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The Newsdesk 08.18.09 – Redford to Tackle Lincoln Pic; Brewster’s Remake

• James McAvoy will join Seth Rogen in the comedy I’m With Cancer. Did Funny People open the floodgates for hilarious cancer comedy?

Robert Redford will direct The Conspirator, the story of Mary Surratt, one of the alleged conspirators in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.

• New photos of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page in Inception have been released. The scifi thriller is Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight.

• Demand for Friday’s 15-minute preview of Avatar has caused the ticketing website to crash. Just wait until the actual trailer comes out. The Internet may collapse in on itself.

• Warner Bros. is remaking the Richard Pryor comedy Brewster’s Millions. It’s only a matter of time before they get to The Toy

• The first trailer for the Kristen Bell romantic comedy When in Rome has surfaced. Beware: Josh Duhamel and Danny DeVito mugging ahead.


BIZ

Spielberg gets movie cash with India deal

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Financing for Steven Spielberg’s partnership with one of
India’s richest men was finalized Monday, giving the legendary Hollywood
director money to resume making movies.


FESTIVALS

Toronto Premiere “Life and Death” Gets Picked Up

from indieWIRE News

National Geographic Entertainment has acquired the North
American rights to Lu Chaun’s “City of Life and Death” ahead of its
international premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film
Festival.  The film is an “epic tale” of the defiance of citizens who survive
the 1937 Japanese occupation of China’s capital, Nanjing.

New Decade, New Films:2010 Tribeca Film Festival

from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Kristin McCracken

It’s only August, and the new year seems ages away, but it
will be here before we know it! Tribeca has announced key dates for the 2010
Tribeca Film Festival.

‘Cherrybomb’ to hit Irish fest

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Festival to bow on Sept. 23 — The Rupert
Grint starrer “Cherrybomb” will bow Stateside at the LA’s Irish Film
Fest, Sept. 23-27.


FILM

The ‘New Moon’ Trailer Has Arrived And It’s RIGHT HERE

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

I’m going to keep this short, since the text isn’t why
you’re here. This is a fascinating trailer for “New Moon“;
I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like it billed as a trailer. You all
know this already because of the leak last week, but I hadn’t watched
that.

‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’ racking up record sales
overseas

from L.A. Times – Movie News

‘Ice Age 3’ has become an international phenomenon, taking
in more than $600 million in overseas ticket sales.

Shots Ring Out On NYC Street Prepping For New Movie Starring
Queen Latifah

from Access Hollywood – Movies

The scene was like something out of a movie — except it
wasn’t.

`Avatar’ site crashes as fans seek free tickets

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans seeking free tickets to a
sneak-peek at the 3D sci-fi adventure “Avatar” have crashed the Web
site for the upcoming James Cameron film.

James McAvoy is ‘With Cancer’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Nicole Holofcener to helm Reiser adaptation —
James McAvoy has checked into Mandate Pictures’ comedic adaptation of the Will
Reiser novel “I’m With Cancer.” Nicole Holofcener will direct, and
the pic will co-star Seth Rogen, who is also producing.

Inside Leonardo DiCaprio’s secret movie set

from CNN.com – Entertainment

After a private Mediterranean cruise with 12 pals that
sailed from August 12 through 16 along the French Riviera, Leonardo DiCaprio
got an early jump on Labor Day by going back to work Monday in Paris for his
latest movie, “Inception,” directed by “Dark Knight’s”
Christopher Nolan and which started shooting in London last month.

Ferrell replacing Downey in ‘Oobermind’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. actor Will Ferrell
has signed on to star in the movie “Oobermind” after Robert Downey
Jr. dropped out, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. announced Monday.


TELEVISION

‘Mad Men’ adds up a big audience for season debut

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — AMC network says “Mad Men” logged
a one-third boost in viewers for its season premiere Sunday, over last year’s
premiere of the much acclaimed drama.

The women behind the ‘Mad Men’

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Men may rule the roost in AMC’s hit drama “Mad
Men,” but behind the guys are a group of women whose lives shape the
award-winning story.

AMC’s ‘Mad Men’ heads to Canada’s iTunes

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Canadians looking to view the third season of AMC’s
“Mad Men” will need their iPod.

‘Mad Men’ using product integration

from Hollywood Reporter by By Todd Wasserman, Brandweek

It turns out AMC’s hit drama “Mad Men,” about
fictional 1960s advertising agency Sterling Cooper, uses product placements as
part its own advertising strategy.

Fall shows tuned in to Twitter marketing

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steve McClellan

Twitter’s effectiveness as a marketing tool remains up for
debate, but don’t tell that to Homer Simpson or Jay Leno.

‘American Idol’: Shania Twain will be next guest judge

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam B. Vary

EW has confirmed that country music superstar Shania Twain
will be the next guest judge on American Idol, after Victoria Beckham and Mary
J. Blige.

Scoop: Abdul negotiating a return to ‘Idol’

from MSNBC.com: Gossip
Now that the “Dancing With the Stars” cast has been announced, and Paula
Abdul’s name is not on the list, negotiations between Abdul and Fox for her
return to “American Idol” have become more intense.

 

Comedian Steve Harvey joins ‘Good Morning America’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says comedian Steve Harvey is joining
“Good Morning America” for reports on family and relationship topics.

‘Dancing With the Stars’ announces new lineup

from CNN.com – Entertainment

In recent seasons, “Dancing With the Stars” has
given exposure to such unlikely dancers as magician Penn Jillette and
Oscar-winning octogenarian actress Cloris Leachman. But Tom DeLay? Along with
Kathy Ireland and Michael Irvin, he’s one of the new season’s contestants.

‘Midnight, Mass.’ coming to NBC

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

NBC has picked up a live-action television series based on
the comic-book series Midnight, Mass., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Patton Oswalt takes on ‘Caprica’ role

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Comedian Patton Oswalt is joining the cast of Syfy’s
upcoming drama series “Caprica” as a recurring.

‘Project Runway’ says California, here we come

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
The hit fashion reality show will have a new setting (Los Angeles), a new
network (Lifetime), and a special guest judge (Lindsay Lohan), when it debuts
its sixth season.


MUSIC

Kiss to release new album at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is being embraced with a Kiss.

Jonas Brothers Get Their Own Rolling Stone Collector’s Edition

from MTV News

The limited-edition issue of the magazine hits newsstands
Friday.

French DJ David Guetta is in heavy rotation with big stars

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

French DJ/producer/recording artist David Guetta is hardly a
household name in the USA.

Lady Gaga excited to visit Jerusalem

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Pop megastar Lady Gaga says she is toning down her
provocative image during her first trip to Israel

Diddy Releases Club-Ready Last Train To Paris Mixtape

from MTV News

Mixtape from Diddy’s ‘dance music alter ego’ ‘Lectro Black
features throbbing club beats.

Radiohead Officially Acknowledges, Releases New Song
“These Are My Twisted Words”

from Paste Magazine

It’s official. Radiohead
has released a new song.

Exclusive: Raveonettes Preview New Album, Unplugged

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
When one listens closely to the shoegaze-laced noise-pop of Denmark’s
Raveonettes, typically bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain or the Velvet
Underground come to mind — with a tinge of classic ’50s rock’n’roll tossed in
for good measure. But according to the duo’s guitarist Sune Rose Wagner, their
influences extend a bit further than meets the ear.


ETC…

Estate debate back; Jackson kids have lawyer

from CNN.com – Entertainment

The newly named lawyer for Michael Jackson’s children makes
her first court appearance Monday as a judge decides if he’ll approve a
contract between Jackson’s estate and concert promoter AEG Live.

Jackson burial set for Aug. 29

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Michael Jackson’s father, Joe,
says the late pop star will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles on
what would have been his 51st birthday.

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