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The Newsdesk 08.31.09 – Halloween to Return in 3D; Rambo 5 Gets Greenlight

• The fifth Rambo installment has been greenlit. Sylvester Stallone will return as star and director, despite almost being eligible for Social Security.

The Final Destination topped Halloween II at the box office with $28.3 million. So get ready for The Absolute Final, We Mean It This Time Destination in 2010. 

Halloween 3D has been slated for summer 2010, without current director Rob Zombie. Look out! It’s the very slow and lumbering Michael Myers! And he’s coming right at you!

• The first poster for the CGI Smurfs movie has been released. So that’s where James Cameron got the idea for the weird blue Avatar aliens.

• Columbia has hired a writer to develop a Bad Boys 3 script. Now who will get Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, and Michael Bay in the same room to actually make the thing?

• Guillermo del Toro is producing an adaptation of the Deadman comic book. Does he just snatch up anything with “hell” or “dead” in the title?


BIZ

Big screen evolves to compete with small

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MARTHA IRVINE

CHICAGO (AP) — Today, young movie-watchers look
increasingly like Molly O’Connor. A junior at the University of Dallas, she
still goes to the cinema occasionally, but is often just as happy to hunker
down on a bed or a couch with friends to watch a downloaded movie on a laptop
that’s perched on a nearby desk or a chair….

Sony B.O. reaches $1 billion overseas

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: ‘Angels & Demons,’ ‘Terminator’ top draws —
Sony’s international box office has reached the $1 billion box office mark for
2009, marking the seventh time in last nine years it’s gone past the milestone.

 

FESTIVALS

William Shatner on his toes for doc fest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

William Shatner’s “Gonzo Ballet” will open the
DocFest Stratford festival in October.

Montreal World Film Festival under way

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Etan Vlessing

The Montreal World Film Festival looks to have its mojo
back, as it enters its first weekend.


AWARDS

`The Bold and the Beautiful’ wins drama series

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By BETH HARRIS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Bold and the Beautiful”
won drama series honors at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday, the CBS soap opera’s
first such victory in 22 years on the air….



FILM

Weekend Box Office: August 28-30, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Final Destination tops the box office with an estimated
$28.3 million

‘Final Destination’ No. 1 at box office

from CNN.com – Entertainment

For many, the creative relevance of 3-D cinema remains very
much an open question. But when the history of Hollywood’s 21st century embrace
of 3-D is written, it very well may point to this weekend as the moment when
the format definitively established its commercial power at the box office.

Box Office: “September” Skyrockets; Finds 5th Best Doc Debut
Ever

from indieWIRE News

R.J. Cutler’s Anna Wintour doc “The September Issue” made a
very fashionable entrance into theaters this weekend.

Next ‘Halloween’ to be in 3-D

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Chris Nashawaty

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. After watching his
Halloween II get spanked by The Final Destination in 3-D this weekend,
Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein told the Los Angeles Times that the
next chapter in the Michael Myers saga would be in 3-D, too.

Stallone readies for fifth ‘Rambo’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Nu Image/Millennium Films greenlights pic — John
Rambo’s officially readying for a fifth mission.

 

Judge: ‘Extract’ offers boss view of work

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 30 (UPI) — U.S. director Mike Judge says
his new film “Extract” approaches work from a boss’s point of view
compared with the employee viewpoint in “Office Space.”

 

‘Bad Boys 3’ in the works

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Columbia Pictures is developing a third installment of the
high-octane “Bad Boys” franchise, tapping Peter Craig to pen the
screenplay.

 

High-def ‘Wizard of Oz’ comes to theaters Sept. 23

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Coming to a big screen near you Nearly everyone has seen
“The Wizard of Oz” but not many in the way it was intended — on the
big screen. The opportunity is coming: On Sept. 23, NCM Fathom will present the
classic film in a high-definition broadcast at more than 400 movie theaters
across the country, including at least 21 in Southern California.

District 9 Director Neill Blomkamp Talks Sequel Possibilities

from Paste Magazine

District 9 has only been in theaters for two weeks, but
critical
buzz
sizable box-office returns has made everyone, including
director Neill Blomkamp, mighty excited about the possibility of a sequel to
the summer’s sci-fi success story. combined with

‘Batman 3’ Rumors, ‘Arkham Asylum’ Reviews And ‘Magneto’
Updates: It’s The Back-Issue Bin!

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
Another week, another set of great stories from the world of comics and comic
book movies–mostly involving Batman this time around.

Green Hornet Pushed to December 2010

from News in Film by Jeff Leins
In a move that should be surprising to no one, Sony has quietly relocated the
Seth Rogen action/comedy The Green Hornet to December 17, 2010.


TELEVISION

‘Jay Leno Show’ announces first week guests

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Jay Leno has lined up Tom Cruise, Robin Williams, Halle
Berry, Miley Cyrus

Jenna
Bush Hager signs on to ‘Today’

from Politico Top Stories by Becca Milfeld

In the tradition of other daughters of prominent
Republicans, Jenna Bush Hager wades into the media waters.

A return to ‘Melrose Place’

from L.A. Times – TV News

A major character returns, then dies at the start of a new
version of the series. This isn’t your ’90s show.

Actress puts the ‘Mad Men’ in their place

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – For all the attention
heaped on Jon Hamm and the male cast of “Mad Men,” now in its third
season on AMC, Elisabeth Moss is arguably the heart of the drama.

 

Remake outbreak hits TV

from Variety.com

Remakes: ‘Melrose,’ ‘Eastwick’ use name recognition to
launch — If “Melrose Place” was never “Hamlet,” it was
always uniquely “Melrose Place.” But now, you can’t even say that.

‘Reading Rainbow’ to end after 26 years

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

BUFFALO, N.Y., Aug. 29 (UPI) — The U.S. TV series
“Reading Rainbow” is set to go off the air after 26 years of entertaining
children throughout the United States, a TV official says.

MTV planning original TV movies

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) — The U.S. cable television network
MTV says it is releasing a slate of original movies crafted specifically for
its audience.

‘Rescue Me’ to end

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

FX’s Rescue Me will end in 2011, with a final 19 episodes to
come, Variety reports.

‘Project Runway’ ratings ease back in Week 2

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

After last week’s record-setting premiere, it’s no surprise
Lifetime’s “Project Runway” fell its second week.

Wendy Williams: One to watch

from EW.com: TV

By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker’s getting hooked on the radio personality’s dishier than a cereal
bowl approach to TV talk

Neil Patrick Harris ‘shattered dreams’ on ‘Idol’

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
The “How I Met You Mother” star was intimidated by Simon Cowell, but wasn’t
afraid to tell the auditioners when they were terrible.

 

Jesse Williams cast in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Jesse Williams has been cast in a multi-episode arc for
ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

MUSIC

Noel Gallagher explains why he quit Oasis

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LONDON (AP) — Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher claims
“verbal and violent intimidation” led to his decision to leave the
“Britpop” band….

DJ AM autopsy inconclusive; more tests planned

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JENNIFER PELTZ

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities will need to conduct toxicology
tests, expected to take weeks, to determine what killed celebrity disc jockey
DJ AM, a medical examiner’s office spokeswoman said Saturday….

Thousands attend Jackson birthday bash in New York

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SUZANNE MA

NEW YORK (AP) — Thousands of Michael Jackson fans danced
the rain away in a Brooklyn park on Saturday at a party hosted by filmmaker
Spike Lee, marking what would have been the 51st birthday of the late pop
star….

Twain tells fans she’s OK post-separation

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 29 (UPI) — U.S. country music singer Shania Twain says she
is doing well more than a year after her split from her husband, producer
Robert “Mutt” Lange.

Adam Lambert reveals album details

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Kate Ward

In an interview with People.com, Adam Lambert revealed
details of his upcoming debut album. According to the Idol runner-up, the debut
will be “quite eclectic.”

Police Review Rolling Stone Brian Jones’ Death 40+ Years Later

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Police are reviewing the death of Rolling Stone Brian Jones — 40 years after his
body was found at the bottom of a swimming pool.


Label has high hopes for Whitney Houston comeback

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Don’t call it a comeback. I’ve
been here for years,” Whitney Houston sings on what is, in fact, her latest
comeback album.

Lost Elliott Smith song, ‘Grand Mal,’ discovered

from The Music Mix by Simon Vozick-Levinson

One small consolation for those who, like me, continue to
mourn late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith nearly six years after his untimely
death has been all the material he left unreleased.

ETC…

Nader goes hollywood

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Advocate turns in first fiction book — Ralph
Nader’s gone Hollywood. Sort of.

Woman in the News: Anna Wintour

from FT.com – Media

Fashion after the fall: Despite being described as the most
powerful player in the business, new economic realities could undermine the
famously aloof Vogue editor

 

Danza to teach high school in Pa.

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 28 (UPI) — Actor and TV personality Tony
Danza this week took part in orientation sessions to prepare for his new
teaching role in the Philadelphia School District.

John Krasinski and Emily Blunt engaged

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Kate Ward

Today, John Krasinski’s rep confirmed to People that The
Office actor and Emily Blunt will soon walk down the aisle. The couple had been
dating since November 2008.

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