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The Newsdesk 01.12.10 – Spider-Man 4 Scrapped; Tom Hanks Returns to Directing

Sony has canceled Spider-Man 4 and will reboot the franchise without the involvement of Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire. The reboot, slated for a 2012 release, will likely find Peter Parker back in high school.

• Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood will not be released in 3D despite rumors. Meanwhile, 3D versions of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings are in the works

• Tom Hanks will return to directing with the drama Larry Crowne, his first time behind the director’s chair since 1996’s That Thing You Do.

• Will Arnett confirmed that the Arrested Development movie will starting shooting sometime this year.

Robert Downey Jr. has dropped out of Cowboys and Aliens, an action comedy from his Iron Man buddy Jon Favreau.



BIZ

Super Bowl ad prices fall; still cost millions

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By EMILY FREDRIX

The economic slump has prices for Super Bowl commercial time
falling for only the second time in its history, but it is still the most
expensive on television.


FESTIVALS

Posey, Spurlock, Kusama join Sundance juries

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Parker Posey, author Russell Banks and
filmmakers Karyn Kusama and Morgan Spurlock are among the jurors for this
month’s Sundance Film Festival….


AWARDS

`Avatar,’ `Trek,’ `Hangover’ earn WGA award noms

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The sci-fi tales “Avatar” and
“Star Trek,” the comedy “The Hangover” and the
recession-era story “Up in the Air” are among nominees for best
screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.


FILM

More Additions to Soderbergh’s Knockout: Channing Tatum and
Antonio Banderas

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Last week when the fantastic slate of name actors was announced for Steven
Soderbergh’s spy/action film Knockout, we were teased with the info that
one more name was yet to be revealed.


Denzel Washington wields Bible in “Eli”

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Denzel Washington’s latest role in
“The Book of Eli” has him playing a wanderer in a nuclear war-ravaged
America who leans on his Bible for guidance, and the actor says if he was in
that situation, he’d do exactly the same.


Right wingers launch new attack on ‘Avatar’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The more money “Avatar ” makes at the box office,
the more incensed its critics on the right become.

 

Fans have ‘Avatar’ blues

from CNN.com – Entertainment

The completely immersive film may have been a little too
real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal
thoughts.

Prisoners moved for Gibson film

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

About 300 inmates are transferred from a Mexican prison to
make way for a film Mel Gibson plans to make there, despite protests from
relatives.

More Details on Jonah Hex Reshoots; Francis Lawrence Indeed
Hired as ‘Consultant’

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
We’ve known for a while that Jonah Hex would be going back in front of cameras for reshoots this month.

 

China Sees ‘Avatar’ (and Criticizes It, Too)

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By DAVE ITZKOFF

Now that James Cameron’s 3-D epic has opened there,
prominent Chinese bloggers are seizing upon themes that also jumped out at
American viewers.

‘SPIDER-MAN 4’ SCRAPPED; SAM RAIMI & TOBEY MAGUIRE &
CAST OUT; FRANCHISE REBOOT PLANNED

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Mike Fleming

‘Spider-Man 4’ Officially Has No Start Date As Of Today
Because Of Script Problems

 

EXCLUSIVE: Harrison Ford Hopes To ‘Advance The Understanding Of
The Character’ In The Next ‘Indiana Jones’ Movie

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

Fans are in almost universal agreement that “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
was a bit of a stumbling return for the series.

John Malkovich to star opposite Bruce Willis in ‘Red’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

John Malkovich has joined the cast of Red opposite Bruce
Willis, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Arrested Development’ Movie Will Shoot This Year, Says Will
Arnett

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
Back in December, “Youth in Revolt” star Michael Cera
told us that the long-awaited “Arrested
Development
” movie would hopefully shoot sometime this year.


TELEVISION

‘Rockford Files’ remake in the works

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 11 (UPI) — NBC has announced
plans to remake the 1970s U.S. private detective series “The Rockford
Files” and the contemporary British police drama “Prime
Suspect.”

‘Glee’ renewed for second season

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Fox has given an early second-season renewal to breakout
freshman dramedy “Glee.”

Sarah Palin to Contribute to Fox News

from NYT > Most Recent Headlines by By THE NEW YORK TIMES

The former Alaska governor will not have her own regular program,
one person said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the
network from time to time.

Cowell says he’s leaving `Idol’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Simon Cowell says that this will be
his last season on “American Idol.”


MUSIC

Hendrix’s Final Recordings Set to Arrive on “Valleys of
Neptune”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

Nearly 40 years after it was recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s
final recording sessions, an unearthed song called “Valleys of Neptune” will
feature on a compilation of the same name on March 9th.

Q&A:
MGMT’s Andrew Vanwyngarden

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser

With neon headbands, funky synth melodies, and jokey anthems
about living fast and dying young, MGMT danced their way from Wesleyan’s dorm
rooms onto our iTunes playlists — and were awarded with a pair of Grammy noms just last month.

M.I.A.
on New Album: “No Gimmicks”

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
The third album from Sri Lankan singer/MC M.I.A. might arrive as early as this
spring, and will be “more musical” than her previous efforts.

Goldfrapp Dive ‘Head First’ Into New Album

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Robbie Daw
With just two more months till the release of the new Goldfrapp
single (“Rocket”) and album (Head First), the duo debuted the cover of
their forthcoming fifth studio LP on their official blog over
the weekend.

R.E.M., Belle and Sebastian Members Contribute to Snow Patrol
Side Project

from Paste Magazine

Last year certainly had its fair share of supergroups, but
2010 is already making efforts to keep up. Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody
has drafted quite a team of musicians for his latest side project, Tired Pony.


ETC…

Guy Ritchie signs pub band to new label

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Mike Collett-White,
Reuters

Film director Guy Ritchie has launched a record label named
after his London pub The Punchbowl.

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