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The Newsdesk 10.20.09 – Hairspray Director to Rock; Zemeckis Takes on Airman

Chris Rock’s documentary Good Hair will be released, after a judge sided with the comedian in a legal battle over ownership of the movie’s concepts. But is the movie “good” enough to fight over?

Selena Gomez will star in What Boys Want, a romantic comedy about a teenage girl who can hear what guys are thinking. Basically, they took What Women Want and flipped the gender stereotypes.

Hairspray director Adam Shankman will tackle a big screen adaptation of Rock of Ages, the rock musical which uses classic songs by Twisted Sister, Journey, Joan Jett, and other greats. Basically, it’s Mamma Mia!, but with the greatest music of all time.

• The first photos from The Adjustment Bureau feature
Matt Damon hanging out with New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. Will
Bloomberg become the Larry King, turning up in every other movie as
himself?

Spike Jonze’s odd collaboration with Kanye West, the short film We Were Once a Fairytale has surfaced online. Unlike Where the Wild Things Are, it’s probably NSFW.

Robert Zemeckis will produce the motion capture animated film Airman,
an adaptation of the adventure book by Eoin Colfer. Someone needs to
produce an animated movie about a once great director stuck in a creepy
motion capture world.

BIZ

MPAA starts search for new chief

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Former Democratic Rep. Harold Ford Jr. has emerged as the
early front-runner among studios to succeed Hollywood’s top lobbyist Dan
Glickman.

FESTIVALS

Doha Tribeca fest sets panels and industry talks

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Mira Nair, Danny Boyle, Elia Suleiman and R.J. Cutler 
will be  participating in film talks at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.


AWARDS

Gotham Award nominations: ‘Hurt Locker’ in, ‘Precious’ out

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

The Gotham Independent Film Award nomination lists were
revealed today, recognizing a few expected indies (The Hurt Locker, A Serious
Man) while surprisingly neglecting others (where the heck is Precious?).
Because the Gotham nominees are determined by small panels of four people each,
today’s results won’t necessarily foreshadow the Spirit Awards or Oscars.

Hollywood fest to honor Christoph Waltz

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Christoph Waltz is set to receive the supporting actor award
at the Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Gala at the Beverly Hilton on Monday
for his performance in “Inglourious Basterds.”


FILM

Some parents upset by ‘Wild Things’

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Parents may have fond memories of Maurice Sendak’s classic
children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are.” But if their
social-networking postings are any indication, some are not pleased with the
movie.

Haley says he heard ‘Green Lantern’ rumor

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) — Jackie Earle Haley admits he
has heard he is up for the role of Sinestro in Hollywood’s “Green Lantern”
film, but insists he hasn’t been offered the part.

‘Good Hair’ poised for wide release after judge’s ruling

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Kate Ward

Though the film has been locked in a legal battle, Chris
Rock’s documentary, Good Hair, will indeed open nationwide Oct. 23, according
to The Hollywood Reporter. Rock had been sued by Regina Kimbell, the My Nappy
Roots director who accused the comedian of stealing her ideas, and demanded the
film be blocked from release.


TELEVISION

‘Glee’ Exclusive: ‘Spring Awakening’ star Jonathan Groff to
join the show

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack

EW has exclusively learned that Lea Michele’s Spring
Awakening co-star, Jonathan Groff (seen most recently in Ang Lee’s Taking
Woodstock) is coming on board Glee for five or six episodes playing the lead
male singer of Vocal Adrenaline, the group already seen performing “Rehab” and
“Mercy.”

ABC Family close to pilot order for drama ‘Pretty Little Liars’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

ABC Family may soon order a pilot for new drama Pretty
Little Liars, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series, based on
young-adult novels by Sara Shepard, would follow a group of female high-school
friends brought together by uncanny circumstances.

Michelle Obama to appear on ‘The Jay Leno Show’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Kate Ward

Michelle Obama will appear on The Jay Leno Show this Friday,
NBC announced today. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first lady will
respond to 10 “rapid-fire questions” in a bit for the talk show. Colin Firth is
also scheduled to appear as a guest on the program Friday.


MUSIC

Def Leppard scraps U.S. concerts

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, Oct. 19 (UPI) — The rock band Def Leppard has
announced on its Web site it is canceling a series of planned North American
concert dates “due to unforeseen personal matters.”

Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta reveal debut album titles

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Michael Slezak

American Idol graduates Adam Lambert and Allison Iraheta are
eschewing the self-titled route for their upcoming debut albums. Lambert,
Idol’s season 8 runner-up, announced via Twitter that the title of his record,
which will be released Nov. 23 via 19 Recordings/RCA, will be For Your
Entertainment.


ETC…

Roman Polanski’s Appeal Denied by Swiss Court

from ABC News: Entertainment

Swiss court orders Roman Polanski be kept in jail; deemed to
pose flight risk.


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