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The Newsdesk 07.28.09 – Hamm Joins Affleck’s Town; Castlevania Coming to the Big Screen

• The director of Saw is in talks to direct an adaptation of Konami’s Castlevania video game series. Hopefully Simon Belmont will take out those whiny Twilight vamps.

Jon Hamm is joining Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall in The Town, a romantic crime thriller directed by Affleck. Who would have guessed back in the Gigli days that Affleck would become one of Hollywood’s most promising filmmakers?

• Mila Kunis will star opposite Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Somewhere, the guy who played “Hyde” on That ’70s Show is calling his agent.

• D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye) will direct an adaptation of the video game Dead Space. It’s safe to say some outer space-related death will be occuring.

• Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox will make its world premiere at the London Film Festival. The movie will open in theaters in November.

• Maggie Grace, Cary Elwes, and Christine Lahti are among the cast of the indie drama Flying Lessons. Will Elwes be playing a devilish rogue with a thin mustache? 


BIZ

NBC’s Ben Silverman Is Out After Two Years

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Ben Silverman is out after a
two-year stint as co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, where he attempted to
revive the fourth-place network with a mix of reality shows and nostalgia, like
a failed remake of “Knight Rider.” The former William Morris agent,
who came to NBC in 2007 as the producing wunderkind behind “The
Office” and “Biggest Loser,” is going back into business with
Barry Diller, the InterActiveCorp CEO and former Fox network chairman who
invested in Mr. Silverman’s production company, Reveille.

Jeff Gaspin: ‘Cable Has Emerged as a Superior Model’

from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier

New NBC Universal TV boss talks with TheWrap about buzz and
building brands.

Apple, Record Labels Team Up to Boost Album Sales

from Paste Magazine

Very soon, your next album purchase on iTunes might contain
more than just a handful or two of tracks. Although the project reportedly
deemed “Cocktail” is characteristically still under wraps, Apple is said to be
planning a virtual, interactive CD experience with every full-album download.

Top Universal Film Execs Under Scrutiny

from The Wrap RSS by Sharon Waxman

Marc Shmuger, David Linde are feeling the heat after summer
slate fizzles.

AWARDS

IFP to host Gothams Dec. 1

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Project accepting kudos entries — The
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) will host the 19th annual Gotham
Independent Film Awards Ceremony on Dec. 1 at Cipriani Wall Street in Gotham.


FESTIVALS

Fans get first peek at `Iron Man 2′ at Comic-Con

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

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The buzz for the first “Iron
Man” film began at Comic-Con, director Jon Favreau said, so he thanked
fans for their support by showing an exclusive clip from next summer’s
sequel….

‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ to open London Fest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp

This year’s The Times BFI London Film Festival will open
with Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” as a world premiere,
organizers said Monday.

Venice Fest adds 3D prize

from Hollywood Reporter by By Eric J. Lyman

The Venice Film festival on Monday announced plans for a new
sideline award for the festival’s best Stereoscopic 3D film, adding a
cutting-edge aspect to the world’s oldest film festival.

Just for Laughs brings the funny

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Etan Vlessing

Montreal’s Just for Laughs comedy festival wrapped over the
weekend, with local Canadian talent dominating this year’s yukfest.

FILM

‘Potter’ is highest-grossing film in U.K.

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — “Harry Potter and the
Half-Blood Prince” is the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom so
far this year, Warner Bros. Pictures International said Monday.

Comic-Con Interview: 2012 Director Roland Emmerich

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

Director Roland Emmerich has forgotten more about
destruction than you or I will ever know.

Jon Favreau: Recasting Terrence Howard Was ‘Tough,’ Says Don
Cheadle Owning War Machine Role

from Access Hollywood – Movies

The cast of “Iron Man” – Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow
and Terrence Howard – helped propel the first installment of the superhero
franchise to $585 million in box office takings worldwide. So it should come as
no surprise that director Jon Favreau found replacing Howard, “tough.”

 

‘Dead Space’ finds director

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Margaret Lyons

D. J. Caruso has been tapped to direct Dead Space, a sci-fi
horror film based on the popular video game about an alien virus that
reanimates human corpses.

Alcon takes ‘Prisoners’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Alcon Entertainment has acquired Aaron Guzikowski’s hot spec
with a plan to fast-track production and release the movie in October 2010.

Mila Kunis may join Natalie Portman in Darren Aronofsky’s
‘Black Swan’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Mila Kunis is in talks to star opposite Natalie Portman in
director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Movie Preview: The Time Traveler’s Wife

from EW.com: Movies

By Karen Valby

Cameron Diaz & Megan Fox Freaked Out By Horror Films

from Movies: News & Videos about Movies – CNN.com

They can star in them, but just don’t ask them to watch!


‘King Kong’ prequel novel headed to the big screen

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Spirit Pictures has purchased film rights to Kong: King of
Skull Island, an authorized 2004 prequel to the tale of King Kong, Variety
reports.

Batman 3 Will Shoot Next Year, Says Gary Oldman

from Paste Magazine

At Comic-Con to promote the thriller The Book of Eli,
Gary Oldman unexpectedly took a question about a sequel to The Dark Knight and
told the audience this: “The next Batman is next year, so I think it is
two years away. But you didn’t hear it from me.”

 

Documentarian captures the danger and hope in Afghanistan

from L.A. Times – Movie News

When Havana Marking heard about an ‘American Idol’-like TV
show in the Muslim country, she knew she had to go there.

 

TELEVISION

ABC, CBS tie in Sunday ratings race

from Variety.com – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: ‘Big Brother,’ ’60 Minutes’ stand out on slow
night — On an anemic night of broadcast viewing, ABC and CBS tied Sunday as
the Eye’s latest edition of “Big Brother” lodged the evening’s best rating. “60
Minutes,” as often happens, drew the most viewers.

 

What to Watch for week of July 27 to August 2, 2009

from EW.com: TV

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

 

Study: HBO leads on TV in showing gay characters

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) — HBO scored highest among 15 networks for
its representation of gay characters last season, according to a report
released Monday….

Clown of ‘Morning Joe’ Gets a Show of His Own

from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER

Willie Geist’s new program, “Way Too Early,” is opening
another front in the fierce competition between cable news channels.

‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ adds new face

from CNN.com – EntertainmentEdit Entry – AMC News | Movable Type Enterprise

Why would an award-winning singer, songwriter, producer and
single mother want to tack reality TV star onto her long list of
accomplishments? For Kandi Burruss, the newest member of the “Real
Housewives of Atlanta,” the answer is simple: “I was a fan last year.
I love the show.”

CBS plans ‘Neighborhood’ reality show

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) — CBS says it has selected eight
families to compete in its new U.S. reality television competition series
“There Goes the Neighborhood.”

Nightline’s Success? “A Relentless Focus on the News”

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
The NYTimes’ Bill Carter writes about the late night shakeup that has pushed ABC’s
“Nightline” to the top of the ratings four weeks and counting.

SyFy announces premiere date for ‘Caprica’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Tim Stack

SyFy has set Jan. 22, 2010 at 9 p.m. for the premiere of
their new series, Caprica. The premiere will be a two-hour event, but subsequent
airings will be in one-hour episodes at 10pm on Fridays.

 

TNT firms cast for Spielberg pilot

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Moon Bloodgood, Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim
Knight have joined Noah Wyle on TNT’s untitled alien invasion pilot from
executive producer Steven Spielberg.

 

MTV to air Paris Hilton documentary

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) — MTV says it plans to air for the
first time on U.S. television a documentary about socialite and actress Paris
Hilton called “Paris, Not France.”

‘American Idol’ stars in talks for bigger pay

from L.A. Times – TV News

Ryan Seacrest has a $30-million deal, Simon Cowell is in
talks for what could be $45 million a year and Paula Abdul has cut her request
for $20 million, sources say, amid a dearth of TV network hits.

‘Grey’s’: George’s ‘lost’ episode

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

Michael Ausiello reveals exclusive details about a killer
story we’ll never see now that T.R. Knight’s leaving

‘Family Guy’ vs. Fox on ‘abortion’

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker on Seth MacFarlane’s Comic-Con claim network OK’d
episode, then got cold feet on airing it

 

MUSIC

Top Online Song and Video Downloads

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Michael Jackson claimed seven of the
top 10 spots on AOL’s music-video-downloads chart. See the full chart for top
iTunes, AOL-music-video and peer-to-peer music downloads and Yahoo lyric
searches.

Kurt Loder Remembers ‘Purple Rain’

from MTV Movies Blog by Kurt Loder
It’s not hard to grasp why Purple Rain was such an event when it was first
released, 25 years ago this summer: The album was a dizzying synthesis of rock,
pop and R&B, and it still sounds groundbreaking today.

Blink-182 ‘Humbled’ By Tour Kickoff, Promise More Obscenities

from MTV News

‘To come back and have our tour sell like this, I think it’s
strange for all of us,’ bassist Mark Hoppus says.

Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Works on Charlie Chaplin Film Score

from Paste Magazine

Nevermind Kid Rock and Lil Wayne. Come the first month of 2010, the
collaboration du jour will be Charlie Chaplin and indie rock. More
specifically, Chaplin’s timeless work matched with a pair of recent headline grabbers: Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Collections
of Colonies of Bees’ Chris Rosenau.

Monsters of Folk Announce Fall Charity Tour

from Paste Magazine

It’s been a little more than a year since we first brought
you news of the Monsters of Folk, the (probably) satirically-named supergroup
of Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and
M. Ward of She & Him/M. Ward fame. Now that their debut album is nearing release, the quartet will hit the road this
fall for an international tour with a philanthropic bent.


Madonna’s love letters, erotic tapes in NY auction

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Madonna’s love letters and erotic answering
machine messages to an ex-boyfriend are up for sale in New York City….

 

Michael Jackson’s Burnt Hair From Pepsi Accident Made Into
Diamonds

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Since Michael Jackson’s sudden death on June 25, the rumour mill over details
of his bizarre personal life has ground away nearly non-stop, and on Friday,
one company said it was turning his hair into diamonds. That one is true.

Decemberists Extend Fall Tour

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
The Decemberists have added 14 shows to their U.S. tour behind The Hazards
of Love
, the Portland, OR, band’s latest album. The new run of gigs will
kick off September 20 in Burlington, VT, and conclude in San Francisco Oct 18.

 

Whitney Houston’s I Look To You Addresses Her ‘Ups And Downs’

from MTV News

‘I kept my faith and I kept my head up and I took my time,’
she says of putting together her first studio album in seven years.

Flight of the Conchords Announce Freaky New Album

from Paste Magazine

The adorable, hilarious Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement,
who together make up the New Zealand band and HBO series Flight
of the Conchords
, have just announced the release of their sophomore
album, I Told You I Was Freaky.


Robert Plant involved in car crash

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, July 27 (UPI) — A drug counselor said his Mercedes
was totaled in a London collision with musician Robert Plant’s Audi.

Billie Joe Armstrong Says Green Day’s American Idiot Film Might
Be Like … ‘Rocky Horror’?

from MTV News

American Idiot had a lot in common with something
like ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show,’ ‘ frontman says.

Trace Adkins: Comic book star

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NASHVILLE, July 27 (UPI) — Nashville star Trace Adkins is
the model for a new comic book character due to be published this fall, the
publisher said.

Kelly Clarkson Loses Fight Against Beyonce-Like Single

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Kelly Clarkson unsuccessfully fought her record label not to release
“Already Gone” as the third single off her new album, as the music is
the same as the music from Beyonce’s hit “Halo.”

Mariah Carey LP Shaped By ‘Amazing’ Connection With Nick Cannon

from MTV News

‘Everything changes when you’re in love,’ she says of
husband’s effect on Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.

The White Stripes Release Trailer for Tour Documentary

from Paste Magazine

Between working with his new supergroup, The Dead Weather, operating label Third Man Records, and serving on the Nashville Music Council, Jack White is approaching Broken Social Scene-levels of music-world monopoly
these days. Now he can add one more line to his impressive resume: starring in
a documentary of The White Stripes’ wild 2007 Canadian tour.

 

ETC…

Shakespeare’s Globe to tour United States

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LONDON (AP) — Shakespeare’s Globe, the London theater that
stages the Bard’s plays in an Elizabethan setting, is taking its show on the
road in the U.S….

‘My Girl’ star all grown up in acting comeback

from CNN.com – Entertainment

She broke your heart and won rave reviews as the earnest kid
in the coming-of-age drama “My Girl.” And then, a few years later,
Anna Chlumsky had her own heart broken — by Hollywood.

More than 1M ‘Ghostbusters’ games sold

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) — More than 1 million copies of
“Ghostbusters: The Video Game” were sold in North America during its
first month in release, Atari said Monday.

Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis among comedians contributing
to graphic novel series

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Comedians including Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, Bob
Odenkirk, David Cross, Patton Oswalt, B.J. Novak, and Janeane Garofalo will
contribute to the new graphic novel anthology series Comedy Death Ray, Variety
reports.

Secy. Clinton: We Work on Current TV Reporters’ Situation
‘Every Day’

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
BayNewser has the clip from “Meet the Press” yesterday as David
Gregory
asked Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton
about the status of Current TV reporters, Laura
Ling
and Euna Lee who’ve been imprisoned in North Korea since
March.

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