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The Newsdesk 08.07.09 – R.I.P. John Hughes; Meryl Streep’s It’s Complicated Gets Trailer

• Filmmaker John Hughes died of a sudden heart attack on Thursday. Hughes, who defined adolescence during the ’80s with classics like The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was 59.

• Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams have recruited writers for Mission Impossible 4. Their mission? Make it more watchable than the third outing.

• The first trailer for It’s Complicated, the latest middle-aged rom-com from Nancy Meyers (What Women Want) has been released. Meryl Streep and Steve Martin star.

• The new trailer for Where the Wild Things Are that screened at Comic-Con is now online. You’ll have to supply your own tissues.

G.I. Joe looks to take the top spot at the box office this weekend despite not being screened for critics. Next up, Cobra Commander will take over the weather. 


BIZ

10 Years After ‘Blair Witch,’ Viral Movie Marketing Grows Up

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by ageorgiadis@adage.com (Aris Georgiadis)
Imagine my surprise (or dismay) the other day when I read that the “Blair
Witch Project” is 10 years old this summer. With the anniversary upon us,
film sites are taking a look at studios’ relationships with viral movie
marketing and their attempts to recapture that late-’90s vibe.

Disastrous CBS 2nd-Q Profit Plunged 96%

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Nevertheless, CBS shares were up 7.14% in end-of-day
trading.


FESTIVALS

11 More for Toronto (including Harmony Korine)

from indieWIRE News

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) unveiled
eleven new films in the Contemporary World Cinema category and seven films in
the Visions category, a section that showcases filmmakers that push the
boundaries of mainstream cinema. 


AWARDS

Spirit Awards moved up a day

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

An annual Oscar weekend tradition has been broken, as Film
Independent said Thursday that it is moving the Spirit Awards from its coveted
Saturday afternoon slot.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, August 5, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

G-Force tops Wednesday’s box office with $2.3 million

 

’80s teen flick director John Hughes dies in NYC

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood’s
youth impresario of the 1980s and ’90s who captured and cornered the teen and
preteen market with such favorites as “Home Alone,” “The
Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” died Thursday, a
spokeswoman said. He was 59….

Gallery: A Look Back: The Classic Films Of John Hughes

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Check out the films from John Hughes, whose movies in the
’80s definied a generation!

 

‘Lottery Ticket’ has two winners

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Ice Cube and Bow Wow will star in “Lottery
Ticket,” an urban comedy from Alcon Entertainment.

TELEVISION

Victoria Beckham will be guest judge on `Idol’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Victoria Beckham will be a guest judge on
“American Idol.”…

‘Simpsons’ guest voices for upcoming season include Seth Rogen,
Anne Hathaway

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Mike Bruno

During its panel at the TCA summer press tour today, Fox
announced that Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Anne Hathaway, Neve Campbell, and the
late Eartha Kitt are among the guest voices featured on the upcoming 21st
season of The Simpsons.

Jay Leno says his new show ‘not here to save’ NBC

from L.A. Times – TV News

Only half joking, the comedian reveals details about his 10
p.m. talk show, which is key to the peacock network’s hopes for a prime-time
revival.


MUSIC

‘I Gotta Feeling’ got ahold of No. 1

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta
Feeling” returned to the top spot this week on Billboard Hot 100 chart of
U.S. records.

 

Beastie Boy recovering from cancer surgery

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Beastie Boy Adam “MCA” Yauch is recovering from
surgery to treat a tumor and gearing up for radiation treatments, according to
an e-mail he sent to his fans.

Aerosmith’s Tyler airlifted to hospital after fall

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Steven Tyler was airlifted to a hospital early Thursday after
falling from the stage during a concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in
western South Dakota, according to the Rapid City Journal newspaper.

Kid Rock reaches out to robbery victim

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

HARRISON, Ohio, Aug. 6 (UPI) — U.S. rapper Kid Rock sent a
little surprise to a Papa John pizza delivery man viciously beaten and robbed
in Ohio last month — a $1,500 check.

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