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The Newsdesk 01.12.09 – Ledger’s Family “Overjoyed” by Globe Nod; Cruise to Reprise Tropic Thunder Role

• The family of Heath Ledger released a statement saying they are “overjoyed” by the late actor’s posthumous supporting actor win for his performance in The Dark Knight at last night’s Golden Globes. Meanwhile, Mickey Rourke’s comeback was solidified with his acting win for The Wrestler, and Slumdog Millionaire‘s Oscar hopes rose thanks to nods in multiple categories. A full list of the night’s winners can be found here. (Tracy Morgan and Tina Fey’s hilarious acceptance speeches can be viewed here.)

• Tom Cruise told reporters on the Globes’ red carpet that he plans to reteam with Ben Stiller to bring back his Les Grossman character from Tropic Thunder. As long as Robert Downey Jr.’s Kirk Lazarus is onboard, so are we.

• Now that the party’s over, Hollywood is facing a possible SAG strike, with heated talks to take place today. What does this mean for the upcoming SAG Awards? That’s gonna be one empty auditorium. 

• Clint Eastwood’s snarl could frighten a dog, and his new film, Gran Torino, did just that, knocking Marley & Me off its box-office perch to take the top spot this past weekend.  Meanwhile, the Kate Hudson/Anne Hathaway comedy Bride Wars defied critics with a bigger than expected opening in second place.

• Sad news this past weekend as Patrick Swayze was hospitalized on Friday after coming down with pneumonia. The actor, who recently opened up to Barbara Walters about his ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer, was forced to miss a promotional appearance for his new TV series, The Beast.

• Russell Crowe’s notorious temper has claimed another victim, as the actor reportedly caused Sienna Miller to depart the Nottingham movie during pre-production. The 2010 release involves a love triangle between Robin Hood (Crowe), Maid Marian (previously played by Miller), and the Sheriff of Nottingham (Crowe again.) Not even a soothing Bryan Adams ballad could save this troubled production.

• Finally, more Golden Globe red carpet news, this time in the form of a Dark Knight sequel bombshell dropped by Aaron Eckhart. Will Two-Face return for the next Batman outing? Didn’t he, uh, (spoiler alert!) die at the end?



Obama team urges delay in digital TV transition

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JOELLE TESSLER

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Barack Obama is urging
Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television
broadcasting, arguing that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to
pick up over-the-air channels won’t be ready….


FCC chairman: DTV delay could cause confusion

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By PETER SVENSSON

(AP) — Postponing the turnoff of analog TV broadcasts beyond the scheduled
date, Feb. 17, could confuse consumers, the chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission warned Saturday….

SAG board runs lines for ensemble meeting

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

SAG’s national board is meeting Monday in Los Angeles as part of an emergency two-day
face-to-face gathering.

SAG considers ending strike threat


Business News: Guild’s national board set meeting — SAG’s
leaders may pull the plug as early as Monday on the guild’s divisive strike
authorization vote at what is certain to be a volatile meeting of the guild’s
national board.


Redford downplays Sundance concerns

from Entertainment News –

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Actor
Robert Redford said he is not concerned about the possibility that his Sundance
Film Festival in Utah
may see limited attendance this year.

Park City Utah Community Blog » Blog Archive » Sundance
Expecting …

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival”

The organizers of the Sundance Film Festival say that
they expect things to be little quieter this year after the runaway success of
last year’s event that brought in $63 million to the local economy.


Mike Tyson Documentary Picked Up By Sony

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival”

TYSON will have its North American premiere later this month
at the Sundance Film Festival. In addition, NBA All- Star Carmelo
Anthony comes onboard the film as an executive producer.

Star of British TV satire set to conquer America

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival”

Film critics have trumpeted a new dawn for British
film-making as the Sundance film festival in Utah, where In the Loop will premiere next
week, prepares to showcase double the usual number of British productions.

Sundance Video Clip: The Winning Season

from /Film by

James C. Strouse’s second feature film The Winning Season
stars Sam Rockwell as an adult alcoholic misfit brought on to coach his local
girl’s high school basketball team. Rockwell has described the movie as Bad
News Bears meets Half Nelson meets Hoosiers.

Twenty-Four Called For Sundance Jury Duty

from Google Alerts – “sundance film festival”

The awards they vote on will be announced January 25th at
the 2009 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony at the Park City Racquet


Golden Globes: The winners list

from Movies

”Slumdog Millionaire,” ”30 Rock,” ”Mad Men,” Mickey
Rourke, and Kate Winslet among big winners at tonight’s 66th annual Golden
Globes ceremony.


Heath Ledger wins Golden Globe

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

The award for best supporting actor went to the late Heath
Ledger on Sunday at the 66th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Heath Ledger’s Family ‘Overjoyed’ By Globe Win

from Latest News by Brenda Rodriguez

“It’s wonderful,” his father Kim Ledger tells
PEOPLE of his son’s honor posthumously for his work in The Dark Knight


Live-Blogging The Awful Golden Globes…

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

It’s a completely meaningless awards show held by a
scandal-riddled organization on a network desperate for any kind of ratings.
Yet here I am live-blogging the Golden Globes held by the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association and broadcast on NBC.

Hanks, Dern Diss Prop 8 and Palin at Globes

from E! Online – Movie News

Heath Ledger’s win wasn’t the only thing that got stars
emotional backstage at the Globes Prop 8 did it, too!

Spielberg receives Cecil B. DeMille Award

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Movie audiences have two train wrecks to
thank for the epic visions of Steven Spielberg – a big one, and a little one….


‘Slumdog’ wins best drama at Globes

from – Entertainment

“Slumdog Millionaire,” the film about a
poverty-striken Mumbai man who goes on “Who Wants to Be a
Millionaire,” won best drama and three other honors at the Golden Globes
Sunday night. Kate Winslet won two, for best actress in a drama and best
supporting actress.

DGA announces doc, TV, commercial noms

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Although Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” isn’t on
Oscar’s documentary shortlist, it is among the nominees for the DGA’s doc


Weekend Box Office: January 9-11, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Gran Torino tops the box office with an estimated $29.0

‘Madagascar 2’ still on top overseas

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s “Madagascar:
Escape 2 Africa” maintained its No. 1 ranking on the international circuit
, snaring an estimated $15.8 million from 6,893 screens.

Bringing Back a Dead Rapper, and the Tears

from NYT > Movies

To portray Biggie Smalls on film, Jamal Woolard had to lose



Film Reviews: Skim off all the visual bling, and
“Notorious” is a rock-solid biopic with a foolproof rise-and-fall
storyline and a warmly nuanced performance by Jamal Woolard as iconic rapper
Christopher Wallace — aka Biggie Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G.

New Photos: Where The Wild Things Are, Funny People, 2012,
Avatar and More

from /Film by

Warner Bros, Fox, Universal, Disney and Sony have released a
bunch of new photos to the Los Angeles Times for their 2009 movie preview.

Behind Rorschach’s mask in ‘Watchmen’

from L.A. Times – Music News

As Rorschach in the anticipated ‘Watchmen,’ Jackie Earle
Haley, once forgotten, has the chance for true movie immortality.

‘Watchmen’ deal in works


Film News: WB, Fox in talks to settle dispute — Warner
Bros.’ plan to release “Watchmen” in March may proceed after all as the
studio and 20th Century Fox are in the thick of talks to settle the bitter
dispute over the rights to the superhero pic.

Jim Broadbent joins the ‘Harry Potter’ honor roll

from L.A. Times – Music News

He is playing professor Horace Slughorn in ‘Harry Potter and
the Half-Blood Prince.’

Is Sienna Miller a Russell Crowe casualty?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Crowe reportedly forced her out of his new flm, “Nottingham.”

BREAKING: Eva Longoria Denies ‘Avengers’ Casting Rumor

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall

During the run-up to tonight’s Golden Globes ceremony, E! Online’s Ryan Seacrest earned
some geek cred when he cornered actress Eva Longoria
on the event’s red carpet to ask about the rumor that she’s in the running for
a role in Marvel’s much-anticipated superhero team-up film, “The Avengers.”



Television is starting to look beyond the 18- to 49-year-old

from L.A. Times – TV News

The television business may be rediscovering that there are
Americans who matter who aren’t ages 18 to 49.


‘Dexter’ brother and sister are husband and wife

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — They play
brother and sister on “Dexter.” Now in real life, Michael C. Hall and
Jennifer Carpenter are husband and wife. Hall’s spokesman, Craig Bankey, said
on Friday that the couple eloped in California
on New Year’s Eve.

’24’ producer hints at end of series

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) — Howard Gordon, executive producer of the popular
U.S. TV series “24,” says the show could be off the air after two
more seasons.

‘Grey’s’ scoop: It’s Faye Dunaway!

from TV

By Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively ”Mommie Dearest”
signs up for at least one February episode


Networks have plenty of new shows on tap

from L.A. Times – TV News

A suburban mom with split personalities. A party-boy mystery
novelist helps solve crimes. Bad glee clubs get whipped into shape. And much,
much more.

On ‘Harper’s Island,’ survival is the game

from L.A. Times – TV News

CBS’ 13-part series is like a scripted ‘Survivor,’ with
characters knocked off one by one amid crime drama, spooky mystery and even
island romance.


from L.A. Times – TV News

NBC has high hopes for the sci-fi-ish updating of the
biblical story, putting it in ‘ER’s’ old slot. No word on whether the sling and
stone get all futuristic.

Get up to speed on where the top series left off

from L.A. Times – TV News

To help the nonobsessives, here’s a cheat sheet that catches
up on some shows that have been away for a while.


from L.A. Times – TV News

Time travel? Rescue? Expect the creative forces to keep
viewers on a roller coaster during the penultimate season.

“Maddow” Premieres on SNL

from TVNewser

They’ve done it for Keith Olbermann, Tom Brokaw and Nancy
Grace.  And last night, Rachel Maddow was portrayed for the first time on
Saturday Night Live.


Television: The Four (at Least) Faces of Tara

from NYT > Television

“How much funny is too funny?” Finding the right
tone for a show about personality disorder.

Television: Idols, You’ll Have to Pass Through Her

from NYT > Television

As the new judge on “American Idol,” the feisty,
heartfelt and outspoken Kara DioGuardi will have to get comfortable under the
pop microscope.


Sean Hannity shaking up new Fox News show

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter)
– Barack Obama may be moving into the White House and the Democrats tightening
their grip on Congress, but conservative talk show host Sean Hannity is looking
on the bright side.

‘Spartacus’ remake a ‘R-rated-hard-hard show’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

TCA — Starz’s new series version of “Spartacus”
will be “a totally R-rated-hard-hard show,” say producers Rob Tapert
and Steven S. DeKnight.

Balthazar Getty: His Future, According to Brothers &
Sisters Co-Stars

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News

E! Online – Balthazar Getty may be rubbing cast and crew of
Brothers & Sisters the wrong way, but some of his co-stars insist they
don’t want to see him off the show.


MTV to broadcast Obama’s ‘Youth Inaugural Ball’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

WASHINGTON (AP) — MTV will be broadcasting from
President-elect Barack Obama’s “Youth Inaugural Ball” on Jan. 20, the
cable network announced Sunday….


Kanye West: ‘I Want Less Fans’

from Latest News by Paul Chi

The outspoken rapper explains he seeks a lower-key career
with more freedom to do other things – like pose naked

R. Kelly divorces wife

from Life – Top Stories

R. Kelly can officially bump and grind with whomever he
chooses: He has finalized his divorce from his wife.


Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie and Josh Duhamel wed

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Duchess is a bride. Her manager says
Fergie and Josh Duhamel have been married….

Tony Shalhoub looks to life after ‘Monk’

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

(AP) — Actor Tony Shalhoub says as much as he loves Adrian Monk, eight years
portraying the obsessive-compulsive private investigator is enough for him….

Angelina Jolie Considering Film Return

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Angelina Jolie , who has been lying low since the birth of
her 5-month-old twins, is thinking about a brief return to film, but very

Tito Jackson hit with paternity lawsuit

from Entertainment News –

Jan. 11 (UPI) — Former Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson should legally be
declared the biological father of a 25-year-old New York woman, a lawsuit alleges.

Maroulis of ‘Idol’ headed to Broadway

from Entertainment News –

Jan. 11 (UPI) — Former “American Idol” standout Constantine Maroulis
will join a Broadway production of “Rock of Ages” in New York, producers say.


Heather Mills Debuts Bold New Short Hairdo

from Latest News by Paul Chi

“Life is good,” says Mills, who chopped off her
long locks following her divorce from Paul McCartney

Patrick Swayze checks into hospital with pneumonia

from Life – Top Stories

Patrick Swayze has checked himself into the hospital for
observation after contracting pneumonia, A&E President Abbe Raven announced

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