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The Newsdesk 01.05.10 – Morel Signs on for Dune; Vaughn Ties the Knot

Taken director Pierre Morel has signed on the direct Dune, the long-gestating update of Frank Herbert’s scifi classic. Look for Liam Neeson to star as a rogue spice trader trying to rescue his daughter from the diabolical House Atreides.

• Michael Cera confirmed that there won’t be any Scott Pilgrim sequels. Makes sense. He can’t play an awkward young man forever, right? Right?

• Flixster, the social networking site that allows users to share movie recommendations, has purchased the popular review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. Yep, that slightly annoying Facebook app is buying up other websites now. Sorry, Flixster, but you’re going to have to change your name if you want to be taken seriously. Too many bad Friendster memories.

Vince Vaughn tied the knot over the weekend, getting hitched to girlfriend Kyla Weber in a small private ceremony outside of Chicago. Hopefully the priest refrained from making any Wedding Crashers references.

• MGM has put the next James Bond installment on hold in order to get through a financial crunch. He’ll have his martin shaken for now. Stirring isn’t in the budget.

The latest trailer for From Paris, With Love, an action thriller starring John Travolta, has been released. Is it us, or does Travolta’s character look a lot like G. Gordon Liddy?



BIZ

Imax breaks $100 million boxoffice in Q4

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Around $54 million in inflated 3D ticket sales for 20th
Century Fox’s “Avatar” helped Imax for the first time surpass $100
million in quarterly gross boxoffice during the three months to Dec. 31, the
giant screen exhibitor said Monday.

Fee to Film in New York Municipal Buildings Riles Producers

from NYT > Television by By LARRY ROHTER

The entertainment industry argues that the charge of $3,200
accompanying each permit is excessive and could drive productions elsewhere.

Flixster buys RottenTomatoes

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

News Corp. unit IGN Entertainment has sold its movie review
Web site RottenTomatoes to movie-info site Flixster on unspecified financial
terms.


FESTIVALS

Palm Springs International Film Festival welcomes the world

from L.A. Times – Movie News

‘Inglourious Basterds’ director Quentin Tarantino and Mariah
Carey (‘Precious’) will be among honorees at a festival with works representing
70 countries.


AWARDS

Let’s Look at What Everyone’s Saying about Awards Season

from Defamer by Richard Lawson

It’s time to trudge back to work–sticky with champagne,
coughing up confetti–now that New Year’s is over. “Work” for some of
us means awards season, this morning marking the beginning of the real
full-court press coverage.

Predicting
the Academy Award nominations

from MSNBC.com: Movies
Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger outlines the likely nominees

 

National Society Of Film Critics Selects Picks ‘Hurt Locker’ As
Best 2009 Film

from Access Hollywood – Movies

The National Society of Film Critics on Sunday selected “The
Hurt Locker,” a film about an elite Army bomb squad unit that works in Iraq to
defuse improvised explosives while under the threat of insurgents, as the best
picture of 2009.

FILM

Trying to Add Portability to Movie Files

from NYT > Movies by By BRAD STONE

Hollywood and its high-tech partners are trying to create a
digital standard that would let consumers buy or rent a movie once and then
play it on any device.

‘Eclipse’ Star Kirsten Prout Praises David Slade As ‘A Great
Director’

from MTV Movies Blog by Jocelyn Vena

While fans eagerly await the June release of “The Twilight Saga:
Eclipse
,” one of the film’s stars, Kirsten
Prout
, is opening up about joining the cast for the third film in the
franchise.

War Machine Co-Creator Bob Layton Discusses The Different Take
On His Character In ‘Iron Man 2’

from MTV Movies Blog by MTV Movies Team
In over 40 years of “Iron Man” comics, few creators have been more influential
than Bob Layton and David Michelinie.

Get Your First Look At Ashley Greene In ‘Skateland’

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

Twilighters have a lot to look forward to at this year’s Sundance
Film Festival, which is only a couple weeks away.


TELEVISION

Blagojevich Competing on `Celebrity Apprentice’

from ABC News: Entertainment

Blagojevich, Strawberry and Lauper among new season’s
contestants on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

Mayim Bialik returning to television

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

NEW YORK, Jan. 4 (UPI) — Mayim Bialik, a former teen
actress best known for playing the title role in the 1990s U.S. comedy series
“Blossom,” is returning to television.

’30 Rock’: ‘Sean Hannity in a skirt’

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

Michael Ausiello gets scoop from Elizabeth Banks on her
four-episode (or more?) role opposite Alec Baldwin

Kim Raver joins ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ full time

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Kim Raver has been upped to a regular on ABC’s “Grey’s
Anatomy” only two months after she joined the medical drama as a recurring
character.


MUSIC

Michael Jackson Song ‘Another Day’ Leaks Online

from MTV News

The 90-second snippet is rumored to be from a duet with Lenny
Kravitz.

Lenny Kravitz Says ‘I Don’t Know’ Who Leaked Michael Jackson
Song

from MTV News

‘It was done by two people who had respect for each other
and who love music,’ he says of the track he recorded with the late King of Pop.

Kanye West Says He’s Back In The Studio

from MTV News

Rapper blogs that he’s inspired by poets to ‘find truth and
sincerity in a world of processed information.’

Vampire Weekend Stream Entire New Album!

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels
Vampire Weekend’s hotly-anticipated sophomore set is no longer under wraps. The
band posted a stream of the entire album on MySpace today, a week prior to its
January 12 release.


ETC…

Top 7 Rising Stars to Watch in 2010

from ABC News: Entertainment

2010 ushers in a new generation of actors ready to ascend
Hollywood throne.

Emile Hirsch joins celeb climb of Kilimanjaro

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emile Hirsch is on his way to Africa to
climb the continent’s highest peak.

Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali Qureshi’s house
demolished again

from Film News from Times Online

City authorities in Mumbai have destroyed the shanty home of
Rubina Ali Qureshi, the nine-year-old girl who became an overnight star when
she appeared in the hit film Slumdog Millionaire last year.

Morgan Freeman replaces Cronkite on CBS voiceover

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly six months after his death, Walter
Cronkite’s voice is leaving the “CBS Evening News.”

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