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The Newsdesk 09.16.09 – Biel and Copley Join A-Team; Night at the Living Dead to Return in 3D

• Jessica Biel and District 9 star Sharlto Copley are in final talks to star in the A-Team movie. Copley will play “Howling Mad” Murdock, while Biel will play a love interest for Bradley Cooper. What, you thought she was playing Mr. T?

Night of the Living Dead will return in 3D CGI form without the participation of George Romero. Let’s all very slowly advance on whoever decided this was a good idea.

Charlize Theron could be playing Nicole Kidman’s wife in the sex-change biopic The Danish Girl. Just give them Oscars now and save the time.

• Images have been released from the Harry Potter attraction at Universal Island Adventure. A game of Quidditch will cost you 50 Hermione-dollars.

• Colin Firth hinted that the Mamma Mia sequel could revolve around a different band’s music. Are Foreigner available? 

Spider-Man 4 has been booked for 2011 in IMAX. Get in line now, and grab that coveted middle seat.

• DC Entertainment revealed they have no current plans for a Superman movie. Jimmy Olsen, on the other hand, just scored a three-picture deal.


BIZ

Vivendi may offload its 20% stake in NBCU

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

It's that time of year again when Wall Street plays its favorite year-end guessing game of whether Vivendi will look to sell its 20% stake in NBC Universal.

Rupert Murdoch sees improving ad trends

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said Tuesday his conglomerate has been seeing improving advertising trends in recent weeks.

Participant rides with Submarine

from Variety.com - Film News

Film News: Company to handle North American, doc sales -- Participant Media has tapped Josh Braun's Submarine Entertainment to handle North American sales and consult on worldwide sales of its upcoming documentaries.

European film admissions rise 3.8%

from Variety.com - Film News

Film News: U.K. sees greatest rise -- 14.5% increase --
Cinema admissions in Europe are resisting the recession, according to figures
released by the European Audiovisual Observatory.


FESTIVALS

Weinstein takes rights to 'A Single Man'

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit

The Weinstein Co. has closed a deal for Tom Ford's "A
Single Man" at the Toronto International Film Festival.

IFC Makes First Major Toronto Deal

from indieWIRE News

IFC Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to
Nicolas Winding Refn's "Valhalla Rising," marking the first pick-up by a major
U.S. specialty distributor during the Toronto Film Festival.

Melanie Lynskey, Toronto's triple threat

from L.A. Times - Movie News

The actress has pivotal roles in 'The Informant!,' 'Up in
the Air' and 'Leaves of Grass.'

Abu Dhabi fest sets world premieres

from The Hollywood Reporter - Awards by Staff report

Two world premieres and an international premiere join 15
other films recently announced to compete in this year's Narrative Feature
Competition at the Abu Dhabi Middle East International Film Festival.

London unveils industry program

from Variety.com - Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Focus' Schamus to give keynote address --
London Film Festival unveiled its industry lineup Tuesday with the program
highlight a keynote address from Focus Features topper James Schamus.


AWARDS

SAG set to honor actress Betty White

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- The Screen Actors Guild
announced Tuesday plans to present U.S. actress Betty White with its Life
Achievement Award at a ceremony in January.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Monday, September 14, 2009

from Box Office Mojo - Current Box Office Results

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself tops Monday's box
office with $1.3 million

Taylor Lautner Says 'Eclipse' Will Be 'A Little Darker,' The
Action Is 'Stepping Up'

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, "Twilight"
star Taylor
Lautner
stopped to speak with MTV's Jocelyn Vena on the red carpet. Lautner
was of course on hand to introduce an extended trailer for "New Moon,"
hitting theaters on November 20, with fellow stars Robert
Pattinson
and Kristen Stewart.

Oprah's endorsement is 'Precious' for abuse story

from USATODAY.com Life - Top Stories

What filmmaker wouldn't want their drama to earn Oprah's
seal of approval?


No more docs? Moore mulls post-`Capitalism' career

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ... by By DAVID GERMAIN

TORONTO (AP) -- Michael Moore says he made his latest
documentary, "Capitalism: A Love Story," as though it were his last.
And it might be....

Clive Owen sheds macho image for "Boys are Back"

from Reuters: Entertainment News

TORONTO (Reuters) - British star Clive Owen has specialized
in playing macho men in two decades of movies and television: tough, taciturn
and unshaven, with long stares from smoldering gray-green eyes.

Tomas Alfredson to direct Nicole Kidman in sex-change story

from Entertainment Weekly's News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Tomas Alfredson, the director of critically acclaimed
Swedish vampire story Let the Right One In, will now direct Nicole Kidman in
The Danish Girl, Variety reports.

Steven Spielberg plans to push ahead with his Lincoln film

from Entertainment Weekly's News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg isn't giving up on his
long-planned Abraham Lincoln project, despite yesterday's news that Robert
Redford will direct his own Lincoln story, The Conspirator.

Peter Berg set to direct 'Battleship'

from Entertainment Weekly's News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Peter Berg is on board to direct the live-action film based
on Hasbro's Battleship game, Variety reports.

The Women Of 'Whip It' Get Physical With Their Food

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
"Whip It"
may feature a mostly female cast, but it is does not fall into the traditional
definition of a "chick flick." For her directorial debut, star Drew
Barrymore
snatched up a script from "Derby Girl" author and
professional roller derby athlete Shauna Cross.
The story follows a former beauty queen (Ellen Page)
who, in an act of rebellion, leaves her properly coiffed world behind for the
rough and tumble action of a professional roller derby league.


TELEVISION

Multicamera comedy primed for comeback

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

The most buzzed-about new comedies of the fall, ABC's
"Modern Family" and NBC's "Community," are single-camera
shows. And all major comedy-series Emmys for the past two years have gone to
single-camera shows.

Leno show reaches 17.7 million viewers

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

NEW YORK (AP) -- Critics may not have loved Jay Leno's
prime-time debut, but 17.7 million viewers tuned in to check him out....

 

`The View' pays tribute to Patrick Swayze

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ... by By CHRISTY LEMIRE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Whoopi Goldberg and her co-hosts on
"The View" paid tribute to Patrick Swayze on Tuesday, with his
"Ghost" co-star choking back tears as she remembered him fondly as a
brave fighter and a gracious colleague....

Letterman appearance latest for Obama media blitz

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

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama is visiting David
Letterman on Monday, part of a media blitz to sell his health care plan....

Bill Clinton set for 'Daily Show' visit

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President Bill
Clinton has agreed to make his fifth appearance as a guest on "The Daily
Show with Jon Stewart," Comedy Central said.

MUSIC

The Fray sues manager over copyrights to songs

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

DENVER (AP) -- The Fray songwriting duo of Joseph King and
Isaac Slade on Monday filed a lawsuit against their manager over the copyrights
to their songs....

Taylor Swift talks about VMAs

from EW.com: Today's Latest Headlines by Simon Vozick-Levinson

On ''The View,'' singer in the spotlight describes what was
going through her head when Kanye took the mic

50 Cent Slams Kanye West For VMA Outburst

from MTV News

'I wish he would come take one of my awards so I can black
his eye in front of everybody,' 50 says.

Kanye West Calls Taylor Swift To Apologize For VMA Incident

from MTV News

Singer had said on 'The View' that she hadn't heard from
him.

Kanye West And Lady Gaga Announce Fame Kills Tour Dates

from MTV News

Announcement comes a day after West pledged to take time off
following VMA outburst.

An Interview With Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

from Paste Magazine

Read Paste's full issue 56 cover story on Where
the Wild Things Are
here.

Neil Young taps No Doubt, Chris Martin for benefit

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - No Doubt, Jimmy Buffett and Adam
Sandler are among those on the lineup for the Bridge School Benefit concerts,
an annual two-night fundraiser organized by school co-founder Neil Young.

Susan Boyle's pro singing career gets underway

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

Susan Boyle
[ tickets
]'s debut CD, "I Dreamed a Dream," is set for a Nov. 24 release.


ETC...

Kiefer Sutherland to head new acting school

from Reuters: Entertainment News

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Kiefer Sutherland is to head
a new actors conservatory at Norman Jewison's Canadian Film Center in Toronto.

ABC News staffers jumped the gun in Tweeting Obama's 'jacka**'
remark

from Los Angeles Times - Celebrity News

The perils of dashing off observations on the microblogging
site were brought into sharp relief Tuesday when several overeager ABC News
employees rushed to Tweet that President Obama had called Kanye West a
"jacka**."

Comedian Eddie Izzard completes 43 marathons

from USATODAY.com Life - Top Stories

British standup comic Eddie Izzard has completed 43
marathons in seven weeks as part of a grueling charity run.

Banks made 'Model' in reality TV

from Variety.com

Reality Impact Report: Producer-host expands empire through
Bankable Prods. -- The model-turned-media mogul, Tyra Banks, has been expanding
her reality TV empire.

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