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The Newsdesk 05.28.09 – Tom Cruise Is a Wichita Man; First Look at Cage’s Bad Lieutenant

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz will reunite for James Mangold’s action comedy Wichita. Cruise will play a secret agent who pops in and out of Diaz’s life. Call it “Mr. and Mrs. Mission Impossible.”

• Dreamworks Animation announced their production slate through 2012. Get ready for a lot of Shrek, and Shrek-like projects.

• Seann William Scott and Adam Brody have signed on for Kevin Smith’s A Couple of Dicks. Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan star in the movie that could bring back the buddy cop genre. 49 Hours, anyone?

• A first look at Denzel Washington in the post-apocalyptic western The Book of Eli has been released.

• The first photos from Greg Mottola’s next comedy Paul have surfaced. Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg and many other comedy folks star. So far it just looks like a bunch of quirky dudes hanging out.

• Get ready to be entertained by Nicolas Cage’s antics in the new trailer for Werner Herzog’s remake of Bad Lieutenant. Val Kilmer and Eva Mendes also star. Best Nic Cage movie since Wild at Heart?


BIZ
Media firms to address shareholders

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Executive pay, shareholder returns and signs of a possible
advertising market stabilization are likely to be in focus as several
entertainment biggies host their annual shareholder meetings the next couple of
weeks.

Movie Marketers Push Back At Studios
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
The president of the Association of Entertainment Marketing
Agencies is sending this video around to trailer houses. It’s especially apt
given that Hollywood studios right now are slashing prices on trailers and
posters but wanting the same or better quality and more volume.

FESTIVALS
‘Transformers’ sequel to bow at LAFF

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday
Autobots and Decepticons will descend on Westwood once again
as the Los Angeles Film Festival hosts the American premiere of
Dreamworks/Paramount’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” on June
22 at three theaters — the Village Theater, the Bruin and the Avco.

‘In the Loop’ to open Newport
from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by Staff report
The 2009 Newport International Film Festival, which runs
from June 3-7 in Newport, R.I., will open with Armando Iannuci’s political
satire “In the Loop” and present as its closing night film Pierre
Marcel’s “Tabarly,” a documentary about yachtsman Eric Tabarly.

AWARDS
Emily Blunt earns BAFTA/LA honor

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday
Emily Blunt will be honored as British Artist of the Year at
the 2009 BAFTA/LA Brittania Awards on Nov. 5 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
Hotel.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Terminator Salvation tops Tuesday’s box office with $3.7
million

‘Museum 2’ Far Outselling ‘UP’ Online
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
MovieTickets.com says holdover Night at the Museum: Battle
Of The Smithsonianis selling 36% of all its online tickets vs UP which is
selling 11%, Angels & Demons 10%, Star Trek 9%, Terminator Salvation 5%.

Video:
First Look: Bruce Willis’ ‘Surrogates’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Bruce Willis stars in this sci-fi thriller set in a
futuristic world where humans interact through surrogate robots. Willis plays a
cop who is forced to leave his home for the first time in years to investigate
shocking surrogate murders.

Video:
Will There Be A ‘Night At The Museum 3’?

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Ben Stiller, Amy Adams, Hank Azaria, director Shawn Levy and
writers and movie co-stars Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon discuss the
possibility of another installment in the “Night At The Museum” franchise.

Asner is `Up’ for another role as lovable grump
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When you need an old grouch, Edward
Asner is your man….

Danny Boyle Convenes Slumdog Kid Summit in Mumbai
from E! Online – Movie NewsDanny Boyle doesn’t need an
Oscar-caliber script to create engrossing drama with his child stars–all he
needs is an irate father.

Rogen, Pegg to co-star in ‘Paul’
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., May 27 (UPI) — Universal Pictures
and Working Title Films say Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman
and Kristen Wiig have been cast in the new comedy “Paul.”

Megan Fox as Lara Croft?
from EW.com: Movies
By Sean Smith
Plans to reboot ”Tomb Raider” as an origin story leads to speculation about
”Transformers” star in role

‘Anchorman 2’: Will Ferrell drops hints
from EW.com: Movies
By Jeff Labrecque
While promoting ”Land of the Lost” in Australia, star says the return of Ron
Burgundy is under discussion

Bad Lieutenant Movie Trailer
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
A new trailer for Werner Herzog’s (Grizzly Man) Bad Lieutenant:
Port of Call New Orleans
has found its way online.

Jonah Hill Promises R-Rated 21 Jump Street Movie: “Bad Boys
meets John Hughes”

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Last year, Jonah Hill became attached to write, executive
produce, and possibly star in a movie adaptation of the popular 1980’s
television show 21 Jump Street for Sony.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off House For Sale
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Would you like to own a piece of cinematic history? I’m not talking about a
small prop or piece or wardrobe…. but a location. Cameron’s house from Ferris
Bueller’s Day Off
is now on the market, for only $2.3 million.

Jake Kasdan to direct ‘Bad Teacher’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Jake Kasdan has signed on to direct the comedy “Bad
Teacher” for Columbia Pictures.

‘The Hangover’ isn’t any headache for Warner Bros.
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Every summer has its surprise hit, and “The Hangover” is
starting to look like this season’s unexpected breakout.

New ‘Iron Man 2’ Photos From Edwards Air Force Base Hit The
‘Net

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
From donut shops and Tony Stark’s workshop to yesterday’s mysterious “Rasputin” set, there’s been no shortage of
shooting locations for the Jon Favreau-directed “Iron Man 2.”
Now, we can add one more destination to that ever-growing list: Edwards Air
Force Base.

Dustin Hoffman books ‘Version’ gig
from Variety.com
Film News: Actor to star with Paul Giamatti in indie drama
— Dustin Hoffman will topline opposite Paul Giamatti in indie drama
“Barney’s Version,” based on Mordecai Richler’s final novel, with
Robert Lantos (“Adoration”) producing through his Serendipity Point
banner.

TELEVISION
Networks Serve Up Unmemorable Memorial Day

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by jrash@cmithun.com (John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — For the nation — fighting wars
in Iraq, Afghanistan and spooked by a nuclear North Korea — Memorial Day is
about remembering past and present sacrifices. For the networks — using the
public’s airwaves — Memorial Day was more about “Remember this?” as
schedules replete with repeats and recycled reality-show concepts evoked the
other aspect of the holiday, the unofficial start of summer.

AT&T: Overeager employees helped ‘Idol’ fans text
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By LYNN ELBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A few overeager AT&T employees
brought demo phones to “American Idol” viewing parties in Arkansas
and helped fans text their votes, but their actions did not affect the outcome
between native son Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, the company said Wednesday….

Simpson working on new reality show
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 27 (UPI) — U.S. singer and actress Jessica
Simpson, who starred in “Newlyweds” with her then-husband Nick
Lachey, is gearing up to star in another reality TV show.

‘Project Runway’: Inside season 6!
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Missy Schwartz
Kept in limbo for nearly a year, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and Co. dish on new network, new
city, new twists
http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainmentweekly/latest/%7E4/-yJ5iLPygSs

‘Dexter’: John Lithgow joins cast
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively actor will match wits
with Michael C. Hall on upcoming season 4http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainmentweekly/latest/%7E4/11TE8Y47TQU

TV Review: Nurse Jackie
from EW.com: TV
Reviewed by Ken Tucker | —

Danny Gokey on ‘DWTS’?
from EW.com: TV
By Annie Barrett
Chatter today is that the ”Idol” finalist is interested; Annie Barrett’s not
sure she can handle it; you?

Bravo mingles with ‘Miami’
from Variety.com
Reality TV: Network to air six episodes of reality soap —
Bravo will air six episodes of “Miami Social,” a soapy nonscripted
series beginning July 14.

MUSIC
`Idol’ winner Allen is ready for tour and album

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ALICIA
RANCILIO
NEW YORK (AP) — A year ago, Kris Allen was planning on
finishing college and getting a “regular job.”…

Idols Inundate Hot 100, But ‘Glee’ Gloats With Top Debut
from Billboard News – All by Silvio Pietroluongo, N.Y.
Nine combined tracks from “American Idol” winner
Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert enter this week’s Hot 100 tally, but each
track lags behind “Don’t Stop Believin'” by the cast of the Fox
series “Glee,” which is the chart’s Hot Shot Debut at No. 4.

Eminem’s `Relapse’ tops charts, sells 608,000
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Eminem’s new album, “Relapse,”
has sold more copies in its first week of release than any other album this
year….

Jay-Z Close To Epic Records Deal
from Billboard News – All by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.
Jay-Z is close to signing a deal that will bring his future
recordings to Sony, Billboard sources confirm.

Phish Releases 13 Minute ‘Elastic’ Single
from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
Days before Phish is set to embark on their 2009 summer
reunion tour, the jam-band released “Time Turns Elastic” yesterday
(May 26) on iTunes.

Singer flies high with ‘Grey’s,’ fans’ support
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Her name is Butterfly. Really. And thanks to “Grey’s
Anatomy” and the support of her fans, Butterfly Boucher has high hopes for
her new album, “Scary Fragile,” out next week.

Rob Thomas: The Big Gay Chip on My Shoulder
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Rob Thomas
I am a straight man, with a big gay chip on my shoulder.

Buckcherry supporting Kiss on summer tour
from Reuters: Entertainment News
NASHVILLE (Billboard) – Buckcherry will support Kiss on all
dates for the band’s upcoming North American tour, the groups said in a
statement on Wednesday.

Montgomery Gentry invited to join Grand Ole Opry
from USATODAY.com Music – Top Stories
Montgomery Gentry is set to become the newest member of the
Grand Ole Opryhttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/UsatodaycomMusic-TopStories/%7E4/tPTZiigvYXg

ETC…
Report: Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman B’way bound

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MICHAEL
KUCHWARA
NEW YORK (AP) — Together again for the first time – Hugh
Jackman and Daniel Craig – on stage….

The World’s Top-Earning Models
from Forbes.com: Media News by Lauren Streib
The modeling industry has been hard-hit by the economic
crisis, but the value of the beauties at the top is as strong as ever.

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