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The Newsdesk 05.29.09 – New Moon Trailer on the Horizon; Chevy Chase Into Hot Tub and Fletch

• Chevy Chase is considering starring in a Fletch reboot  He’s also joining Rob Corddry and John Cusack in the comedy Hot Tub Time Machine, which can’t possibly live up to its title.

Steven Spielberg’s Tintin will be released internationally before its December 2011 release.

• The first trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon will debut this weekend on MTV. What, you thought it would be on PBS?

• A Die Hard prequel will debut soon in comic book form. Hopefully we’ll get some back-story on that yuppie jerk who worked in the Nakatomi Plaza.

• Steven Soderbergh offered some updates on his Liberace biopic. Michael Douglas is playing Liberace? This could be fantastic. Steven, stop making your micro-indies no one watches and start filming this now.

• Danny McBride will star in an adaptation of the comic book Hench for Warner Bros.


BIZ
Hollywood escapes US recession thanks to Star Trek and X-Men
films

from Film News from Times Online
Wall Street might have collapsed, Detroit might have gone
bankrupt and the American consumer might have given up spending for the first
time in 60 years.

MGM looks to avoid bankruptcy
from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio
Could James Bond’s next coup be keeping MGM out of
bankruptcy court?

Obama may enlist industry organizers
from Variety.com
H’w’d and D.C.: Avant, Rivkin may get posts in
administration — When President Obama returned to entertainment industry
circles Wednesday for his first fund-raiser since taking office, there was
considerable buzz that he will enlist two of the event’s organizers for
ambassadorial posts.

Lions Gate sells 49% stake in TV Guide
from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing
Lionsgate on Thursday sold a 49% stake in its TV Guide
property to One Equity Partners, JPMorgan Chase’s global private equity
investment arm, for $123 million in cash.

Time Warner, AOL split confirmed
from Variety.com
Business News: Board approves plans to spin off Internet
unit — Time Warner is dumping AOL after spending nearly a decade trying to
build a new-age media empire only to wind up in a weaker position than when the
marriage began.

ESPN cuts about 100 employees
from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press
ESPN has notified about 100 Connecticut employees that they
will be losing their jobs.

FESTIVALS
“Paper Man” To Open LAFF

from indieWIRE News
Film Independent has announced that “Paper Man” will have
its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of the 2009 Los Angeles Film
Festival.

AWARDS
Bill Engvall to host Country Music Television awards

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
Comedian Bill Engvall will host the Country Music Television
awards next month.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Wednesday, May 27, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian tops
Wednesday’s box office with $3.1 million

DreamWorks Animation Announces 2009-2012 Releases
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films
every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule.

Two join Kevin Smith’s ‘Dicks’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Seann William Scott and Adam Brody are joining Bruce Willis
and Tracy Morgan in Warner Bros.’ “A Couple of Dicks,” a buddy action
comedy being directed by Kevin Smith.

Mickey Rourke Talks About Whiplash’s Iron Man 2 Suit
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Empire got the chance to talk to Mickey Rourke about his role
as Tony Stark’s new nemesis in the Marvel comic book sequel Iron Man 2.

Sam Raimi has horror in his clutches
from L.A. Times – Movie News
The director’s wicked streak takes hold in ‘Drag Me to
Hell.’

‘Drag Me to Hell’ will get your pulse racing
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
The best horror movies, like the best amusement park rides,
should elicit equal parts screams and laughter.

Die Hard: Year One — John McClane Prequel Developed as a Comic
Book Series

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
What if I told you that a prequel to Die Hard was being
developed? Before you freak, let me explain: 20th Century Fox is not developing
a Die Hard prequel… Die Hard: Year One will be released in comic
book form by BOOM! Studios.

Chevy Chase jumps in ‘Hot Tub’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Chevy Chase is taking a dip in UA’s time-travel comedy
“Hot Tub Time Machine,” with John Cusack and Rob Corddry.

‘Tintin’ will be unleashed in 2011
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Paramount and Sony have scheduled Steven Spielberg’s
“The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” for a Dec. 23,
2011, domestic release through Paramount.

Columbia lands Somali pirate saga
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Columbia Pictures has picked up the life story rights of
Richard Phillips, the captain of the ship captured by Somalis and later rescued
by the U.S. Navy.

“Year Without Sex” proves to be time well spent
from Reuters: Entertainment News
SYDNEY (Hollywood Reporter) – Australian writer-director
Sarah Watt is not averse to throwing the odd narrative curveball, and the
nimble tonal shifts of “My Year Without Sex” are sure to keep
audiences on their toes.

Biopic breathes new life into Chanel story
from CNN.com – Entertainment
For “Coco Avant Chanel” director Anne Fontaine,
there was only one actress who could play Coco Chanel in her biopic about the
legendary couturier — French actress Audrey Tautou.

Chace Crawford Talks ‘Footloose’ Remake, Rigorous Dance Test
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Crawford won the part after a brutal audition, including
dancing and singing, for producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Hairspray) and
director Kenny Ortega (High School Musical). “It was, like, five hours of
the most rigorous tests ever,” says Crawford.

‘Footloose’ exclusive: Chace Crawford and producers talk about
the upcoming remake

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack
Chace Crawford is ready to follow the fancy footwork of
Kevin Bacon when he begins shooting Paramount’s reboot of the 1984 dance
classic Footloose next March. The 23-year-old Gossip Girl star landed the lead
after Zac Efron dropped out.

Something Is Going On With Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’
from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
I can’t stand reporting on rumors, for reasons that should be fairly obvious.
This one was too juicy to ignore though, especially since director Ridley
Scott’s “Alien”
just hit its 30th anniversary this past Monday.

‘Iron Man 2’ Update: Favreau Hints At War Machine Debut, Mickey
Rourke Describes Whiplash Armor

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
Those of us hunting for “Iron Man 2” news have had to settle for mysterious set photos and unverified concept sketches lately, but a pair of big
updates finally hit the ‘Net today, courtesy of a recent interview with the
Marvel blockbuster’s cast and director Jon Favreau.

TELEVISION
AMC Squeezing ‘Mad Men” In Season 3

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
With the Lionsgate TV series Mad Men set to make its Season
3 bow in August on AMC, I’m told there’s a big fight leading up to the
premiere over, of all things, ads. AMC has told the show’s producers
to make allowances for another commercial break each hour.

Susan Boyle loses her cool with reporters
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MEERA SELVA
LONDON (AP) — A spokeswoman for Susan Boyle says the
Britain’s Got Talent finalist lost her cool after being harassed by two
journalists at a London hotel….

Susan Boyle threatened to quit, judge says
from Hollywood Reporter by Reuters
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle has threatened to
quit “Britain’s Got Talent” as the pressure mounts ahead of the
show’s final round, one of the show’s judges said.

Miami to decide on demolishing ‘Burn Notice’ HQ
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
MIAMI (AP) — Commissioners in Miami might delay the
demolition of a waterfront expo center to accommodate the producers of the
cable television series “Burn Notice.”…

NJ ‘Housewife’ Danielle Staub’s Criminal, Stripper Past
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
From phone sex to Botox, Danielle Staub has already injected drama into The
Real Housewives of New Jersey but, as viewers of Bravo’s reality hit know, it’s
about to get really ugly.

HBO Rides “The Prison Rodeo”
from indieWIRE News
HBO Documentary Films has acquired the broadcast rights to
Bradley Beesley’s documentary “Sweethearts of the Prison Rodeo.”

iW Sneak Peek: The First Episode of “Nurse Jackie”
from indieWIRE News
indieWIRE is offering a sneak preview of the entire first
episode of Showtime’s new series “Nurse Jackie.”

MUSIC
‘Pow’ is No. 1 on U.S. record chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 28 (UPI) — “Boom Boom Pow” by
The Black Eyed Peas is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a eighth week,
Billboard.com reported Thursday.

LiveDaily Interview: Brandon Boyd of Incubus
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
In speaking to Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd, it’s clear
that he loves what he does, whether it’s indulging in his artwork or his music.

AmEx sues rocker Courtney Love for unpaid bill
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American Express Co wants Courtney
Love to leave home without it.

Ben Folds to play fall symphony orchestra shows
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
Ben Folds will follow up his slated summer Lollapalooza
appearance by sitting down at his piano in front of a few of the nation’s
leading symphony orchestras.

Live Review: Chickenfoot in Cambridge, MA
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
“Man, my hotel room is bigger than this,” Sammy
Hagar quipped shortly after his new supergroup, Chickenfoot, took the stage in
the packed and sweltering basement of Cambridge’s Middle East nightclub–and,
given the multi-platinum rocker/tequila mogul’s tax bracket, he probably wasn’t
kidding.

Depeche Mode Cancels More Dates As Singer Recovers From Surgery
from Billboard News – All by Andre Paine, London
Depeche Mode is to reschedule its London O2 Arena show and
cancel some European appearances after the full extent of singer Dave Gahan’s
illness was revealed.

Rihanna Strips For Kanye West’s ‘Paranoid’ (VIDEO)
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
She may not sing on the track, but Rihanna is the star of the video for Kanye
West’s song ‘Paranoid.’

Chris Brown sued over bodyguard scuffle
from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories
On the day Chris Brown took to YouTube to say he’s “not
a monster,” a photographer sued the R&B singer

LiveDaily Song of the Day: Eels – ‘Fresh Blood’
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
Today’s Song of the Day is by Eels. The featured cut is
“Fresh Blood,” which appears on the band’s forthcoming release,
“Hombre Lobo.”

ETC…
Will Ferrell Launches His Own Sunscreen Line

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Will Ferrell is the next celeb to jump into the branding
game by stripping down and greasing up for summer with a signature sunscreen
collection.

Attorney: Rihanna Will Come To Chris Brown Hearing
from Billboard News – All
Rihanna’s attorney says the singer will appear at a hearing
next month as a possible witness in the assault case against Chris Brown.

David Hyde Pierce On His Marriage, Prop 8 Anger (VIDEO)
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
David Hyde Pierce talked about his anger over Prop 8 on
“The View” on Thursday.

Hathaway to star in ‘Twelfth Night’
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) — Film actress Anne Hathaway will star in a New York
stage production of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the Public
Theater said on its Web site.

Diego Luna: Paparazzi Should Face Legal Penalties
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
MEXICO CITY — Mexican actor Diego Luna wants the paparazzi to face legal
penalties for meddling in the private lives of celebrities.

Simpson gets new Las Vegas lawyer; appeal pending
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By KEN RITTER
LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson has switched lawyers on the
eve of his appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court to reverse his conviction in an
armed hotel room heist, his former attorney said Friday….

Bob Hope honored on new postage stamp
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By RANDOLPH E.
SCHMID
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bob Hope is making one more appearance
with the troops….

Tom Sizemore arrested on drug warrant
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say they arrested Tom
Sizemore on a warrant issued on a court case in Central California.

Candy Spelling: Tori’s Actions Killed Dad Aaron Spelling
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Candy Spelling is blaming the death of her husband Aaron Spelling on the
heartache he suffered from daughter Tori’s alleged decision to cut off contact
from the family.

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