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The Newsdesk 01.28.10 – George Lucas Developing Animated Musical; R.I.P. Poltergeist’s Zelda Rubinstein

Zac Efron will star in the spy thriller Fire from comic book scribe Brian Michael Bendis. Could this be Efron’s audition for James Bond? You know they’ll American-ize him at some point.

• George Lucas is reportedly producing a CGI movie musical which the director of TMNT will helm. Are there three scarier words than “George Lucas CGI musical”?

Mel Gibson has signed on to star in Cold Warrior, a spy thriller from director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). Action Mel is back! Forget about all that other recent stuff.

• Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that the Hulk will appear in The Avengers movie, and that he hopes Edward Norton will return. He also hoped Norton won’t be rewriting the script on set, but that’s a whole different story.

• Zelda Rubinstein, known for her role in Poltergeist and other movies, passed away at the age of 76.


BIZ

Weinsteins Want Miramax Back!

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by TIM ADLER

I’ve learned that Harvey Weinstein wants to buy back the
Miramax name from Disney.

FESTIVALS

‘Kids Are All Right’ sells at Sundance

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Gregg
Goldstein

Lisa Cholodenko’s drama-tinged comedy “The Kids Are All
Right” has found a quick home after its packed, enthusiastic screening.

‘HIGH School’ Stars Colin Hanks And Michael Chiklis Weigh Past
Fictional School Authority Figures

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

One of the Sundance titles that’s been gathering a lot of
buzz is “HIGH School.”

Sundance: ‘Joan Rivers — A Piece of Work’

from EW.com: Movies
Owen Gleiberman on a rip-roaring documentary that follows trailblazer as she
riffs, performs, worries, complains, and scrupulously prepares her act.

Michael Winterbottom Defends The Killer Inside Me

from /Film by orfilms@gmail.com (slashfilm.com)
Every film festival should have at least one controversial film. The outcry so
far this year is coming in response to Michael Winterbottom’s adaptation of the
Jim Thompson novel The Killer Inside Me, starring Casey Affleck, Jessica
Alba and Kate Hudson.

Carpetbagger: Inspired by ‘Ratatouille’

from NYT > Movies by By BROOKS BARNES

Tilda Swinton, the avant-garde actress from Scotland, is at
Sundance with “I Am Love,” has a soft spot for Pixar movies,
particularly one about rat who becomes a chef.


AWARDS

Blige, Bocelli to team up at Grammys

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) — Mary J. Blige and Andrea
Bocelli are scheduled to perform “Bridge Over Troubled Water” at Sunday’s
Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles, CBS said.

Eddie Izzard to host Spirit Awards

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Gregg Kilday

Comedian Eddie Izzard will serve as master of ceremonies at
the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards on March 5 at LA Live in downtown Los
Angeles.


FILM

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Avatar tops Tuesday’s box office with $3.2 million

Next ‘Harry Potter’ movies coming in 3-D

from MSNBC.com: Movies
Warner Bros. will release the next two “Harry Potter” films in 3-D, a
move underscoring the post-“Avatar” rush for extra-dimensional box
office returns.

 

George Lucas Producing CG-Animated Musical About Fairies

from MTV Movies Blog by Christopher Campbell

One of the very first movies George Lucas
worked on was a musical: Francis Ford Coppola’s “Finian’s Rainbow.”

Gabriele Muccino in talks to direct Keanu Reeves sci-fi film

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Archana Ram

Seven Pounds director Gabriele Muccino is in advanced
negotiations to direct Passengers, a sci-fi romance movie starring Keanu Reeves,
Variety reports.

 

Anna Kendrick Says ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Is A Fusion Of ‘Kill Bill’
And ‘Ferris Bueller’

from MTV Movies Blog by Rick Marshall

Moreso than most movies, “Scott
Pilgrim Vs. The World
” has us feeling terribly conflicted.


TELEVISION

Oprah asks Jay Leno tough questions

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The Conan O’Brien saga at NBC may be over, but Jay Leno’s
may just be beginning.

Jennifer Lopez to play self-help expert on CBS’ ‘How I Met Your
Mother’

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennifer Lopez will play a self-help expert
on an episode of the CBS comedy “How I Met Your Mother” in March.

NBC orders pilot from O’Brien’s company

from Entertainment News – UPI.com

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) — NBC has ordered a U.S. drama television
pilot from Conan O’Brien’s Conaco production company, Variety reported.

ABC cancels ‘Ugly Betty’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

ABC is making this the final season of “Ugly Betty.”

 

MUSIC

‘Hope For Haiti Now’ Controls The Chart, Susan Boyle Kept A
Lady In Waiting

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

Billboard announced earlier this week that the Hope For Haiti Now compilation would debut at #1 on
the Top 200 Albums chart, but the final sales figures were better than
predicted.

Sigur Rós On Indefinite Hiatus, 2010 Album on Hold

from Paste Magazine

We, along with all the other folks in the music world who
care about such things, thought 2010 would bring a new album from Icelandic
post-rockers Sigur Rós.

Matt Morris: Justin Timberlake’s ‘Hallelujah’ duet partner
talks Haiti telethon and Justin’s next move

from The Music Mix by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’ slow, heartfelt cover of Leonard
Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” was a definite highlight of Jan. 22’s Hope for
Haiti Now telethon.


ETC…

Zelda Rubinstein, who played psychic in ‘Poltergeist,’ dies at
76

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The 4-foot-3 actress made her film debut in
1981; she later was a regular on the TV show ‘Picket Fences.’ Rubinstein also
was an advocate for little people and an early AIDS activist.



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