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The Newsdesk 05.07.09 – Katie Holmes Tackles Horror; Big Opening Expected for Trek

• The first photos of the late Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus have been released. The film, Ledger’s last, will premiere at Cannes.

• The pirated version of X-Men Origins: Wolverine was downloaded 4 million times, according to updated studio reports.

• Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, and Val Kilmer have all joined the cast of the mob drama The Irishman. That’s a lot of crazy tough guys. What, was Michael Madsen busy?

Star Trek is expected to have the largest opening in the history of the franchise. Yes, but does it have Kim Cattrall as a sultry Vulcan like Star Trek VI did?

Katie Holmes will delve into horror with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark from producer Guillermo del Toro. Works for us, as horror is the only genre Holmes seems to get right.

• Veteran talent agent Sam Cohn has passed away. Cohn was one of the founders of ICM, and represented everyone from Woody Allen to Meryl Streep.

BIZ
Show-biz talent agent Sam Cohn dies at 79

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Sam Cohn, a powerful talent agent for some
of Hollywood and Broadway’s biggest stars as well as a pantheon of directors,
writers and playwrights, has died. He was 79.

Nigeria world’s 2nd biggest film producer
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 6 (UPI) — Nigeria passed Hollywood as the
world’s second-largest film producer after India’s Bollywood, the U.N.
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said.

ION buys rights to select Warner Bros. titles
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
ION Television has acquired a feature film package from
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.

Fox News Boosts Otherwise Dismal Q3 for News Corp.
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert
Murdoch
singles out Fox News Channel in the company’s third quarter
earnings report, released after the closing bell today.

Another Round of Cuts at the BBC
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
The MediaGuardian reports BBC is cutting almost 90 jobs over the next year.

Kevin Spacey Leaves William Morris
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
The actor is expected to land at CAA.

ICM Signs Two Actors From Endeavor
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
ICM has signed Academy Award winner Mira Sorvino, and Jason
Patric, who were both repped by Endeavor.

NAB President Rehr Ousted
from The Wrap RSS by Lew Harris
David K. Rehr is out as president-CEO of the National Association of
Broadcasters. And while some are saying privately that it’s a case of the wrong
person hired for the job, others say it’s the job itself that has gotten
impossible as the interests of individual broadcasters increasingly diverge.

FESTIVALS
Lady Gaga booked at Glastonbury

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LONDON, May 6 (UPI) — U.S. pop star Lady Gaga has signed up
to sing at this summer’s Glastonbury performing arts festival in England.

23 World Premieres Set For Edinburgh Fest
from indieWIRE News
At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this
morning, Artistic Director Hannah McGill announced the full program for the
63rd edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the
Festival, which runs from 17 – 28 June, will host twenty-three World premieres,
and sixteen International premieres including the previously announced Opening
Night Gala, Sam Mendes’ “Away We Go.”

Groth Named Sundance Director of Programming
from indieWIRE News
Trevor Groth is taking over the reins as Director of
Programming for the Sundance Film Festival effective immediately.

How Can I See That TFF 2009 Film?
from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Elisabeth Donnelly
An update on where and when you can see some of your favorite
2009 Festival films (and what ones will eventually be distributed). It’s an
ever-changing list!

AWARDS
Jennifer Aniston, Holly Hunter to be honored

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday
Jennifer Aniston, Holly Hunter, Elizabeth Banks, Catherine
Hardwicke and cinematographer Petra Korner will be honored at the 2009 Crystal
+ Lucy Awards, set for June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century
City.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
X-Men Origins: Wolverine tops Tuesday’s box office with $4.6
million

‘X-Men’ takes hit in foreign markets
from Variety.com – Film News
Film News: ‘Wolverine’ still growls, but piracy takes toll
— Twentieth Century Fox’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” had claws sharp
enough to survive a pirate attack, but it does appear to have taken a hit in a
handful of foreign markets.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/variety/news/film/%7E4/uqlT2ox54bQ

81% Online Ticket Sales For ‘Star Trek’: More And More Thursday
Night Shows

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
Fandango reports that Star Trek is currently selling 81% of
all its online tickets. With JJ Abram’s reimagining of the veteran
franchise opening around 7 PM Thursday night, the pic has sold out
more than 100 opening weekend show times across the country.

Buyers Be Aware: Notable Projects From Toronto’s Doc Forum
from indieWIRE News
The 2009 Toronto Documentary Forum – the largest doc market
in North America – kicked off this morning on the campus of the University of
Toronto, with hundreds of filmmakers, producers, broadcasters and distributors
gathering to witness twenty-five presentations of documentary projects at
various levels of completion.

A Dozen Filmmakers To Receive Sundance Attention in Annual Labs
from indieWIRE News
Twelve projects including a project about a Halloween prank,
prejudice, a plane hijacking and a taboo romance are among the 12 projects
selected for the annual June Directors and Screenwriters Labs, taking place at
the Sundance Resort in Utah.

‘Management,’
New York Premiere

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Film stars Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn talk to Access
about the craziest thing they have ever done for love.

Vatican paper: ‘Angels & Demons’ film is harmless
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Reviewers at the Vatican’s newspaper
have passed judgment on “Angels & Demons,” finding the religious
thriller commercial and inaccurate, but concluding it is “harmless”
entertainment and not a danger to the church.

SECOND Crash This Week On Nicolas Cage’s Movie: 9 Crew Members
Hurt

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
NEW YORK — Nine crew members working on a Nicolas Cage film in New York’s Times
Square have been treated for minor injuries after another car crash near the
movie set.

Canadian town Vulcan beams up to Trek sneak peek
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
CALGARY, Canada (AP) — About 300 Vulcans are beaming up to
Calgary for a sneak peek at the newest “Star Trek” movie Wednesday.

Heath Ledger’s last film screened in L.A.
from EW.com: Movies
By Nicole Sperling
Consensus from indie buyers after seeing Terry Gilliam’s
”The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus”: A bit befuddling, but better than
expected.

Four Photos From The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Three new stills and one behind the scenes image to promote Terry Gilliam’s The
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
have appeared on DVD Forum.

Movie Review: Star Trek
from EW.com: Movies
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

Hardcore fans ready to judge ‘Star Trek’
from MSNBC.com: Movies
“We’re all hardcore. No one is more hardcore than anyone else, really. And we
all love it. But I guess it’s almost political,” says Anthony Pascale, who
oversees Trekmovie.com.

Resistance is futile: New ‘Star Trek’ exerts a strong pull
from USATODAY.com Movies – Top Stories
Unlike previous incarnations, there are no weighty scenarios
or moral quandaries in this refashioning of Star Trek.

Mexico theaters reopen with caution
from Hollywood Reporter by By John Hecht
While theaters in densely populated Mexico City remain
closed until further notice, other cinemas throughout the nation began
reopening Wednesday.

Movie Review: Little Ashes
from EW.com: Movies
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

First Look: Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington in Dead of Night
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Fresh back to their news-minting computers from a two day trip to New Orleans
and the set of Dead of Night, Shock
Till You Drop
have posted the first image of Brandon Routh as the
film’s hero, Dylan Dog.

Movie Review: Rudo y Cursi
from EW.com: Movies
Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow & Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury
Make Their ‘Iron Man 2’ Debut… On Twitter

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
The “Iron
Man 2
” news keeps coming in, thanks to Jon Favreau’s
very active Twittering.
Today, the director of the “Iron Man” franchise has provided fans with two bits of
information sure to get the crowd buzzing — the first of which involves the
film’s new female lead.

Charlie Rose Interviews JJ Abrams
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Charlie Rose had a good 30-minute interview with Star Trek
director JJ Abrams.

Movie Review: Outrage
from EW.com: Movies
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

Robert Pattinson sheds “Twilight” image in film
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Twilight” fans fell in
love with Robert Pattinson as a vampire who makes girls swoon. But in
“Little Ashes,” which opens on Friday, the actor explores a
relationship that could reshape his heartthrob image.

Karate Kid Remake Plot Details Revealed
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Moviehole has learned some new details
about the Will Smith-produced reimagining of The Karate Kid.

TELEVISION
ABC (Belatedly) Wins Sunday Night Ratings Race

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by jrash@cmithun.com(John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — Monday’s NBC “in-front” presentation was
an unofficial kick-off to the next TV season, after a year NBC — and most of
its ratings rivals — would like to forget. Nielsen seems to be obliging — at
least for a few days, anyway — as data delays due to technological
difficulties backed up the release of ratings this week, with Sunday’s scores
(at least fast affiliate ratings) released not until Wednesday, rather than the
usual Monday.

Reality TV’s Jon says he didn’t cheat on Kate
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ALICIA
RANCILIO
NEW YORK (AP) — Reality TV star Jon Gosselin has denied cheating on wife Kate.
But he said he’s sorry for creating that impression.

TNT
Announces Summer Slate

from The Wrap RSS by admin
Includes two new dramas and the network’s first foray into
reality shows.

John Cleese recalls golden age of `Fawlty Towers’
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ROBERT BARR
LONDON (AP) — They don’t make ’em like they used to. Bunch
of money-chasing idiots. Not like in my day!

‘Real Housewives of NYC’ recap: Kidooze!
from EW.com: TV
By Karen Valby
Karen Valby on the finale — aka a bland amuse bouche in preparation for what
looks like a humdinger of a reunion show.

Diane Sawyer Gets First Interview With Face Transplant Patient
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
ABC’s Diane
Sawyer
has secured the first one-on-one interview with Connie
Culp
, the nation’s first face transplant patient.

Dylan Ratigan Stays with NBC, Will Join MSNBC
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
After all that, it appears Dylan
Ratigan
is staying with NBC. Multiple sources tell TVNewser the former CNBC
anchor, who disappeared from the air in March, is expected to turn up next on
MSNBC.

‘The Fashion Show’ hopes to top ‘Runway’
from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
Bravo is debuting “The Fashion Show” on Friday to fill the void left by
“Project Runway,” which bolted to rival Lifetime.

The Fashion Show
from Variety.com
TV Reviews: Bravo’s look-alike replacement for “Project
Runway” is what Christian Siriano would call a hot mess.

MUSIC
U2 Debut “Magnificent” Clip Online

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Chris Harris
You can always count on U2 to deliver eye-catching music videos, but with director
Alex Courtes, the Irish rockers may have found their muse.

Dylan on Dylan
from Rolling Stone: Features
America’s greatest songwriter talks religion, bootlegs and
the Sixties

Music an integral part of ‘Anatomy’
from Variety.com – Music News
Music News: Emphasis on progressive tunes began early —
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” is a show about a lot of things — doctors,
relationships, life and death — but before the show even began its pilot,
producers realized there had to be one more thing included in that list: music.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/variety/news/music/%7E4/yg3zlKZiUTw

BBC to broadcast Bono’s tribute poem to Elvis
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By GREGORY KATZ
LONDON (AP) — The poetry doesn’t rise to a Shakespearean
level, but the sentiments in Bono’s tribute to Elvis Presley seem heartfelt.

Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour
from Billboard News – All by Monica Herrera, N.Y.
Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue announced today the
dates for her first ever North American tour, a six-date trek that will kick
off September 30 in Oakland, Ca. before ending in New York City’s Hammerstein
Ballroom on October 11.

George Harrison solo compilation in the works
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
(LiveDaily.com) A selection of George Harrison [ tickets
]’s hits from 1970’s “All Things Must Pass” through 2002’s
“Brainwashed” have been remastered for the June 16 release of the
first-ever recording to span the former Beatle’s entire solo career, according
to a press release.

Bob Dylan Bows Atop Billboard 200
from Billboard News – All by Keith Caulfield, L.A.
Bob Dylan, whose Billboard 200 chart career began in 1963,
lands his fifth No. 1 album this week as “Together Through Life”
(Columbia) opens atop the list with 125,000.

Stellastarr* To Return ‘Civilized’ In July
from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
After a falling out with RCA over the release of their
sophomore album “Harmonies for the Haunted,” New York rock act
stellastarr* is slated to return with “Civilized” on July 7.

Pink adds new shows to ‘Funhouse’ trek
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
(LiveDaily.com) Pink [ tickets
] has added a handful of new shows to the fall North American leg of her world
tour, which supports the singer’s latest studio set, “Funhouse.”

Michael Jackson former publicist sues for $44 million
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s former publicist
filed a $44 million lawsuit on Wednesday against the self-styled “King of
Pop” for failing to pay her for her services.

Live Noel Gallagher album released for charity
from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com
(LiveDaily.com) Noel Gallagher [ tickets
]’s 2007 performance at the Teenage Cancer Trust benefit concert is now
available for download via Apple’s iTunes store. Prior to yesterday’s (5/4)
release, the live set only was available in the UK

ETC…
ABC News starts up YouTube channel

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 6 (UPI) — ABC News announced Wednesday the
establishment of youtube.com/ABCNEWS,
its own branded channel on YouTube

Report: Abdul tells of struggle with painkillers
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Paula Abdul has told a magazine that she
overcame a 12-year addiction to painkillers last year.

Police say designer claims actor head-butted him
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By COLLEEN LONG
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police were investigating
Wednesday claims by a fashion designer who says actor Kiefer Sutherland
head-butted him at a SoHo nightclub.

Farrow documents hunger strike on YouTube
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) — U.S. actress Mia Farrow is
documenting on YouTube her hunger strike in support of refugees in Darfur.

Reznor, Twitter win Webby Awards
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 6 (UPI) — Trent Reznor, Jimmy Fallon, Lisa
Kudrow, Sarah Silverman and Twitter were among the winners of Webby Special
Achievement Awards announced this week.

 

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