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The Newsdesk 08.04.09 – First Look at Lovely Bones; Jackman Is P.T. Barnum

Charlize Theron and Sam Worthington will star in The Tourist, a remake of the French thriller Anthony Zimmer.

• A 30-second teaser for Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones has debuted. The first full trailer will debut on Entertainment Tonight this evening. Looks stunning. Well, expect for Mark Wahlberg’s Partridge Family haircut.

• Steve Zahn has signed on to play the father in Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Oh course, he could also play the wimpy kid. Zahn’s just that versatile.

• Netflix could soon be offering streaming movies to iPhones and Wii gaming systems. Because there’s nothing better than watching The Godfather on a tiny phone screen and/or between games of Wii Tennis.

• Carla Gugino is reteaming with Watchmen director Zack Snyder for Sucker Punch. Emily Browning, Jena Malone, and more star in the movie, which sounds like Girl, Interrupted on acid.

Hugh Jackman will star in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a musical take on the life of P.T. Barnum scripted by Sex and the City writer Jenny Bicks. British singer-songwriter Mika is in talks to pen the music. It’s safe to say this is going to be more Moulin Rouge! than Wolverine.



BIZ

Broadband Bites Cable

from Forbes.com: Media News by Dirk Smillie

A new Pew study shows audience migration amid a slow
economy.


FESTIVALS

Tilda Swinton takes mobile film fest on the road

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton is
spending part of the summer hauling a mobile movie theater across the Scottish
Highlands….

L.A. Irish fest picks ‘Eclipse’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Conor McPherson’s “The Eclipse” will serve as the
opening-night film at the 2009 Los Angeles Irish Film Festival, which runs
Sept. 23-27.

Downtown Film Fest sets lineup

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: 8 films include docs, dramas — Fest has
announced the feature film lineup for its Aug. 12-22 run.

‘Jesse’s Story’ to open Malibu fest

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Guzman’s ‘2:22’ to close festival on
Saturday — The 10th annual Malibu Film Festival is set to open Thursday with
the inspirational docu “Jesse’s Story.”

AWARDS

Shonda Rhimes, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and more protest
decision to remove writing categories from Emmy awards

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Whitney PastorekOver
100 current TV writers and showrunners are protesting the decision to remove
two writing categories from the televised portion of this year’s Emmy Awards,
according to The Hollywood Reporter.

 

Emmy producer defends ‘time shifting’ plan

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Lynette Rice
Arguing that “we are trying to keep the Emmys alive as a major television event,”
Executive Producer Don Mischer outlined plans today to streamline the
Sept. 20 telecast on CBS.


FILM

Judd Apatow finds himself at crossroads

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

In the wake of Judd Apatow’s latest film “Funny
People” opening to a middling $22.6 million, Hollywood was eager to pass
judgment on the hyphenate’s stock.

Eric
Bana & Rachel McAdams Talk ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” stars Eric Bana and Rachel
McAdams sit down with Access to chat about Eric being naked for the movie and
Rachel having a fake belly. Plus, Rachel talks about working with “Sherlock
Holmes” co-star Robert Downey Jr.

Sam Worthington to join Charlize Theron in ‘Tourist’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Whitney Pastorek
According to Variety, Sam Worthington has signed on to join Charlize Theron for The Tourist, a remake of the 2005 French thriller Anthony
Zimmer.

30-Second Sneak Preview of Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com
(slashfilm.com)
Entertainment Tonight will be premiering the first trailer for Peter Jackson’s
big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones on Tuesday, August 4th.

Paramount Pictures waves the flag for ‘G.I. Joe’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

In a highly atypical marketing campaign, the studio
sidesteps the traditional Hollywood showcase in favor of taking the film
directly to America’s heartland.

‘Twilight’ Cast Members Respond To The Departure Of Rachelle
Lefevre

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
There was a fair bit of coverage last week devoted to former “Twilight
cast member Rachelle Lefevre. Like this. And this. This and this too. In short, we’ve covered this story and you know
where I stand.

Steve Zahn to star in ‘Wimpy Kid’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Freudenthal to direct Fox 2000 film — Steve Zahn
will star in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” Fox 2000’s adaptation of Jeff
Kinney’s novels, with Thor Freudenthal directing.

Hugh Jackman to star in ‘Showman’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Actor to play P.T. Barnum in Fox musical —
Twentieth Century Fox has attached Hugh Jackman to play American showman P.T.
Barnum in “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” an original contemporary
musical to be scripted by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”).


TELEVISION

Kara DioGuardi returning as ‘American Idol’ judge

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox network says Kara DioGuardi
(KA’-ruh dee-oh-GWAHR’-dee) will be back for her second round as a judge on
“American Idol.”…

Logue lands FX comedy pilot

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 3 (UPI) — Canadian actor Donal Logue has
signed on to star in “Terriers,” an FX comedy pilot about a pair of
unlikely private detectives.

Alyssa Milano pilot nears pickup

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

ABC is close to picking up “Romantically
Challenged,” the multicamera comedy pilot starring Alyssa Milano.

TruTV has ‘Conspiracy Theory’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

TruTV has picked up “Conspiracy Theory With Jesse
Ventura” to series with a seven-episode order.

USA renews ‘In Plain Sight’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

USA Network has renewed sophomore drama “In Plain
Sight” for a third season. Additionally, the network is finalizing a deal
to renew the show’s companion on Sunday nights, “Law & Order: Criminal
Intent.”


MUSIC

Sugarland fans in for a sweet ride with TV special

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sugarland’s Kristian Bush knows a
live CD/DVD package and a network TV special might seem quaint at a time when
singles rule and fans flock to YouTube, but he thinks they are a good way to
show what the duo is all about….

Lil Wayne On Performing With Chris Brown: ‘U Kno I Had To Show
Him Sum Luv’

from MTV News
Brown made a surprise appearance at America’s Most Wanted tour stop in
Virginia.

Exclusive: My Chemical Romance’s New Album Is A ‘Love Letter To
Rock And Roll’

from MTV News

‘It’s definitely more aggressive, but to me it feels like a
celebration of rock and roll,’ Gerard Way says.

Mariah Carey’s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel To Feature Ads

from MTV News

CD booklet will be a mini-magazine filled with advertising.

Heath Ledger-Directed Video Released by Modest Mouse

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Modest Mouse will premiere the Heath Ledger-directed video for their track
“King Rat” Tuesday, August 4. It coincides with the release of their
new EP, No One’s First, and You’re Next,


Tom DeLonge’s Angels & Airwaves Preview New Album, Film
Online

from MTV News

Although Blink-182 have reunited, DeLonge continues his work
with A&A, releasing Love — for free! — on February 14, 2010.

Jarvis Cocker writing songs for comedy

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Jarvis Cocker has written three songs
for the upcoming film “Get Him to the Greek,” a spinoff of the hit
2008 comedy “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.”



ETC…

Dan Rather sues CBS execs

from Hollywood Reporter by By Edith Honan, Reuters

Former TV news anchor Dan Rather sued CBS Chief Executive
Leslie Moonves and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward on Monday in a bid
to have them reinstated as defendants in his $70 million lawsuit against the
network.

Gallagher to star in ‘American Idiot’

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: ‘Spring’ star set for Green Day musical — John
Gallagher Jr., who picked up a 2007 Tony for his role in “Spring Awakening,”
will topline the Green Day tuner “American Idiot.”

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