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The Newsdesk 11.06.09 – Timberlake in Yogi Bear; Cooper Replaces LaBeouf in Dark Fields

Sacha Baron Cohen has set up his own production company to produce film projects. First up, a movie where he plays a Latino ambulance chaser. Over-the-top antics and hilarious accents will no doubt ensue.

Bradley Cooper is replacing Shia LaBeouf in Dark Fields, the upcoming thriller from the director of The Illusionist. Uh oh! Has the LaBeouf’s la-luster worn off?

• The creative team behind High Fidelity could reteam for Lay the Favorite, a gambling comedy set in Las Vegas. But will John Cusack and Jack Black be involved?

• Anna Faris, Dan Aykroyd, and Justin Timberlake have signed on for a live action/CGI Yogi Bear movie. Aykroyd would voice Yogi, while Timberlake will take on Boo Boo. Odd, we would have pegged Aykroyd as more of a Park Ranger Smith type.

The new trailer for Brothers, the war drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire, has been released. This one definitely takes a weird turn. It starts out like Grace is Gone, and ends up like The Stepfather.

• Wal-Mart is slashing the prices of a number of upcoming DVDs to $10, creating a potential price war. This is serious business — $10 is way too much to pay for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.


BIZ

Travel Plans

from Forbes.com: Media News by Dirk Smilie

Five months and $1 billion later, Scripps acquires Travel
Channel.

CBS Q3 results exceed estimates

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

CBS Corp. on Thursday again cited improving advertising momentum
as it reported better-than-expected third-quarter results after the market
close.


FESTIVALS

Austin fest crowds award ‘Up in the Air’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Austin Film Festival organizers said Thursday that Jason
Reitman’s “Up in the Air” has drawn

this year’s Out of Competition
Audience Award.


AWARDS

Awards season has officially arrived

from Variety.com

Timothy M. Gray: 2009-10 looking like unpredictable year in
Hollywood — The dates are set for a flood of screenings, cocktail receptions
and Q&A sessions, with plenty more to come. This means only one thing:
Awards season is here!

Business Emmy Nominees Announced

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
The NATAS announced the nominees for the 7th Business and Financial Reporting Emmy
Awards today.

Eminem, Lady Gaga to perform at AMAs

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) — Recording artists Eminem and
Lady Gaga have been booked to perform at the upcoming 2009 American Music
Awards show, ABC announced.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, November 4, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Michael Jackson’s This Is It tops Wednesday’s box office
with $2.1 million

 

Mariah Carey shows her ugly side in ‘Precious’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Yes, that’s the pop diva — deglammed and with facial hair
— playing the dowdy caseworker.

Online novel ‘Machine Man’ coming to big screen

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Mandalay Pictures is developing a movie based on the online
novel Machine Man by Max Barry, Variety reports.

Sally Hawkins, William H. Macy join comedy ‘Dirty Girl’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and William H. Macy have
joined the cast of Abe Sylvia’s 1980s coming-of-age comedy Dirty Girl,
according to Variety. The cast also features Lisa Kudrow, Juno Temple, and
Jeremy Dozier.

Zach Galifianakis in talks for ‘Puss in Boots’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Zach Galifianakis is in talks to voice Humpty Dumpty in the Shrek
spinoff Puss in Boots, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The prequel will
feature the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.


TELEVISION

Ratings: Fox wins Wednesday with World Series

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Annie Barrett

Wednesday night’s sixth (and final) game of the World Series
averaged 22 million in total viewership. Fox averaged nearly 20 million viewers
for all six games, making it the most-viewed MLB series in five years.

Letterman inspires ‘L&O’ episode

from EW.com: TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello shares his top 5 reasons why upcoming story will remind you of
late-night scandal

Comedy Central, the Onion team for series

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Comedy Central is teaming with satirical newspaper the Onion
for a half-hour scripted comedy.

James Franco to Play Jenna’s Boyfriend on 30 Rock

from Paste Magazine

30 Rock never wastes a good guest star.

Julianne Moore To Play Alec Baldwin’s Girlfriend on ’30 Rock’:
Report

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Holler! Looks like we were most definitely on to something when we reported
yesterday that Julianne Moore may be Alec Baldwin’s new love interest on 30
Rock.

No decision on Oprah Winfrey’s move to cable: Report

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Nicole Sperling

Reuters reports that Oprah Winfrey has not yet decided where
she will move her syndicated talk show.

Suicide prevention groups protest `The Office’

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Some suicide prevention groups aren’t
laughing over a scene in “The Office” where Steve Carell’s character
tries to scare young children by struggling in a hangman’s noose….

‘Housewives’ return

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Bravo’s original Orange County “Housewives” begin
their fifth season with a nod to tough economic times.

MUSIC

‘Say’ tops U.S. record chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5 (UPI) — Jason DeRulo’s “Whatcha
Say” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart this week, Billboard.com reported
Thursday.


Controversy over U2’s Berlin wall

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

A U2 concert marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the
Berlin Wall causes anger after a wall is built around the venue.

New Jimmy Buffett album on its way

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4 (UPI) — U.S. recording artist Jimmy
Buffett says “Buffet Hotel,” his first studio album since 2006, is
set for release Dec. 8.

Chris Brown talks about Rihanna

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Chris Brown gave an interview to MTV about Rihanna and other
matters. It will air Friday.


ETC…

Bullock in messy custody battle

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Sandra Bullock and husband Jesse James are caught in the web
of a messy — and increasingly public — custody battle.

Rue McClanahan Hospitalized

from Movieline
Golden Girls
star Rue McClanahan, best known for her Emmy Award-winning
role as Southern belle Blanche Devereaux, was hospitalized this week for heart
bypass surgery.

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