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The Newsdesk 09.02.09 – Iron Man 2 Could Be 3D; Favreau and Downey Are Cowboys

• Marvel and Paramount could be releasing Iron Man 2 in digital 3D. Mickey Rourke’s mug is going to be a scarier 3D effect than anything in The Final Destination.

• Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. will team up on the comic book adaptation Cowboys & Aliens. The scifi western mixes (you guessed it!) cowboys and alien invaders.

• Dakota Fanning will not star in Todd MacFarlane’s Wizard of Oz remake. Perhaps Fanning realized she was starring in a remake of a cinematic classic from the guy who created Spawn.

• The first photos from MacGruber, based on the Saturday Night Live sketch, have been released. Yep, it’s actually happening.

• A serious documentary about Hugh Hefner will play at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s for people who still buy the magazine for the articles.

Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson will tackle a 3D Three Musketeers movie. This time D’Artagnan is a zombie. (Hopefully.)


BIZ

Ad Spending Fell 15.4% In First Half Of Year

from Forbes.com: Media News by Lacey Rose

Cable television is the only winner as everything from
network television to newspapers slides again.

US media lose $10bn of advertising in first half

from FT.com – Media

New data show intense pressure on media owners and ad
agencies as they search for other business models

WB Records pacts with California Lottery

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: Scratch-off tickets will promote label’s artists
— Demonstrating the lengths to which labels will go to secure attention for
their artists, Warner Bros. Records has pacted with the California Lottery to
sell scratch-off tickets promoting singer Seal, singer-songwriter Michelle
Branch, and rock bands Goo Goo Dolls and Taking Back Sunday.

FESTIVALS

10 Things The Fall Fests May Tell Us About Awards Season

from indieWIRE News

The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival tomorrow marks the
annual turning point for the fall awards season.  Over the next 19 or so
days, Venice, Telluride this weekend and Toronto next week will offer both
industry, and in Toronto’s case the public, a glance at dozens of films that
may or may not factor into this year’s big race.

Venice opens with Sicilian epic, U.S. films dominate

from Reuters: Entertainment News

VENICE (Reuters) – The Venice film festival opens on
Wednesday with Italian movie “Baaria,” an epic Sicilian drama taking
in Fascism, World War Two and Communism and billed as one of the country’s
biggest movies ever.

Hugh Hefner to bring party to Toronto

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Etan Vlessing

Cannes regular Hugh Hefner is bringing his Playboy party to
the Toronto International Film Festival.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Monday, August 31, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Final Destination tops Monday’s box office with $2.2
million

Ice Cube-Bow Wow comedy ‘Lottery Ticket’ moves ahead on casting

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) and Naturi Naughton
(Fame) have joined the cast of the Bow Wow/Ice Cube comedy Lottery Ticket, with
shooting set to begin in October in Atlanta, Variety reports.

Film Movement acquires pet doc

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Film Movement has acquired North American rights to
“Mine,” Geralyn Pezanoski’s documentary about pets abandoned during
Katrina.

Ride ’em, ‘Cowboys’

from Hollywood Reporter

Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. are bringing their
iron-clad collaboration to another comic-book property: “Cowboys &
Aliens.”

Two actors to practice ‘Monogamy’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Rashida Jones and Chris Messina will topline
“Monogamy,” an indie romantic comedy that marks the scripted-feature
debut of “Murderball” co-director Dana Adam Shapiro.

‘Anchorman 2’ Won’t Be Seen Until At Least ‘Two Years From
Now,’ Says Adam McKay

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll

Milk may have been a bad choice for Ron Burgundy, but it was
a very, very good decision by longtime comedy partners Will Ferrell
and Adam
McKay
to collaborate in 2004 on “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”


TELEVISION

At the Movies to Avenge the Public’s Rejection of the Two Bens

from Defamer by Richard Rushfield
You want serious critics?! You sure you want ’em? How bad do you want ’em? We
rose up against the frivolity of Bens Mankiewicz and Lyons. And now meet the
This-Is-Cinema dream team — A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips.

Los Angeles television stations defend their coverage of the
fire

from L.A. Times – TV News

County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich says the stations
did not provide comprehensive coverage.

TBS to air ‘The Tyler Perry Show’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) — U.S. actor, writer and
director Tyler Perry is set to star in “The Tyler Perry Show,” a
one-hour special about his film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” TBS said.

Kristin Cavallari Turns ‘Hills’ Upside Down In Teaser Trailer

from MTV News

Video shows Kristin dating Justin Bobby, while Spencer and
Heidi talk babies.

Rudy Giuliani set for ‘View’ interview

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Former New York Mayor and Republican
presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has agreed to be a guest on the Sept. 11
edition of TV’s “The View,” ABC said Monday.

Mad Men Renewed For Season Four

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
AMC announced that Mad Men, now three episodes into Season 3, has been renewed
for a fourth season.

HBO orders series of Steve Buscemi starrer ‘Boardwalk Empire’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Lynette Rice

HBO has ordered 11 episodes of Boardwalk Empire, a period drama
starring Steve Buscemi and Dabney Coleman that’s executive produced by Martin
Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, and Terence Winter.

Primetime Cable Rankings Aug 09: Fox #3, CNN #22, MSNBC #25

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
In August, Fox News was again in the top three for primetime in all of cable,
which is seven of eight months this year. FNC was also in the top five in total
day.

 

MTV confirms pilot for ‘Teen Wolf’ revamp

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

MTV’s revamped Teen Wolf series has gained momentum, with
The Hollywood Reporter confirming that MTV will present the pilot.

‘The L Word’ to get reality makeover

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

The L Word will be back on Showtime after a reality
makeover, Variety reports.

‘The Office’: Meet Pam’s mom!

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello exclusive: See who’ll be playing the mother
of the bride at next season’s big wedding


MUSIC

Music icons celebrated in Broadway-bound musical

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins
and Elvis Presley – together again. On Broadway.

First listen: Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint 3’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Regardless of this lackluster effort, nothing can alter
Jay-Z’s place as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

The Irish band you need to know

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Members of The Script struggled for years, but when success
did strike, it struck hard and relatively quickly.

Madonna’s Four Minutes (To Save Her Set) Run Out

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Maura

Madonna’s video for her greatest-hits package’s lead single
“Celebration” was released today, and it’ll be available as a free download via
iTunes through Thursday.

Wynette to join Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – The late Tammy Wynette will
be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony on
October 18, officials said on Tuesday.

Stone Roses still fresh on 20th anniversary album

from L.A. Times – Music News

The Manchester band’s debut album is remastered in various
editions that capture its best moments on the British rock scene.

Pearl Jam cuts out the middleman with “Backspacer”

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Billboard) – “Super poppy.” “Just
plain fun.” “Surprisingly optimistic.” “Catchy as
hell.” These are not phrases often used to describe Pearl Jam, the 30
million-selling purveyor of angst-ridden guitar rock now approaching its 19th
year of existence.


ETC…

Revival of ‘Angels in America’ set for off-B’way

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on
National Themes” will fly again in New York – off-Broadway.

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