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The Newsdesk 10.13.09 – World of Warcraft Gets Screenwriter; Moses Goes 300

• Tatum O’Neal will appear in the title role of the indie drama Sweet Lorraine. Tatum O’Neal: 2010’s comeback kid?

• The screenwriter behind Saving Private Ryan will tackle the World of Warcraft movie for Sam Raimi. One war was fought on the shores of Normandy, the other is fought in your parent’s basement. Same difference.

• Fox is developing a 300-style take on the story of Moses. Say it with me: Let! My! People! Go!

• Alice Eve will play Charlotte’s nanny in the upcoming Sex and the City 2. Ironically, she’s really more of a Samantha.

• Buzz is building for the rock documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil as awards season approaches. I can’t wait to see drummer Robb Reiner hobnobbing with Meryl Streep.

• The Independence Day sequel is likely not happening. You mean we won’t see the White House destroyed by aliens again? Surely Bill Pullman has rebuilt it by now.   


BIZ

Lauren Corrao leaving Comedy Central

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Lauren Corrao is stepping down as president of original
programming and development at Comedy Central to return to producing.

Epix sets launch date

from Variety.com

TV News: Pay TV channel to kick off on Oct. 30 — Epix, the
pay TV channel backed by Lionsgate, MGM and Paramount, has confirmed Oct. 30 as
its launch date.


FESTIVALS

Carradine film honored at London festival

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, Oct. 12 (UPI) — “My Suicide,” a film
starring the late U.S. actor David Carradine, won the best international
feature award at London’s Raindance independent film festival.


Island retreat: Hamptons Fest showcases strong international
lineup

from Film Journal by Doris Toumarkine

In its 17th year and with the economic crisis swirling all
around it, the Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF), running Oct. 8-12,
showed few signs of stress.


445 Films Heading To 30th American Film Market

from indieWIRE News

The 30th American Film Market (AFM) has announced 445 films
in 27 languages, including 73 world premieres and 311 market premieres,
screening to 8,000-plus film buyers and industry professionals from more than
70 countries.


Hollywood Film Festival hands out kudos

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Honorees include Julianne Moore, Bradley
Cooper — The Hollywood Film Festival has tapped Julianne Moore with its
supporting actress award, actor Bradley Cooper with its comedy nod and Ryan
Kavanaugh with its producer kudo.


‘Moon’ eclipses rivals at Sitges

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Jones’ pic wins film, actor, screenplay
awards — Duncan Jones’ sci-fi tale “Moon” swept the 42nd Sitges Film
Festival of Catalonia, nabbing among top kudos best picture, actor (Sam
Rockwell) and screenplay (Nathan Parker).


New York film fest ‘Embraces’ pic

from Variety.com

Film Festivals: Helmer Almodovar closes fest’s 47th edition
— Pedro Almodovar closed the 47th edition of the New York Film Festival with
his latest film, “Broken Embraces.”

FILM

Federal judge sets hearing date in Chris Rock’s ‘Good Hair’
infringement case

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Leah Greenblatt

A Federal District Court judge has set an October 15 hearing
date to determine whether Chris Rock’s Good Hair should be blocked from its
October 23 release date.


Danger lurks in Jonze adaptation of `Wild Things’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spike Jonze recalls how Maurice Sendak
urged him to make the movie version of “Where the Wild Things Are” as
dangerous as the book was when the children’s classic came out in 1963….


Sendak riled some say ‘Wild’ too scary

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (UPI) — U.S. author Maurice Sendak said
those who think the film version of his children’s book “Where the Wild
Things Are” is too scary can “go to h*ll.”

 

Surprise hit scares money out of viewers

from CNN.com – Entertainment

The new horror movie “Paranormal Activity” could
be filling movie studio marketing departments with fear. The film cost
reportedly cost just $11,000, but made more than $7 million last weekend —
using word of mouth.


Fox to Re-tell the Story of Moses…300-Style

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
The same writing team hired to make a graphic-novel style, adventurous take on Moby
Dick
for Timur Bekmambetov and Universal have sold a pitch to Fox that
would see them re-telling the story of Moses in the style of Zack Snyder’s 300.


TELEVISION

Ratings: ‘The Amazing Race,’ football win Sunday

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Jennifer
Armstrong

NBC’s Indianapolis-Tennessee NFL matchup led most of the night
with 13.8 million viewers, and CBS scored early Sunday night thanks mostly to
its Sunday afternoon football spilling over into primetime, according to early
Nielsen estimates. That overrun boosted The Amazing Race to 13.1 million
viewers (up 3.2 million from last week).


The DVR Difference: Big Gains for Cult Shows

from The Wrap RSS by Adalian

By Josef Adalian
DVR data for premiere week is out, and there’s good news for some struggling
shows.


Newark mayor to settle feud on ‘Tonight Show’

from MSNBC.com: Television
Conan O’Brien, who has been engaged in a playful feud with Mayor Cory Booker
since Sept. 23, has scheduled Booker to appear Friday on the NBC show.

 

Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’ franchise to air in syndication
beginning 2010

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Tim Stack

NBC Universal announced today that it will begin airing
Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise five days a week in syndication beginning
fall 2010.


‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion taping postponed

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam B. Vary

Bravo has confirmed to EW.com that the taping for the
reunion special of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has been postponed due to the
death of star Kandi Burruss’ ex-fiance Ashley “A.J.” Jewell on Oct. 2.


Lauren Graham stepping into NBC’s ‘Parenthood’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC Universal is confirming that Lauren
Graham has joined the cast of NBC’s upcoming series “Parenthood.”


Fox’s Volley With Obama Intensifying

from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER

Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House
tactic but the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to the Fox News
Channel.


Report: Kimmel dating ‘Live!’ staffer

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) — Jimmy Kimmel’s publicist says
the comedian has been dating Molly McNearney, a staff writer on his late-night,
U.S. chat show.


‘Glee’ tour in planning stages for 2010

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack

Attention Gleeks: you may be able to catch all your favorite
Glee songs performed live next year. EW has learned that a Glee music tour is
in the early discussion stage.


‘FlashForward’ gets full season pickup

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Ausiello
Freshman series has been a solid performer on Thursday night, boosting ABC’s 8
p.m. time period 32 percent over last year


‘Southland’ might have new home at TNT

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Four days after NBC’s abrupt cancellation of
“Southland,” chatter intensifies that the gritty cop drama may find a
second home at TNT.


MUSIC

Lady Gaga Wants To Be A ‘Representative’ For Gay Youth

from MTV News

‘The gay community has been the most loyal and wonderful
support of not only my career, but as friends to me my entire life,’ Gaga says.


Carly Simon Talks About Suing Her Starbucks Label

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Broken trust, men misbehaving, women trying to recover these sound like themes
pulled from a Carly Simon song. Maybe from all of Carly Simon’s songs.


Katy Perry’s MTV Unplugged Album Will Feature Two New Songs

from MTV News

The never-before-released ‘Brick by Brick’ and a cover of
Fountains of Wayne’s ‘Hackensack’ will be included on CD/DVD set.


Flaming Lips set “secret” L.A. show for Thursday

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Billboard) – The Flaming Lips will play a
“secret” show in Hollywood on Thursday, two days after the release of
the Oklahoma City band’s first studio album in three years.


New Michael Jackson song hits airwaves

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Mike Collett-White,
Reuters

Michael Jackson’s new single “This Is It” began
streaming online and playing across the radio airwaves Monday, nearly four
months after the “king of pop” died of a prescription drug overdose
at 50.


Norah Jones’ ‘Chasing Pirates’: Hear it here

from The Music Mix by Joseph Brannigan Lynch

Grammy-hoarding jazz-pop chanteuse Norah Jones released the
lead single from her upcoming album The Fall today, and the song–“Chasing
Pirates”–is a bluesy surprise and welcome change of pace.


Clump of Elvis’ hair to hit auction block

from USATODAY.com Music – Top Stories

The King may be dead, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to
run your fingers through his hair.


ETC…

Schwarzenegger signs tougher anti-paparazzi law

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed an
anti-paparazzi bill

Orlando Bloom named UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — UNICEF has named Orlando Bloom its goodwill
ambassador in recognition of his commitment to children’s rights around the
world….

A ‘housewife’ coming to the Capitol

from CLICK Stories Top 25 by KIKI RYAN
Actress Eva Longoria Parker will hold a press conference on Tuesday on the Hill

Jon, Kate head to arbitration over money

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Attorneys for Jon and Kate Gosselin will meet Tuesday with a
court-appointed arbitrator to hammer out the economic issues in their
contentious divorce.

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