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The Newsdesk 12.04.09 – Up in the Air Is National Board of Review’s Best Film; Depp Will Play Pancho Villa

• The National Board of Review named Up in the Air the Best Film of the Year. Clint Eastwood scored a Best Director nod for Invictus, while Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) were nominated in the lead actor categories. Keep that in mind when the office Golden Globe and Oscar pools start.

 • The Runaways, the rock and roll biopic starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, will premiere at Sundance. Hear that Twi-hards? Start camping out in Park City now.

Johnny Depp may star as Pancho Villa in the biopic Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers. Only Depp could get that title greenlit.

• The first (slightly NSFW) photos of Kristen Stewart as a stripper in Welcome to the Rileys have surfaced. Didn’t she learn anything from Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me

More out-of-competition Sundance films have been announced, including the Ben Affleck corporate drama The Company Men, and the drama The Extra Man starring Katie Holmes.



BIZ

Comcast Buys NBC Universal

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
For weeks, there have been big rumblings about a potential buyout of NBC
Universal by the cable company you love to hate: Comcast. A deal was
consummated, though it remains pending regulatory approval.

Comcast move for NBCU to face tough scrutiny

from FT.com – Media

US lawmakers warned they would closely scrutinise Comcast’s
bid for control of NBC Universal, as the cable company sought to ease
regulatory and shareholder concerns

 

Stakes rising for cable TV firms and content providers

from L.A. Times – TV News

Programmers signal that they want upcoming contract talks
with cable and other distribution companies to involve cash.

DreamWorks Animation predicts fire breathing year in 2010

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Never bashful about his company’s prospects, DreamWorks
Animation SKG Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg told analysts and investors
that next year would be the “biggest in the company’s history.”


FESTIVALS

Sundance noncompetition films named

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Sundance’s competition selections might demand that
audiences wear their serious caps. Not so for the noncompetition lineup.

EXCLUSIVE: Director Scott Cooper Says Crazy Heart Was Supposed
to Kick Off Sundance

from Movieline
Yesterday’s 2010 Sundance Film Festival lineup announcement came bundled with
one major change, and that’s that they’d forgo the tradition of an opening
night gala screening, to “instead focus on launching the total program:
one narrative film, one documentary and one shorts program will play the first
Thursday (January 21), beginning the roll out of the competitions,”
according to the press release.


AWARDS

Jewison to collect directing gong

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Film-maker Norman Jewison is to be honoured with a lifetime
achievement award from the Directors Guild of America.

‘Up in the Air’ wins NBR best picture

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” has been named
best film of the year by the New York-based National Board of Review.

Jack Nicholson among 15 named to Hall of Fame

from USATODAY.com Life – Top Stories

The newest members of New Jersey’s Hall of Fame include
actors Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito

Bahamas fest to honor Johnny Depp

from Variety.com – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Actor will receive Career Achievement Award
— Johnny Depp has been tapped to receive the Career Achievement Award at this
year’s Bahamas Film Festival.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, December 2, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Blind Side tops Wednesday’s box office with $2.1 million

 

Oliver Stone: Greed Is Legal In ‘Wall Street 2’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone is again taking on the
financial world in a sequel to 1987’s successful “Wall Street,” but this time
he said greed is not only good — it’s legal.

Soderbergh mulls film retirement

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Director Steven Soderbergh says he is considering retirement
from film-making after finishing his upcoming projects.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Signs On To Play New Religion Founder

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

“There Will Be Blood” writer-director Paul Thomas
Anderson is working on his next project, a period drama to star Philip Seymour
Hoffman as a founder of a new religious organization in the 1950s.

‘Hancock 2’ Stalled By Scheduling Issues, Says Director

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Director Peter Berg is still hoping to fly alongside “Hancock 2,” but
that plane isn’t ready for takeoff just yet.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio To Make Animated Feature Film Debut With The
Guardians

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Dreamworks Animation announced today that Leonardo DiCaprio will make his animated
feature film debut as Jack Frost in The Guardians.


TELEVISION

Oprah’s in with Obama

from CLICK Stories Top 25 by AMIE PARNES
Oprah’s interview Thursday follows several visits to the White House, a weekend
at Camp David and dinner in Copenhagen

‘Ugly Betty’ gets a prettier time slot

from L.A. Times – TV News

Languishing on Fridays, the comedy moves to Wednesdays on
Jan. 6. Its creator is ‘grateful to ABC.’

‘Entourage’ star Kevin Connolly to produce sketch comedy show
for Fox

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam Markovitz

Variety reports that Fox has picked up Inside Jokes, a
primetime sketch comedy show produced by Entourage star Kevin Connolly and Merv
Griffin Entertainment. Instead of long-form skits, the show will feature
rapid-fire comedy performed by a troupe of unknown actors.

‘The Hills’ will return for sixth season

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
“The Hills” may have sloped in the ratings after the departure of Lauren Conrad,
but it has been picked up for a sixth season, Variety reported on Wednesday
night.

‘Friends’ co-stars reunite on ‘Cougar Town’

from MSNBC.com: Television
Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox have reunited — but don’t expect them to be
“Friends.”

MUSIC

‘Empire’ stays No. 1 on U.S. record chart

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) — Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s “Empire
State of Mind” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a third week,
Billboard.com reported Thursday.

 

Exclusive: Chris Brown ‘Hurting Inside’ From Rihanna Beating

from ABC News: Entertainment

R&B Singer apologizes and says he stil has ‘love for’
Rihanna.

Taylor Swift ‘Freaking Out’ Over Grammys

from Entertainment Awards: News & Videos about Entertainment
Awards – CNN.com

The country singer says her eight nominations were far
beyond her expectations

Arcade
Fire: New Album in 2010

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Canadian outfit Arcade Fire, whose Neon
Bible
was SPIN’s No. 2 album of 2007, are aiming to release their third,
as-yet-untitled album in May 2010, according to a report by Billboard.

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