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The Newsdesk 12.10.09 – Cameron Diaz Is a Bad Teacher; James Cameron to Tackle New SciFi Project

Cameron Diaz will star in Bad Teacher, a comedy about a “foul-mouthed, gold-digging middle school teacher” from director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard). Well, the gold-digging part kind of makes sense. Have you seen what middle school teachers make these days?

• Pee Wee Herman, er, Paul Reubens confirmed that the Pee Wee’s Playhouse movie is scripted and ready to be filmed. Will Laurence Fishburne return as Cowboy Curtis?

• The latest poster for Tron Legacy has been released. OK, the lightcycles are neat. Now where’s the Master Control Program?

• James Cameron is reportedly developing another scifi movie entitled Doomsday Protocol. The title is also the name of 20th Century Fox’s back-up plan in case Avatar tanks at the box office.

It’s Complicated, the upcoming Alec Baldwin/Meryl Streep/Steve Martin comedy, has scored an R-rating. The rating is for “some drug content and sexuality.” What, no “fleeting expletives”?

• The YouTube character “Fred” is getting the big screen treatment. In case you aren’t familiar, this is the teenager who speeds up his voice like a chipmunk. That’s definitely going to play well for 90 minutes. 



BIZ

CBS sees broadcast ads up in 2010

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Broadcast networks advertising revenue will be up 5% in
2010, or 3% on an underlying basis, CBS Corp. chief research officer David
Poltrack predicted here Wednesday at the UBS Global Media & Communications
Conference.

Hollywood back from the brink

from Variety.com – Film News

Film News: Entertainment dealmaking poised for a comeback —
What a difference a year makes.


AWARDS

Chenoweth to host Critics’ Choice Awards

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 9 (UPI) — The Broadcast Film
Critics Association says it has tapped U.S. actress and entertainer Kristin
Chenoweth to serve as host of its awards ceremony next month.

Can Mo’Nique win without playing the Oscar game?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Do you really have to launch a personal campaign to win an Oscar
nomination these days?


FILM

James Cameron Developing Futuristic Sci-Fi Action Film

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Production
Weekly
is reporting that “James Cameron is developing a Shane
Salerno-scripted sci-fi action script for Fox, described as an ‘event’ film set
in the future.” No other details are available, but most people think the
project might be Doomsday Protocol, a film which was announced last
year.

Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman Reunite for New
Movie

from Paste Magazine

Fans of Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman
alike can rejoice.

Box Office 2.0: What Happens To “Precious” Now?

from indieWIRE News

After four consecutive weekends of exceeding pretty much all
expectations, “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” finally had
something of a rough go this past weekend.

Depp promotes latest movie, but hasn’t seen it

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ERIC TALMADGE

TOKYO (AP) — Actor Johnny Depp highly recommends his latest
movie – though he said he hadn’t personally gone out to see it yet….

IMAX and Summit team up for ‘Eclipse’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque

The third film in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight vampire series,
Eclipse, will also be released in IMAX theaters when it premieres June 30,
2010.

‘Crazy Heart’ beats strong for Fox Searchlight

from L.A. Times – Movie News

The Jeff Bridges drama initially had trouble drawing
interest and the studio has had a bumpy road of late, but Hollywood’s new
embrace of the country music film points to a promising union.

TELEVISION

Stephanopoulos to replace Sawyer on ‘GMA’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (UPI) — ABC News’s chief Washington
correspondent George Stephanopoulos has been hired to replace Diane Sawyer as
co-anchor of “Good Morning America.”

‘Conveyor Belt of Love’ in the rotation at ABC

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

ABC has ordered a new reality show from Endemol that serves
up potential dates on a conveyor belt.


MUSIC

Susan Boyle Stays At #1 As Adam Lambert, Rihanna And Gaga Drop

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Robbie Daw
Susan Boyle managed to fend off Andrea Bocelli’s My Christmas to retain the #1 position on the Billboard Top 200
Albums chart this week, the trade publication reports.

Fleet Foxes Talk “Pretty Boring” New Album

from Paste Magazine

Fleet Foxes are prepping a new album for a 2010 release, and
if you were head-over-heels about the stuff they put out last year, then you
very well might be disappointed with what’s to come.


ETC…

Nicolas Cage Sued $3M for ‘Abuse’

from The Wrap RSS by Dylan Stableford
Nicolas Cage’s baby mama has sued the “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New
Orleans” star for “mental, physical and emotional abuse” after he threw her out
of her house.

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