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The Newsdesk 12.09.09 – Aniston Is Sandler’s Pretend Wife; Brolin in Men in Black 3?

• The first trailer for The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, starring Nicolas Cage in a creepy trenchcoat, has been released. Looks like Bad Lieutenant 2 hasn’t ended Cage’s losing streak after all.

• Josh Brolin is in consideration for a role in Men in Black 3. In 1998? The man is an Oscar nominee. Maybe turn down the role of new MIB recruit “B,” Josh.

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston could co-star in Pretend Wife, a romantic comedy from Columbia Pictures. No plot details are available, but it’s safe to assume there will some “hilarious” misunderstandings.

• Hugo Weaving and Cate Blanchett could be reprising their Lord of the Rings roles in The Hobbit. Time to un-mothball that Rivendell set.

• Steven Soderbergh will debut his documentary about the late monologist Spaulding Gray at Slamdance.

I Love You Man star Rashida Jones is joining the cast of The Social Network, David Fincher’s Facebook movie. Word is she is playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s snarky but understanding girlfriend. So this is good (type) casting.  


BIZ

‘Let’s make movies’

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: What execs had to say during the confab —
Predictions, opinions, concerns and quips were plentiful Tuesday among the
participants at Variety’s Future of Film confab in Santa Monica.

$1 DVD rentals costing biz $1 bil: study

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

A regional economic group estimates that dollar DVD rentals
from Redbox and others has cost the entertainment industry $1 billion and that
the “ripple effect” will cost hundreds of millions more.


FESTIVALS

Slamdance to debut Soderbergh’s ‘Fine’

from Variety.com

Film News: Doc on Spaulding Gray to unspool at 2010 fest —
Steven Soderbergh’s docu “And Everything Is Going Fine” will world
premiere at the 2010 Slamdance film festival.

Pink to headline 2010 Wireless festival in London

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LONDON (Billboard) – American pop singer-songwriter Pink
will headline the 2010 Wireless festival in London’s Hyde Park on July 2.


AWARDS

HFPA unveils foreign noms

from Variety.com

Film News: Record 69 films qualify for Globes contention —
A record 69 foreign language films have qualified for the 67th Golden Globe
awards consideration honoring 2009 achievements, it was announced today by
Philip Berk, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Gervais: Stars in for a teasing at Golden Globes

from MSNBC.com: Movies
Ricky Gervais said he plans to play it loose and off-the-cuff as host of next
month’s Golden Globes, with Frank Sinatra and his pals as role models.

Sunny screenplays get Academy’s vote

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: History proves Oscar voters prefer sweet scripts
— Voting history proves that the Academy prefers comfort food over the spicy
fare.

Fan-friendly films look for respect

from Variety.com

Eye on the Oscars: The Writer: Pic expansion may prompt
voters to rethink bias — Over the past two decades the screenplay categories
have become something of a consolation prize for acclaimed, yet offbeat, movies
that fell outside the traditional definition of best picture.

 

Worst Oscar trend story of the week: Grim movies are George
Bush’s fault

from L.A. Times – Movie News

To say this is an incredibly hapless way of making a case
against Bush would be an understatement.


FILM

‘Larger Than Life in 3D’ Brings Music Fests Into Theaters

from Wired: Entertainment by Brendan Seibel

Summertime shows by Dave Matthews Band, Gogol Bordello and
Ben Harper get the high-def, stereoscopic 3-D treatment in a one-week-only
cinematic engagement. Moviegoers get the big rock show without any of those
pesky festival lines.

Sandler, Aniston playing ‘Pretend’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Jennifer Aniston is in talks to star opposite Adam Sandler
in “Pretend Wife,” a romantic comedy in development at Columbia.

Jones logs in to ‘Social Network’

from Variety.com

Film News: Thesp joins Sorkin-written pic about Facebook — Rashida
Jones is the latest to login to Columbia Pictures’ “Social Network.”

Josh Brolin answering the call for ‘Men in Black 3’?

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Josh Brolin could be going from “W.” to K.

The Wolfman Gets Bloody R-Rating

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
After numerous delays, reshoots, editing changes after multiple test screenings,
and of course – Danny Elfman‘s infamous departure, I wasn’t sure The
Wolfman
would actually be completed for the planned February 12th 2010
release.


TELEVISION

‘As the World Turns’ canceled

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

CBS says the soap, on the air for 54 years, will end in
September.

‘Jersey Shore’: Little ad fallout so far

from EW.com: TV

By Jennifer Armstrong
Domino’s Pizza says it’s requested its spots not run on show independent of
protest about its content

 

Chris Cuomo moving on from ‘GMA’

from EW.com: TV

By Adam B. Vary
Several media outlets are reporting Cuomo could become co-anchor of ”20/20”;
ABC had no comment

Kate Gosselin spotted filming new series

from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
“Jon and Kate Plus 8” might be no more — but it didn’t take Kate Gosselin long
to get back in front of the cameras.

 

MUSIC

Alexandre Desplat gets rootsy for ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Not quite Western and not quite orchestral, perhaps a better
word to describe Alexandre Desplat’s score for “Fantastic Mr. Fox” is
“fragile.”

iTunes lists top sellers of the year

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Staff report

On Tuesday, iTunes released Rewind 2009, its lists of the
year’s best and best-selling media.

Eminem, Beatles Top Decade’s Best Sellers

from The Wrap RSS by Brent Lang
The race to dominate the decade in music has come down to Eminem and The
Beatles in the stretch.

Jamie Foxx and Justin Timberlake Have A ‘Winner’ In New Leaked
Track

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Becky Bain

Jamie Foxx started his career as a comedian, then became an
actor, then a movie star, and lately he’s keeping himself busy putting the
finishing touches on his upcoming fourth studio album, Body.

Jared Leto talks new Thirty Seconds to Mars album, ‘This Is
War’: A Music Mix Q&A

from The Music Mix by Whitney Pastorek

It’s a busy week for Jared Leto. The former My-So Called
Life actor and his band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, have just released their third
album, This Is War, an expansive effort that brings the notion of audience
participation to a whole new level

Mary J. Blige digs into the blues for ‘Precious’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

If the recording session for “I Can See in Color”
got a little rough, that’s just how Mary J. Blige wanted it.


ETC…

Victoria Principal to go into space

from CNN.com – Entertainment

Beam her up, Scotty! The former “Dallas” star has
booked a trip on the first passenger spacecraft.

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