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The Newsdesk 05.13.09 – Pacino Will Blink; Kidman Bails on Woody

• Al Pacino will star in an adaptation of Blink, Malcolm Gladwell’s non-fiction bestseller . The film is being pitched as “Scent of a Woman with a finance-y twist.” So, basically, nothing like the book.

• Nicole Kidman has dropped out Woody Allen’s latest untitled project. Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, and Naomi Watts are among the cast. Woody, just have Watts play two parts — it worked in Mulholland Drive.

Esquire magazine called The Road “the most important movie of the year.” No, that would be Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

• Rapper/actor Common could be playing B.A. Baracus in The A-Team movie. They would be a “fool” not to cast Mr. T as his dad.

• A beautician in St. Louis found the script for The Twilight Saga: New Moon in a trash can. No comment. We’re afraid of Twilight fans.

Jane Campion’s period piece Bright Star has been picked up for distribution prior to its debut at Cannes.

BIZ

Time Warner’s ‘TV Everywhere’ Gets a Leader
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by ahampp@adage.com (Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Two months after Time Warner
announced plans for TV Everywhere, an industry-wide initiative that would make
cable TV content available online for verified cable subscribers, the company
is restructuring its Turner Broadcasting System division to put more dedicated
resources behind it, including naming a coordinator for the project.

FESTIVALS
Curtain `Up’: Cannes opens with animated adventure

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN
CANNES, France (AP) — After nine hits and four Academy
Awards for films including “WALL-E” and “Ratatouille,” the
Pixar Animation gang finally feels it has made it to the grown-ups’ table with
“Up,” the first animated movie to open the Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes market uncertain during credit crunch
from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Scott Roxborough and
Stuart Kemp
Buyers and sellers will be going back to basics at the
Marche du Film this year as the global credit crunch forces everyone to pinch
pennies and deliver the right deals for the right price.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Monday, May 11, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Star Trek tops Monday’s box office with $7.5 million

‘Trek’ breaks Imax record as purists grumble
from Hollywood Reporter by Reuters
Imax Corp. said on Tuesday its “Star Trek”
screenings grossed a record $8.5 million during the film’s first weekend, even
as some purists complained that the company’s big screens were not big enough.

Nicole Kidman Exits Woody Allen Film
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Nicole Kidman has left director Woody Allen in need of an
actress.

McG
Talks ‘Terminator Salvation’ And Christian Bale’s On-Set Tirade

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Does McG take the blame for Christian Bale’s tirade on the
set of “Terminator Salvation”? Plus, why didn’t James Cameron give McG his
blessing on making another “Terminator” movie? And, will there be a “Charlie’s
Angels 3”?

No Stars Yet, but Footloose Gets a Date
from E! Online – Movie News
That’s one less Footloose mystery to worry about. The
remake doesn’t have Zac Efron, or any other teen idol–yet–but it does have a
date.

Al Pacino eyeing ‘Blink’ role
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, May 13 (UPI) — U.S. film icon Al Pacino is in
talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of Malcolm Gladwell’s nonfiction book
“Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking.”

Hugh Jackman signs on to ‘Captives’
from EW.com: Movies
By Jeff Labrecque
Variety: Madeleine Stowe’s directorial debut, a 19th-century drama from her own
script, also to star Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson

‘American Gladiators’ movie in works
from EW.com: Movies
By Jennifer Armstrong
Variety: Creator of TV competition is developing live-action big-screen
adaptation of series

Early Buzz: The First Official Reviews for Pixar’s Up
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Pixar’s Up will be not only the first animated
film but also the first 3D movie to open the Cannes Film Festival. Reviews are
already flowing in. I saw the movie last week, and it is spectacular.

“Phillip Morris” Finally Finds a Home
from indieWIRE News
Variety’s Michael Fleming is reporting that Glenn Ficarra
and John Requa’s “I Love You Phillip Morris” has been picked up for
distribution by Consolidated Pictures Group, after months of speculation
whether the Sundance alum would find a home.

TELEVISION
It’s ‘House’ on Top, Despite Fewer Viewers for Finale Than Last
Year

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by jrash@cmithun.com (John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — Single-camera sitcoms and
elliptical, nonepisodic dramas have upped network TV’s creative quotient this
decade. But they’ve mostly been a demographic downer, particularly among the
18- to 49-year-olds sought by advertisers. But scripted series can still
succeed, as Fox’s “House” and CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory”
showed with their season finales Monday night.

Paulina Porizkova: ”Top Model’ fired me’
from EW.com: TV
By Mike Bruno
As guest on last night’s ”Late Late Show,” she told host Craig Ferguson the
news came to her over the phone on her birthday

Ashton Kutcher brings ‘Blah Girls’ to TV
from EW.com: TV
By Jeff Labrecque
Variety: CBS will air animated Web series about three pop-culture obsessed
teens as one-minute shorts during episodes of celebrity newsmag ”The Insider”

Ausiello: Alanis Morissette on ‘Weeds’
from EW.com: TV
By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms ”Jagged Little Pill” actor-singer-songwriter has
been cast as Nancy’s baby doc

‘Real Housewives’ hits viewers where they live
from L.A. Times – TV News
Bravo series aims to emphasize the common dramas of everyday
life and not just deliver a slice of the upper crust.

Television Review | ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’: For
Ultrareality, ‘Housewives’ Turns to Jersey Girls

from NYT > Television by By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
All the previous McMansions and spa splurges have been
merely introductory rounds leading to Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New
Jersey.”

‘NewsHour’ on PBS to Get Makeover
from NYT > Television by By ELIZABETH JENSEN
The move is designed to bring the show more fully into the
digital era, give it a livelier look and nudge it, however slowly, toward the
day when its longtime anchor decides to retire.

Kevin Costner developing Western for A&E
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
Kevin Costner is returning to the Western genre with a new
miniseries project at A&E.

MUSIC
Depeche Mode lead singer in hospital in Athens

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Depeche Mode lead singer David Gahan
is not well enough to perform in Athens on Wednesday, concert organizers said,
a day after he was rushed to hospital moments before he was to appear on stage.

Eminem to take autoworkers to Jimmy Kimmel show
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
DETROIT (AP) — Eminem says he and Jimmy Kimmel will fly
about 200 laid-off autoworkers to Los Angeles for Friday’s taping of his appearance
on Kimmel’s show.

Jay-Z Plots Summer Tour, Ciara To Open
from Billboard News – All by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.
Jay-Z will headline a series of intimate performances
beginning July 3rd at the Pearl in the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, the former’s
representative has confirmed to Billboard.com.

Chrisette Michele Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200
from Billboard News – All by Keith Caulfield, L.A.
Chrisette Michele notches her first No. 1 album on the
Billboard 200 as her sophomore set “Epiphany” (Def Jam) debuts atop
the list with 83,000.

Sobering talk with Depeche Mode
from CNN.com – Entertainment
The three members of Depeche Mode are still partial to
wearing black, but their attitude is a lot lighter and brighter than their music
and history would suggest. CNN spoke to the group’s members about their new
album, “Sounds of the Universe,” their three decades in the business
and the effects of heavy drinking.

Yusuf Islam plays first LA show in 33 years
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With a wry nod to his problems with
American immigration authorities, British folk singer Yusuf Islam performed his
second U.S. concert in 33 years on Monday, treating 400 fans to classics from
his youthful days when he was known as Cat Stevens.

Billie Joe Armstrong On the Fire and Freedom Behind “21st
Century Breakdown”

The scrappy punks who became superstars 15 years ago…

ETC…
Aziz Ansari Has Something To Tell You About IMAX

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
Most people know Aziz Ansari these days as Tom Haverford on NBC’s “Parks and
Recreation.” Shortly before that series launched, he popped up for a brief
stint as one of the new class of interns on ABC’s “Scrubs.” Of course, we
know and love Ansari best for his participation as a writer, producer and
performer on the MTV sketch comedy series “Human Giant.”

Is “IMAX Digital” Scamming Moviegoers?
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
UPDATE: Turns out that Aziz Ansari of Parks &
Recreation started this ball rolling by twittering last night about what
he calls these “fake IMAX” screens and urging a boycott of IMAX,
AMC, and Regal theaters.

Palin has book deal, memoir to come next year
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … By HILLEL ITALIE
NEW YORK (AP) — You knew it was coming: Sarah
Palin is ready to tell her side, agreeing to publish a memoir with
HarperCollins. The book comes out in Spring 2010 – the year she is up for
re-election.





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