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The Newsdesk 10.29.09 – This Is It Storms Box Office; Second Avatar Trailer Debuts

Michael Jackson’s This Is It is already tearing up the box office, taking in $2.2 million on its opening night. Surprisingly, that’s about half what the budget was for Jackson’s Captain EO.

• The longer international trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar has surfaced online. Look for a Sigourney Weaver cameo, and try not to watch the rest without rolling your eyes.

• Jessica Biel is attached to star and produce the raunchy comedy F***ing Engaged. Ah, isn’t that precious. They think the title isn’t going to be changed to something generic like “Wedding Bell Blues.”

• Tony Scott is attached to direct a biopic about the founder of Chippendales Steve Banerjee. Seriously, look it up. It’s a dark, surprisingly fascinating story.

• Brad Pitt and Josh Brolin are in consideration to star in Go Like Hell, a racing movie from Fox. And another movie that’s likely to be retitled to something like, “5 Fast 5 Furious.”

• A deleted scene from Star Trek featuring Klingons has turned up online.

• Peter Berg is no longer attached to direct Dune. The studio reportedly wants District 9 director Neill Blomkamp to take over. Perhaps he can make Dune not mind-numbingly boring.



BIZ

Composers consider unionization

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: SCL mulling affiliation with Teamsters Local 399
— For the first time in more than a decade, composers and lyricists working in
film, TV and videogames are considering unionization.

 

Digital cinema still a work in progress

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Execs seem almost embarrassed about the prospect of
promising too much too soon regarding digital cinema. Too late.

SAG rejects tentative videogame deal

from Variety.com

Technology News: Guild asks companies to return to
bargaining table — Members of the Screen Actors Guild have rejected a
tentative deal with videogame employers, prompting the guild to ask the
companies to go back to the bargaining table.


AWARDS

‘Glee’ claims Diversity Award

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque

Fox’s popular new musical-comedy, Glee, has won a Diversity Award
from the Multicultural Motion Picture Association.

Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia” snubbed in home film
awards

from Reuters: Entertainment News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s
outback epic “Australia” was passed over on Wednesday for the top
film awards in his home country, presented by the Australian Film Institute.


FESTIVALS

Steve Martin and His Banjo Join MerleFest Lineup

from Paste Magazine

That wild and crazy guy Steve Martin is hopping aboard the
MerleFest lineup.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, October 27, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Paranormal Activity tops Tuesday’s box office with $1.7
million

 

‘This Is It’ grosses $2.2 million

from Variety.com – Music News

Music News: Michael Jackson docu sets new record — Sony’s
Michael Jackson concert pic “This Is It” grossed an estimated $2.2
million in Tuesday night shows at the domestic box office, a record for any
Tuesday in October.

Bugliosi’s ‘Bush’ book adapted as film

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

DETROIT, Oct. 28 (UPI) — A documentary based on Vincent
Bugliosi’s book “The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder” is to
be released in U.S. theaters next year, NAFTC Studios said.

 

Billy Bob Thornton, Dwayne Johnson team for ‘Faster’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Billy Bob Thornton will star with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
in action drama Faster, Variety reports.

Sam Worthington searches for humanity in ‘Avatar’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Forget the flying dragons and giant blue aliens, Sam
Worthington is in search of human life amid all that extraterrestrial spectacle
of “Avatar.”

Is Neil Marshall Going to Replace Peter Berg on Dune?

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
A new and curious rumour suggests that Peter Berg is no longer attached to the
next big screen adaptation of Dune and the studio are shopping around
for a new director.


TELEVISION

Ferguson finishes taping late show by flashlight

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Late Late Show” host Craig
Ferguson had to finish taping his program by flashlight on Tuesday after high
winds knocked out power at CBS Television City in central Los Angeles….

NBC takes Tuesday lead with ‘Loser’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

With CBS in repeats once again, NBC took the lead Tuesday
night with “The Biggest Loser”

Catholic League Angered By Larry David Peeing On Jesus

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team

On Sunday’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm,’ Larry David was taking a
“new pill” that caused him to urinate with excessive force.

‘Melrose’: Amanda’s first scene!

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello’s exclusive sneak peek of Heather Locklear
back where she belongs, set to air Nov. 17

 

Comedy Central picks up ABC’s ‘The Goode Family’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Comedy Central has picked up repeats of ABC’s cancelled
animated series The Goode Family, Variety reports.

Ausiello: ‘Brothers & Sisters’ shake-up!

from EW.com: TV
Michael Ausiello confirms the ABC series’ two showrunners are out in that role,
replaced by a longtime ”B&S” writer

‘The Office’: Meet ‘Subtle Sexuality’

from EW.com: TV

EW exclusive First Look: A taste of Kelly and Erin’s video
for ”Male Prima Donna,” their girl group debut

NBC developing legal drama

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Following his seven-episode arc on “The Office,”
Idris Elba has teamed with “Battlestar Galactica” executive producer
David Eick on a legal drama for NBC.

Jay Leno no help at KNBC

from Variety.com – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: 11 p.m. news down 26% vs. last year — The
latenight news wars are heating up in Los Angeles.

Parent group says violence against women on TV is up

from USATODAY.com Television – Top Stories

A group that monitors violence in prime-time television says
it’s concerned about women being more frequent targets.


MUSIC

Jam For the Ladies: Lilith Fair Returns

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By Dave Itzkoff

Lilith Fair, that vintage-1990s concert series that
emphasized female artists, is planning a comeback next year.

Jackson’s hometown pushes for museum, hotel

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Michael Jackson’s father and the mayor of Gary, Indiana,
want to build a museum, hotel and performing arts center in the Jackson
family’s hometown, a spokeswoman for the mayor said.

Lady Gaga Says She Gave Adam Lambert The ‘Perfect’ Song

from MTV News

Track that didn’t fit Gaga’s voice will appear on ‘American
Idol’ alum’s For Your Entertainment.

 

‘New Moon’ tops U.S. album chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) — “The Twilight Saga: New
Moon” soundtrack is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported
Wednesday.

 

U2 to play at Brandenburg Gate

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Rock band U2 are to stage a free concert at the Brandenburg
Gate to mark 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Owl City: The Biggest ‘Total Nobody’ With A Top 10 Single And
Album

from MTV News

‘The past six months have been nothing but a colorful,
brilliant blur,’ Adam Young tells MTV News of his ‘Fireflies’-driven success.

Adam Lambert Defends Album Cover as “Deliberately Campy”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

Reaction to Adam Lambert’s debut album cover has certainly been strong.

Florence and the Machine Make U.S. Debut

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser

On paper, flame-haired 23-year-old Brit Florence Welch seems
just one of a dozen would-be divas to wash up on our shores this year.


ETC…

Miley Cyrus voted worst celebrity influence of 2009

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Miley Cyrus, one of Disney’s hottest
stars of the past three years with hit records and hit films, has been voted
the worst celebrity influence of 2009 by the very people who made her a star,
tweens and teens, according to an online poll on Wednesday.

Stars All a-Twitter That This Is It Is It!

from E! Online – Movie News
She may be 77 years old, but Elizabeth Taylor is nothing if not a trendsetter.
Michael Jackson’s close friend was the first to twitter her review of the
star’s final performance,…

 

Jackson skin doctor makes claim

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

A dermatologist who treated Michael Jackson is making a
claim against his estate over unpaid bills for treatment given towards the end
of his life.

‘Shrek the Musical’ headed for DVD release

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

DreamWorks Animation is planning a DVD release of its
Broadway show Shrek the Musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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