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The Newsdesk 07.30.09 – Crowe Joins Three Days; Coens’ A Serious Man Trailer Out

Russell Crowe will star in The Next Three Days for director Paul Haggis (Crash).

• Sony is developing the video game movie inFamous, about a bike messenger with amazing electrical powers. Yet he still can’t seem to get his deliveries in on time.

• The first trailer for A Serious Man from the Coen brothers has been released. First good sign? The biggest star is Adam Arkin.

• Ron Howard is tackling Robert Ludlum’s spy thriller The Parsifal Mosaic. Would it have killed Ludlum to have occasionally gone for a simpler title? “I Spy” perhaps?

• Steven Spielberg might bring the super spy Matt Helm to the big screen. The character has appeared in novels by Donald Hamilton and some extremely dated Dean Martin movies.

Rachelle Lefevre claims she is “stunned” by Summit Entertainment replacing her with Bryce Dallas Howard in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. If Howard suddenly goes missing, blame the crazy Twilight fans.



BIZ

Broadcast, Cable Anticipate Close of Upfront Market in Next Two
Weeks

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com(Brian
Steinberg)

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — TV’s upfront marketplace appears to
be lurching toward its end, according to media buyers, several of whom expect
the marketplace to wrap up anytime between the end of this week and sometime
next week.

Big Media Earnings: Film/TV Bright Spots

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Hey, Hollywood, don’t get suckered by this week’s earnings
reports of doom and gloom at the Big Media companies. In fact, the
entertainment sides of some of these companies are doing — dare I say it —
better.

Time Warner profits slide 34%

from Variety.com

Business News: Media networks’ revenue rises by 5% — Time
Warner said Wednesday its profits last quarter were down 34% to $519 million.

DreamWorks Animation reports dip

from Variety.com

Front Page: Revenue, profit drop nearly 7% — Revenue and
profit at DreamWorks Animation both dipped about 7% last quarter to $132
million and $27.5 million, respectively.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, July 28, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

G-Force tops Tuesday’s box office with $4.8 million

Interview: Judd Apatow

from Variety.com

Film News: ‘Funny People’ director talks Sandler, TV — Variety
speaks with “Funny People” director Judd Apatow about the virtues
of unemployment, why TV is a disaster and the inviolability of the goofy
guy-hot girl dynamic. Universal Pictures opens “Funny People” on
3,000 screens July 31.


Charlize Theron Traveling To ‘Arabia’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Charlize Theron is set to produce and star in an adaptation
of “Florence of Arabia,” according to Variety.

Matt Damon Confirms Talks For New ‘Bourne’ Film

from Access Hollywood – Movies

The long-awaited fourth “Bourne” film could be inching
closer to becoming a reality.

A Life In Comedy Leads Judd Apatow To ‘Funny People’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Judd Apatow’s “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” spawned one of the
most vibrant and successful runs in American comedy — a frantic, four-year era
capped by and summed up in the writer/director/producer’s latest film, “Funny
People.”

Bryce Dallas Howard joins third `Twilight’ film

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bryce Dallas Howard is sinking her teeth
into a role in the “Twilight” series….

‘Eclipse’ recast: ‘I was stunned’

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Nicole Sperling

EW receives Rachelle Lefevre statement: ”Never did I fathom
I would lose the role over a 10 day overlap”

Big-screen version of ‘Lorax’ on its way

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) — A 3D animated adaptation of
Dr. Suess’s children’s story “The Lorax” is headed to the big-screen,
the U.S. film’s producer said.

Sony Sets The Lords Day As Clancy-esque Thriller With Franchise
Potential

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
The Michael Dobbs novel The Lords Day is being set up at Sony as
an action thriller that could launch a franchise, says THR.

‘G.I. Joe’ had better be ready to fight against bad buzz

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

G.I. Joe is going into battle already wounded. Inspired by
Hasbro’s 1980s sci-fi soldier toy line, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra …

Has ‘The Green Hornet’ Found Its Kato In Kwon Sang-Woo?

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
After last weekend’s flood of “Green
Hornet
” casting news and updates, could an announcement regarding the
new Kato be next on the schedule?

Asperger syndrome, gentle romance intersect in ‘Adam’

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

In many ways Adam is simply another story about the
challenges of making a romantic relationship work.

 

TELEVISION

Animal Planet to launch investigative documentary series

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque
Fueled by its successful 2008 TV special about football player Michael Vick and
his illegal dog-fighting operation, cable station Animal Planet will create
“Animal Planet Investigates,” a periodic series of investigative
documentaries.

USA cable under blue skies

from L.A. Times – TV News

With shows like ‘Burn Notice,’ ‘Monk’ and ‘In Plain Sight,’
the network is on a roll.

Modest ratings bow for Fox’s ‘Love’

from Variety.com – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ heats up primetime — Auds
didn’t turn out in especially hefty numbers Tuesday for Fox’s new dating show
“More to Love,” whose premiere episode finished behind competing
unscripted series on NBC and CBS.


‘Dating in the Dark’ is a hit for ABC

from L.A. Times – TV News

At a time when new broadcast series have struggled to find
viewers, the ABC relationship series “Dating in the Dark” drew the
most viewers for a premiere this summer.

‘The Hills’ Premiere Date Set

from MTV News

New season, featuring Kristin Cavallari, will premiere
September 29 at 10 p.m. on MTV.

Television Review | ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’: Wealth
(and Dior) on Their Minds

from NYT > Television by By GINIA BELLAFANTE

Mere affluence is what counts for shame on the Atlanta
version of the “Real Housewives” franchise, which begins its second season on
Thursday.

House husbands go for TV glory in new U.S. show

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Charlie, Grant, Billy, Danny and
Darryl all have nice homes, a menagerie of children and pets — and wives who
earn more than they do.

 

MUSIC

‘Again’ is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 29 (UPI) — Demi Lovato’s “Here We Go
Again” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported
Wednesday.


Demi Lovato shows mature side on new CD

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Demi Lovato is in the middle of concert
tour, has just released a new album, and is still the star of her own Disney TV
series, “Sonny With a Chance.”

Silversun Pickups Win Over Metallica Fans, Make Their ‘Darkest
Video’

from MTV News

Frontman Brian Aubert calls upcoming ‘Substitution’ clip
‘sort of depressing.’

Madonna pens article for Israeli daily

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s biggest daily newspaper is
boasting a new international correspondent – Madonna….

Madonna to sing on Budapest soccer stadium

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

BUDAPEST, Hungary, July 29 (UPI) — U.S. pop star Madonna
will perform at a Budapest soccer stadium despite protests by the Hungarian
Football Association, organizers said Wednesday.

Clarkson’s Producer: I Would Never ‘Dupe’ Kelly

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
The guy Kelly Clarkson blames for allegedly making her look like a
song-stealing rip-off artist claims he would never ‘dupe’ anyone — and the
idea is both “hurtful and absurd.”

Exclusive: Spencer Smith Reveals New Members Of Panic! At The
Disco

from MTV News

Band carrying out Blink-182 tour dates with members of the
Cab, the Brobecks.

Gretchen Wilson to start her own record label

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Gretchen Wilson plans to start her own record label, and
she’d like to call it, naturally, Redneck Records.

 

Listen: Scarlett Johansson Duets with Pete Yorn

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Safe to say: Pete Yorn has a soft spot for milky, busty actresses. Turns out,
his new album of duets with Iron Man 2‘s Scarlett Johansson, Break Up,
was inspired by ’60s French sextress Brigitte Bardot.

Daughtry gets intimate for tour

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Gary Graff, Billboard

Even as it preps for a 14-date run of clubs and theaters
next month, Daughtry is eyeballing a headlining tour of arenas in the fall.

ETC…

Broadway musical version of ‘9 to 5’ set to close

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Goodbye, Dolly….

Jackson doctor had money problems

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Dr. Conrad Murray was suffering financially with nearly
$435,000 in judgments and liens against him over the past two years, according
to court documents. Then he decided to leave his practice and work for Michael
Jackson, getting paid $150,000 a month.

Waterston spending the day on Capitol Hill

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) — Actor Sam Waterston headed to
Washington Wednesday to meet with lawmakers regarding campaign finance reform.

Another Warhol? MoMA Hails the ‘Hidden’ Work of Tim Burton

from indieWIRE News

“I didn’t grow up in a real museum culture,” filmmaker Tim
Burton confessed today at the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan.

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