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The Newsdesk 06.05.09 – Chris Pine Is Unstoppable; R.I.P. David Carradine

Chris Pine is in talks to join Denzel Washington in Unstoppable, the Tony Scott runaway train action thriller. Dare we hope for a train caper to rival Money Train?

Kill Bill star David Carradine was found dead in Bangkok at the age of 72. Early reports pegged the death as a suicide, but a rep for the actor claims it was accidental.

• Word has it a Blade Runner prequel could turn up on the Web. Any chance we can wrench this masterpiece out of Ridley and Tony Scott’s hands?

• James Cameron’s Avatar might clock in at nearly three hours. Oddly enough, it also ends with an old lady staring out into the ocean.

• James Franco, Robert Pattinson and James Marsden are all interested in portraying the late singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley in a biopic. The producer of the recent Joy Division biopic Control is involved, so expect it to make you want to dance and slit your wrists at the same time. 



BIZ

NBC Uni eyes Lifetime stake

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

NBC Universal, owner of Oxygen and iVillage, might add
another female-driven property to its portfolio.

NAB says House opposed to radio fees

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

The National Association of Broadcasters said Wednesday that
a majority of U.S. House members are now opposed to imposing new fees on radio
stations to pay performance artists.

‘Lipstick Factor’ boosts theatrical box office

from Film Journal by Adina Lebo

Box office continues to be recession-resilient, as Cineplex
Entertainment reported a healthy gain in revenue, attendance and earnings for
the first quarter ending March 31, 2009.

U.K. film production falls dramatically

from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp

It’s quiet out there, too damn quiet as this year’s first
quarter for film production collapsed in on itself here, according to
statistics from the U.K. Film Council.

CBS sees ad market improvement

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

CBS Corp. continues to see improvement in the advertising
market, CFO Fred Reynolds said Thursday.

YouTube to premiere movie to up ad revenues

from Hollywood Reporter by Reuters

Google Inc’s YouTube will premiere a movie, the first
simultaneous Internet and theater debut, as the popular video-sharing site aims
to lure advertisers and reach profitability, Bloomberg reported.

Agency Feeding Frenzy Over Ice Cube

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Why? I’m told he makes $10 million a year. CAA, WME, UTA all
fighting to sign him.


FESTIVALS

Maui fest set for 10th anniversary

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

The Maui Film Festival, which runs June 17-21 in Kahului,
Hawaii, will open with foreign-language Oscar winner “Departures” and
Dana Brown’s documentary “Highwater.” Kristopher Belman’s “More
Than a Game” will close the fest, which is celebrating its 10th
anniversary.

Brooklyn Fest Goes “Open Source”

from indieWIRE News

The 12th Annual Brooklyn International Film Festival kicks
off tomorrow under the theme “Open Source.”

Short Films, Big Issues at Media That Matters

from indieWIRE News

The ninth annual Media That Matters Film Festival, one of
the world’s first and largest online film festivals, launches today with a
collection of 12 short films “aimed at inspiring online audiences to think,
laugh, and take action on today’s top issues.” This year’s festival showcases
twelve jury-selected shorts tackling a broad range of issues with humor,
humanity, and honesty.

Sydney fest opens with ‘Looking for Eric’

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by by Pip Bulbeck

Aussie actors Miranda Otto, Rachel Taylor and Bryan Brown,
along with directors Rachel Ward and Gillian Armstrong, were out in force
Wednesday for the opening night of the Sydney Film Festival.


AWARDS

UCLA to honor Dustin Lance Black

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

UCLA alumnus Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning
“Milk” screenwriter, will be honored with UCLA’s Distinguished Achievement
in Screenwriting Award on June 10 at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse.


‘The Shield’ tops TCA Award noms

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

The Television Critics Association announced nominees for
its annual TCA Awards, with the final season of FX’s “The Shield”
leading the list.


MOVIES

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, June 3, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Up tops Wednesday’s box office with $6.1 million

Video:
Remembering David Carradine

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Access takes a look back at the life and times of actor
David Carradine, who was found dead in Bangkok at the age of 72.

Thai authorities order autopsy on David Carradine

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MICHAEL CASEY

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities conducted an autopsy Friday
on actor David Carradine, a cult star best known for the 1970s TV series
“Kung Fu,” and cited “unusual circumstances” in his death.

Robot Chicken Scribe to Write Short Circuit Remake

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Remakes, remakes, and more remakes! Dimension Films has hired a new writer for
the Short Circuit remake they announced last April.


Shia LaBeouf to star in `Wall Street’ follow up

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SANDY COHEN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shia LaBeouf is heading to Wall
Street….

Peter Facinelli Talks New Moon

from E! Online – Movie News
Peter Facinelli is just as excited about New Moon as we are! “You’ve got a
little bit of a love triangle going on in this one,” Facinelli said

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

from Variety.com

Film Reviews: An efficiently reworked version of a tense,
ticking-clock suspense story.

Movie Review | ‘Downloading Nancy’: Partners in Pain

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS

“Downloading Nancy” is a nasty exploitation flick tarted up
with art-house actors and psychobabble.

Redgrave, Garcia Bernal join ‘Letters’

from Variety.com

Exclusives: Seyfried, Nero also sign onto Summit drama —
Summit Entertainment has set Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Gael Garcia
Bernal and Franco Nero to star in “Letters to Juliet,” the Gary
Winick-directed film that begins production June 25 in Italy.

Are Ridley and Tony Scott Really Working on a Blade Runner
Prequel?

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Today, Ridley Scott announced a new sci-fi webseries from his RSA Films
commercial company, created in conjunction with his brother Tony and nephew Luke.
Purefold is to be a series of 5-10 minute online videos, laden with
product placement and tinged with Phillip K.Dick-like sci-fi themes, concepts
and questions.

Clive Barker’s Twitter Feed Brings Hellraiser and Nightbreed
News

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
It seems that rasp-voiced cigar-hog Clive Barker has been posting to Twitter
under the name RealCliveBarker,
and posting good stuff too.

Movie Review | ‘My Life in Ruins’: My Big Fat Crowded Athens
Tour Bus

from NYT > Movies by By STEPHEN HOLDEN

“My Life in Ruins,” Nia Vardalos’s first movie in five
years, might as well be titled “How Georgia Got Her Kefi Back.”

Chris Pine looking ‘Unstoppable’

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

Chris Pine has found his follow-up role to his star-making
turn in “Star Trek.”

Movie Review | ‘The Hangover’: Dudes Doing Vegas: Eating and
Other Stuff

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT

In “The Hangover,” Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach
Galifianakis incarnate familiar masculine stereotypes in ways that manage to be
moderately fresh.

‘The Hangover’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

This story of a bachelor party gone wrong mixes crudeness
with a soft side.

Newsweek: ‘Hangover’ is bromance of the summer

from MSNBC.com: Movies

“The Hangover” is poised to be the sleeper comedy
of the summer, thanks in no small part to gags involving a stripper’s baby, a
missing tiger and Mike Tyson.

Movie Review | ‘Land of the Lost’: Trapped Way Back in Time
With a Bunch of Dopey Dinosaurs

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS

The only marginally interesting, if unsurprising, thing
about “Land of the Lost” is that a lot of money has been spent on yet another
cultural throwaway.

Is Spider-Man Getting Married… Again?!

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
At this point, Kirsten Dunst’s involvement in the Sam Raimi-directed
Spider-Man
4
” is tenuous at best. But if you haven’t been reading the comic books
lately, you might not be aware that Mary Jane Watson is on the outs there, too.

EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo Del Toro ‘Very Close’ To Annoucing Bilbo
Baggins Casting For ‘The Hobbit’

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian

In what’s becoming something of a tradition between MTV News
and Guillermo del Toro, every time we have a chance to chat with the
Mexican-born director, we harass him for news about who’s been cast as Bilbo
Baggins in his upcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”


TELEVISION

NBC executive not happy with Heidi, Spencer

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
“They are everything that’s wrong with America,” says executive vice president
of alternative programming for NBC and Universal Media Studios, Paul Telegdy.

Whatever happened to TV theme music?

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: Main-title melodies were once cultural
touchstones — Over the past 15 years, the broadcast networks have demanded
shorter main-title sequences, preferring to jump into the action faster and
thus reduce the chance that viewers will flip to another channel.


Knepper joining ‘Heroes’ cast

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, June 4 (UPI) — U.S. actor Robert Knepper, best known for his
portrayal of bad-guy T-Bag on “Prison Break,” has signed up for a
role on the science-fiction series “Heroes.”

Audrina Partridge’s Carl’s Jr. Ad: Bikini Babe Sells Burgers

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Hungry for more Audrina Patridge? Well, the Hills star – making headlines
recently for getting her own reality show – will surely make mouths water with
a steamy new spot for the Carl’s Jr. Teriyaki Six Dollar Burger.

Fox reality gets ‘Stranger’

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Fox is developing a matrimonial reality series where
brides-to-be don’t meet their husbands until they exchange vows.

Black Eyed Peas singing a CBS tune

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

CBS is partnering with the Black Eyed Peas to employ the
group’s upcoming single “I Gotta Feeling” in the network’s summer
marketing campaign.

BET picks up ‘Wendy Williams’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

BET Networks has acquired Debmar-Mercury’s “The Wendy
Williams Show” to air beginning Monday, July 13 — the same day the talk show
debuts in national broadcast syndication.

Heath Ledger doc to Ovation

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Cable channel Ovation TV has acquired “Heath Ledger: A
Tribute,” an hour-long documentary special on the life of the late
Oscar-winning actor.

Patrick Swayze’s ‘The Beast’ won’t be back on TV

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

His comeback TV series has not been renewed.

Will Ferrell’s ‘Man vs. Wild’ visit spurs record ratings

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Will Ferrell’s visit to Discovery Channel’s “Man vs.
Wild” drew 4 million viewers


MUSIC

Lady GaGa Takes Two Top 10 Spots On Billboard’s Hot 100

from Billboard News – All by Ayala Ben-Yehuda, L.A.

Lady GaGa soars into the top 10 with her third single,
“LoveGame,” as Keri Hilson and Sean Kingston also break into the top
tally on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week.

Mandy Moore

from Variety.com

Music Reviews: Mandy Moore’s finally walking the walk in
earnest.


Rock the vote: Nirvana bassist seeks county office

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

CATHLAMET, Wash. (AP) — Nirvana’s former bassist is running
for clerk of a rural county to protest Washington state’s method of letting
candidates name their own party affiliation.

Whitney Houston’s new album due in September

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — The date for Whitney Houston’s comeback has
been set….

Brad Paisley Previews His “American Saturday Night”
Album, Tour

from Billboard News – All by Deborah Evans Price, Nashville

Brad Paisley has long been Nashville’s sweetheart because of
his ability to write both party songs and ballads perfect for radio. But thanks
to the bucolic boot camp he and his songwriter friends went through,
“American Saturday Night” (out June 30) is more reflective than
anything he’s done before. The country artist gave Billboard a sneak preview of
the new album and talked about his upcoming tour.

Jay-Z To Release ‘Blueprint 3’ On Sept. 11

from Billboard News – All by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.

Jay-Z will release his “Blueprint 3” album on
Sept. 11 on Roc Nation with distribution through Atlantic Records, numerous
sources have confirmed.

Duncan Sheik musical to debut in San Diego

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, June 4 (UPI) — Songwriter Duncan Sheik is following up his Broadway
hit “Spring Awakening” with his new musical “Whisper
House,” Sony Music Entertainment said Thursday.

David Cook continues roadwork behind debut album

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

In the wake of losing his older brother to cancer, David Cook [ tickets ]
will return to the road for a late-spring and summer run behind his self-titled
debut, which hit shelves last fall.

New album, new film for Landon Pigg

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Landon Pigg is calling his second full-length album, due
Aug. 25, ‘The Boy Who Never.’ But don’t let the title fool you: The …


ETC…

Jolie overtakes Winfrey on Forbes’ Celebrity 100

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ERIN CARLSON

NEW YORK (AP) — Angelina Jolie has dethroned Oprah Winfrey
as the world’s most powerful celebrity, according to Forbes….

Lance Armstrong announces birth of son on Twitter

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

This was one special tweet for Lance Armstrong….

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