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The Newsdesk 06.02.09 – Where’s Waldo? Coming to Theaters; Transformers 2 to Top Spidey?

• Tony Scott (Taking of Pelham 123) confirmed that an Alien prequel is in the works. Scott claimed that commercial director Carl Rinsch will helm, squelching rumors that Ridley Scott would return to the franchise.

• Studio pundits are predicting a $160-175m opening weekend for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen. This would put it ahead of the $152m take Spider-Man 2 earned on the same weekend in 2004. Now if only Spidey would team up with Optimus Prime.

• The popular Where’s Waldo? books are coming to the big screen courtesy of Universal Studios. Will you need special 3D glasses to find Waldo in your theater?

• The first photo of Sam Worthington in Clash of the Titans has been released. If you think Louis Leterrier’s remake will be 300 meets Ray Harryhausen, well, you’d be right.

• Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will star in Caught in the Crossfire, a police drama that sadly has nothing to do with the classic Stevie Ray Vaughn tune of the same name.

• Alyssa Milano has committed to the romantic comedy My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend. Milano will star and produce in her first big screen lead since Double Dragon: The Movie. It’s 1994 all over again!



BIZ

TV ad hikes? They’re not buying it

from Hollywood Reporter by By John Consoli, Mediaweek

Despite the troubled economy, most advertisers are not slashing
their national TV ad budgets for next season, a signal that might bode well for
the broadcast networks — if they don’t take hard-line positions regarding rate
increases.

Lionsgate dogged by b.o. underperformers

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Lionsgate reported record full-year revenue on higher home
entertainment and TV revenue Monday, but tumbled deeper into the red for fiscal
2009 thanks to a string of boxoffice disappointments.

Cinedigm touts Q&A as way of digital cinema future

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cinedigm said on Monday it will host
the first live, virtual question-and-answer session between a film’s cast in
one location and audiences in separate theaters to show off a new way that
digitally equipped cinemas can lure audiences.

FESTIVALS

Friars Club launches film fest

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

New York’s Friars Club is launching a new annual comedy film
festival, the Friars Club Comedy Film Festival. Running Sept. 24-27 in theaters
around New York as well as at the club itself, it will benefit the Friars
Foundation.

Zombie version of ‘Romeo’ set for fest

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

EDINBURGH, Scotland, June 1 (UPI) — The horror/classic
literature mash-up “Romeo & Juliet vs. The Living Dead” is to
have its world premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Third Star Films said.

It takes two Bratts to kick-start Outfest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Outfest 2009, the 27th Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film
Festival, kicks off July 9 with Peter Bratt’s “La Mission” at the
Orpheum Theatre.

Del Toro’s ‘Cosas’ gets Hola fest preem

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Festival to take place June 23-28 — The Hola
Mexico Film Festival USA ’09 will screen Gotham preems of Guillermo del
Toro-produced pic “Cosas significantes.”


Dances With Films laces up in L.A.

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Independent festival to screen 100 films —
Independent fest Dances With Films will screen 100 pics from the U.S. and
abroad during its June 4-11 run at Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood.

AWARDS

MTV Movie Awards ratings rise

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

With blockbuster “Twilight” piling up five
trophies and Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno making headlines with his indecent
descent on rapper Eminem, the 2009 MTV Movie Awards scored the show’s best
ratings in five years.

Bruno stunt at MTV Awards brings buzz to all

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK (AP) — In the aftermath of the Sacha Baron Cohen
and Eminem stunt at the MTV Movie Awards, all the Internet was abuzz over what
was real and what wasn’t….


Eminem vs. Bruno staged: Sources

from EW.com: TV

By Adam B. Vary
Sources close to MTV and Sacha Baron Cohen tell EW rapper was in on the big
Movie Awards moment

Critics’ Choice Awards returning to VH1

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) — VH1 says the 15th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards
telecast will air live on the U.S. network for a third consecutive year next
January.

Emmys Moving To A Week Earlier on CBS

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

They’ll air September 13th this year. The network and
the TV Academy had planned to air the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September
20th, but TV Week is reporting that, since that decision was made, the NFL
came out with its Sunday schedule, and it turned out CBS had a football
doubleheader on September 20th.

 

MOVIES

Surprising Weekend Actuals! ‘Terminator Salvation’ Beat ‘Drag
Me To Hell’

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

All weekend, I and others regularly reporting box office had
Universal’s Drag Me To Hell beating Warner Bros’ Terminator Salvation for the
3rd spot among Top 10 films. Now weekend actuals have the
order reversed. (That almost never happens!)

Video:
Preview: ‘New Moon’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Bella (Kristen Stewart) finds herself abandoned by Edward
(Robert Pattinson) after an attempted attack on her birthday. But when another
vampire comes calling, it’s Jacob (Taylor Lautner) who quickly tranforms into a
werewolf and defends her!

James Cameron Talks Avatar at E3

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
James Cameron made an appearance at UBISOFT’s E3 press conference, talking
about his upcoming film Avatar and the video game which has been
developed alongside the movie.

Is northern Sweden too far to promote movie?

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK (AP) — The wilderness of northern Sweden, where
Will Ferrell ate grilled reindeer eyeballs with adventurer Bear Grylls, seems
like a long way to go to promote a movie and test-drive a television spinoff.

Where’s Waldo? To Become Feature Film

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
US readers will know him as Waldo, UK readers as Wally but seeing as he was
created and first published in the UK, I’m taking the Wally option for this
post. Whatever you want to call the little fella anyway, he’s once again on his
way to the big screen, this time courtesy of Universal.

But Is Bruno Good for the Gays?

from Defamer by Richard Lawson
Gay Bruno landed on straight, angry Eminem’s face last night, thus firmly heralding the beginning of the
Summer of Bruno. And it made me wonder: Based on that little antic, and the
leaked details of the film, is Bruno gonna be good for the gays?


‘Barbarella’: ‘Legally Blonde’ director Robert Luketic to helm
remake?

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Benjamin
Svetkey

Barbarella is one tough chick to keep down.

Return To ‘Alien’ Becomes A Reality, Prequel Confirmed By Tony
Scott

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
Hey folks… I just have a quick follow-up for you on last week’s rumored news that Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic “Alien” would
be getting the remake/reboot treatment. There’s been a development, and it’s
either good or bad depending on your point of view with these sorts of things.
Specifically, Tony Scott has confirmed with Collider that a return to “Alien” is indeed in the works.

Pixar has found its lucky charm in Ratzenberger

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Few actors are as animated as John Ratzenberger. That’s
because he has been part of every Pixar release over the past 14 years, …

Anne Hathaway To Edit, Romance Tobey Maguire in Tokyo
Suckerpunch

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Tobey Maguire is producing and will star in an adaptation of Isaac
Adamson’s novel Tokyo Suckerpunch. Gary Ross, who worked with Maguire on
Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, is set to direct. According to
screenwriter Ed Solomon, who was speaking to Sci-Fi Wire, Maguire’s love interest is going to be played
by Anne Hathaway.

Ryan Reynolds Says ‘Deadpool’ Film Will Be ‘Just Like The Comic
Books’

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Ryan
Reynolds
might play a wisecracking assassin on the big screen, but his
real-life persona isn’t that far removed from his character’s mouthy ways — you
know, minus the multiple personality disorder and the hideous scarring.

Disney embraces Pooh

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

Disney is moving on a new Winnie the Pooh hand-drawn
animated theatrical release, and it’s also creating two primetime TV specials
starring “Handy Manny.”

Columbia Picks Up ‘Swift’ From ‘Men In Black’ Director Barry
Sonnenfeld

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
That’s “Swift” as in “Tom Swift,” the fictional inventor/adventurer concocted
by Edward Stratemeyer in the early 1900s for a series of young adult books.

Natalie Portman Joins Danny McBride in David Gordon Green’s
Your Highness

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
In July, director David Gordon Green begins shooting Your Highness
in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

‘Ghostbusters’ — Wii and a new sequel?

from L.A. Times – Music News

Dan Aykroyd’s itching to suit up for a third ‘Ghostbusters’
film and a reunited cast on the video game means there’s more than a ghost of a
chance.

 

TELEVISION

What to Watch for week of June 1 to 7, 2009

from EW.com: TV

By Jessica Shaw
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*

The Hills: The Death and Birth of Lauren Conrad

from Defamer by Richard Lawson

Well that, I guess, is it. The last we’ll see of old Lauren
“LC” Conrad on The
Hills
, the reality dynasty that she helped build with her own two
well-groomed hands. How did it all go down? Well, like any good comedy, it
ended with a wedding.

Brian Williams On White House Access: “We Were Pretty
Stunned At How Much We Were Able To Record”

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
In advance of the NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” —
set to air tomorrow and Wednesday at 9pmET — Brian
Williams
tells The Washington Post‘s Howard
Kurtz
that among the 150 hours of footage shot for the program,
“there’s stuff we’ve never seen of how the White House operates…we were
pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed
to be.”

MSNBC, Starbucks team for ‘Morning Joe’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

MSNBC has brewed up a sponsorship deal with Starbucks that
positions the coffee chain as the title sponsor of the daily news program
Morning Joe.

Miley Cyrus signs on for more ‘Hannah’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

“Hannah Montana” will shine on. Disney Channel has
closed a deal for a fourth season of the blockbuster series starring Miley
Cyrus.

Bravo Freshens Up for Next Season

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by ahampp@crain.com(Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — In the last four years, Bravo has carved out an
instantly identifiable on-air brand, complete with an oft-repeated tagline
(“Watch What Happens”), signature blue talk-box logo and a knack for
blog-able reality competition shows and docu-soaps. So Bravo is unveiling a new
on-air look and a new tagline, “By Bravo,” on June 23, to be unveiled
tonight at a New York screening of the network’s latest reality drama,
“NYC Prep.”

Families compete on new ‘Road Trip’ series

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, June 1 (UPI) — Comedian Reno Collier has been
named host of the adventure reality series “Great American Road
Trip,” NBC announced Monday.

‘Nip/Tuck’: Famke Janssen alert!

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello: Series creator Ryan Murphy confirms via
online fan forum that ”Ava Moore” will be back

Neil Diamond booked for fireworks show

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
BOSTON, June 1 (UPI) — Venerable pop music star Neil Diamond will perform
during the “Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular” TV special July 4, CBS
said Monday.

‘One Tree Hill’ going Green?

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively that Brian Austin
Green is in advanced talks to join the CW series’ cast

Sizemore checks into ‘Celebrity Rehab’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, June 1 (UPI) — Troubled actor Tom Sizemore has signed on to
appear in the third season of the U.S. reality TV series “Celebrity Rehab
with Dr. Drew,” sources told TMZ.

Rob Cohen: I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! — The Train
Wreck to End All Train Wrecks

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Rob Cohen

It’s hard to believe that the last season of I’m a
Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
was on the air in the US just 6 short years
ago. How have we survived since 2003 without the nightly foibles of
semi-celebrities romping through the jungle, thousands of feet (maybe even
miles) from the nearest luxury resort?

Speidi tried to quit new reality show?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Rumors are swirling about ‘I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of
Here?’

 

MUSIC

Cee-Lo, Justice, Little Boots Signed To Reborn Elektra Label

from Billboard News – All by Cortney Harding, N.Y.

Atlantic has announced that it will relaunch the Elektra
Records imprint, which has been dormant since 2004. The label will be run by
Fueled By Ramen founder John Janick and Atlantic EVP of A&R Mike Caren.

Listen Up: Timeliness, force, ferocity make Rancid feel fresh

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Punk apathy is debunked as the East Bay quartet marshals all
their strengths ferocity, stout melodies, ska oomph and a big heart …

Beatles Reveal ‘Rock Band’ Details At E3

from Billboard News – All by Antony Bruno, Denver

The surviving members of the Beatles unveiled new details
about their upcoming “Rock Band” videogame at the E3 videogame
conference in Los Angeles.

Tidbits: Britney’s dad demands the show go on

from MSNBC.com: Gossip
Though one tour insider called the “Circus” tour “a freak show,” Jamie Spears
shows no signs of slowing his daughter’s tour down. In fact, he’s planning to
add more dates.

Exclusive: Pearl Jam Confirms Target Tie-Up

from Billboard News – All by Bill Werde, N.Y. (twitter.com/bwerde)

Pearl Jam was indeed recording a Target commercial under the
direction of Cameron Crowe last week at Seattle’s Showbox theater, Billboard
can confirm. But there’s more to the story than an exclusive retail
relationship.

‘Big Whiskey’: A toast to LeRoi Moore

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

The first sound on Big Whiskey & the GrooGrux King (* *
* 1/2 out of four) comes from the GrooGrux King himself, saxophonist …

Exclusive: New Sade On The Way, 2009 Release Possible

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

Sade Adu, the reclusive “quiet storm” soul signer
who takes notoriously long breaks between releases, has regrouped with the band
that bears her name and is recording her first album of new material since
2000’s “Lovers Rock,” Billboard.com sources confirm.

Neil Young puts his all in long-awaited ‘Archives’

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

The harvest is in. After more than 20 years of plots, plans,
pursuits and promises, the first installment of Neil Young’s multimedia …

Elbow Aims For 2010 Album Return

from Billboard News – All by Andre Paine, London

As it approaches the end of an extensive campaign for
“The Seldom Seen Kid” (Fiction/Polydor), U.K. rock act Elbow is
looking ahead to its follow-up to the award-winning album.

Ian Astbury In ‘Love’ With Film, Theater, Music Projects

from Billboard News – All by Wes Orshoski, N.Y.

In between gigs with the Cult and recent studio
collaborations with the likes of Lupe Fiasco, the Cult’s Ian Astbury is in the
process of adding the titles of theater producer and filmmaker to his resume.

Ozzy Sues Over ‘Black Sabbath’ Name

from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit

Even as the third incarnation of Black Sabbath – now doing business as Heaven & Hell – prepares to tour
to promote its new album, “The Devil You Know,” a battle is raging
over who should own the Sabbath name.

 

ETC…

‘Bridget Jones’ headed to B’way

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) — A Broadway musical version of the
book and film “Bridget Jones’s Diary” is in the works, the head of
England’s Working Title production company said.

Johnny Depp Opens Up Private Bahamian Getaway

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Johnny Depp took the July issue of Vanity Fair to his private Bahamian island where he
reminisced about Marlon Brando, watched ‘Tropic Thunder’ and talked about his
island getaway.

NYC launches film, TV location tours

from Hollywood Reporter by Reuters

Visitors to the Big Apple will be able to scope out some of
the city’s famous sites that have been featured in films and television shows
with free podcasts unveiled by the city on Monday.

Salinger sues over “Catcher in the Rye” sequel

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – J.D. Salinger on Monday sued the writer
and publisher of a book billed as a sequel to his classic novel “The
Catcher in the Rye,” saying the work infringes on his copyright.

Judge puts ‘Columbo’ actor Falk in conservatorship

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge says “Columbo” actor
Peter Falk should be placed under his wife’s care….

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