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The Newsdesk 09.18.09 – Damon and Eastwood Team for Hereafter; Kung Fu Kid Photos Debut

Matt Damon will star in Hereafter, a supernatural thriller in the vein of The Sixth Sense directed by Clint Eastwood. Too bad Eastwood isn’t starring. Grumpy old Clint seeing ghosts would be the best movie of all time.

• Set photos have surface of Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith in The Kung Fu Kid. So they really are remaking The Karate Kid. It wasn’t just a cruel joke.

• Pundits predict Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs will take the top spot at the box office this weekend despite its hefty budget. Which means it’s only a matter of time before How to Eat Fried Worms gets the CGI treatment.

The first trailer for From Paris With Love, the upcoming John Travolta action film movie the director of Taken, has been released. Travolta bald and sporting a goatee is something no one should be exposed to.

• Screenings for Twilight: New Moon are already selling out nine weeks in advance. It’s the most anticipated film of the holiday season. Well, besides Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Star Trek 2 could have a contemporary political relevance according to director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Roberto Orci. Get ready for a lot of strained Gitmo metaphors involving Klingons. 


BIZ

Katzenberg offers Hollywood a challenge

from Variety.com

Film News: DreamWorks Animation guru delivers keynote -- In his morning keynote at the 3D Entertainment Summit, DreamWorks Animation topper Jeffrey Katzenberg challenged Hollywood to make more live-action 3D movies and exhibitors to be bolder about charging more for 3D tickets.

Peter Bart addresses 3D summit

from Variety.com

Film News: Warns that movie industry facing crisis situation -- Addressing the 3D Entertainment Summit this morning, Variety veep and editorial director Peter Bart warned that the movie industry is facing its biggest crisis since the early 1970s and must embrace 3D and other big ideas.

Host of stars expected at Mipcom

from Hollywood Reporter by By Rebecca Leffler

Cannes will roll out its red carpets once again at the 25th annual Mipcom TV market where international talent attending will include Lisa Kudrow, Joan Rivers, Morgan Spurlock, Matt Groening and Jerry Seinfeld, organizers Reed MIDEM said Thursday.

Canadian b'casters rebalance in tough times

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Recovery from the recession by a battered Canadian media sector continued this week with a series of delicate rebalancing acts.


FESTIVALS

My Toronto Film Festival diary

from Film News from Times Online

The Toronto Film Festival: 271 movies, 50-something Hollywood stars, a dozen serious A-listers (George Clooney, Matt Damon and Keanu Reeves among them), plus Oprah Winfrey. All of whom are here to thump the tub for films that, according to tradition -- from American Beauty to last year's Slumdog Millionaire -- will begin their critical journeys here and climax with an awards season bonanza on Oscar night.

Middle East Conflict Comes to the Toronto Film Fest

from Paste Magazine

Usually, nothing is less controversial than Canada, but heated political conflict has arisen this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 10-19.

 

Video: 2009 Toronto Film Festival: Colin Farrell's 'Triage'

from Access Hollywood - Movies

Colin Farrell talks about how he lost weight for his role in "Triage" and how much he enjoyed gaining the weight back.

Natalie Portman: Pretty In Pink At 'Love And Other Impossible Pursuits' Screening

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post News Team

Natalie Portman turned heads in a pretty pink mini-dress at the Toronto Film Festival screening of her new movie, 'Love and Other Impossible Pursuits,' a Don Roos-directed adaptation of the Ayelet Waldman novel of the same name.

Hugo Weaving, Last Ride at the Front of TIFF's Underdog Pack

from Movieline

Few countries outside the U.S.-European movie axis had quite the year Australia has had in Toronto, where the 2009 festival programmed an unprecedented 17 films from Down Under.

Growing up alone: Girls on film at Toronto festival

from Reuters: Entertainment News

TORONTO (Reuters) - Three hard-edged movies about young women screening this week at the Toronto film festival depart from Hollywood formulas by avoiding sentimental or romantic cliches that often define movies about teenagers.

Talent, movies to sparkle at San Sebastian

from The Hollywood Reporter - Awards by By Pamela Rolfe

Brad Pitt, Quentin Tarantino, Ian McKellen, Naomi Watts and Robert Duvall are a few of the famous faces expected to spice up the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival, which kicks off Friday and runs through Sept. 27.


AWARDS

Comedy Central revives American Comedy Awards

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Sibling network MTV has already mastered the art of the modern awards show

BET Award nominations announced; will top nominee Kanye show?

from The Music Mix by Leah Greenblatt

The collective universe (current and former presidents included) may still be hard at work condemning Kanye West's actions at this past Sunday's VMA Awards, but someone still loves him.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, September 16, 2009

from Box Office Mojo - Current Box Office Results

Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself tops Wednesday's box office with $1.0 million

'New Moon' sells out 63 showtimes 64 days before opening

from L.A. Times - Movie News

"The Twilight Saga" sequel is scaring up some big business pretty earliy.

 

"Precious" Director on Bringing Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz to the Big Screen

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Karen Bliss

By the time Mariah Carey appears in a pivotal scene in the movie Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" By Sapphire, it's easy to forget she's a glamorous chart-topper with flawless makeup and designer tastes.

Video: 'Capitalism: A Love Story' LA Premiere (September 15, 2009)

from Access Hollywood - Movies

Michael Moore hits the red carpet at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif., for the premiere of "Capitalism: A Love Story." Plus, Olivia Wilde and Larry King tell Access why they think Michael Moore is a great director.

Rom-com 'Love Happens' accidentally takes a sad turn

from USATODAY.com Life - Top Stories

Love Happens is an oddly upbeat title for a movie that is surprisingly sad.

Woody Harrelson-Starring Superhero Flick 'Defendor' Picked Up By Sony

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Woody Harrelson is about to try his hand against a pack of vicious flesh-eaters in "Zombieland," but that's not the only tremendous feat the actor is facing down -- he's also set to don the tights in superhero flick "Defendor."

 

'Tron: Legacy' going day-and-date in Imax

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Giant screen exhibitor Imax said Thursday that it will release Walt Disney's 3D adventure pic "Tron: Legacy" day-and-date with its wider theatrical release on Dec. 17, 2010.

Jesse Eisenberg Speaks About Playing Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg In 'The Social Network'

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian

Who will ultimately step into the flip-flops of billionaire Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg for "The Social Network," the David Fincher-directed, Aaron Sorkin-scripted biopic about the company's founding?

Preview: 'The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee'

from Access Hollywood - Movies

Based on the popular novel, Robin Wright Penn plays a housewife who explores her buried sensuality after her husband falls for a younger woman. The film also stars Blake Lively, Keanu Reeves, Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder.

 

TELEVISION

Oprah's Mad Men Monday

from Movieline

Pour yourself an afternoon highball and dust off that accordion!

'Talent' finale tops Wednesday ratings

from Variety.com - TV Ratings

TV Ratings: 'Jay Leno,' 'Glee' remain strong draws -- NBC's "The Jay Leno Show" remained strong Wednesday, roughly matching its Tuesday outing thanks in part to a strong lead-in from the finale of "America's Got Talent." Fox's "Glee," meanwhile, held up pretty well in its second week but CW's "The Beautiful Life" struggled in its bow.

Henry Gibson, 'Laugh-In' star, dies

from EW.com: Movies

By Clark Collis
Clark Collis remembers the late actor, particularly his role in Robert Altman's ''The Long Goodbye''

 

TV dance show makes peace with U.S. gay community

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Popular reality TV show "So You Think You Can Dance" has made peace with America's gay community by putting a same-sex Latin ballroom couple into a new round of competition and appointing an openly gay judge.

 

Stevie Wonder to perform in 'Divas' show

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- India.Arie, Stevie Wonder and The Rickey Minor Band have been added to the roster for the "VH1 Divas" concert in New York, VH1 said.

Lisa Ling to sub as a co-host on ABC's 'The View'

from USATODAY.com Television - Top Stories

Lisa Ling, a former co-host of The View, will be back as a guest co-host for two days next month.


Spike Lee and Robert De Niro Serialize Alphabet City for
Showtime

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
All the big names are going to cable. We just reported on Martin Scorsese's work on an HBO series called Boardwalk
Empire
Spike Lee and Robert De Niro are producing a series called Alphaville,
with Lee directing the potential pilot episode. (starring Steve Buscemi) and now two other giants of the New York filmmaking
scene are heading to showtime:

Fox's 'Fringe' finds its footing

from L.A. Times - TV News

And creator J.J. Abrams is eager to give it free rein. 'The
rhythm of show is clear now,' costar Blair Brown says.

Sissy Spacek to join 'Big Love'

from Los Angeles Times - Celebrity News

She'll play a powerful Washington D.C. lobbyist in a
multi-episode arc starting in the third episode of next season.

ABC's 'Nightline' Continues to Do Well Against Letterman, Conan

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
For the week of September 7, ABC's "Nightline" again topped CBS'
"The Late Show" and NBC's "The Tonight Show" in Total
Viewers.


MUSIC

Jay-Z, Muse set to dominate albums chart

from The Hollywood Reporter - Music by By Keith Caulfield,
Billboard

Jay-Z may make it a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard
200 albums chart next week as his "Blueprint 3" could fend off some
hot competition from two just-released sets, along with a diva's surging album.

Mary Travers dies at 72; folk singer performed with the trio
Peter, Paul and Mary

from Los Angeles Times - Celebrity News

The group's harmony-laden recordings of politically minded
songs by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger ushered them to the top of the sales charts
in the 1960s.

Madonna, 'Revolver': hear the new single feat. Lil Wayne here

from The Music Mix by Joseph Brannigan Lynch

Stop whatever you're doing, Madge-aholics! Madonna's new
single from her upcoming Celebration hits collection (featuring Lil Wayne!)
debuted online today in full.

Kanye West's Behavior At VMAs 'Completely Uncalled For' Says
Jimmy Carter

from MTV News

Former president also commented that West's 'punishment was
to appear on the new Jay Leno show.'

Experts Weigh In On Kanye West's Post-VMA Career Recovery

from MTV News

What can the rapper do to recover from the Taylor Swift
incident?

Rob Zombie unleashes 'Hellbilly Deluxe 2' tour

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

For the first time since 2007, Rob Zombie [ tickets ]
will embark on a headlining tour, this time in support of his forthcoming solo
set, "The Hellbilly Deluxe 2."

Iconic `90s indie rock band Pavement to reunite

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

NEW YORK (AP) -- Pavement, one of the most influential indie
rock bands of the `90s, will reunite....

Report: Lavigne and Whibley split up

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Canadian-born pop star Avril
Lavigne and Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley have broken up after three years of
marriage, a source told Usmagazine.com.

'Feeling' holds fast to No. 1 chart spot

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Black Eyed Peas's "I
Gotta Feeling" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a 12th week,
Billboard.com reported Thursday.

Coldplay plagiarism suit dismissed

from Entertainment News - UPI.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A U.S. District Court judge in
New York has dismissed guitarist Joe Satriani's plagiarism lawsuit against the
British rock band Coldplay, legal records show.

'Glee' tracks liven up Billboard 100

from Hollywood Reporter by By Ayala Ben-Yehuda and Silvio
Pietroluongo, Billboard

The top six songs on the Billboard Hot 100 hold steady this
week, but the new season of Fox's "Glee" brings joy to the chart.

Cat Stevens Announces First Tour Dates in 33 Years

from Paste Magazine

For awhile there, it seemed like Cat Stevens was gone
forever.

Lady Gaga's Style 'Fascinating' Says Vera Wang

from MTV News

'I think she knows who she is,' the designer says at New
York's Fashion Week.

Ex-Clash stars re-record song to aid convicts

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LONDON (Reuters) - Former members of The Clash, Mick Jones
and Nicky "Topper" Headon, have recorded together for the first time
in almost 30 years by reworking a version of the punk rock band's 1978 song
"Jail Guitar Doors."

Smashing Pumpkins to give away new album one song at a time

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

Billy Corgan has begun recording the next Smashing Pumpkins [ tickets
] album, which will be delivered in a variety of "unique and
exciting" ways, according to a statement posted at the band's website.

Weezer Announce 'Raditude' Tracklisting

from Spin magazine's Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Their giant-dog-flying-through-a-window album cover might be abstract, but the
tracklisting for the new Weezer album is no longer a mystery: Raditude,
out Oct. 27, will have 10 songs, plus an array of extra tracks available with
special versions of the album.

ETC...

Court jester: LeBron James to appear in comedy

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ... by By TOM WITHERS

CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James is leaving Cleveland - for
Hollywood.

'Dirty Dancing' town plans Swayze memorial

from USATODAY.com Life - Top Stories

The residents of a North Carolina community where much of
Dirty Dancing was filmed are planning a memorial service for star ...

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