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The Newsdesk 01.11.10 – Avatar Is a Fourth-Week Champ; Blake Lively Joins Green Lantern

Avatar took the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row. Could Cameron unseat the “King of the World” for the box office crown? Oh, wait, that’s him. Tough competition.

Gossip Girl star Blake Lively has been cast in Green Lantern as Carol Ferris, love interest to Ryan Reynolds’ superhero. Look for Lively to assist Green Lantern with her expert texting skills.

• Disney and Sony plan to release A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland and Toy Story 3 on 3D Blu-ray to ride the wave of 3D equipped TVs. You’ll have to supply your own giant bin to recycle the glasses in afterwards.

Stuart Townsend has dropped out of Thor, allowing Joshua Dallas to take over the role of the superhero’s ally Fandral. Between this and his aborted role in Lord of the Rings, Townsend is making a habit out of missing out on huge franchise roles.

• John Malkovich has signed on for the comic book adaptation Red, replacing John C. Reilly as a paranoid C.I.A. agent. The movie’s potential for spontaneous screaming has just increased tenfold.

• The Star Trek sequel will hit theaters in June of 2012. Or Stardate…uh, let’s just say 2012. 



BIZ

Ebersol: NBC will lose money on Winter Olympics

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

NBC Universal will lose money on the Winter Olympics this
year, partly due to rising license fees.

Jeff Gaspin rolls back NBC’s TV industry revolution

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

His comments amounted to a near-total retreat from the
network s recent business and program planning, which emphasized profit margins
and innovative advertising deals.http://feeds.feedburner.com/%7Er/entertainment/news/celebrity/%7E4/-zqRyseFVFM


FILM

Weekend Box Office: January 8-10, 2010

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Avatar tops the box office with an estimated $48.5 million

‘Avatar’ sets sights on director Cameron’s ‘Titanic’ record

from USATODAY.com Movies – Top Stories

Is it time to talk Titanic?

‘Avatar’ still dominating overseas boxoffice

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

“Avatar” wound down a month of total foreign
theatrical domination with a weekend boxoffice tally of $143 million, including
a record-setting opening week in China.

Stuart Townsend Replaced In Marvel’s ‘Thor,’ Shooting Starts
Monday

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
LOS ANGELES — Stuart Townsend has departed Marvel Comics’ movie adaptation of
“Thor” because of creative differences, according to sources close to
the production.

DVD in awards season could be the trigger for ‘The Hurt Locker’

from USATODAY.com Movies – Top Stories

The Hurt Locker is getting ready to redeploy.

 

TELEVISION

Charlie Sheen Tapes First Show Since Felony Arrest

from ABC News: Entertainment

Producer: Charlie Sheen tapes his first show since arrest on
domestic violence charges

NBC Confirms Leno Will Leave Prime Time in February

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By BRIAN STELTER

“The Jay Leno Show” will exit prime time on Feb.
12, NBC confirmed on Sunday. But the network does not yet know what its future
late-night lineup will look like.

 

Sources say NBC violated O’Brien deal

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 10 (UPI) — Sources claim the U.S. TV
network NBC violated its agreement with comedian Conan O’Brien by moving his
late-night talk show’s start time.

George Stephanopoulos Ends Run on ‘This Week’

from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
George Stephanopoulos announced  — in a brief sign-off — that it
would be his final regular appearance as anchor of ABC’s “This Week.”

 

Letterman, Ferguson close to contract renewals

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

While NBC’s late-night lineup remains in flux, CBS is close
to renewing talent deals for its headliner talk.

New TV shows offer midseason relief

from L.A. Times – TV News

Parenting (NBC’s ‘Parenthood’), reality shows (CBS’
‘Undercover Boss’) and procedural dramas (ABC’s ‘The Deep End’) are
well-represented in the new crop of replacements.


Howie Mandel will replace David Hasselhoff on ‘America’s Got
Talent’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Karen Valby

The former Deal or No Deal host will join judges Piers
Morgan and Sharon Osbourne on the fifth season of reality show America’s Got
Talent.


ETC…

Richard Gere Gets Blessed By Dalai Lama

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team

Richard Gere received blessings from the Dalai Lama at Mahabodhi
temple in Bodh Gaya on Friday.

Fergie & Josh Duhamel Renew Wedding Vows After Less Than 1
Year

from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
News Team
Josh Duhamel surprised his wife of nearly a year, Fergie, with a vow renewal
ceremony Wednesday, UsMagazine.com
has confirmed.

Cumming Says ‘Spider-Man’ Musical Will Be Delayed

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By PATRICK HEALY

The Tony Award-winning actor Alan Cumming, who is set to
star as the Green Goblin in the production, said “we’re just
waiting.”

Sundance 2010 Preview: BURIED
We Are Movie Geeks
94 minutes of watching Ryan Reynolds trapped in a coffin. To some, this might
sound like some sort of strange torture technique.


Sundance 2010 Preview: THE TILLMAN STORY
We Are Movie Geeks
The documentaries featured every year at the Sundance Film Festival are always
worth watching out for, and 2010 seems to be no exception.


Festival adapts to economic tough times
Salt Lake Tribune
The tough economy has forced the Sundance Film Festival to tighten its belt


Sundance Primer: Skateland
Cinematical (blog)
With 16 diverse films vying for attention, the Dramatic Competition category at
Sundance is always full of surprises.

Sundance ’10 | Robin Hessman Goes Behind the Iron Curtain in
“My Perestroika”

from indieWIRE News

Robin Hessman makes her Sundance debut with “My
Perestroika,” a documentary that “adopts the idea of the ‘everyman story,’
suggesting that the unheralded lives of the last generation of Soviets to grow
up behind the iron curtain hold the key to understanding the contradictions of
modern Russia from the inside out.

Sundance ’10 | Drake Doremus Talks “Dou***bag”

from indieWIRE News

26-year-old director Drake Doremus makes his Sundance debut
with “Dou***bag.” According to the festival, the film is an “offbeat comedy
that gives a modern twist to sibling rivalry.”




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