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The Newsdesk 01.07.10 – Twilight Is the People’s Choice; First Images From MacGruber

The Twilight Saga took Favorite Movie, Favorite Franchise and several other honors at the People’s Choice Awards. Always bet on the Twi-hards in your office People’s Choice poll.

• The first photos from the MacGruber movie, based on the Saturday Night Live sketch, have been released. Where’s Richard Dean Anderson? There’d better be a role for the actual Macgyver.

• The first image of James Franco, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel in Your Highness has been released. It just might be the world’s first stoner medieval dramedy.

Spider-Man 4‘s delayed release date means that Thor can now slip into the coveted May 2011 spot. The magic of Thor’s mighty hammer Mjollnir must be responsible for this. Well, that and Spidey 4’s general crumminess.

George Lucas addressed criticisms of the Star Wars prequels while a guest on The Daily Show. Until now, he firmly believed that Jar Jar was the most beloved character in motion picture history. 

• Roman Polanski has requested to be sentenced in absentia while under house arrest in Switzerland.


BIZ

Tennis Channel accuses Comcast of discrimination

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Tennis Channel has filed a complaint
with federal regulators accusing Comcast of discriminating against its
programming.

Disney and rivals square up in new movie distribution battle

from FT.com – Media

Hollywood loves a format war. First VHS saw off Betamax in
the great home video battle of the 1980s. More recently, Blu-ray won the right
to succeed the DVD when it…

MTV hires head of scripted development

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

MTV has hired David Janollari as executive vp scripted
development, a newly created role.


FESTIVALS

Mariah gets carried away at Palm Springs gala

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MIKE CIDONI

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Mariah Carey lived up to her
sometimes loopy reputation at the Palm Springs International Film Festival
awards as she gave a long, rambling acceptance speech after being named
Breakthrough Actress for her performance in “Precious: Based on the Novel
‘Push’ by Sapphire.”

ArtsBeat: In Protest, Chinese Films Pulled From Palm Springs
Festival

from NYT > Movies by By DAVE ITZKOFF

The movies were withdrawn because the Palm Springs
International Film Festival plans to screen a movie about the Dalai Lama and
Tibet.


AWARDS

`Precious’ leads nominees for NAACP Image Awards

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The heart-wrenching story of an
illiterate and abused Harlem teen who finds hope in a classroom of misfits led
the nominations announced Wednesday for the 41st annual NAACP Image Awards.

Aguilera, Hanks, Harris to appear at Golden Globes

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christina Aguilera, Tom Hanks and Neil
Patrick Harris will appear at the Golden Globe Awards.

Hornby and “An Education” Joins List of Ineligible WGA Scripts

from indieWIRE News

Nick Hornby’s work on major awards contender “An Education”
joins a surprising list of screenwriters that have been deemed ineligible by
the Writers Guild of America’s annual awards.

Seven Films Set For Visual Effects Oscar Race

from indieWIRE News

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today
announced that seven films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category
for the 82nd Academy Awards.


FILM

Stallone injured neck making ‘Expendables’

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LONDON, Jan. 6 (UPI) — Hollywood screen icon Sylvester
Stallone says he needed surgery after he broke his neck shooting a fight scene
for his upcoming movie, “The Expendables.”

‘Eclipse’: Purported script leaks

from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Jeff Labrecque

Source close to Summit Entertainment tells EW the draft
linked to Jackson Rathbone isn’t final version

Eli Roth’s Near-Death Experience to Provide More Hostel Sequel
Fodder

from Movieline

Eli Roth may appear to lead a charmed life, but it isn’t
always fun times

 

New Line works with Farrellys, Owen Wilson for ‘Hall Pass’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line has taken on
the Farrelly Brothers comedy Hall Pass, which was in turnaround at Fox. Owen
Wilson will star, with Jason Sudeikis also in talks to join the cast.

Another Editor on Wolfman Just Weeks Before Release – Panic!

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
There’s not long now to make any alterations, and even less time to test screen
them, but The Playlist are reporting that yet another editor has been
brought on to recut The Wolfman, street date February 12th.


TELEVISION

CBS greenlights ‘True Love’ pilot

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

CBS has given a greenlight to comedy pilot True Love from
Matt Tarses. Variety reports that Tarses will write and executive produce the
comedy about twentysomethings looking for love in New York.

Amy Poehler + Will Arnett + MRI!

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

Michael Ausiello has a sneak peek at real-life couple
together on screen in Jan. 14 ”Parks and Recreation”

‘Jersey Shore’ star reveals Sept. arrest

from EW.com: TV

By Archana Ram
Ronnie Magro tells People he was taken into custody for aggravated assault
after a scuffle that was filmed, and will be part of the show

Toni Collette relishes juggling four personalities in ‘Tara’

from L.A. Times – TV News

Toni Collette relishes juggling four personalities in
‘Tara.’


MUSIC

Susan Boyle Controls The Chart For A Sixth Week

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Robbie Daw

It’s a sixth week at #1 for Susan Boyle on Billboard‘s
Top 200 Albums chart.

Miley Cyrus Says She’s Still ‘Figuring Out’ Who She Is

from MTV News

‘My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act, because I’m
still figuring that out for myself,’ star tells Harper’s Bazaar.

Jack White on the Stripes’ Rise, Industry’s Fall and His Next Move

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone
When the 2000s began, Jack White was witnessing the dawn of a new age of
blues-rock.


ETC…

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are engaged

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LONDON (AP) — No more kissing girls for Katy Perry.

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