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The Newsdesk 07.13.09 – Reynolds Is Green Lantern; Bruno Shocks the Box Office

Ryan Reynolds has been cast as Green Lantern in the Warner Bros. movie set to begin production in January. Now who’s going to play G’nort, the talking Green Lantern dog?

Bruno took the top spot at the box office this past weekend, racking up $30.4 million in ticket sales. Meanwhile, I Love You, Beth Cooper is this summer’s The Love Guru, tanking in seventh place with $5 million.

• Steven Soderbergh and Terence Stamp reportedly want to make a sequel to The Limey. Why not just update all of your movies, Steven? Sex, Lies, and Digital Video, perhaps?

Nicole Kidman will star and produce in Little Bee, a South African drama based on the best-selling novel by Chris Cleave. 

• Susan Sarandon and John Goodman will assist Al Pacino in the Dr. Kevorkian biopic from HBO Films.

• The first photo from Wes Anderson’s stop-motion family film The Fantastic Mr. Fox has leaked. Creepy good, or creepy bad? The verdict is still out on this one. 



BIZ

Marketers Claim They Can Wait Until Networks Drop Their Upfront
Prices

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

NEW YORK (AdAge.com)
— Marketers love TV — just not at these prices. And so hopes for a neat wrap
to an already stalled upfront marketplace have begun to fizzle as advertisers
dig in their heels a while longer.

Summer has gone cold for the major networks

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Summer has cast a gray cloud on the major TV networks.


AWARDS

SAG Awards submissions open Monday

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Submissions for the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
nominations open Monday and close Oct. 28. Nominations will be announced Dec.
17.


MOVIES

Weekend Box Office: July 10-12, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Bruno tops the box office with an estimated $30.4 million

Austrians say outrageous Bruno ist pretty funny

from Reuters: Entertainment News

VIENNA (Reuters) – A shocking gay fashion reporter who
dreams of being “the biggest Austrian superstar since Hitler” raised
giggles when he hit Austrian cinemas on Friday despite having rankled some who
say his jokes go too far.

GLAAD: ‘Bruno’ reinforces negative gay stereotypes

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation said
Friday that Bruno, the new film starring Sacha Baron Cohen, reinforces negative


‘Ice Age’ helps Fox top $1B overseas

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) — “Ice Age: Dawn of the
Dinosaurs” pushed 20th Century Fox past $1 billion in 2009 foreign box
office revenue, the studio said.

Box Office: Magnolia Finds “Humpday” On Top, “Food” 2009’s New
Top Doc

from indieWIRE News

The debut of Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” led this weekend’s
specialty box office, according to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this
afternoon.  The Magnolia Pictures release–starring Mark Duplass and Joshua
Leonard as two straight men attempting to have sex on camera for “art’s
sake”–grossed $29,000 from its two screens in New York and Shelton’s hometown
of Seattle.

 

Dillinger’s Ohio crime spree left out of new movie

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JOHN SEEWER

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Before becoming Public Enemy No. 1,
gangster John Dillinger pulled off his first bank robbery in a sleepy Ohio
town….

Aniston films movie at N.Y. Daily News

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, July 12 (UPI) — The New York Daily News says its
headquarters was used as a filming location for Jennifer Aniston’s new movie,
“The Bounty.”

Warner Bros. tabs Reynolds for ‘Lantern’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) — Warner Bros. has tabbed
Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds to play the title role in the movie adaptation of
the comic book series “Green Lantern.”

Mel Gibson as ‘The Beaver’?

from EW.com: Movies

Margaret Lyons likes the sound of new Jodie Foster project;
it could end up being nine kinds of terrible — but at least it’s trying
something new.

David A. Goodman Scripting Hong Kong Phooey Live-Action Film
And A Remake of Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
According to Variety, Family Guy producer and writer David A.
Goodman has not only taken on the task of adapting Hong Kong Phooey for
a big screen outing, he’s also the man at the typewriter for Who Is Killing
the Great Chefs of Vegas?

Albert and Allen Hughes return with ‘Book of Eli’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

The twins, who burst on the scene with ‘Menace II Society,’
direct Denzel Washington in a post-apocalyptic epic.

Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt are a couple, just for ‘Summer’

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are sitting in an
empty, shadowy bar on a sunny, sweltering afternoon, piecing together .

TELEVISION

Saturday night’s alright for…TV?

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

Ken Tucker: Networks think you’re out, and dump good, if low
rated, shows here. So, who’s watching?

‘Desperate’ adds two actors to cast

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) — The U.S. TV series “Desperate
Housewives” will reportedly have two new cast members next season, Jeffrey
Nordling and Beau Mirchoff.

With a Little ‘True Blood,’ HBO Is Reviving Its Fortunes

from NYT > Television by By BILL CARTER

A series about vampires appears to be pulling the channel
out of a dry spell that began when several hit shows like “The Sopranos” ended.


MUSIC

Jackson, healthy or not? Depends on who’s talking

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In his final days, Michael Jackson was
robust and active. Or dangerously thin and frail. Begging for access to
powerful prescription drugs. Or showing no signs of ever having used them….

La Toya lays blame for Jackson’s death

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) — La Toya Jackson alleges her brother Michael was
effectively killed by his greedy and manipulative entourage, a charge LA police
say they aren’t ready to make.


Robert Plant honored by Buckingham Palace

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LONDON, July 12 (UPI) — Robert Plant, the former Led Zeppelin singer, has been
made a commander of the British Empire in London, Buckingham Palace says.

 

Black Eyed Peas to open for U2

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) — Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie
says her band will open for U2 at five U.S. shows.

Jay-Z Salutes Michael Jackson At Connecticut Show

from MTV News

Hov plays old hits, new material at casino concert.

Manson, Slayer Kick Off Mayhem Fest Tour

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Peter Gaston
Would it really be a heavy metal festival without a sweaty mass of devil horns,
flying fists, and bleary-eyed drunkards lumbering recklessly toward the
bathroom?

Maroon 5 recording with ‘Mutt’ Lange

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

(LiveDaily.com)
Maroon 5 [ tickets
] has begun work on the follow up to 2007’s “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,”
and is joining producer “Mutt” Lange in the studio in Switzerland
this month to begin tracking new songs.

New albums join expanding ‘Idol’ collection

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

After eight seasons and almost 100 finalists, a week rarely
passes without new music from a former ‘American Idol’contestant.

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