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The Newsdesk 10.23.09 – Hathaway and Harris to Visit Rio; District 9 Director Lines Up Next Project

Anne Hathaway and Neil Patrick Harris are joining the voice cast of Rio, the next movie from Blue Sky Productions (Ice Age).  The story follows “a nerdy macaw who lights out from his small-town Minnesota cage for the exotic Summer Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro.” So it’s Madagascar with birds, basically. 

• Dylan Baker has signed on to reprise his role of Dr. Curt Connors in Spider-Man 4. Maybe he’ll finally turn into The Lizard, maybe he’ll just keep being Peter’s nebbish-y professor. 

• The director of District 9 will tackle another scifi movie for his next project. The untitled film will be set on another planet, though it isn’t a sequel to District 9

RZA updated fans on the status of his martial arts films The Man with the Iron Fist and The Last Dragon remake. Both of which cannot come out soon enough.

Actor/writer Justin Theroux will produce Air Guitar, a movie set in the world of air guitar competitions. Expect Jack Black and/or Will Ferrell to star.

• A new clip from Jon Woo’s Red Cliff features tons of flaming, flying arrows. While cool, I blame Braveheart for this trend.


BIZ

Nascar Takes Cinema Advertising for a Spin

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by jmullman@adage.com(Jeremy Mullman)

CHICAGO (AdAge.com)
— Nascar is sprinting into cinema ads, and it is bringing its sponsors along
for the ride. The auto-racing behemoth has cut a three-year deal with cinema-ad
network Screenvision to bring original branded content to 15,000 movie screens,
the league’s first play in a fast-growing format that has spotlighted the sport
in movies such as “Talladega Nights” and “Days of Thunder.”

Netflix, Amazon report strong third quarters

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

Netflix doubled its profit in its third quarter, raised its
forecast, added more than a half-million subscribers. Amazon.com also reported stellar
Q3 earnings on Thursday.

Relativity gets $300 million in new financing

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Relativity Media on Thursday announced an agreement with two
lenders to provide a $300 million credit facility to fund film production.

Study: Studios must pay for film profits

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

It takes money to make money. That’s the essence of a newly
released study by SNL Kagan, which found that pics toting the biggest negative
cost also tend to fetch the most profit.


FESTIVALS

Festival time in Hollywood

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Eighty films are featured in the 13th annual Hollywood Film
Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, which commences Friday evening at the ArcLight
Hollywood.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Paranormal Activity tops Wednesday’s box office with $1.6
million

Liza Minnelli Crashes SATC 2, Has Mystery Star ‘Sobbing Like a
Baby’

from Movieline
We already knew Liza Minnelli would drop into Sex and the
City 2
for a rendition of “Single Ladies.” But according to one
actor who shot the film’s big wedding scene with her, it was one of her
mother’s songs that stopped the show.

Collin Wilcox, Actress in ‘Mockingbird’, Dies at 74

from NYT > Movies by By MARGALIT FOX

Ms. Wilcox worked actively in television and in theater, but
she was best-known for her film role as Mayella Ewell in “To Kill a Mockingbird,”
the 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel.

‘Astro Boy’ Director & Kristen Bell Talk Plot And Themes Of
Film

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
As “Astro
Boy
” prepares to lift-off into theaters this weekend, the many cast
and crew members of the film are making the press rounds to discuss the
upcoming manga adaptation’s plot and thematic elements.

 

Jackie Chan, Andy Lau plan kung-fu remake ‘Shaolin Temple’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Nicholas Tse and Fan Bingbing will
star in new kung-fu project Shaolin Temple, Variety reports. Hong Kong’s Benny
Chan will direct the $29 million project, a remake of the 1980s film of the
same name. It will shoot later this year for a late 2010 release.

Hold Steady singer to co-author screen adaptation of Chuck
Klosterman book

from The Music Mix by Joseph Brannigan Lynch

The lead singer of literate bar-rockers The Hold Steady, Craig
Finn, is teaming up with a Dave Letterman writer to bring Chuck Kloserman’s
first book to the silver screen.

“That Evening Sun” to rise in November

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Film stars Hal Holbrook as an aging Teneessee farmer


TELEVISION

Big ‘Melrose Place’ shake-up

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines

Ashlee Simpson-Wentz and Colin Egglesfield exit as show
adopts lighter, more fun tone

ABC extreme weight loss show in the works

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

ABC is teaming with “Biggest Loser” exec producer J.D.
Roth for a show where extremely overweight people shed hundreds of pounds over
the course of a full year.

Bravo orders second helping of ‘Masters’

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Bravo has ordered a second season of its “Top Chef”
spinoff series, “Top Chef Masters.”

Queen bee of ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’

from L.A. Times – TV News

NeNe Leakes has found fame — and ratings gold for Bravo —
with her brash personality.


MUSIC

Top Online Song and Video Downloads

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine

NEW YORK — Owl City’s ‘Fireflies’ led the iTunes top
downloaded songs last week.

‘Down’ climbs up U.S. record chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 22 (UPI) — Jay Sean’s “Down” is
No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

 

Musicians crank up the volume on Guantanamo debate

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By RICHARD
LARDNER

WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of mega-bands and singers
outraged that music – including theirs – was cranked up to help break
uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers
and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama’s push to
shutter the Navy-run prison for terrorist suspects in Cuba….

 

Lil Wayne Sent to Jail; Fans Protest

from ABC News: Entertainment

Lil Wayne pleads guilty to attempted weapon possession in
NYC.

Rock band Bon Jovi announces new world tour

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By VICTOR EPSTEIN

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rock band Bon Jovi announced
plans Thursday for a new world tour that will swing by the new home of the New
York Giants and Jets

Madonna to lay school’s foundation stone in Malawi

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LILONGWE (Reuters) – Madonna will visit Malawi on Sunday to
lay the foundation stone of a multi-million dollar girls’ school she is
building, her charity Raising Malawi told Reuters.


ETC…

Jackson mom replaces lawyers in court battle

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Michael Jackson’s mother is changing the legal team she’s
using to fight for control of her son’s estate, according to a lawyer involved
in the litigation.

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