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The Newsdesk 11.10.09 – Aniston and Cooper Are Here; World to End Again in Nocturne

• Jennifer Aniston, Zach Galifianakis and Bradley Cooper have signed on to You Are Here, the first feature from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner.

Live Free or Die Hard director Len Wiseman will helm the apocalyptic drama Nocturne. Boy, if the world doesn’t end in three years Hollywood is sure going to have egg on their face. 

• Word is the original A-Team cast will turn up in the remake. So far it’s just the original “Howling Mad” Murdock, but hopefully Mr. T will be next. Fools these days are in desperate need of pitying.

The director of I Am Legend is attached to direct Sgt. Rock, an adaptation of the famous military comic book hero. Don’t get any ideas, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

• Word has it that Steven Spielberg and Will Smith’s remake of the Korean film Old Boy has been canned due to rights issues.The winner here? Anyone who has ever see Old Boy.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel has been moved up from Christmas Day to Dec. 23. A film of this caliber can’t possibly be dumped on Christmas Day.



BIZ

A cautious thumbs up at American Film Market

from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp

As the annual exodus of American Film Market attendees began
Sunday, sellers who arrived with glossy slates and the hope things are getting
rosier seemed satisfied with the level of activities.

Dish Network’s Q3 profit falls 13%

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Dish Network’s third-quarter profit fell 13% amid higher
costs as the satellite TV giant posted the second consecutive subscriber gain
after a year of declines. The company also cited such costs as for patent
litigation with DVR pioneer TiVo.

Liberty Media reports improved Q3 results

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Liberty Media on Monday reported improved third-quarter
results across its holdings driven by better results at its Liberty
Entertainment Group, which saw continued strength at Starz Entertainment.

Lots of smoke but likely to be few flames in D.C. for
Comcast-NBC

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The takeover of General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal by
cable giant Comcast Corp. is expected to be announced very soon, and already
public interest groups are lining up to do battle in D.C. against the deal.


FESTIVALS

Ansen named a.d. of L.A. film fest

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Film Independent taps Newsweek critic — Film
Independent has tapped Newsweek film critic David Ansen as artistic director of
the 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival.


FILM

David Fincher back with ‘Seven’ writer for new flick

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

Director David Fincher is teaming back up with Seven writer Andrew
Kevin Walker for The Reincarnation of Peter Proud, according to The Hollywood
Reporter.

Jim Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ price tag: How about a cool $500
million?

from L.A. Times – Movie News

When it comes to a mega-blockbuster like “Avatar,”
studios like Fox don’t just hedge their bets.

“Christmas Carol” off to slow start at box office

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If it’s the second weekend in
November, it must be Christmas in Hollywood.

The Real Documentary That Inspired The Men Who Stare at Goats

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)

Part of the story angle behind Grant Heslov’s directorial
effort The Men Who Stare at Goats is that the film is based on a
true story.

A Tale of Two Trailers: The De-Gaying of “A Single Man”

from indieWIRE News

While the the heterosexualized poster for Tom Ford’s not-so-heterosexual
“A Single Man” caused a wee stir last week, it seems the recently released
trailer has just re-enforced those complaints.  A comparative study of the
trailer that Tom Ford’s production company released of the film as it premiered
in Venice and Toronto and the trailer The Weinstein Company just put out tells
quite the tale.

Amy Heckerling’s ‘Vamps’ Takes A Seat On The Hollywood Crush
Casting Couch

from MTV Movies Blog by MTV Movies Team
What if Cher Horowitz had been a vampire living in New York City instead of
a well-intentioned Beverly Hills fashionista? As if! No, seriously. Amy
Heckerling
, the writer-director of the beloved 1995 film “Clueless”
is the latest to sink her teeth into the genre with a new romantic comedy
called “Vamps.”


TELEVISION

Fall TV’s biggest DVR gainers: Nielsen reveals the top 25

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Annie Barrett

Nielsen’s has released Week 5 and fall season-to-date rankings
for DVR playback viewership.

A Tweet Revealing Agassi’s Meth Use Sends Couric Back to Las
Vegas

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
The NYTimes has an interesting story about how the news of tennis great Andre
Agassi
‘s admission of using crystal meth was revealed.

‘Mad Men’ finale most-watched since season debut

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Sunday’s “stuff actually happens!” third season
finale of “Mad Men” was seen by 2.3 million viewers

 

Mad Men: The Night of Don’s Reckoning

from Defamer by Brian Moylan
The professional became very personal last night, as Sterling Cooper dissolves
and Don has to account for all his past behavior in order to survive. As we all
wonder what the future holds, the past has finally been sorted.

‘Smallville’ lands Pam Grier!

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively blaxploitation
legend-turned-”L-Word” star signs on for multiple eps

Is It Time for NBC to Pull Plug on Leno?

from ABC News: Entertainment

His ratings may be down at 10, but Jay Leno says he’s not on
the ropes yet.

HBO’s ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ coming to basic cable

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — TV Land and TV Guide Network say they are
jointly acquiring basic cable rights to air “Curb Your Enthusiasm,”
the HBO comedy series produced by and starring “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry
David.

Disney Channel renews ‘Jonas’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Disney Channel has ordered a second season of the Jonas
Brothers comedy “Jonas.”


MUSIC

Pop in recession?

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

The net is stifling music, says Duran Duran’s John Taylor

Alicia Keys plays professor

from CNN.com – Entertainment

The singer explores her serious side and shares some life
lessons.

Adam Lambert Says He’s More Like Beyonce Than Daughtry

from MTV News

‘American Idol’ runner-up says ‘most female pop stars right
now’ are as influenced by musical theater as he is.

Steven Tyler QUITS Aerosmith: Joe Perry

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
However, Perry told the Las Vegas Sun today that he believes Tyler is history.

Fans Storm Out Of Britney Spears Lip-Syncing Concert

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team

On Friday, about 100 angry fans reportedly stormed out of
Britney’s concert at the Burswood Dome in the Western Australia city of Perth,
saying they were disappointed by the lackluster performance and Spears’s
lip-synching during her two-hour show.


ETC…

Report: Ashlee Simpson bound for Broadway’s ‘Chicago’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Margaret Lyons

Ashlee Simpson, who was recently ousted from Melrose Place,
will be playing Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago, according to
the blog Gossip Cop.

Jennifer Lopez sues ex-husband over sex movie

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Two years after winning a $545,000
judgment against him, singer-actress Jennifer Lopez has again sued her first
husband, accusing him of planning to use video of their sex life in a tell-all
movie.

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