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The Newsdesk 11.05.09 – Danny Boyle to Direct Mountain Climbing Story; First Peek at Angelina Jolie in Salt

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle will tackle the true-life drama 127 Hours, about a  mountain climber who cut off his own arm in order to survive an expedition.

• The first teaser trailer for Salt, the twisty spy drama starring Angelina Jolie, has turned up online. Angelina is blonde? And starring in an action thriller? OK, that second part isn’t all that surprising.

• Disney is developing another Three Men and a Baby sequel. If the second outing was Three Men and a Little Lady, what will this one be titled? Three Geriatrics and a Graduate Student?

• Anthony Hopkins could be playing Ernest Hemingway in a biopic. Is Chris O’Donnell really the only actor who’s ever played him on the big screen?

John C. Reilly and Mary-Louise Parker have now joined the cast of Red, the comic book spy thriller starring Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, and Helen Mirren. Willis will be the aging black ops spy forced to do battle with much younger, deadlier agents. Taking on young whipper-snappers is something Willis can do in his sleep.   

• A TV version of the upcoming disaster blockbuster 2012 is already in the works. The show will be set in 2013 and deal with the aftermath of the disaster depicted in the movie. Place your bets now on whether it will be on the air long enough to see the actual 2012.

• Jerry Bruckheimer claims to be confident that Johnny Depp with return for a fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Looks like we’re going to find out who is the more powerful force: Depp or Bruckheimer?

• In other Johnny Depp news, the actor is in talks to costar with Angelina Jolie in The Tourist. The movie is (you guessed it!) a spy thriller with Jolie playing a female Interpol agent to draws Depp into a world of intrigue.  


BIZ

News Corp stages double-digit rebound

from FT.com – Media

Profits at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire staged a
double digit rebound in the three months to September 30, with 85 per cent of
its operating income now coming from cable channels including Fox News and the
Hollywood studio behind the Ice Age animated films

Time Warner Q3 profit falls, raises forecast

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Time Warner’s third-quarter profit fell 38%, but exceeded
Wall Street expectations, leading the media giant to raise its full-year profit
forecast.


FESTIVALS

TCM planning classic film festival

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) — Turner Classic Movies says it
is planning its first TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this spring.

Sundance Film Festival Goes National For 2010

from Movieline
The Sundance Film Festival sent word this morning that its 2010 edition would
feature one night of nationally coordinated festival premieres.


AWARDS

Hit or miss?

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

What the critics think of the new Oscars hosts


FILM

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, November 3, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Michael Jackson’s This Is It tops Tuesday’s box office with
$2.7 million

First Shots from the Facebook Movie

from Defamer by Nicholas Carlson
The movie about how Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg
and Eduardo Saverin started Facebook — called The Social
Network
— is shooting at Johns Hopkins University today, All Facebook reports.

‘Risk’ becomes the latest board game headed for the big screen

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Nicole Sperling

Proving once again that Hollywood’s latest mining
opportunity is the well of classic toys and board games moviegoers loved as
kids, Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to make a feature film from board
game Risk.

‘Three Men and a Baby’ sequel in the works

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque

Twenty-two years after the smash hit Three Men and a
Baby, Disney has plans for another sequel. Tom Selleck’s manager confirms to EW
that Three Men and a Bride is in the works.

‘2012’: TV spin-off in the works

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Lynette Rice

Roland Emmerich tells EW exclusively about plans to adapt
his film, opening next week, as a weekly series

TELEVISION

Ratings: ‘NCIS’ wins night, while ABC cashes its ‘V’ card

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Annie Barrett

The series premiere of ABC’s sci-fi drama V performed
mightily in Tuesday’s 8-9 p.m. hour, and even built its audience by 2 percent
in the second half hour. V earned ABC the highest Adult 18-49 rating for an 8
p.m. drama debut on any network and any night since the 2004 series premiere of
Lost. 

These days, television loves Washington, D.C.

from L.A. Times – TV News

The city of marble and politics has become the focal point
for reality series and comedy specials, among other shows.

 

Group urges CW stations not to air ‘Gossip Girl’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By FRAZIER MOORE

NEW YORK (AP) — On-air promos for a sexual threesome on an
upcoming episode of “Gossip Girl” have spurred the Parents Television
Council to ask affiliates of the CW network to pre-empt the show.

What do reality TV stars make?

from CNN.com – Entertainment

After the premiere of VH1’s “Sex Rehab,” I found
myself wondering: How much did folks get paid to be on this show?

Hanks to co-star with Whitford on TV show

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) — Colin Hanks has been cast
opposite Bradley Whitford in “Jack and Dan,” Fox’s upcoming
13-episode action comedy series set in Los Angeles.

‘Flight of the Conchords’ over?

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque

Jemaine Clement, one half of the comic duo behind HBO’s
Flight of the Conchords, told Reuters that the show “very likely might not”
return for a third season.

First lady cooking with ‘Iron Chef’

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

The Food Network announced Wednesday that an episode of
“Iron Chef America” will be taped at the White House featuring Mario Batali,
Bobby Flay and Emeril Lagasse.


MUSIC

Jackson’s album ‘crowns US chart’

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Michael Jackson’s album This Is It tops the US chart with
first-week sales of 373,000, according to early figures.

 

50 Cent: Alone (but Not Lonely) on Top

from ABC News: Entertainment

Rapper, mogul gives “Nightline” two-day tour of
life on eve of album release.

Robbie confirms Take That reunion

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Pop star Robbie Williams says there are plans for him to
perform with Take That again some time in the future.

Chris Brown interview to air on MTV

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

MTV will air a 30-minute interview special with singer Chris
Brown on Nov. 6 at 6 P.M. In a press release, the cable network said that
interviewer Sway and Brown will discuss the aftermath of his conviction for
assaulting ex Rihanna as well as his upcoming album

No Doubt sues Activision over Band Hero

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Rock band No Doubt has filed a real-world lawsuit over its
virtual role in the just-released Band Hero edition of the Guitar Hero video
game series, claiming that the game has “transformed No Doubt band members
into a virtual karaoke circus act,” singing dozens of songs the group
neither wrote, popularized nor approved for use in the game.


ETC…

Comic-Con founder Sheldon Dorf dies

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

Sheldon Dorf, who founded the world famous Comic-Con
International comic book convention, has died. He was 76.

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