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The Newsdesk 05.05.09 – Jackman’s Post-Wolverine Plans; Accident on Sorcerer Set

• Hugh Jackman and his Seed Productions partner are ramping up several post-Wolverine projects. One of them is — brace yourselves, geeks — an update of the musical Carousel. And, of course, Wolverine 2. You may commence breathing now.

Christina Aguilera has signed on to star in Burlesque, a musical drama being billed as Moulin Rouge meets Cabaret. Aren’t they basically the same movie?

• The Star Trek crew would love to see Javier Bardem as the villain Khan in the sequel. What do you think, friend-o?

• Two people were injured on the Times Square set of Nicolas Cage’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice after a car cash stunt went awry.

Ben Stiller is looking to jump-start Used Guys, the in-development comedy he’s set to star in with Jim Carrey. Fine, Ben. But what about What Makes Sammy Run?

• Kiss member, and reality show star, Gene Simmons will play a sleazy lawyer in Mike Judge’s comedy Extract. Sometimes casting agents just plain get it right.

BIZ
Economic downturn may be behind a rise in DVD rentals

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Old habits die hard and sometimes, they come back.

TV networks are uneasy about declining advertising
from L.A. Times – TV News
One analyst forecasts a 15% decline in prime-time ad
revenue, leading CBS to unleash a marketing blitz to boast that it is the
most-watched network and NBC to unveil its fall lineup two weeks early.

NBC: Jay Leno Is Advertiser-Friendly, Willing to Do Live
Commercials

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com
(Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — NBC placed a new emphasis on scripted entertainment
Monday as the General Electric broadcast network offered marketers and media
buyers a peek at its lineup for the coming season, the first volley in what is
likely to be an extended “upfront” sales season during a severe
recession.

CBS Reminds Advertisers: ‘We’re Fine’
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com
(Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — At a time when many consumers and
advertisers are questioning the dominance of broadcast TV, CBS is for the first
time in its history launching a pre-emptive salvo before this year’s upfront
market to distance itself from the rest of its network brethren.

Discovery Q1 beats expectations
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Discovery Communications posted better-than-expected
first-quarter financials on Monday as it grew advertising revenue despite the
recession. Shares soared 8.6% on the news to close at $20.21.

DirecTV, Liberty Entertainment to merge
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Satellite TV giant DirecTV Group and Liberty Media’s Liberty
Entertainment will combine, most likely after the latter is split off from its
parent, the companies said Monday.

FESTIVALS
Tribeca Film Fest Winner Parties In Manhattan, By Kurt Loder

from MTV Movies Blog by Kurt Loder
A number of very happy Serbs were packed into a tiny restaurant on New York’s
Lower East Side on Saturday night, celebrating the success of their remarkable
movie, “Here and There,” which two nights earlier had won the Best New York
Narrative award at the Tribeca Film Festival.

348,000 attend Tribeca Film Festival
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — An estimated 348,000 people
attended screenings, panels and free community events at the 2009 Tribeca Film
Festival in New York, organizers said Monday.

Cannes locks jury plans
from Hollywood Reporter by By Rebecca Leffler
The Festival de Cannes on Monday rounded out Isabelle
Huppert’s Competition jury, adding Hindi film star Sharmila Tagore, and
unveiled the lineups for its Un Certain Regard and Camera d’Or juries.

SilverDocs to Debut a “Convention” Centerpiece
from indieWIRE News
SilverDocs will screen the world premiere of ensemble
documentary, “Convention” as its Centerpiece screening, the festival, which
takes place June 15 – 22 in Silver Springs, MD.

Hot Docs Kicks Off With “Act of God”
from indieWIRE News
Jennifer Baichwal (second from left) joined Hot Docs
Executive Director Chris MacDonald (far left) on stage at the Winter Garden
Theater in Toronto Thursday night for a presentation of her doc “Act of God.”

Bamboozle 2009: Six Breakout Bands to Watch
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Erica Futterman
This year’s Bamboozle crammed more than 70 bands a day into the most
pop-friendly lineup the fest has seen in its four-year history. No Doubt and
Fall Out Boy claimed the biggest headlines, but a six-pack of up-and-coming acts
were making noise on the smaller stages.

Bon Jovi, Kings of Leon and Neil Young Bring New Orleans Jazz
Fest to Ecelctic End

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Alex Rawls
In the weeks leading up to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage
Festival, the recession was the tense undercurrent beneath the excitement over
its 40th anniversary.

AWARDS
`Twilight,’ `Slumdog’ lead MTV award nominees

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ERIN CARLSON
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s “Twilight” versus
“Slumdog Millionaire” at this year’s MTV Movie Awards.

‘WTF Moment’ category added to MTV Awards
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — A new category — Best WTF Moment
— has been added to the list of MTV Movie Awards to be given out in Universal
City, Calif., this month, the network said.

MOVIES
Faster-paced “Da Vinci Code” sequel premieres in Rome

from Reuters: Entertainment News
ROME (Reuters) – The movie sequel to “The Da Vinci
Code” is being greeted as a faster-paced, more gripping film than the
original and is respectful to Catholics, director Ron Howard said at its Rome
premiere on Monday.

Christina Aguilera Cast in Burlesque
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
Christina Aguilera has signed on to make her live-action big screen debut in Steven
Antin’s contemporary musical Burlesque for Screen Gems.

Tom Hanks is ready for a third ‘Da Vinci’ film
from MSNBC.com: Movies
“If it makes sense I’ll be happy to,” Hanks said of
reprising his role.

Ken Watanabe and Tom Hardy Join Christopher Nolan’s Inception
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
Just when you thought that all the major stars of Christopher Nolan’s Inception
had been announced.

New Clip From Pixar’s Up Introduces Dug The Dog
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
Disney has released a new video clip from Pixar’s Up on Hulu,
which introduces us to Dug the talking dog.

Ben Stiller to Produce Little Britain Movie
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
Sounds like its go-go-go for Little Britons Matt Lucas and David
Walliams
at the moment.

Will McG’s ‘Terminator 5’ Be Set in the Present?
from MTV Movies Blog by Christopher Campbell
When Warner Bros. announced long ago that “Terminator Salvation” would be the
first in a new trilogy of “Terminator” sequels, we all assumed that the three
planned installments would exist in a chronologically contained setting, during
the post-apocalyptic war between humans and machines. However, in a recent
interview with McG over at Film Journal International, the director hints that
“Terminator 5” might not adhere to such a strict timeline.

Ben Stiller To Direct Black List Dramedy Help Me Spread
Goodness

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
Ben Stiller has found a project worthy of being the possible follow-up
to his 2008 action comedy hit Tropic Thunder.

NASCAR gets toon treatment
from Hollywood Reporter by By Mike Barnes
Threshold Animation Studios’ Tinseltown Toons has embarked
on the first full-length animated feature based on the NASCAR brand for the
kids market.

TELEVISION
Urgent: Save ‘Sarah Connor Chronicles’ From Termination

from Wired: Entertainment by Kevin Poulsen
This may be your last chance to save the best sci-fi show on
television from cancellation. Here’s why you should care, even if you’re not
yet a fan.

‘Mad Men’ eyes August premiere
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Production has started on Season 3 of AMC’s acclaimed drama
series “Mad Men” for an August premiere.

‘Mad Men’ recruits Jared Harris
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Jared Harris is joining AMC’s drama “Mad Men” for
its upcoming third season in a major recurring role.

What to Watch for week of May 4 to 10, 2009
from EW.com: TV
By Jessica Shaw
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*

Spike TV’s disaster series plugs in swine flu
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Hurricanes, plane crashes, tsunamis, and
now, swine flu.

NBC unveils 2009-10 programming slate
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — NBC said Monday it has picked up
four new dramas and two comedies for its 2009-10 television season.

Margaret Cho talks sexuality, size
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Comedienne Margaret Cho knows a great deal about Hollywood’s
obsession with body image. The once-zaftig actress is co-starring in a new
series for Lifetime titled “Drop Dead Diva” about a brilliant
plus-size attorney who finds her body inhabited by the soul of a shallow
wannabe model.

FX nabs TV rights to ‘Wolverine’
from Variety.com
TV News: Network also picks up ‘Taken,’ ‘Marley and Me’ —
FX has acquired the network rights to B.O. smash “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” in a package deal that also includes hit features
“Taken” and “Marley and Me.”

ABC orders Kimmel prime time specials
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 4 (UPI) — “Jimmy Kimmel Live”
will air special U.S. half-hour prime time shows on each night ABC airs the NBA
finals, beginning June 4, the network said Monday.

Ferrari hurts 2 during N.Y. movie shoot
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) — A Ferrari used in an action
sequence for Nicolas Cage’s movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” jumped
a New York curb, hit a pedestrian and knocked over a lamppost.

Walk of Fame to be TV star
from Hollywood Reporter by By Elizabeth Guider
The iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame finally will get
television treatment thanks to a deal inked with Mark Burnett, whose company
will create and produce several shows focused on the star franchise.

MUSIC
Coldplay Accused Of Plagiarism By Cat Stevens

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
British rocker Chris Martin is under fire again, this time over claims that his
band Coldplay has plagiarized another musician’s work.

Rihanna Cancels Comeback Concert
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Just a month after Rihanna was booked for her first public performance since
her alleged assault by Chris Brown, the show has been abruptly scrapped.

Chris Cornell Revisits Rock With New “Long Gone” Remix
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Christopher R.
Weingarten
Chris
Cornell
has dipped his toes back into recording guitar-rock with a complete
makeover of his single “Long Gone.”

Embarrassing albums: ‘Fess up!
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Aly Semigran
Aly Semigran leads the EW staff to reveal music we own and
even love (but may not brag about); your turn!

Trent Reznor Fights Apple Over NIN iPhone App Rejection
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
Just weeks after Trent Reznor launched the new Nine Inch Nails iPhone application, an updated
version of the app was rejected by Apple because of “objectionable content.”

Sugar Ray takes ‘Music For Cougars’ on the road
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
(LiveDaily.com) Sugar Ray [ tickets
] will embark on a round of headlining shows this summer in anticipation of
“Music For Cougars,” the band’s first new studio album since 2003.

Spinal Tap is ‘Back From The Dead’
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
(LiveDaily.com) The creative forces behind “This is Spinal Tap [ tickets
]” are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the cult classic film with the
release of a new CD/DVD entitled “Back From The Dead,” which is
scheduled to hit the streets June 16

ETC…
Woody Allen objects to Farrow, Soon-Yi as witnesses

from Reuters: Entertainment News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lawyers for film director Woody Allen
asked a court on Monday to prevent American Apparel from calling his wife
Soon-Yi Previn and his ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow as witnesses in an upcoming
trial.

Court sends Janet Jackson case back for review
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a
federal appeals court to re-examine its ruling in favor of CBS Corp. in a legal
fight over entertainer Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. The high court on
Monday directed the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia to
consider reinstating the $550,000 fine that the Federal Communications
Commission imposed on CBS over Jackson’s breast-baring performance at the 2004
Super Bowl.

Peter Sarsgaard and Maggie Gyllenhaal get married
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Sarsgaard (SAHRZ’-gahrd) and Maggie
Gyllenhaal (JIHL’-ihn-hahl) have made it official….

`Ruined’ gets top Lortel off-Broadway play prize
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Productions set in Africa have taken the
top Lucille Lortel Awards for the best of off-Broadway.

Busy spring means a crowded Tony nomination field
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MICHAEL
KUCHWARA
NEW YORK (AP) — A busy, surprisingly high-quality and
starry spring means a crowded field for 2009 Tony Award nominations. A few
actors – not to mention shows – are bound to be left out in the competition for
the best of the Broadway season.

Maid: Victoria Principal Pulled Gun On Me
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
The woman who played Pamela Ewing is being sued by Maribel Banegas, the former
maid at Victoria’s Malibu home. Banegas claims she had taken the dog for a walk
— when she returned home to an enraged Victoria who couldn’t understand why it
took so long.

Eric McCormack gets to exhibit his macho side in ‘The
Fantasticks.’

from L.A. Times – Music News
‘I don’t think America got to know who I was by watching me
play gay for eight years,’ the former ‘Will & Grace’ star says.

Why is Simpson on Vanity Fair cover?
from MSNBC.com: Gossip
Does Jessica Simpson represent “celebrity in America?”
According to the June issue of Vanity Fair, that’s the case.

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