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The Newsdesk 07.17.09 – Harry Potter Sets World Record; Ed Helms Hits Cedar Rapids

Ed Helms has chosen Cedar Rapids, produced by Alexander (Sideways) Payne, as his follow-up to The Hangover. How about Heather Graham? If this movie doesn’t save her career, nothing can.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince broke a new worldwide record, taking in $104 million on its first day of release.

• James McAvoy, Daniel Radcliffe, and David Tennant are all in the running to play Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit movie. What about just de-aging Ian Holm? It wouldn’t look any creepier than Gollum.

• New photos from Iron Man 2, Alice in Wonderland, and Zombieland debuted prior to the San Diego Comic-Con.

Patrick Dempsey will play a race car driver in The Art of Racing in the Rain. Whatever you do, don’t call him “McSpeedy.”

• The Hangover director Todd Phillips will produce the comedy Staycation. Hollywood, please stop making movies from every buzzword you come across on UrbanDictionary.com.

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