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The Newsdesk 11.17.09 – Faris and Reynolds Offer TMI; McAdams Won’t Be Black Cat

Anna Faris and Ryan Reynolds are teaming up for TMI, a romantic comedy from Universal Pictures. Faris is also in talks for the comedy Wedding Banned with Robin Williams. If it has a cutesy title, Faris will star in it apparently.

Rachel McAdams confirmed that she will not be playing Black Cat in Spider-Man 4 despite recent rumors. Turns out this was yet another Internet rumor started by hopeful geeks.

Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall will helm Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, the fourth installment in the Disney franchise. Finally, the dancing pirate saga we’ve all been waiting for.

• Word is McG’s remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is pretty much a washout. Get it? Because it’s under a sea? Anyway, the project’s canceled.

• Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano have been cast as Thor’s Warriors Three. Will Stevenson make amends to fanboys for Punisher: War Zone


BIZ

Is the Hollywood Movie Star Dead?

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
A Reuters piece that’s been making the rounds this weekend
speculates that Hollywood may be thinking twice about banking on A-list celebrities
in the future.

YouTube, Univision ink programming deal

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Univision Communications’ Univision Interactive Media is
partnering with Google’s YouTube to make shortform and longform videos
available on YouTube in one of the online video site’s biggest content deals to
date.


FILM

‘Twilight’ screenwriter says ‘New Moon’ is better than first

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Melissa Rosenberg, who adapted Stephenie Meyer’s novels,
says “I know who I’m writing for.”

 

Courteney Cox Ready to Shriek Again in ‘Scream 4’

from ABC News: Entertainment

‘Cougar Town’ star Courteney Cox ready to shriek again in
‘Scream 4’

Older women crave ‘New Moon’ vampires

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Teen girls aren’t the only ones enthralled by the
“Twilight” series and its movies.

Helena Bonham Carter cast as Queen Elizabeth

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by EW staff

Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Ehle, Guy Pearce, Derek
Jacobi, Timothy Spall and Michael Gambon have joined the cast of The King’s
Speech, from director Tom Hooper.

New Avatar Featurette

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
20th Century Fox has released a new featurette for James Cameron’s Avatar
on the Taiwanese Yahoo.


TELEVISION

Biden to do ‘Daily Show’

from CLICK Stories Top 25 by PATRICK GAVIN

He is the first sitting vice president to appear on
Stewart’s program

‘South Park’ Spoof Of Cameron’s ‘Avatar’

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

The latest episode of South Park is titled “Dancing
With Smurfs” and in part parodies James Cameron’s upcoming 3-D sci-fi epic
Avatar.

Tyler Perry’s ‘Meet the Browns’ heading to syndication

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by EW staff

Tyler Perry’s sitcom Meet the Browns, which currently airs
on TBS, has been cleared for broadcast syndication a mere 15 months after its
cable debut.

Network TV winners and losers

from L.A. Times – TV News

As broadcasters approach midseason, we look at what’s
working (and not) on their schedules. One guess where ‘The Jay Leno Show’
falls.

Heidi and Spencer shopping own reality show

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
They say that while “The Hills” only focuses on a small part of their
lives, their own show would reveal everything that happens to them and could
even include live segments.


MUSIC

Top Online Song and Video Downloads

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine

Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” led the iTunes
top downloaded songs last week.

Jackson’s sister blames doctor for Michael’s death

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson blames Dr. Conrad Murray for
her brother Michael’s death….

Lewis to sing Avatar theme song

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Leona Lewis will sing the theme to the much-anticipated
James Cameron sci-fi movie Avatar, it is announced.

 

Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill gets hitched

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — Kings of Leon drummer Nathan
Followill has a queen. He tied the knot with singer Jessie Baylin over the
weekend.

Kanye West Joins Beyonce Onstage In London

from MTV News

Kanye joins B for ‘Ego’; Jay-Z also joins in for ‘Crazy in
Love.’

Britney Spears Launches iPhone App

from MTV News

Fans can get messages from Brit, put their faces on her
backup dancers and more.


ETC…

Stars lined up for new audio Bible

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Michael York, Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander and hundreds
of others lent their voices to quite a creation: a 79-CD, elaborate audio
portrayal of the Old and New Testaments.

Ken Ober’s Death; Host of MTV’s Remote Control Was 52

from Movieline

Ken Ober, host of Remote Control — the MTV game show
that featured a pre-fame Colin Quinn and Adam Sandler — died suddenly over the
weekend.

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