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The Newsdesk 07.24.09 – Cameron Will Screen Avatar Preview in Theaters; Depp Hits Comic-Con

• James Cameron announced plans to screen fifteen minutes of Avatar at select IMAX and 3D theaters in August. A 24-minute clip from the film also screened to a rapturous crowd at Comic-Con.

Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con to talk about Alice In Wonderland and 3D movies with director Tim Burton. Meanwhile, Robert Zemeckis discussed how he wants to make nothing but creepy motion-capture films.

• The Tron sequel is now called Tron Legacy. Isn’t the legacy of Tron a lot of terrible video game movies?

The late Heath Ledger was remembered at Comic-Con at a panel for his final movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

• The first trailer for The Hughes Brothers’ The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington, has been released. Can audiences handle more than one cautionary post-apocalyptic tale this fall?  


BIZ

Upfront Deals Start to Get Done

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com (Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — After weeks of delays, TV’s upfront marketplace is
beginning to move, with the five broadcast networks all writing some business,
according to media buyers.

Officials: U.S. wins WTO case

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

The U.S. has largely prevailed in a trade dispute with China
over restrictions on the sale there of American CDs, DVDs, books and computer
software.


FESTIVALS

Adrian Grenier to present ‘Victoria’

from Variety.com

Legit News: Fringe fest scheduled to run Aug. 15-22 —
“Entourage” thesp Adrian Grenier will present New York Fringe
Festival entrant “Victoria and Frederick” at the 2009 event, where it
is skedded to run Aug. 15-22 at the New School for Drama.

Comic-Con: Next Wave Of DC Motion Comics Announced – Get Your
First Look At ‘Superman: Red Son’ Here

from Splash Page by Brian Jacks
At a Comic-Con panel today, Warner Bros. announced three more additions to
their Motion Comics line, which previously saw “Watchmen” being adapted in numerous chapters.
The projects on the docket include Mark Millar’s “Superman: Red Son”
(an alternate timeline tale where Superman landed in Communist Russia rather
than Smallville, Kansas), “Batgirl: Year One” and “Batman: Black
and White Collection 2.”

 

Fans Howl & Growl For ‘New Moon’ Cast At Comic-Con

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“New Moon” stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart – with
jet-black hair for her “Runaways” role as rocker Joan Jett – and Taylor Lautner
caused a fan firestorm as the famous threesome kicked off the 40th anniversary
of Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday.

Johnny Depp Ignites A Fan Frenzy With Surprise Comic-Con
Appearance

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Johnny Depp sent fans into a frenzy with a surprise
appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.

Almodovar, Solondz pics in Toronto

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” and Solondz’s
“Life During Wartime” will have their North American debuts at the
Toronto International Film Festival.

Jay-Z Replaces Beasties at All Points West

from Music Festival Junkies

All Points West just announced in a press release
that Jay-Z will be headlining the July 31st show In a precedent-setting move
for American music festivals, ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
organizers have just confirmed the U.S. festival debut of JAY-Z.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, July 22, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tops Wednesday’s box
office with $7.5 million

‘Eternal Sunshine’ director to do ‘Green Hornet’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MIN LEE

HONG KONG (AP) — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind” director Michel Gondry has replaced Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow
as director of the Columbia Pictures adaptation of the TV series “The
Green Hornet,” a studio spokesman said Thursday….

 

Amy Adams On ‘Julie & Julia’: ‘I Could Eat As Much As I
Wanted’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

In “Julie & Julia,” Amy Adams plays a blogger who cooks
through the recipes of Julia Child – and it was a role she could really bite
into.

Jeff Bridges returns to world of TRON, now in 3D

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeff Bridges promises the new
“TRON” is just as groundbreaking as the 27-year-old original….

Production begins on ‘Drawn Together’ film

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — Comedy Central says production has begun on
“The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie,” the big-screen adaptation of
its U.S. animated “reality” series.

Concert tour of “Star Wars” to kick off in October

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A concert version of “Star
Wars”, featuring a live symphony orchestra, huge screens, film clips and a
traveling exhibit, will kick off a North American tour in October with plans to
go global in 2010, organizers said on Thursday.

“Women In Trouble” Finds Distribution

from indieWIRE News

Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S distribution rights
to Sebastian Gutierrez’s “Women in Trouble.”

Robert Zemeckis Talks ‘A Christmas Carol,’ A ‘Who Framed Roger
Rabbit?’ Sequel At San Diego Comic-Con

from MTV Movies Blog by MTV Movies Team
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis showed off Disney’s new 3-D motion capture
technology that will be used in November’s release of “A
Christmas Carol
” starring Jim Carrey.

Movie Review | ‘In the Loop’: War of Words, Misspoken and Spun

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT

“In the Loop” is a sharply written, fast-talking, almost
dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft.

Movie Review | ‘Shrink’: Physician, Drug Thyself: Psychiatrist
in Hollywood

from NYT > Movies by By STEPHEN HOLDEN

Like smog settling over Los Angeles, a creeping sense of
anomie haunts the Hollywood power players and parasites sidling nervously through
“Shrink.”

TELEVISION

Obama press conference draws 24.7 million

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

President Obama’s fourth primetime press conference since
taking office drew 24.7 million viewers across 11…

Fox sits out Obama event; ‘Dance’ wins night

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd and Nellie Andreeva

Fox benefited from declining to air President Barack Obama’s
news conference Wednesday night, with “So You Think You Can Dance”
rising to top the night in the adults 18-49 demographic.

Jon Stewart: Most trusted anchor?

from EW.com: TV

By Adam Markovitz
That’s what an unscientific online poll from Time says; he gets Adam
Markovitz’s vote — how about yours?

 

T.R. Knight on why he left ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Fans were shocked when T.R. Knight made the surprising
decision to leave “Grey’s Anatomy,” the hit medical drama that
launched him to fame.

Rogan, Apatow set for ‘View’ interview

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow have
agreed to make their first appearance on the U.S. daytime chat show “The
View,” ABC announced.

Diddy to star in new MTV reality series

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — U.S. hip-hop impresario Sean
“Diddy” Combs is set to star in the new reality series “Making
His Band,” MTV announced.

Heidi Montag To Perform At Miss Universe Pageant

from MTV News

The ‘Hills’ star and aspiring singer is set to perform at
the competition, which airs August 23 on NBC.

MUSIC

‘Feeling’ No. 1 on the U.S. record chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) — The Black Eyed Peas’s “I
Gotta Feeling” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported
Thursday.

Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward Supergroup Announces Tour

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Indie supergroup Monsters of Folk has announced plans for a fall tour, kicking
off October 13 in Vancouver, BC, before hitting 16 cities across the U.S.

 

Judge approves deals to reprint `Moonwalk’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a deal that will
bring Michael Jackson’s autobiography, “Moonwalk,” back to store
shelves….

Nas ordered to make $44K monthly payments to Kelis

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ANTHONY
McCARTNEY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered Nas to pay Kelis
nearly $44,000 in monthly support for the near future, a day after the
“Milkshake” singer gave birth to the divorcing couple’s baby boy….

Amy Winehouse goes on trial for assault

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Singer Amy Winehouse went on trial Thursday on charges that
she assaulted a woman at a London charity ball last year.

Taylor Swift Says Working With Jack White Would Be ‘Really
Awesome’

from MTV News

‘I love his writing and I think he’s an amazing player,’
Swift says of wanting to work with the White Stripes frontman on her next
album.

Whitney Houston Credits Daughter, Clive Davis For Comeback

from MTV News

Singer was happy just being a mom when Davis suggested new
album, I Look to You.

Kid Rock Collaborates with Lil Wayne, T.I. on New Album

from Paste Magazine

Lil Wayne’s previous performances with Kid Rock at the VMAs and CMAs must have been an enlightening experience for
both. Kid Rock is calling on Weezy again for another collaboration, this time
one that will appear on the former’s album, Billboard says.


ETC…

Vanity Fair Torturing Intern with Cable News

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser

Over four days next week, Vanity Fair intern Thomas
Kaplan
will be subjected by his bosses to 32 hours of cable news
viewing in a small room. Each day, as a “cunning” form of
“torture,” he will watch a full slate of CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, or Fox
News.

 

Ted Johnson: Brad Pitt’s Foundation Seeks Stimulus Funds

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Ted Johnson
Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation is among a consortium applying for federal
stimulus money that could expand his effort to rebuild homes in New Orleans and
also launch a project in Newark, N.J.

 

A ‘Hero’ Looks to Create Branded Content

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by ahampp@adage.com (Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — As actors such as Ashton Kutcher use their production
companies to experiment with branded entertainment in front of the camera,
others, including Milo Ventimiglia, are looking to go one step further by
developing original web content with brands in mind.

Angelina Jolie visits displaced Iraqis

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

BAGHDAD (AP) — Angelina Jolie on Thursday visited a settlement
for displaced Iraqis in northwest Baghdad in her role as a goodwill ambassador
for UNHCR….

 

Tyler Perry’s rags-to-riches tale

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Tyler Perry is known today as the first African-American to
own a major film and TV studio. He’s a pioneer whose own life story reads like
a screenplay. Now a writer, actor, director and producer — Perry’s success
grew out of a troubled home in a poor neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana.

‘Addams Family’ headed to B’way in 2010

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — “The Addams Family,” a
new stage musical starring Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane, is scheduled to open
on Broadway next April, show representatives said.

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