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The Newsdesk 05.14.09 – Scorsese to Direct Sinatra Biopic; Terminator Up for Grabs

• MGM is lobbying for the rights to the fifth Terminator installment. Warner Bros. is the distributor for the upcoming Terminator Salvation. What about Cannon? They’re due for a comeback.

• Martin Scorsese will direct a Frank Sinatra biopic for Universal. So, DiCaprio as young Sinatra and De Niro as Ol’ Blue Eyes in his later years?

Lindsay Lohan will play a scientific research assistant in the upcoming movie The Other Side. Hey, it’s no worse than Denise Richards playing a nuclear physicist in The World Is Not Enough.

• Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vinnie Jones will team up for the action flick Weapon. But will be as good as the Van Damme/Dennis Rodman vehicle Double Team?

Kevin Spacey will play Jack Abramoff in George Hickenlooper’s biopic Casino Jack.

• New posters for Public Enemies, A Christmas Carol and The Expendables have been released. Jim Carrey’s Ebenezer Scrooge looks plain terrifying,


BIZ
The Silver Screen Survives

from Forbes.com: Media News by Lionel Laurent
Movie theaters are thriving in the recession–but the real
money-spinner will be the switch to digital.

FESTIVALS
Cannes In The Recession

from Forbes.com: Media News by Edited by Vidya Ram
This year’s film market will be a litmus test for how the
industry is coping through the downturn.

A More Muted Cannes
from Forbes.com: Media News by Javier Espinoza
The film festival is losing its glamour as participants
trade down or stay less and parties get scrapped.

No Cannes Do
from Forbes.com: Media News by Vidya Ram
Cinema is booming, but film buyers will be subdued at Cannes
this year.

AWARDS
Beyonce, T.I. lead BET Awards nominees with 5 each

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Beyonce and T.I., No. 1 is followed
by five – BET Awards nominations, that is.

Kings of Leon booked for MTV awards show
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, May 13 (UPI) — Kings of Leon have signed up to
perform at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards show in Universal City, Calif., MTV said
Wednesday.

MOVIES
Daily Box Office: Tuesday, May 12, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Star Trek tops Tuesday’s box office with $6.5 million

Shatner almost had part in new ‘Star Trek’
from MSNBC.com: Movies
“We did write a Shatner scene,” Roberto Orci told MTV News. “And we were
ultimately split internally. We didn’t want it to be a gimmick; we wanted to
really bring him back in the right way.”

Martin Scorsese to direct biopic of Frank Sinatra
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SANDY COHEN
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Martin Scorsese will tell Frank
Sinatra’s life story on film.

‘Angels & Demons’: EW review
from EW.com: Movies
Lisa Schwarzbaum on the return of Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard to ”Da
Vinci Code” territory

Movie Review: The Brothers Bloom
from EW.com: Movies
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman | —

Movie Review: Management
from EW.com: Movies
Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman | —

New Toy Story 3 Character Revealed in Pixar’s Up, and Other
Easter Eggs

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
MTV has confirmed something I have suspected since I
screened the first teaser to Pixar’s Up.

Robert Zemeckis’ A Christmas Carol Movie Poster
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Disney has released the official poster for Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of A
Christmas Carol
on Yahoo.

10 New Photos From Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds
from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Universal Pictures International has released a batch of new photos from Quentin
Tarantino’s Inglourios Basterds on CineMovies (found via ThePlaylist).

Threesome set for ‘Date Night’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Ray Liotta, Mila Kunis and Mark Ruffalo will join Tina Fey
and Steve Carell on their comedic “Date Night” for Fox.

‘Fright Night’ remake in works
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Vampires continue their bloody winning streak as DreamWorks
is in the process of picking up a remake of “Fright Night.”

Lindsay Lohan turns to ‘Other Side’
from Variety.com – Film News
Film News: Actress to star in indie fantasy comedy —
Lindsay Lohan will topline indie fantasy comedy “The Other Side”
alongside Woody Harrelson, Giovanni Ribisi, Dave Matthews and Alanis Morissette.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/variety/news/film/%7E4/38MfIAB66M0

TELEVISION
NBC’s ‘Biggest Loser’ Turns Into Biggest Gainer

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by jrash@cmithun.com(John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS (AdAge.com) — Sure, Fox’s “American Idol” won, but
“The Biggest Loser” was the biggest gainer, as the three-hour
season-ender of NBC’s unlikely reality hit was up 2% over its fall finale and,
more tellingly, increased its season average rating 12% in the ad-centric
18-to-49 demographic.

Pilots coming in for a landing
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
It’s down to the wire for the pilots vying for a slot on the
broadcast networks’ schedule for next season.

Primetime Pilot Panic: Latest Network-By-Network Update On
Renewals/Pickups

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
I
hear that Gary Unmarried, Rules Of Engagement, The New Adventures Of Old
Christine, and How I Met Your Mother all look good for renewals. But Cold Case,
Without A Trace, and The Unit are on the bubble. Also, Eleventh Hour looks on
the “wrong side” of the bubble right now.

Primetime Pilot Panic: ‘AbFab’, ‘Eva Adams’, ‘Two Dollar Beer’
All Dead At Fox

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
UPDATE: Happened this afternoon when FBC officially passed
on the U.S. remake of the hit UK series. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS was hot, hot
hot. But then Fox execs wondered if it was really for their audience. In other
words, too femme? Also EVA ADAMS and TWO DOLLAR BEER are dead.

‘Nip/Tuck’ plans (way) ahead of time for series finale
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice
FX has yet to announce when Nip/Tuck will return for its
sixth and seventh seasons, but the drama, which stars Dylan Walsh and Julian
McMahon as L.A. plastic surgeons, is already set to shoot its series finale
next month.

‘Fringe’ finale: More to ponder
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker’s still thinking about startling finale: Did it
go too far? Not far enough?

Jon & Kate on life in a fishbowl
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Lynette Rice
Lynette Rice talks to the reality stars about public
scrutiny, why they let the cameras in, and what’s nexthttp://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainmentweekly/latest/%7E4/7UGXd-fB9nI

‘Real Housewives of NYC’ Reunion Pt. 1: Mazel!
from EW.com: TV
By Karen Valby
Karen Valby salutes Bravo’s Andy Cohen for being completely at home with the
ladies, relaxed and unwilling to coddle or sweet-talk them

‘The Real Housewives of N.J.’ recap: I’m depressed
from EW.com: TV
By Karen Valby
Karen Valby knows she’s powerless to resist watching, but she still found this
debut a little stomach-turning

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

The Big Twist for Fall: Lots More Sitcoms
from The Wrap RSS by Lew Harris
In readiness for next week’s upfronts, a hefty 70 scripted
pilots get final appraisal by the Big Four

MUSIC
Panel OKs bill on royalities

from Variety.com – Music News
Music News: House gives go-ahead to radio-play royalties —
The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday that will, for the
first time, require radio broadcasters to pay performers when their music is
played on the air.http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/variety/news/music/%7E4/Or6tTsDheSk

Green Day Headed To No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200
from Billboard News – All by Keith Caulfield, L.A.
All signs point to a new No. 1 album at the top of the
Billboard 200 chart next week, as we await the arrival of Green Day’s
“21st Century Breakdown.”

Queen, Paul Rodgers split up
from Reuters: Entertainment News
DETROIT (Billboard) – Queen will no longer rock you — at
least not with Paul Rodgers.

Bruce Springsteen keeps his “bar band” on its toes
from Reuters: Entertainment News
DETROIT (Billboard) – As Bruce Springsteen calls out surprise
after surprise on his current tour, the members of his E Street Band are having
the time of their lives, according to guitarist Nils Lofgren.

Vanessa Williams returns with Latin-tinged classics
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – It’s a prime time to be a Vanessa
Williams fan. She’s on the small screen weekly, as the shrewtastic fashion
magazine editor on “Ugly Betty,” and she plays a conniving label
publicist in “Hannah Montana: The Movie.”

Tour Tracker: Tori Amos, Elbow and Collective Soul
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
Tori Amos announces her Sinful Attraction tour in support of her new album Abnormally
Attracted to Sin
, Mercury Prize-winning Elbow hit the road with Coldplay
and Collective Soul continue to spread Hints, Allegations and Things Left
Unsaid
when the band hooks up with Gavin DeGraw for a co-headlining jaunt.

Wilco Streaming Entire New “Wilco (The Album)” On Website
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
As you might have heard by now, Wilco’s new album Wilco (The Album)
leaked last night. Understanding that fans may be tempted to listen to the
Chicago band’s follow-up to Sky Blue Sky before its June 30th release
date, Wilco are giving fans a (legal) alternative to downloading the album.

ETC…
Robin Williams jokes about his heart surgery

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Robin Williams, who had heart surgery eight
weeks ago, says he and David Letterman “are now brotherhood of the zipper
chests.”

Kanye West doesn’t like Twitter _ or impostors
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Kanye West doesn’t like impostors. And he
doesn’t care much for Twitter, either.

Wanda Sykes has two new tykes
from CNN.com – Entertainment
Comedian-actress Wanda Sykes kept a big secret as she
delivered her controversial speech at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner
last weekend.

Oprah apologizes for slamming author James Frey
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey has
apologized to author James Frey for shaming him on her TV chat show amid
revelations he had fabricated parts of his memoir, her spokeswoman said on
Wednesday.



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