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The Newsdesk 06.22.09 – Audiences Accept Sandra’s Proposal; Moneyball Strikes Out

Sony has backed out of Moneyball, Brad Pitt and Steven Soderbergh’s baseball drama. If even Brad Pitt can’t get a movie green-lit these days, Hollywood is in serious trouble.

Sandra Bullock scored her biggest opening weekend ever with The Proposal, which topped the weekend box office with $34.1 million. In a related story, the year is currently 1998.

• New images of Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland have been released. Caution: May cause eye melting.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen has already hauled in $20 million in overseas box office receipts.

• Michael Bay is not quitting the Transformers franchise, despite rampant rumors. I’m sure hardcore fans will have no problem with this news.

A Teen Wolf remake is reportedly in the works. When will someone look into the legality of high school basketball playing wolf-teens? That’s gotta be against regulation. 

• The red-band trailer for World’s Greatest Dad features Robin Williams delivering some decidedly not-safe-for-work language. It’s the first time Robin’s worked blue since his cocaine days.



BIZ

Paramount Pictures cuts top executives

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, June 20 (UPI) — Paramount Pictures Chairman
Brad Grey says the U.S. studio has parted ways with Paramount Film Group head
John Lesher and production executive Brad Weston.

Producer calls indie world to task

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Producer Jim Stern issued a warning call to the indie
business Saturday, saying it needed to stop working at cross-purposes both with
itself and its financiers.


Labels aim to profit on videos online

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: Majors band with YouTube to push content — As
label revenue streams struggle, they are eying the Web as a way to make music
videos more profitable for themselves


Top 10 Advertisers in Ten Measured Media

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

Top marketers by total measured ad spending in ten media.
From the 100 Leading National Advertisers, 2009 edition. Based on spending in
2008 for newspaper, magazine, outdoor, national radio, local radio, network TV,
spot TV, syndicate TV, cable TV networks and internet.


FESTIVALS

Set Times for 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival

from Music Festival Junkies

It’s been a busy week for Chicago festival schedules. First,
Lollapalooza is revealed and now we get the set times for Pitchfork’s 3 day
orgy of music taking place July 17-19.

Lollapalooza 2009 Schedule Announced

from Music Festival Junkies

Having a festival in downtown Chicago is a bit easier on
travel, unlike say traipsing to a farm in the middle of nowhere Tennessee. The
trade-off is that the multitude of bands performing at Lollapalooza have to be
finished by 10pm due to local noise ordinances.

‘Stoning of Soraya M.’ Leads L.A. Debate on Iran Turmoil

from The Wrap RSS
The screening of an Iranian film at the Los Angeles Film Festival on Saturday
became the occasion to debate the turmoil happening a half a world away, while
serving as a timely reminder of the struggle for women’s rights under Islamic
regimes in the Middle East.

Mendes brings ‘Away’ to Edinburgh

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Helmer hails festival for repping new talnet
— Sam Mendes hailed the role of the Edinburgh Intl. Film Festival in shining a
light on new talent.

‘Original’ tops in Shanghai awards

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Patrick Frater

Swedish comedy “Original” won the top prize Sunday
at the 12th running of the Shanghai International Film Festival.

‘October Country’ wins at Silverdocs

from Variety.com

Film News: ‘White African’ wins world feature award
‘Country’ time at Silverdocs — “October Country” has won the grand
jury award at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs Documentary Festival.

AWARDS

It’s manliness unplugged at Spike TV’s Guys Choice awards

from L.A. Times – TV News

‘Honors’ for Clint Eastwood, Mickey Rourke and Halle Berry
highlight the bawdy, brawny testosterone-tinged affair.


MOVIES

Weekend Box Office: June 19-21, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Proposal tops the box office with an estimated $34.1
million

 

‘Proposal’ finds love at the box office

from Variety.com

Front Page: Sandra Bullock comedy tops weekend — Disney’s
Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds topliner “The Proposal” smooched its way to No. 1
at the domestic box office.


Box Office: Woody’s “Whatever” Worked Well This Weekend

from indieWIRE News

Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works” found itself working out just
fine with audiences this weekend, pulling in a fantastic $280,720 from 9
screens according to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this afternoon.


New ‘Transformers’ bows No. 1 overseas

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

Playing in just two key foreign markets, Paramount’s
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” from director Michael Bay
premiered No. 1 over the weekend on the international circuit.


Michael Bay Attacks Paramount Over ‘Transformers 2’ Promotion

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Michael Bay sent a scathing email to Paramount Studios before the release of
“Transformers 2,” complaining in effect that his famous director
friends would be shocked at the way Paramount was promoting the flick.


Bruno In Amsterdam: A Red Thong For The Red Light District
(PHOTOS)

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Sacha Baron Cohen brought Bruno to Amsterdam on Friday.


Kurtzman and Orci Talk About The Future of Star Trek

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman haven’t yet started writing
a Star Trek sequel, but last week we
published some quotes from the duo talking about the debate of revisiting an
old story/villain, or exploring new territory
(something we’ve discussed
about in a past video blog) This weekend at the Transformers 2
junket, my good friend Steve from Collider was able to probe them for more
speculative details.


Film: Iran’s Tensions, Foreshadowed in Its Cinema

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT

From the early 1990s until the middle of this decade, Iran’s
historically rich movie culture entered a remarkable period of rejuvenation.


Julianne Hough joins ‘Footloose’ remake

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

“Dancing With the Stars” mainstay Julianne Hough
will be punching her card for “Footloose.”


Nick Cassavetes and Cameron Diaz on ‘My Sister’s Keeper’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

In ‘My Sister’s Keeper,’ starring Cameron Diaz, Nick
Cassavetes sees parallels with his own family’s experience.


Going Shot-By-Shot With The ‘2012 Trailer

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
Nobody makes a better movie trailer than Roland Emmerich ― the man behind “Independence Day,” “The
Day After Tomorrow” and “Godzilla.” And while many might be tempted to insert a
joke here about how good or bad those movies actually turned out to be, we’ll
hold our tongues and simply say this: “2012 looks awesome.


Film: Action!

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS

Chick flicks? Are you nuts? Kathryn Bigelow makes movies
that go right for the gut.


Brad Pitt’s Steven Soderbergh-Directed Adaptation Of
‘Moneyball’ Strikes Out

from Defamer by Foster Kamer
Columbia Pictures balked at the latest script for the adaptation of Michael LewisMoneyball
arrived. So much so that they’ve put the project in turnaround. Oh, and:
production was supposed to start next week.

 

Film: The Movie Industry’s New Playthings

from NYT > Movies by By DAVE ITZKOFF

The new “Transformers” and “G. I. Joe” movies are the payoff
of a strategy that the toy company Hasbro has been cultivating for nearly a
decade.


New ‘Astro Boy’ Images Hit The ‘Net

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
Summit Entertainment has released a pair of new images from “Astro Boy,”
the CGI-animated film based on the popular anime/manga character.


City Island Set for Theatrical Release

from Tribeca Film News and Features Feed by Elisabeth Donnelly

Miss Audience Award Winner City Island at the 2009 Festival?
Don’t worry―Anchor Bay Films has picked up Raymond De Felitta’s Bronx dramedy
for distribution.

TELEVISION

NBC, CBS Have Conflicting Visions of Broadcast Future

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com(Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — You’d think the nation’s two oldest broadcast TV
networks would agree where the future of the industry lies. You’d be wrong.


‘Scrubs’ makeover: School’s in, hospital’s out

from MSNBC.com: Television
When the show returns next winter, the action will shift from the hospital to
the classroom and make med-school professors of John C. McGinley’s Dr. Cox and
Donald Faison’s Turk.

 

For ‘Nip/Tuck,’ beauty fades

from L.A. Times – TV News

The former critical darling on FX, now showing its age,
quietly wraps up shooting.


T.R. Knight leaves ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ Katherine Heigl stays

from L.A. Times – TV News

After months of speculation, the questions surrounding the
returns of T.R. Knight and Katherine Heigl to “Grey’s Anatomy” have
been answered. Heigl will be back for its sixth season and Knight will not.


Television: A Comedy to Inspire Premise Envy

from NYT > Television by By DAN BARRY

Now that “Hung” has your attention, the creators of the show
on HBO want you to get past the title.


Is Lindsay Seacrest’s new reality TV star trainwreck?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Has Ryan Seacrest found himself another reality TV train
wreck?


A Do-Gooder With a Potential Image Problem

from NYT > Television by By DEVIN LEONARD

“The Philanthropist,” which begins Wednesday on NBC, follows
a ruthless executive who, after the death of his son, decides to use his
talents in the name of righteous causes.


‘Royal Pains’ hits ratings high

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

The third episode of USA’s freshman drama “Royal
Pains” jumped 17% from last week.


Linda Hunt joining cast of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

CBS says Academy Award-winning actress Linda Hunt is joining
the cast of the new fall drama NCIS: Los Angeles.


First Look: ‘FlashForward’ Spins Global Blackout Into Time-Warp
Mythos

from Wired: Entertainment by Hugh Hart

An unexplained phenomenon leaves all the people on Earth
with a two-minute, 17-second, hole in their lives. The weird setup serves as a
springboard for a sprawling sci-fi show, coming this fall to ABC.


MUSIC

Adam Lambert Pre-‘Idol’ Debut Album Due This Summer

from Billboard News – All by Monica Herrera and David J. Prince,
N.Y.

It looks like Adam Lambert’s debut album may not be released
on 19 Recordings/RCA after all.


Rodrigo y Gabriela time September dates to ’11:11′

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

Acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela
[ tickets
] have lined up some new headlining dates behind their forthcoming sophomore
studio effort, “11:11.”


Uncle Kracker sets release date for ‘Happy Hour’

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

Uncle
Kracker
[ tickets
] will release his new album, “Happy Hour,” on Sept. 15, according to
a press release.


Sting readies ‘Winter’ release

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

Sting [ tickets
] will release a new album this fall that is dedicated to the musician’s
favorite season, winter, according to a statement on his website.


New home of ‘City Limits’ being built

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

AUSTIN, Texas, June 21 (UPI) — “Austin City
Limits” producer Terry Lickona says seeing the future home of the U.S. TV
series in Austin, Texas, was a “heart-stopping” moment.


ETC…

Report: Supermodel Bundchen is pregnant

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

BOSTON (AP) — Is she or isn’t she?…


Madonna’s New Daughter Leaves Malawi On Private Jet

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
LILONGWE, Malawi ― Madonna’s new daughter has flown out of her native Malawi on
a private jet headed for London, an airport employee and a person familiar with
Madonna’s adoption proceedings in this southern African country said Saturday.


‘Star Trek’s’ Chris Pine boldly goes in search of challenging
roles

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The 28-year-old, the hot young Capt. Kirk in ‘Star Trek,’ is
heating up the boards too: in the Geffen’s political drama ‘Farragut North.’


Whitford, Kaczmarek to divorce after 16 years

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

After over 16 years of marriage, actors Bradley Whitford and
Jane Kaczmarek are divorcing.

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