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The Newsdesk 10.16.09 – Ryan Reynolds Goes Drag; Malick’s Tree of Life Delayed

• Advance ticket sales for Michael Jackson’s This Is It suggest it could take in $250 million in five days, outgrossing the openings for Spider-Man and Harry Potter.

Where the Wild Things Are is looking to have a $25 million opening weekend. That’s impressive for a movie based on a book that’s like, ten sentences long.

• Ryan Reynolds will dress in drag for an as-of-yet unnamed romantic comedy. Reynolds’ character will don women’s clothing in an attempt win back his ex. He’s doing drag comedy already? Isn’t that something you do when you need a late career comeback?

• Terence Malick’s next film, Tree of Life, has been delayed until 2010. Considering he’s made three movies in the last 30 years, it’s safe to say this one’s going to take a while.

• Uma Thurman confirmed that she is ready to star in Kill Bill 3. One can only assume the title will be altered to indicate someone else who is being killed.  

Stepfather star Amber Heard will join Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester in Cowgirl Bandits, a movie that’s being called a “young Thelma and Louise.” This time, they drive off the cliff on Segways.  


BIZ

Hollywood concern at soaring Canadian dollar

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

As the Canadian dollar surges towards parity with the
American greenback, local industry players are polishing their tax credits and
other financial incentives for Los Angeles producers before they head back
home.

Bud Light Golden Wheat to Be Sole Advertiser on Next ‘SNL’

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by bsteinberg@adage.com(Brian Steinberg)

NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Budweiser thinks its latest line
extension, Bud Light Golden Wheat, is not ready for prime time. At least for
this Saturday night. For the first time in the 35-season history of
“Saturday Night Live,” an advertiser is buying all the national ad
time in the broadcast of the venerable late-night comedy show.

Lombardini named AMPTP president

from Entertainment News – UPI.com
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) — Carol Lombardini has been named North America’s
President of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, it was
announced Thursday.


AWARDS

Spirit Awards moves to L.A. Live

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

The Spirit Awards are taking things downtown. After more
than a decade under a tent on the beach in Santa Monica, the annual Film
Independent show will move to a tent atop a building at L.A. Live, AEG’s
downtown Los Angeles’ events complex.

Spike TV to honor Keith Richards

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Oct. 15 (UPI) — Spike TV says it plans to honor
rock ‘n’ roll icon Keith Richards with its Scream 2009 Rock Immortal Award.

65 countries in competition for Foreign Language Oscar

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The list includes Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother”from
Korea, Germany’s Michael Haneke (“The White Ribbon”) and China’s Chen
Kaige (“Forever Enthralled”).


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, October 14, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Couples Retreat tops Wednesday’s box office with $2.3
million

‘This Is It’ advance tickets selling strong

from Hollywood Reporter by By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

Advance sales for “This Is It” look set to make
the concert movie starring the late Michael Jackson into one of the hottest
tickets of the year.

Summit buys bromance pitch

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Clark Collis

The film studio Summit has bought the pitch to a “bromantic
comedy” called We Love You, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The movie
would concern two friends who find out they’re dating the same woman.

‘Tree of Life’ bumped to 2010

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

Terrence Malick’s drama Tree of Life will be released next
year, IndieWire’s Anne Thompson is reporting. The drama, starring Brad Pitt and
Sean Penn, had been scheduled for a Christmas opening, but Apparition head Bob
Berney (who most recently released Bright Star), says the film simply won’t be
ready in time.

Clive Owen and Catherine Keener Sign On for David Schwimmer
Drama, Trust

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
It appears that David Schwimmer is leaving the comedy genre for his latest directorial project, Trust, a dark
drama starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.

‘Prada to Nada’ casts three actresses

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Adriana Barraza, Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega are to topline
“Prada to Nada,” the upcoming romantic comedy from Lionsgate, Odd Lot
Entertainment and Televisa’s Videocine film distribution arm.

Newsweek: Are new kids’ movies too scary?

from MSNBC.com: Movies

“Where the Wild Things Are” and a new crop of more
adult kids’ movies are part of a modest but encouraging revival of children’s
stories that revel in danger, disobedience, and disorientation–that inhabit the
Wilderness of Childhood.

‘Saw VI’ May Not Be Out Until Next Week, But ‘Saw VII’ And ‘Saw
VIII’ Are Underway… In 3-D

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
Saw VI
isn’t out until next week, but that doesn’t mean fans can’t start looking
ahead, towards the future of the franchise.


TELEVISION

Ratings: ‘Criminal Minds’ wins Wednesday, ‘Modern Family’ growing

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Mandi Bierly

CBS won the Wednesday ratings war, topping each hour with
The New Adventures of Old Christine, Criminal Minds (the evening’s No. 1
program), and CSI: NY, according to overnight Nielsen numbers.

Taylor Swift to host ‘SNL’ next month

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Kanye West apparently is not on the invitation list, leaving
the stage wide open for Taylor Swift, who will host Saturday Night Live on
November 7, NBC has announced.

Ritter, Rhames cast in ‘Gravity’ series

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 15 (UPI) — Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei,
Ving Rhames and Rachel Hunter have been cast in the new U.S. ensemble dramedy
series, “Gravity,” Starz announced.

Bravo sets airdate for Kathy Griffin special

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Kathy Griffin’s seventh stand-up special for Bravo,
“Balls of Steel,” will premiere Nov. 3, followed by the second season
premiere of “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover.”

New faces on ‘Real Housewives of New York City’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

If three’s a crowd, seven’s a soiree — a perfect fit for
these Manhattan social butterflies.


MUSIC

Garth Brooks out of retirement, to play Vegas

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Garth Brooks, one of the biggest country stars of all time,
said Thursday he was coming out of retirement after nine years away from the
music business.

Pop band A-ha breaking up

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) — The Norwegian pop band A-ha has
announced they are breaking up after 27 years.

Jack White to release rare White Stripes outtakes

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Clark Collis

Jack White is set to release outtakes from the White
Stripes’ first ever recording session, according to the NME.

Muse May Be On Third ‘Twilight’ Soundtrack Too

from MTV News

The band happens to be friends with ‘Eclipse’ director David
Slade.

Lady Gaga sets ‘Monster Ball’ tour dates

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Monica Herrera,
Billboard

Two weeks after the cancellation of her “Fame
Kills” tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga has announced the details of a solo
tour and revealed the tracklist for “The Fame Monster,” the
re-release of her debut album due Nov. 23.


ETC…

Clooney laments decline in media standards

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JILL LAWLESS

LONDON (AP) — George Clooney thinks something has gone
wrong when the media prints celebrity rumor and innuendo as fact….

Schwarzenegger to reflect on film career

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) — California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger has agreed to discuss his past as a movie star during a
televised retrospective of his career, Encore said.

Fergie eyeing Dolphins partnership

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

MIAMI, Oct. 15 (UPI) — Hip-hop artist Fergie is in talks to
become a limited partner in the Miami Dolphins, the football team’s owner has
confirmed.

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