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The Newsdesk 06.09.09 – Neeson in Talks for A-Team; Bardem Will Eat, Pray, Love With Roberts

• Liam Neeson is in talks to star in the A-Team movie as Col. John “Hannibal” Smith. Bradley Cooper might play “Face.” But who will play that “crazy fool” Murdock?

Javier Bardem will romance Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, an adaptation of the hit memoir.

Harry Potter‘s IMAX release will be delayed two weeks thanks to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

• Bryce Dallas Howard’s screenplay for The Originals has been picked up by Universal as a possible directing vehicle for her dad Ron. We’d scream nepotism, but Bryce is really beautiful and talented in her own right.

• John Travolta has opted out of promoting Taking of Pelham 123 in order to grieve for his late son Jett.

• Harold Ramis doesn’t think Ivan Reitman wants to make Ghostbusters 3. Please keep whoever directed Imagine That away from it.



BIZ

Media stocks warming

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai and Paul Bond

Wall Street is holding its breath in anticipation of the Dow
finally closing at a gain for the year. On Monday, it was still 12 points shy
of positive territory.

N.Y. tax incentive meeting sidetracked

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Chaos in the New York State Senate in Albany on Monday
overshadowed a meeting of film and TV production sector representatives with
the office of Katherine Oliver, head of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre
and Broadcasting, to discuss the future shape of the city’s successful production
tax incentives.

Hurry up and wait at upfront

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

In recent years, the July 4 holiday marked the endpoint of
the upfront pub crawl. This time around, buyers and sellers are braced for a
long trek as most network executives believe the serious elbow-bending (and arm
twisting) won’t begin until the week before Independence Day.

Hollywood labor drama likely to fizzle Tuesday

from USATODAY.com Movies – Top Stories

The credits are about to roll on a contract drama involving
actors in Hollywood’s biggest movies and TV shows


FESTIVALS

Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band Suit Up For Bonnaroo

from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit

It seems surprising to some fans, but Little Steven Van
Zandt says Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are as well-suited to play
massive festival dates as anyone else.

“Blue,” “Tenant” Top Hollywood Black Fest Winners

from indieWIRE News

After 102 films and 6 days of deliberation, jury and
audience choice award-winners were announced yesterday for the 2009 Hollywood
Black Film Festival.

“Big Gay Musical” and “Hollywood” Sandwich Philly QFest

from indieWIRE News

The Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film
Festival, now known as QFest, has announced its opening and closing night
films, set for July 9 and July 20 at the Prince Music Theater.

‘Wheat’ to wave at Shanghai fest

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Patrick Frater and
Jonathan Landreth

The Shanghai International Film Festival, which gets under
way Saturday, has set local film “Wheat” as its opening-night
spectacular.

AWARDS

Best Tony Award ratings since 2006

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Awards organizers can be pleased about
a winning night at the television turnstiles.

MOVIES

‘Hangover’
Gets High, ‘Up’ Hangs On

from Box Office Mojo – Top Stories by by Brandon Gray

Significantly underestimated on Sunday, The Hangover pulled
ahead of Up to lead the weekend with a smashing $45 million. Up maintained
altitude at $44.1 million, while Land of the Lost stumbled in third…

Miley’s New Movie Set To Invade Georgia

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Georgia’s Tybee Island has landed a starring role in the new
Miley Cyrus movie. Local officials and residents are hoping that the teen
mega-star will put their small town on the map!

John Travolta thanks colleagues for promoting film

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — John Travolta is thanking his colleagues
from “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” for promoting the film while he
continues to mourn the death of his 16-year-old son, Jett, who died after a
seizure in January.

‘Imagine
That’ LA Premiere

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“Imagine That” stars Eddie Murphy and Yara Shahidi hit the
red carpet at Paramount Theater in Hollywood where they chat about how much fun
it was to work on the movie. Plus, Sherri Shepherd crashes the premiere.

‘Spider-Man 4’: Next villain?

from EW.com: Movies
Marc Bernardin on producer’s quote next Webslinger for will ”be a big part of
New York”; the Kingpin?

Half-Blood Prince IMAX Release Delayed Two Weeks Due To
Transformers 2

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
IMAX has pushed the IMAX release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
back two weeks to give Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen a four week
run. Apparently Paramount signed a deal with IMAX to have the sequel shown
exclusively in IMAX theatres for four full weeks if Michael Bay used IMAX
cameras into the film’s production.

Robert Rodriguez Getting Ready To Go Back To The Future, Twice

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Robert Rodriguez is about to go back to the future – or, to borrow the spin
from the Grindhouse publicity, go “back to back” to the future.

Bradley Cooper on a roll with ‘A-Team’

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

Fresh off “The Hangover’s” $45 million weekend
boxoffice blowout, star Bradley Cooper is in official talks to join Fox’s
feature adaptation of “The A-Team.”

 

TELEVISION

Two series jumping ahead in time?

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

Michael Ausiello: ”Ghost Whisperer” and ”One Tree Hill”
mull fast-forwarding through years in the fall

Hung Television Trailer

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)

Thomas Jane could finally have his real break-out role.

David Letterman near new CBS deal

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

David Letterman is near a deal to continue reading Top 10
lists on CBS for another three years.

‘My Name Is Earl’ might see new life on TBS

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Weeks after NBC pulled the plug on “My Name Is
Earl,” TBS is in talks to order 13 new episodes.

Reviews: ‘Nurse Jackie’ and ‘Weeds’

from L.A. Times – TV News

Edie Falco is a highly competent but drug-using ER nurse on
a new Showtime series. ‘Weeds’ presents an increasingly dark situation

Heidi and Spencer Pratt not tortured, slept quietly in the Lost
Chamber?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Reports of Heidi and Spencer Pratt being held for three days
without food or water, being harmed or tortured in any way are “completely
untrue,”

Holly Montag joins ‘I’m a Celebrity…’

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
NBC has exclusively revealed to Access Hollywood that Holly will be newest cast
member to join the competition on the reality show.

Local versions of ‘Treatment’ set

from Variety.com

Exclusives: HBO series heads to Romanian, Czech markets —
Kicking off a drive to produce more inhouse drama, HBO Central Europe has
pacted with Dori Media Distribution for local versions of HBO’s “In
Treatment” for the Romanian, Hungarian, Czech and Polish markets.

 

MUSIC

Black Eyed Peas, Paolo Nutini Top U.K. Charts

from Billboard News – All by Paul Sexton, London

Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini’s sophomore album
“Sunny Side Up” (Atlantic/Warner Music) debuted at No. 1 on the new
U.K. chart yesterday as Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow”
(Interscope/Universal) moved back 2-1 for a second stint atop the singles
survey.

Bret Michaels suffers nose fracture and busted lip

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Bret Michaels performed at the Tony Awards,
and all he got was a nose fracture – and a busted lip. According to Michaels’
spokeswoman, the rock singer had X-rays taken after getting clocked in the head
by a descending set piece at Sunday’s Radio City Music Hall ceremony.

Bette Midler marks her 100th show in Las Vegas

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By KATHLEEN
HENNESSEY

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bette Midler admits it takes a little work
to keep her Las Vegas Strip show fresh – especially now that it’s hit its 100th
performance.

‘American Idol’ Winner Kris Allen Inks Record Deal With 19,
Jive 

from Billboard News – All by Monica Herrera, N.Y.

It was inevitable, but now it’s official – Kris Allen has
signed a record deal with 19 Recordings/Jive Records just weeks after winning
the eighth season of “American Idol,” 19 Entertainment announced today. The
singer’s debut album is slated for release in the fall.

Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban Line Up For Nelson Mandela Concert

from Billboard News – All by Monica Herrera, N.Y.

Aretha Franklin, Wyclef Jean, Queen Latifah, Josh Groban and
TLC will headline “The Mandela Day Celebration,” a tribute concert honoring
human rights leader Nelson Mandela, on July 18 at Madison Square Garden in New
York.

Adam Lambert ‘Takes The Fifth’ About His Relationship With
Drake LaBry

from MTV News

Singer says he may address speculation about his sexuality
in upcoming Rolling Stone article.

Blink-182 to Play “Heavy” New Songs on Tour

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
When SPIN.com caught up with Mark Hoppus recently, the Blink-182
bassist/vocalist said the reunited band plans to play new material on their star-studded summer tour. And now drummer Travis Barker has
come forward to detail the new songs — which, he says, are “heavy”!

With ‘The E.N.D.,’ the Black Eyed Peas reach a full boil

from USATODAY.com Music – Top Stories

The Black Eyed Peas are back to getting parties started on
their new The E.N.D. (* * * 1/2 out of four), out today.

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