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The Newsdesk 10.28.09 – First Trailer for Eastwood’s Invictus; Sandler Will Be Jack and Jill

• Zach Galifianakis and Amy Adams are in talks to star in the drama Town House. The story follows an agoraphobic man who strikes up a friendship with a call girl. Could it be a modern take on Pretty Woman?

• The first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s Invictus has debuted. Morgan Freeman portraying Nelson Mandela in an Eastwood-directed film? Just mail them the Oscars right now.

Adam Sandler will star in the comedy Jack and Jill, playing both Jack and his twin sister Jill. So he’s back to making the kind of comedies he made fun of himself for making in Funny People?

Tom Cruise could be reteaming with director John Woo for the movie Flying Tigers. Expect many shots of Tom shooting two pistols at a time in slow motion.

• January Jones will star opposite Nicolas Cage in the thriller Hungry Rabbit Jumps. The plot finds Cage joining an underground vigilante organization after his wife (Jones) is murdered. What this has to do with the title still remains to be seen.

• Emmanuelle Chriqui is costarring with Val Kilmer as the female lead in Renny Harlin’s war film Georgia. Chriqui is known to most as E’s boring girlfriend Sloan on Entourage


BIZ

Dead celebrities, big bucks

from CNN.com – Entertainment

This year, it’s hip to be dead. The deaths of so many
celebrities recently has highlighted the continued public fascination with
deceased stars and the booming industry surrounding them.

New Regency bulks up for 2010

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Studio putting busy development program in place
— Though development has all but disappeared at some studios, New Regency is
putting a busy development program in place and plans to produce as many as
four movies during the first half of next year.

DreamWorks Animation Reports Third Quarter 2009 Financial
Results

from PR Newswire: Film & Motion Picture

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —
DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced financial results
for its third quarter ended September 30, 2009.


FESTIVALS

Colin Firth to be Feted at 25th Santa Barbara Film Fest

from indieWIRE News

Colin Firth will be honored with the “Outstanding
Performance of the Year Award” at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival
on February 13.


AWARDS

Newcomer Sidibe starts award season with win

from MSNBC.com: Movies
Actress honored for work in ‘Precious’; Swank, Mulligan also take prizes.

Gervais hopes to make Golden Globes an ‘industry party’

from L.A. Times – TV News

There’ll be no shortage of laughs when the British comedian
hosts the award show, its first host since 1995.

Oscar hopefuls turn out in force at Hollywood Awards

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Hilary Swank, Ewan McGregor and Steven Spielberg were among
celebrities at the star studded affair.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Monday, October 26, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Paranormal Activity tops Monday’s box office with $1.9
million

Global premiere for Jackson movie

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Michael Jackson’s family and thousands of fans attend the
worldwide premiere of his documentary film, This Is It.

 

‘Sex And The City 2’ EXCLUSIVE Details From Kristen Davis

from MTV Movies Blog by MTV Movies Team

Finding out legit details about the sequel to “Sex and the City: The Movie” is a feat about as
rare as a Manolo Blahnik sale.

Noted Filmmaker Releases Feature Length NYC Election
Documentary on YouTube in Hopes of Inspiring Young Voters

from PR Newswire: Film & Motion Picture

NEW YORK, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning filmmaker
Raul Barcelona is releasing his critically acclaimed film, THE PROMISE OF NEW
YORK, on YouTube.com in hopes of inspiring New York City voters to participate
in the upcoming general election on November 3rd.

Jerry Bruckheimer sees a new civil war

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Jerry Bruckheimer is eyeing a modern civil war project with
Disney, hiring J. Michael Straczynski to adapt the game Shattered Union,
Variety reports.

J.J. Abrams Probably Won’t Helm ‘Mission: Impossible 4’

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian

In 2006, J.J. Abrams was largely known as a TV guy, one of the
creative minds behind fare like “Lost” and “Alias.” Then
came a turn in the directing chair for “Mission:
Impossible III
,” when he popped off explosions galore around Tom Cruise,
and Abrams’ career was never the same.

‘Astro Boy’ breaks records in China

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

HONG KONG, Oct. 27 (UPI) — “Astro Boy” set a new
opening weekend box-office record in China for a CG-animated movie

‘The Twilight Saga: New Moon’ cast to make in-store appearances

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Mandi Bierly

Cast members from The Twilight Saga: New Moon will make
appearances at select Hot Topic and Nordstrom stores next month to promote the
sequel’s Nov. 20 release.

Movie takes aim at celebrity news obsession

from MSNBC.com: Movies
The new documentary “Starsuckers” looks at the culture of celebrity
and whether it has undermined journalistic standards and warped society’s
values.


TELEVISION

Forget recession, let’s throw a “Mad Men” party

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – With the country in the midst of the
worst recession in decades, some Americans are finding comfort in clothing,
martinis and parties inspired by the award-winning retro TV series “Mad
Men.”

DVR use helps network ratings rise

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Viewers are tuning in to the major networks this fall.
Ratings are up 2% after years of steady declines.

 

ABC tops mild Monday ratings

from Variety.com – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: NBC’s ‘Jay Leno Show’ hits tough times — ABC,
riding “Dancing With the Stars” and improved scores for drama
“Castle,” ruled as the top broadcaster in key demos on the final
Monday of October.

Peter Berg and Kyle Chandler on the restructuring of ‘Friday
Night Lights’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Chandler: “I just didn’t expect that we would overcome
a network’s desire for something.”fresh.”


October ’09 Ratings: MSNBC Solidly #2 in Prime

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
MSNBC is now solidly in second place in primetime, but still far beyond #1 Fox
News Channel.

Cable news: Is ‘just the facts’ dead?

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker on widening gap between straight news reporting
and viewers; does TV biz demand bluster?

 

Kids watch more than a day of TV each week

from L.A. Times – TV News

The latest figures from Nielsen have children’s TV usage at
an eight-year high. Children’s health advocates warn of adverse effects.

NBC starts Vancouver Olympics push

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

NBC and its Olympic cable partner, Universal Sports, will
bring an unprecedented amount of Winter Games action to viewers.

White House War with Fox News Fuels Ratings Fire

from The Wrap RSS by Dylan Stableford

The White House’s war on Fox News does not appear to be
working.

Lisa Kudrow to visit ‘Cougar Town’

from EW.com: TV
The mini-”Friends” reunion will film next month and air in 2010


TNT greenlights George Clooney’s ‘Delta Blues’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

TNT has greenlit a drama pilot called Delta Blues, which
will be executive produced by George Clooney for his Smokehouse Pictures.

Augusten Burroughs plans new TV shows with CBS, Showtime

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Writer Augusten Burroughs is partnering with Katalyst Films
to develop new TV projects, Variety reports.

Ausiello: ‘Melrose’ eyes ‘Cougar’ hottie

from EW.com: TV
Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively that Nick Zano is in talks for irreverent
character to replace brooding Auggie


MUSIC

Michael Jackson On Track For 6th No. 1 On Billboard 200

from Billboard.com The Feed

As Michael Jackson’s movie “This Is It” is about
to open in theaters, the film’s companion album of the same name is already
doing brisk business.

 

Bruce Springsteen Cancels Show After Cousin/Roadie Lenny
Sullivan’s Death

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Bruce Springsteen canceled a performance in Kansas City
after his cousin and road crew member died.

X lines up December shows

from Top Stories from LiveDaily.com

Los Angeles punk icons X will make a few live appearances
in December, including a special pre-Christmas show with special guests
Calexico.

LISTEN: Weezer and Lil Wayne Collabo!

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser

In recent weeks, two things have been quite popular around
the SPIN offices: the fall sniffles and “(If
You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To,”
Weezer’s catchy
song from the band’s new album, Raditude.

Ex-Oasis singer Liam Gallagher to start new band

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is starting a new band,
saying, “I don’t want to do anything solo,” NME reports.

Clapton cancels Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

Eric Clapton has pulled out of this week’s Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame concert in New York after undergoing gallstone surgery.

Lady Gaga Talks About Collaborating With Beyonce

from MTV News

‘I don’t want to be fashion Gaga in your video — I want to
do you,‘ Gaga told Beyoncé.

‘All-star cast’ for Gabriel album

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Musician Peter Gabriel is set to release new collaborative
album next year, his first major collection in seven years.

ETC…

Paul Haggis on Scientology: ‘Morally reprehensible’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

His letter, full of passion and moral outrage, resembled
large portions of his film and TV work.

Writer Slams Letterman Workplace as Sexually Charged

from ABC News: Entertainment

Former writer: Letterman’s workplace dalliances created
hostile atmosphere.

Johansson to make Broadway debut

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Actress Scarlett Johansson is to make her Broadway debut in
Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge.

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