• Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will tackle a Gothic retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story. In her version, the Big Bad Wolf sparkles.
• Reaction to the first trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar has been mixed. It seems no one expected the “King of the World” would give us a cross between Dancing with Wolves and Delgo.
• The first trailer for Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story has surfaced.
• Billy Bob Thornton will star in the boxing drama Pound for Pound, based on a book by the author of Million Dollar Baby. Will The Boxmasters sign on to score?
• The Michael Jackson concert film This Is It will be released for a two-week limited engagement on October 28. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) has signed on to direct a documentary about Jackson.
• The first trailer The Wolf-Man, starring Benicio Del Toro, has hit the ‘Net. Best wolf movie since Wolf?
from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing
The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday (August
20) unveiled its final selections, including international premieres for South
Korean director Lee Hey-jun’s “Castaway on the Moon” and Mike
Sandejas’ “If I Knew What You Said,” from the Philippines.
from indieWIRE News
The Toronto International Film Festival rounded out its 2009
schedule today with the announcement of films for a number of programmes,
bringing the festival’s total to 271 features and 64 shorts from 64 countries.
That marks 22 more feature films than last year.
Film News: Clooney, Cruz, Farrell likely to attend —
Toronto Film Festival completes its 2009 slate Thursday, adding 45 titles to
George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey are among
A-listers scheduled to attend.
The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival not only puts on a
great show, they write a terrific blog. Part music news, festival updates, and
artist information are just a few of the highlights of Bumbershoot Fresh. The
big score for us readers: they have tons of free downloads.
from Paste Magazine
New York City is about to once again be devoured by one of
the world’s largest music showcases, and it must be used to it by now.
District 9 tops Wednesday’s box office with $3.9 million
The rumours of Penélope Cruz’s pregnancy had yet to surface
when we met. It was the end of a day of endless interviews in an airless hotel
room; she was sitting gloomily glued to a chair.
from Defamer by Ryan Tate
Hollywood studios failed to hoodwink the moviegoing public into seeing recent
stinkers like G.I. Joe and Brüno. But don’t blame overpaid movie
executives. Blame Twitter! The microblogging startup is apparently breaking the
entire celebrity-industrial complex over its knee like particleboard.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Matthew
An Antoine Fuqua-Nicolas Pileggi mob drama finds itself at
the center of a legal controversy after a real-life informant filed lawsuit
seeking damages as well as an injunction that would stop the release of a
from /Film by firstname.lastname@example.org (slashfilm.com)
Overture Films has finally released the first real movie trailer for
documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s new film, Capitalism: A Love Story.
It shows you actual footage from the movie, unlike the previously released
“Save The CEOs” teaser trailer Moore released in June.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin has been hired
to write the DreamWorks adaptation of the Japanese cult hit
Sienna Miller and Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour hit the
red carpet at The Museum of Modern Art, but did Anna feel that she was well
represented in the film? Plus, Diddy and Trump discuss a softer side of Anna
that most people don’t know.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social networking sites are abuzz over
an online trailer for “Avatar,” a day before more than 15 minutes of
James Cameron’s anticipated 3D sci-fi adventure was to screen in theaters….
Brad Pitt gets top billing in Quentin Tarantino’s
“Inglourious Basterds,” but Austrian actor Christoph Waltz may have
turned in the most memorable performance as a Nazi “Jew Hunter.”
from News in Film by Jeff Leins
Lionsgate is developing a remake of 1987’s Dirty Dancing
with writer Julia
Dahl (Uptown Girls). There aren’t many details yet as this
wasn’t an official studio announcement, but rather a Tweet from Production
The exchange took place a lifetime ago. But Peter Horton can
rewind right to it with the speed and precision of a DVR.
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam Markovitz
FX has ordered freshman seasons of two half-hour comedy
series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The League follows the members of
a fantasy football league, while Louie centers on the comedy of stand-up Louis
CK. Both shows are produced in-house by FX.
from EW.com: TV
By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello on casting notice for a ”sexy, masculine male” who ”works
for the family business” as Ana Ortiz’s love interest.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Michael Mosley and up-and-comer Kerry Bishe have landed the
remaining two new starring roles on ABC’s “Scrubs.”
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd
Jay Leno revealed more elements of his new primetime comedy
show Wednesday, including the addition of comedians Liz Feldman and Mikey Day
to his corespondents team.
from L.A. Times – TV News
And guess which fashion show is more fun to watch?
from L.A. Times – TV News
‘What Would Brian Boitano Make?’ premieres Sunday on the
Food Network. ‘It’s a natural thing for me,’ he says.
O’Reilly posted 1.10M viewers in the A25-54 demographic and 3.70M Total
Viewers. This was the biggest showing the in demo all year for O’Reilly, a
benchmark he’s set three times this month.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Black Eyed Peas’s “I
Gotta Feeling” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart this week, Billboard.com
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Michael Jackson’s father, Joe,
says the U.S. pop star’s burial in California has been postponed two days.
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Erica Futterman
The American Idiot musical is set to begin previews on September 4th in
Berkeley, California, and prep for the Green Day-inspired production is kicking
into high gear: tickets for the limited run (scheduled through October 11th)
are selling quickly, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre blogged a sneak peek at the show’s stage (revealing the set
required extra support to accommodate its size and its massive walls will
be covered in rock posters) and the show’s lead, John Gallagher, Jr. tweeted the cast
had its first full-band rehearsal last night.
from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
After three wildly successful albums that sold some 36 million copies
worldwide, singer/songwriter Norah Jones will shake up her winning formula on
her as-yet-untitled fourth effort, which is due for a November release.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) — The late U.S.
singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg’s final album, “Love in Time,” is set
for release on CD next month, Universal Music Enterprises said.
The Lady Gaga is transgendered story? It got more awesome.
Screeching Weasel, the Dead Milkmen, Naked Raygun and more
lead Riot Fest West.
from MTV News
Simon Cowell’s record label, SyCo, suspects computer hackers
snagged ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters
A woman who wrote an obscure vampire book as a
teenager has sued “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, accusing her of
stealing ideas from the work for the fourth book in her vampire series,