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The Newsdesk 12.03.09 – Hoffman Joins Next P.T. Anderson Project; Sundance Lineup Announced

• Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on for Paul Thomas Anderson’s next film, which will be a period exploration of religion in the vein of his Oscar-nominated There Will Be Blood. Anderson is one of the only directors that will get us to line up for anything they make… him and whoever directed B.A.P.S.

• Gwyneth Paltrow will play a country music singer in Love Don’t Let Me Down. Garrett Hedlund, country star Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) also star. Sorry, movie. You lost us at Tim McGraw. Dude’s no Lyle Lovett in the acting department.

• The 2010 Sundance lineup has been announced and looks to be as dreary as ever. Hey, they can’t all be “little miss sunshine.” Or literally Little Miss Sunshine.

• The comic book The Piper has been optioned for the big screen. The comic is a “twisted, contemporary take” on the Pied Piper of Hamelin. This summer, it’s time to pay the piper. (Because he played you a nice song, and it’s only fair.)  


BIZ

Meet the Man Who Will Run NBC

from The Wrap RSS by Dylan Stableford
Stephen Burke now holds the unglamorous title of chief operating officer at Comcast,
but he could very well be the most powerful man in Hollywood once the NBC
Universal deal happens.

Comcast’s NBCU move is no joke

from FT.com – Media

The proposed deal by Comcast to take control of NBCU is seen
as a bold bid to unite content and distribution and will create the largest
entertainment company in the US, rivalling Disney

 

FESTIVALS

Fewer Films and a New Section for Sundance ’10; Competitions
Lineup Announced

from indieWIRE News

Change has come to the Sundance Film Festival, America’s
leading showcase of new independent films and filmmakers.


Carpetbagger: Sundance Tries Some Risky Business

from NYT > Movies by By BROOKS BARNES

The programmers of the Sundance Film Festival announced a
schedule of competition films that reflect no particular current in independent
cinema except one: risk.

AWARDS

Golden Globes parties on cusp

from Variety.com

Award Central: Many studios wait to book; budget cuts may
force cutbacks — Despite studio belt-tightening, expect the 2010 Golden Globes
and its array of associated events to sparkle.


Awards campaigns begin

from Variety.com – Golden Globes News

Golden Globes News: Harvey Weinstein back in form to lead
the push — Get ready for the return of Awards Season Harvey.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, December 1, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Twilight Saga: New Moon tops Tuesday’s box office with
$2.4 million


Tom
Ford: Design Director

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By LAURA M. HOLSON

Tom Ford’s departure from fashion to film raised eyebrows,
but now he’s silencing his critics.

 

First Look at Next ‘Harry Potter’ Film

from ABC News: Entertainment

In “Deathly Hallows” Harry Potter leaves Hogwarts
for the real world.


Film: An Actor Nails the Cadence and the Charm

from NYT > Movies by By BILL KELLER

In “Invictus,” Morgan Freeman conveys the manipulative
charm, the serene confidence and the lonely regret of Nelson Mandela.


‘Twilight’ Studio Picks Up ‘Alibi’ Adaptation

from Splash Page by Blair Marnell
Flush from the success of “Twilight” and its sequel “New Moon,” Summit
Entertainment has picked up the film rights for Top Cow’s “Alibi.”


‘Arrested Development’ Movie Still In The Outline Stage,
Michael Cera Says

from MTV Movies Blog by Terri Schwartz
Bad news, “Arrested Development” fans.


Paltrow, McGraw join country music drama

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton
Meester are set to star in Screen Gems’ country singing drama “Love Don’t
Let Me Down,” which Shana Feste wrote and is directing.


Four New ‘Iron Man 2′ Images

from News in Film by Jeff Leins

Paramount has released four new high-resolution images from Iron Man 2
featuring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow,
and Mickey Rourke as Whiplash.


TELEVISION

Walters’ ‘Fascinating People’ include Jackson kids

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jackson’s children are among Barbara
Walters’ most fascinating people of the year….


November ’09 Ratings: HLN the #2 News Network in the Demo

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
In November, HLN continued its strong 2009. The network’s year-to-date is its
best ever.


Fox News Dominates with Obama Coverage

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
Cable news viewers chose Fox News Channel over all others for coverage of Pres.
Obama’s Afghanistan address and post-speech analysis.

 

4 Jackson brothers reunite for A&E miniseries

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

NEW YORK (AP) — As the old saying goes, “If you like
this kind of thing, you’ll like this.”


Top 10 most-watched TV shows of the decade

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Nope, “American Idol” is not first … or second
… or even in the top four.


‘True Blood’ casts vampire, werewolf

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

“True Blood” is adding two more hunks to the fold
for next season. Up-and-coming actor Theo Alexander and “Ugly Betty”
heartthrob Grant Bowler have landed recurring roles on Alan Ball’s vampire
drama.


‘Big Bang Theory’ Gets Even Bigger

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By EDWARD WYATT

Last week, an original episode of “The Big Bang
Theory” beat “Two and a Half Men,” television’s most-viewed
comedy for several years, in total viewers for the first time ever.

MUSIC

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

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 (UPI) — Susan Boyle’s “I Dreamed a
Dream” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart this week, Billboard.com reported
Wednesday.


Interscope to release Kelis’ next CD

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 2 (UPI) — U.S. singer/songwriter
Kelis said Wednesday she will release her next album through will.i.am Music Group/ Interscope
Records.


Liam Gallagher Talks ‘New’ Oasis

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
During Oasis’ two-decade existence, the Gallagher Bros. have notoriously been
at ends. But it seems Liam has waited for the Britpop band to split-up before delivering the biggest insult yet at his
older sibling, Noel: continuing under the Oasis namesake without the founding
member and chief songwriter.


John Mellencamp’s Son Tries To Get Dad To Quit Smoking

from fuseblog by fuse
A noble effort. And he’s attempting all of this through Facebook!


ETC…

Stevie Wonder named U.N. peace messenger

from Reuters: Entertainment News

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – American Grammy Award-winning
singer Stevie Wonder has been appointed a U.N. “messenger of peace”
with a special focus on people with disabilities, the United Nations announced
on Wednesday.

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