but no big publishers are buying. Such is the cautious
state of publishing today.

Natalie Cole Is Released from the Hospital
from People.com Latest News by Marisa Laudadio
The Grammy winner, who underwent a kidney transplant, plans
to attend a family memorial service for her late sister Carolhttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/people/headlines/%7E4/9T4RHVzYKng

Twitter eyes foray into TV
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – How’s this for a tweet? Twitter
is coming to a television near you.

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