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The Newsdesk 11.19.09 – Ferrell Tops Overpaid Actor List; Hathaway Is Latest Spider-Man Rumor

• Rumor has it Anne Hathaway is also being considered for the Black Cat role in Spider-Man 4. Can someone please cast this already? You’re causing some serious geek panic attacks.

• Will Ferrell and Ewan McGregor topped Forbes magazine’s list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors. Ferrell makes sense, what with Land of the Lost. But McGregor? Who knew?

New Moon director Chris Weitz plans to abandon Hollywood after his experience on The Golden Compass. Funny, we wanted to give up moviegoing after Golden Compass.

Amy Adams will star in The Ten Best Days of My Life, based on the novel about a woman who must prove her place in heaven by recounting her best days. Or, as it was known when Albert Brooks and Meryl Streep starred in a movie with the exact same story in 1991, Defending Your Life.

• Harvey Weinstein is angling to get the Miramax name back. And what Harvey angles for, Harvey usually gets. 

• Hollywood sources think New Moon could debut with Iron Man numbers of $100 million over its opening weekend. I…am…sparkly vampire?


FESTIVALS

Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2010 New Frontier Lineup

from indieWIRE News

In the first of its announcements for its upcoming 2010
program, Sundance Institute revealed Wednesday the selection of 13 artists from
six countries whose works will be presented as part of the New Frontier sidebar
at Sundance Film Festival.


AWARDS

Academy Names 15 to Documentary Shortlist

from indieWIRE News

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named 15
films in the Documentary Feature category will advance in the voting process
for the 82nd Academy Awards(R). Eighty-nine pictures had originally qualified
in the category.

Sir Paul to receive top US honour

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Sir Paul McCartney will receive America’s highest award for
pop music, the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize, it is announced.

‘Precious’ to receive special Producers Guild prize

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

The Producers Guild of America announced today that
Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire will receive its Stanley Kramer
prize next year.

Inside track on the Oscars’ supporting actor race

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

At this point, it appears that Christoph Waltz
(“Inglourious Basterds”), Christopher Plummer (“The Last
Station”) and Alec Baldwin (“It’s Complicated”). are in front.

Hamilton to Direct Oscars

from indieWIRE News

Hamish Hamilton will direct the 82nd Academy Awards telecast,
show producers Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman announced Wednesday.

62nd Emmys set for August

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

The Emmys are moving to August again.

Brian Williams wins Cronkite journalism award

from MSNBC.com: Television
NBC newsman Brian Williams received the first Walter Cronkite Award for his
work in journalism Wednesday since the veteran anchorman’s death this summer.

FILM

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, November 17, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

2012 tops Tuesday’s box office with $4.6 million

Is Percy Jackson’s mythology too close to Harry Potter’s magic?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Executives working with the film are prepared for
comparisons, but they’re confident that the adventure has plenty of his own
unique magic to offer.

A Surprise Gets Buzz for Oscars

from NYT > Movies by By MICHAEL CIEPLY

“Crazy Heart,” a low-budget film about a washed-up country
singer, finds itself at the heart of the Oscar race.

Spike Lee And Antoine Fuqua To Adapt ‘Miss: Better Living
Through Crime’

from Splash Page by Blair Marnell
Critically acclaimed filmmakers Spike Lee and Antoine Fuqua will adapt Philippe
Thirault, Marc Riou and Mark Vigouroux’ graphic novel “Miss: Better Living
Through Crime” for Vigilante Entertainment.

David Lynch’s Next Film is a Documentary on Maharishi Mahesh
Yogi

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
David Lynch seems occupied with experimental video, his son’s ambitious documentary projects, the advent of Twitter, and exposing
as many people/fans to Transcendental Meditation as possible.

Four join Zack Snyder’s 3D animated feature

from Hollywood Reporter by By Pip Bulbeck

Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham will
topline the voice cast of Animal Logic’s 3D animated feature, “Guardians
of Ga’hoole,” distributor Roadshow Films said Wednesday.

‘Nightfall’ Optioned, Sends Vampires To Prison

from Splash Page by Blair Marnell
Platinum
Studios
and Aurora Productions are adapting Scott O. Brown and Ferran
Xalabarder’s original graphic novel “Nightfall” into a feature film.

 

‘New Moon’ causes strange changes for Taylor Lautner

from L.A. Times – Movie News

The young actor muscled up to hold on to his role as the
werewolf Jacob. Excited howling ensued.

 

TELEVISION

Jason Lee to star in TNT pilot

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) — U.S. actor Jason Lee has
landed the lead role in the pilot for “Delta Blues,” a new offbeat
drama executive produced by George Clooney, TNT said.

Daniel Radcliffe to guest on ‘The Simpsons’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Dan Snierson

Alert The Daily Prophet: Daniel Radcliffe is lending
his voice to an episode of The Simpsons, exec producer Al Jean tells EW.

Sarah Palin interview scores ‘Oprah’ highest rating in two
years

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Archana Ram

Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with Sarah Palin on Nov.
16 gave the talk show queen her biggest audience in more than two years with a
household overnight rating of 8.7 and 13 share.

Locklear Staves Off Lockdown, Barely

from Movieline
The fretting producers of CW’s Melrose Place hoped for a ratings
comeback by reinstalling Heather Locklear as Amanda Woodward, and it didn’t quite happen — the show’s numbers rose by a measly
14%.


MUSIC

‘Circle’ is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 18 (UPI) — Bon Jovi’s “The
Circle” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported
Wednesday.

Jay-Z jumps to No. 1 on Hot 100

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Silvio Pietroluongo,
Billboard

Jay-Z will earn his fourth Hot 100 No. 1

Leighton Meester Hooks Up With Lil Wayne To ‘Make It Rain’

from MTV News

The ‘Gossip Girl’ star says Weezy’s been ‘diggin’ on’ her
songs for a while.

Nick Jonas To Perform With New Band At Grammy Nominations
Concert

from MTV News

Nick Jonas and the Administration join roster including Black
Eyed Peas, Maxwell, Sugarland.

Kris Allen Explains The Lack Of Acoustic Songs On His Debut

from MTV News

He also describes his cut collaborations with Mat Kearney,
Kevin Rudolf.


ETC…

Will Ferrell tops Forbes’ ‘overpaid’ list

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

Will Ferrell is the most overpaid actor in Hollywood,
according to a new Forbes magazine list.

People’s Sexiest Man Alive Is …

from ABC News: Entertainment

Magazine editor Galina Espinoza introduces Johnny Depp as
sexiest man.

Ex-manager blames Cage for money woes

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Nicolas Cage’s former business manager says the actor’s
lavish spending brought about his financial problems.

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