• 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.
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.
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.
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
‘Inglourious Basterds’ director Quentin Tarantino and Mariah
Carey (‘Precious’) will be among honorees at a festival with works representing
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.
from MSNBC.com: Movies
Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger outlines the likely nominees
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.
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.
from MTV Movies Blog by Jocelyn Vena
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.
Blagojevich, Strawberry and Lauper among new season’s
contestants on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’
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.
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
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
from MTV News
The 90-second snippet is rumored to be from a duet with Lenny
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.
from MTV News
Rapper blogs that he’s inspired by poets to ‘find truth and
sincerity in a world of processed information.’
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.
2010 ushers in a new generation of actors ready to ascend
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Emile Hirsch is on his way to Africa to
climb the continent’s highest peak.
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.
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.”