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The Newsdesk 08.26.09 – Soul Train Grooving Into Theaters; Sarandon Joins Wall Street 2

• Warner Bros. has enlisted a screenwriter to develop the TV series Soul Train for the big screen. If only Don Cornelius was still around to lend the film some of his signature soul.

Dakota Fanning might be starring in a Wizard of Oz remake produced by Spawn creator Todd McFarlane. There is so much wrong with this, I don’t even know where to begin.

Jet Li is returning to China for Ocean Paradise, his first Chinese-language film since 2007’s The Warlords.

• Rumor has it Christopher Nolan might be shooting Batman 3 entirely in IMAX. Christian Bale’s hoarse Batman voice is even scarier when projected 60-feet high.

• Angelina Jolie could be returning for Wanted 2. Guess her character got better from that whole being dead thing.

• Susan Sarandon will play Shia LaBeouf’s mother in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2. Please, guys… can we get through this movie without any “cougar” or “MILF” jokes?

• The blaxploitation parody Black Dynamite will hit theaters this fall. Now that Scorsese’s Shutter Island has moved to February, this is the movie of the fall season.


BIZ

Media Cos.' Best Customers: Those Who Steal Their Content

from Advertising Age - MediaWorks

We compared a random set of Vuze users with a national
sample of internet users ages 18 to 44, and results revealed that users of P2P
technology spend considerable money on traditional media and entertainment.


FESTIVALS

AFI Latin film fest announces lineup

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The 20th annual AFI Latin American Film Festival, which runs
from Sept. 23 to Oct. 12 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Md., will
kick off with the Mexican feature, "I'm Going to Explode" (Voy a
explotar), directed by Gerardo Naranjo.

'Dizzle' dazzles Downtown fest

from The Hollywood Reporter - Awards by By Gregg Kilday

"The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle,"
directed by David Russo and produced by Peggy Case, was named best feature at
the 2009 Downtown Film Festival-L.A., which concluded during the weekend.


AWARDS

Paisley, Underwood return as hosts of CMA Awards

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood
will return as co-hosts of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville
this fall....

Salma, Penélope, Javier Up for ALMA Awards

from E! Online - Movie News

It's going to be a hot night indeed. Penélope Cruz, Javier
Bardem, Benjamin Bratt and America Ferrera top the list of film and television
actors due to be feted at...

Beyonce is Billboard's woman of the year

from The Hollywood Reporter - Music by By Mariel Concepcion,
Billboard

Beyonce will be accepting the Woman of the Year Award at the
2009 Billboard Women In Music Event, set for on Oct. 2 in New York City.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Monday, August 24, 2009

from Box Office Mojo - Current Box Office Results

Inglourious Basterds tops Monday's box office with $4.7
million

25 Indie Films to Catch This Fall

from Paste Magazine

Sure, we can't wait for Where the Wild Things Are and
The Road. But not all of the movies worth watching this fall will be
hitting the megaplex. Here's our guide to 25 indie films to catch before
Christmas.

'Inglourious Basterds' Secret Oscar Campaign Strategy

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team

Surely, the question has occurred to you: Why isn't
Oscar-mad Harvey Weinstein releasing "Inglourious Basterds" in
Oscar-friendly November or December?

'Soul Train' coming to the bigscreen

from Variety.com - Film News

Film News: WB taps Spellman to write film based on show --
Warner Bros. has hired Malcolm Spellman to write a feature based on the classic
TV show "Soul Train."


'Green Lantern' Delayed By Australian Economy?

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Ryan
Reynolds
, already causing controversy by starring in different superhero projects from Marvel Comics and DC Comics,
is going to need a lot more than a power ring to combat his deadliest foe yet:
the global economy.

 

Dakota Fanning May Star in Wizard of Oz Sequel

from News in Film by Jeff Leins
Dakota Fanning
may be up for the lead in a Gothic follow-up to the classic musical The Wizard of Oz
The creator of the Spawn comic books Todd McFarlane
is producing the new sequel "set in the present day and featuring Dorothy's
granddaughter."

 

Joan Jett has hopes for 'Runaways'

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gary Graff, Billboard

Joan Jett and her creative and business partner Kenny Laguna
are expressing optimism for "The Runaways," the film based on the
maligned but influential all-female rock band that Jett co-founded and led from
1975-79.

 

Elizabeth Banks in talks to star opposite Russell Crowe

from Entertainment Weekly's News Briefs by Clark Collis

Role Models actress Elizabeth Banks is in final negotiations
to appear alongside Russell Crowe in the film The Next Three Days, according to
Variety. The movie is an adaptation of the French thriller Pour elle and is
being written and directed by Paul Haggis.

'Wall Street 2': Susan Sarandon in talks

from EW.com: Movies

By Nicole Sperling
Nicole Sperling reports actress is in negotiations to play the mother to Shia
LaBeouf's character, Jacob

Zombieland International Movie Trailer

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)

A bunch of trailers have been released thus far for Zombieland:
Teaser trailer, Red Band Trailer, and a Comic-Con Trailer.

Black Dynamite to Get Fall Release

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)

Black Dynamite generated a hell of a lot of
press based solely on a trailer, and played well at Sundance and better at the
Seattle Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.



TELEVISION

'Melrose Place' abuzz with Locklear rumors

from MSNBC.com: Television
Recently the rumors have surfaced again that Locklear has been approached to
appear on the new incarnation of the show.

 

Abdul to host 'VH1 Divas' Sept. 17 concert special

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Paula Abdul will see familiar faces when
she hosts the "VH1 Divas" concert - former "American Idol"
winners Kelly Clarkson and Jordin Sparks are among the singers....

LaToya Jackson appearing on '20/20' next month

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- ABC says LaToya Jackson will give her first
one-on-one interview since brother Michael Jackson's death when she sits down
with Barbara Walters next month....

American version of 'Skins' in the works

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LONDON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- MTV is developing a U.S. version of
the sexy British television series "Skins," which recently wrapped
its third season.

Carradine cast in TV's 'Dollhouse'

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Keith Carradine has signed on
for a recurring role in the second season of the U.S. television drama
"Dollhouse," TVGuide.com reported.

USA hangs on to top cable spot

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

As the summer shadows begin to lengthen, USA Network held on
to win one of the final weeks of the season, holding off a surging ESPN to
maintain its hold on the two core demos.

A&E to produce Jackson Family reality series

from Entertainment Weekly's News Briefs by Lynette Rice

A&E has confirmed that it will produce a reality series
featuring the Jackson brothers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Tentatively titled "Jackson Family Dynasty,"  the series will kick off
with A&E's original one-hour documentary about the family that was shot
before Michael Jackson died.  A&E hopes to debut the series this year.

Ausiello: 'HIMYM''s 'sexless innkeeper'

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello shares unofficial logline for predictably hilarious-sounding
''How I Met Your Mother'' episode

'Rachel Zoe Project': Wiping a tear from our chic

from EW.com: TV

By Annie Barrett
Annie Barrett on the return of the ''Project,'' complete with a life-altering
realization from the red carpet

'True Blood' ratings surge to new high

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Ausiello
Once again, the series tallies its biggest audience ever, this time up to 5.3M
viewers, up 20 percent from the week before

MUSIC

Nick Jonas says he dreams of being president

from Reuters: Entertainment News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Teen pop star Nick Jonas, taking a
break from touring with his brothers to raise awareness of juvenile diabetes,
said he dreams about being U.S. president and may study political science in
college.

On the verge: Owl City is a state of mind, not a place

from USATODAY.com Life - Top Stories

The power of the Web:Two years ago, Adam Young started
tinkering around on his computer in his parents' basement in Owatonna

Irish Chart-Toppers Cranberries Reform, Plan Tour!

from Spin magazine's Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Remember the Cranberries, the Irish rock band behind blockbuster early-'90s
hits like "Zombie" and "Linger"?

 

Sleepless night preceded Jackson's death

from CNN.com - Entertainment

Maybe it was anxiety over his upcoming comeback concert
series or his body was trying to process too many different medications. The
reason may never be known, but a sworn affidavit makes clear that Michael
Jackson couldn't get rest the night before he died. It also opens a window into
his final hours.

TLC To Reunite For Justin Timberlake's Benefit Concert

from MTV News

Taylor Swift, Ciara, Alicia Keys are also scheduled to
perform.

Tegan and Sara: Album Details, Tour Dates

from Spin magazine's Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
After receiving near unanimous praise for 2007's The Con -- including
four of five stars from SPIN
-- Tegan and Sara are gearing up for the
October 27 release of Sainthood by unveiling the album's cover art and
tracklist, plus the first dates of their fall tour.

 

Going 'Gaga' with pop's musical misfit

from CNN.com - Entertainment

There are no downsides to fame, said Lady Gaga, the singer
and currently one of the hottest things in pop.

Heidi Montag Says Miss Universe Performance Was Live

from MTV News

'It was the livest performance in history,' Spencer Pratt
says, brushing off lip-synching rumors.

Colbie Caillat Talks Breakthrough, Wants To Work With Hip-Hop
Artist

from MTV News

'She's one of the best songwriters I've ever known,' Caillat
says of collaborator, 'American Idol' judge Kara DioGuardi.

Chris Brown sentenced for Rihanna assault

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Recording artist Chris Brown
was sentenced in a Los Angeles court Tuesday to 1,400 hours of labor-oriented
service for beating up his singer-girlfriend Rihanna.

Pete Townshend plans new musical "Floss"

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LONDON (Reuters) - The Who guitarist Pete Townshend, behind
rock operas "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia", is writing a new
musical "Floss", about getting old.

Everclear signs with 429 Records

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. rock band
Everclear has signed a multi-record contract with 429 Records, a division of
the Savoy Label Group, 429 Records announced.

Passion Pit Announces Fall U.S. Tour

from Paste Magazine

Passion Pit will be touring the United States once again in
September and October, to further circulate their electro-pop sounds across the
country and keep the band booked for nearly all of 2009.

New Cyrus CD headed to Wal-Mart

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

BENTONVILLE, Ark., Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Miley Cyrus's album
"The Time of Our Lives" is to be released by Hollywood Records and
sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores and Walmart.com, the retailer said.

Watch the Cameron Crowe-Directed Video for Pearl Jam's
"The Fixer"

from Paste Magazine

In May, Pearl Jam's secret show at Seattle's Showbox
surprised 300 people on the spot, then left many more wondering why Cameron
Crowe was filming.

 

REM to release rehearsal CDs

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

DUBLIN, Ireland, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The U.S. rock band REM has
announced plans to release a two-CD set featuring live rehearsals recorded at
Dublin's Olympia club in 2007, the BBC said.

Danny Gokey: I'm going country

from EW.com: Today's Latest Headlines by Michael Slezak

Michael Slezak gets some scoop in Albany, N.Y.: See what the
''Idol'' finalist has cooked up for his debut

Arctic Monkeys return with 'Humbug'

from L.A. Times - Music News

Record Rack: CDs by Felix Da Housecat, David Guetta, Jet and
Queen Latifah also get a listen.

Review: 'I Look to You' by Whitney Houston

from Los Angeles Times - Celebrity News

The classic voice isn't there anymore -- how could it be? --
but the album is an effective set.

ETC...

The Museum of Modern Art Presents Spike Jonze: The First 80
Years

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
The Museum of Modern Art has announced the first-ever exhibition to focus on Spike
Jonze, "celebrating his work as a director, producer, cinematographer, writer,
actor, choreographer, and sometime stuntman."

 

'Thriller' co-star becomes Jackson creditor

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ...

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Court records show Michael Jackson's
love interest in the "Thriller" video, Ola Ray, is now a creditor to
the King of Pop's estate....

Melanie Griffith heads to rehab

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Melanie Griffith's publicist
has confirmed the U.S. actress, who in the past has battled addictions to drugs
and alcohol, has checked into a rehab facility.

Rainn Wilson's 'Soul Pancake' book due in Fall 2010

from Entertainment Weekly's News Briefs by Kate Ward

Hyperion announced plans today to publish Soul Pancake by
Rainn Wilson.

 

Daniel Craig-Hugh Jackman: First look

from EW.com: Movies

By Thom Geier
See the first publicity photo of the two headliners in character for the
Broadway play ''A Steady Rain''

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