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The Newsdesk 09.01.09 – Disney Buys Marvel; Green Hornet Delayed

Disney has purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, acquiring a roster of over 5,000 characters. Yes, even Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham.

Predators, the sequel to Predator, could film soon in Hawaii. It’s safe to say there will be more than one Predator in this one.

• Paramount confirmed that Thor and Iron Man 2 are still on the way despite Marvel’s sale to Disney. Which is just as well, because the Mouse House doesn’t know what to do with Mickey Rourke.

• Fox is planning to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise with a new screenwriter. That’ll show Disney. Reboot the one Marvel franchise no one likes.

Green Hornet has been pushed back five months from July 2010 to December 2010. The delay will give audiences the chance to find out who Green Hornet is.  

• Jerry Bruckheimer will turn Derek Haas’ short story Shake into a big screen thriller. How will he pad out a short story to feature length? Many, many explosions.  


BIZ

Disney to Acquire Marvel in $4 Billion Deal

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Walt Disney Co. announced this
morning it was acquiring Marvel Entertainment for about $4 billion, or $50 per
Marvel share. The acquisition price represents a 30% premium to Marvel’s
current share price. Operationally Marvel appears to be a good fit for Disney.
Disney’s distribution could quickly exploit Marvel’s strong licensing business.

Viacom hopes the Beatles: Rock Band game sets stage for rebound

from L.A. Times – Music News

The company has bet big on the music video game title due
out Sept. 9 to help its own ailing division and the industry, which is facing a
sales slump.

Television executives reach for reset button

from FT.com – Media

Broadcasters, faced by plummeting advertising revenues, are
at a critical moment and many of the threatened incumbents must redefine their
businesses if they are to find growth once more

 

Movie Marketing: TV Trends Don’t Translate to Web

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

The data suggest that what works for TV does not carry over
into online video, bucking conventional media-buying wisdom. If you want to
promote a movie release in the online-video medium, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
rule from a reach and ad-response standpoint, and Thursday is by far the worst
day to spend ad dollars.


FESTIVALS

Oscar Race May Heat Up at Festival in Toronto

from NYT > Movies by By MICHAEL CIEPLY

In a September ritual America’s film industry looks north to
Toronto’s annual film festival for help in making sense of its own year-end
awards race.

Fringe Fest pays ‘Devil’ due

from Variety.com

Legit News: ‘Lincoln’ dances with kudos — New York Fringe
Festival has handed out its annual awards to a sizable list of shows, with
“Abraham Lincoln’s Big Gay Dance Party,” “Devil Boys From
Beyond” and “Viral” sharing laurels for play.


AWARDS

Academy
changes best picture voting rules

from MSNBC.com: Movies

The winner won’t be determined simply by which film gets the
most votes. Instead it will be a more complicated process in which the voter’s
No. 2 and 3 choices are considered.

Scream 2009 Awards Nominations

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Spike TV has released the list of nominees for the fourth annual Scream Awards,
which is billed as “the first and only global event of its kind to honor the
best in sci-fi, fantasy, horror and comic genres.”


FILM

‘District 9’ opens in South Africa

from CNN.com – Entertainment

The futuristic South African sci-fi that has taken the U.S
box office by storm opened in its home country this weekend.

Paramount: ‘Thor,’ ‘Iron Man 2 still coming despite Marvel sale

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Alynda Wheat

Paramount Pictures issued a statement today in the wake of
Marvel Studios’ sale to Disney, reported earlier. The $4 billion deal won’t
affect Paramount’s distribution arrangement for five upcoming films, the studio
announced, including the highly anticipated Iron Man 2 and Thor.

Nicolas Cage starring in 3D action pic ‘Drive Angry’

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

Nicolas Cage will star in a 3D action film called Drive
Angry, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film is a gory revenge fantasy
involving an extended car chase which reportedly “leav bodies strewn along the
highway.” Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine 3D) will direct.

Jerry Bruckheimer Buys Online Short Story ‘Shake’ For Seven
Figures

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Jerry Bruckheimer has purchased the rights to Shake, a short
story by Wanted co-writer Derek Haas.


TELEVISION

Fox teams with Twitter for promo

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Fox this week will introduce “tweet-peats” of
“Fringe” and “Glee”: encore presentations accompanied by
messages from cast and producers via the online social network.

Audrina Patridge Ready to Ditch The Hills

from E! Online – Movie News

Audrina Patridge is so totally over The Hills. “I’m
graduating,” she told me with a laugh this weekend while promoting her new
horror movie, Sorority Row.

Paula Abdul: I didn’t leave ‘Idol’ over money

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Alynda Wheat

In one of her first interviews since announcing her exit
from Fox’s mega-hit American Idol, Paula Abdul told TV Guide that the split
wasn’t over money, as has been widely speculated.

‘Glee’ releasing first-season soundtracks

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

Columbia Records will release multiple soundtracks from the
upcoming first season of Fox’s Glee, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Glee:
The Music, Volume 1, featuring cast covers of songs by artists from Neil
Diamond to Kanye West, will be available Nov. 3.

Ausiello: ‘SNL’ reunion on ‘Parks and Rec’

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello reports exclusively that Fred Armisen will make a guest
appearance on Amy Poehler series this fall


MUSIC

‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Soundtrack Cover Revealed!

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser

The buzz around the Oct. 16 release of Where the Wild
Things Are
, Spike Jonze’s movie adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s 1963
children’s book, is building, especially with last week’s release of “All Is Love,” the first
single from the film’s soundtrack by Karen O and the Kids on both MySpace and
iTunes.

 

Arctic Monkeys top U.K. albums chart for 3rd time

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LONDON (Billboard) – The Arctic Monkeys scored their third
U.K. No. 1 album and Dizzee Rascal his third No. 1 single, while 92-year-old
wartime entertainer Dame Vera Lynn achieved her highest ranking on the album
chart.

Shania Twain slowly stepping back into spotlight

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By CAITLIN KING

WASHINGTON (AP) — Country music singer Shania Twain is
slowly stepping back into the spotlight after the break up of her marriage to
Robert “Mutt” Lange in May 2008.

Jason Mraz makes history with 71-week chart run

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” may be
the longest running song in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but the
hippie-friendly jam has been around even longer….

Brown says he doesn’t recall hitting Rihanna

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Pop star Chris Brown has admitted guilt and apologized for
assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna in February, but he does not remember
hitting the singer, he told CNN’s Larry King.

Madonna begins Israel visit

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

JERUSALEM, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Pop star Madonna is in Israel
with a schedule that includes two concerts and visits with Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni.

Lady Gaga And Michael Bolton Join Forces On ‘Murder My Heart’

from MTV News

‘Her energy was so high and her focus excited me,’ Bolton
tells a London newspaper.

 

ETC…

Court: Paris Hilton can pursue Hallmark lawsuit

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The celebrity and heiress Paris Hilton
may pursue her lawsuit against Hallmark Cards over its use of her picture and
catchphrase “That’s hot” on a greeting card, a federal appeals court
ruled on Monday.

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