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The Newsdesk 09.23.09 – Timberlake Joins The Social Network; Cody Will Enter Sweet Valley

Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake will play two of the founders of Facebook in David Fincher’s The Social Network. Andrew Garfield will play the third founder who fell out with the others. Or in other words, the Pete Best of Facebook.

Diablo Cody will adapt the Sweet Valley High book series for the big screen. The mash-up of dated Sweet Valley-isms and cutesy Diablo Cody dialogue will likely give viewers an aneurysm.

• The first photo of Michael Douglas on the set of Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps has been released. Is Oliver Stone trying to make him look like Bernie Madoff?

• Colm Feore and Jaimie Alexander have joined the cast of Thor. Alexander will play warrior woman Sif while Feore will play a “mystery character.” Hopefully it’s Beta Ray Bill!

• James Cameron announced plans to release Titanic in 3D. Watch Leo drown in three dimensions!  

Gattaca director Andrew Niccol will bring Twilight author Stephenie Meyer’s scifi novel The Host to the big screen. The studio couldn’t have paired up two more disparate creative voices if they tried.  


FESTIVALS

Evolution is hot topic at TV fest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

The TV business is torn between opportunities and
challenges, and changes to such traditions as the upfront advertising sales
season and fall TV show launches are needed, industry insiders said Tuesday at
the New York Television Festival.

“A Serious Man,” Colin Firth, “Videocracy” Tops With TIFF
Critics, Bloggers

from indieWIRE News

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “A Serious Man” was selected as the
best film at the Toronto International Film Festival by an overwhelming
majority of film critics and bloggers indieWIRE polled over the weekend by
indieWIRE.

New York Film Festival next stop for ‘Precious’ – Los Angeles
Times

from toronto film festival – Google News

The Tyler Perry-Oprah Winfrey-produced drama took home the
People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival last week.

Montreal fest unveils slate

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Festival features arthouse films — The 38th
Montreal Festival du Nouveau Cinema, the city’s oldest major film fest, will
include pics from some of arthouse cinema’s biggest names.


AWARDS

N.Y.
Film Critics Circle Unveiling its Picks on Dec. 14

from The Wrap RSS by Amy Kaufman
The New York Film Critics Circle will vote on this year’s best film on Dec. 14,
the group said Tuesday.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Monday, September 21, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tops Monday’s box office
with $1.3 million

One night only! Catch ‘Oz’ on the big screen

from MSNBC.com: Movies
Judy Garland and the gang are headed back to theaters nationwide Sept. 23 for one
night as Warner Bros. unveils a technologically updated and improved version
ahead of its release on Blu-ray Hi-Def.

Cultured Traveler: ‘Twilighters’ Put Small Town in the
Spotlight

from NYT > Movies by By JANE MARGOLIES

Fans of the “Twilight” book series have turned Forks, Wash.,
a two-stoplight town on the western end of the Olympic Peninsula, into an
unlikely tourist hot spot.

George Clooney To Direct Matt Damon In Aaron Sorkin’s War On
Terror

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

George Clooney has quite the busy year ahead of him.

 

‘Basterds’ is Tarantino’s top grosser

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Quentin Tarantino’s
“Inglourious Basterds” has surpassed “Pulp Fiction” to
become the U.S. filmmaker’s highest grossing film, The Weinstein Co. said.

 

Will All the Boys Be Back for The Hangover 2?

from E! Online – Movie News

Generating over $260 million, The Hangover was easily the movie
of the summer. No surprise, then, that The Hangover 2 already has a release
date set for 2011, with director Todd Phillips on board.

Bringing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to the screen

from L.A. Times – Movie News

When director Spike Jonze met author Maurice Sendak.

‘Fast & Furious’ director Justin Lin to direct ‘Highlander’
reboot

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Kate Ward

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Justin Lin–who
helmed Fast & Furious–is signing on to direct Summit’s remake of
Highlander.

John Malkovich to play trainer in ‘Secretariat’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

John Malkovich is getting into the saddle for Secretariat,
Variety reports.

Michael Moore on the evils of ‘Capitalism’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

Chatting with Michael Moore is equally amusing and
depressing.

Sony picks up rights to ‘Machete’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has boarded
“Machete,” the action-thriller pic from Robert Rodriguez.

Magnolia Has “Love” For Swinton’s Latest

from indieWIRE News

In the latest deal to be sealed after the conclusion of this
years Toronto International Film Festival, Magnolia Pictures has snapped up the
North American rights to Luca Guadagnino’s Italian family saga, “I Am
Love.” 


TELEVISION

Heather Locklear will join updated ‘Melrose Place’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Heather Locklear is reprising her signature
role as scheming Amanda Woodward on its updated version of “Melrose
Place,” the CW network announced Tuesday.

Nielsens: ‘Leno’ is lagging after a big start

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Leno launch. NBC’s weeknight Jay Leno Show started strong
Monday with 18.4 million viewers

Ellen DeGeneres Defends Her New ‘American Idol’ Gig

from MTV News

‘I’ve spent my whole life being judged,’ talk-show host says
of her qualifications for ‘Idol.’

Jesse Metcalfe set for ‘Desperate’ return

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 (UPI) — Actor Jesse Metcalfe has
signed up to reprise his role of John Rowland on the U.S. television series
“Desperate Housewives,” ABC said Monday.

Kevin Federline Signs Onto ‘Celebrity Fit Club’

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Looks like Kevin Federline is tired of all the K-Overfed jokes — because TMZ
has learned he officially signed on to do the next season of “Celebrity
Fit Club.”

Bill Condon boards ‘The C-Word’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Oscar-winning writer-director Bill Condon has been tapped to
helm “The C Word,” Showtime’s comedy pilot starring Laura Linney.

Katie Couric to Interview Ahmadinejad

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser

A week after her former Today show colleague Ann
Curry
flew to Tehran to interview him, Katie
Couric
will only have to head to Midtown Manhattan for a sit-down with
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

MUSIC

Beatles sell 2.25 million albums in 5 days

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nearly 40 years after breaking up, The
Beatles are still breaking records for album sales.

Eminem’s music publisher takes Apple to court

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ED WHITE

DETROIT (AP) — Eminem’s music publisher wants a bigger
slice from Apple.

Muse Discuss The Resistance, Their ‘Very Personal’ New Album

from MTV News

‘I think it’s quite a departure from what we’ve done in the
past,’ drummer Dominic Howard says.


ETC…

Watch Will Ferrell, Jon Hamm and Friends Shtick Up for Health
Care Reform

from Paste Magazine

Will Ferrell and his fellow funny somebodies are playing
their part in the ongoing health care debate with a new video released via
Ferrell’s comedy website Funny
or Die
and MoveOn.org.

New Dan Brown novel tops 2 million mark

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By HILLEL ITALIE

NEW YORK (AP) — Dan Brown’s new novel has passed the 2
million mark and bested Bill Clinton’s “My Life” in the record books.

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury to star on Broadway

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Kate Ward

Starting Dec. 13, Catherine Zeta-Jones and
Angela Lansbury will star in the revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s
Broadway musical A Little Night Music.

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