• Dan Aykroyd hinted that Ghostbusters 3 could start filming this fall. Fingers crossed Aykroyd shows up as older, even wackier Ray Stanz.
• Sean Penn might follow his Oscar success by playing the husband of Valerie Plame in a movie based on the ex-CIA operative’s memoirs. (Naomi Watts would play Plame; Doug Liman is scheduled to direct.) The title, Fair Game, should not be confused with the 1995 Cindy Crawford/William Baldwin vehicle of the same name.
• Speaking of Naomi Watts, she’s just signed on to star in Woody Allen’s next project opposite Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins. As with all Allen projects, it’s currently untitled, but will no doubt feature urban neurotics in various romantic quandaries.
• Sunday’s Oscars scored a ratings boost from last year’s all-time low. Should the Academy thank Slumdog?
• Patrick McGoohan, Eartha Kitt, and movie trailer king Don Lafontaine are among the notable omissions from the Oscar’s “In Memoriam” montage.
• Heath Ledger’s final film, Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, still has yet to nail a U.S. distribution deal.
• News Corp president and chief operating officer Peter Chernin is stepping down in June to launch a production company for Fox. This news come on the heels of Fox Searchlight’s Oscar success with Slumdog Millionaire.
• Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is in talks to direct an adaptation of the young adult novel If I Stay.
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS 2/24/09
from Forbes.com: Media News by Dorothy Pomerantz
What kind of return on investment do studios get from Oscar
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Peter Chernin, the News Corp.
executive who has helped the company build a presence in Hollywood as well as
cable and broadcast TV, will leave the giant media conglomerate, controlled by
iconoclast Rupert Murdoch, in June, the company said in a statement Feb. 23.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond
As Lionsgate was savoring the $41 million that “Madea
Goes to Jail” made over the weekend — its best opening ever — Carl Icahn
was disclosing he has upped his stake in the company to more than 14% and that
he may become a more active shareholder.
TV News: TV networks lighten comedy load — Pilot season is
feeling the economy’s pain in more ways than one.
from L.A. Times – TV News
Nielsen’s ‘Three Screen Report’ for the fourth quarter says
the average American now watches more than 151 hours of TV a month.
BATAVIA, Ohio (AdAge.com) — A funny thing is emerging from
the smoldering ruins of what may be the ugliest quarter TV has ever encountered
financially: a growing body of evidence which suggests not only that TV
advertising still works, but that it may be working better than ever.
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — At a time when the web is revealing
so much specific information about the relationship of consumers and their
reactions to ads, marketers feel TV ought to do the same.
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SAMANTHA HENRY
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ticketmaster has agreed to
change its online sales process after it directed people seeking Bruce
Springsteen tickets to a subsidiary that charged up to 50 times the face
Movie ticket sales are way up in this down economy. Seem
counterintuitive? Observers say struggling people are looking for a $10,
two-hour escape. The recession also is likely to affect the types of movies
being made. Based on recent successes, there’s evidence to suggest studios will
continue to focus on comedies and action films.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Richard Lovett, break out the good china and embossed
invitations. With TV-theatrical contract negotiations between SAG and the AMPTP
at a bitter standstill, both sides may be looking for a third party to pass out
the olive branches.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
New Yorker Films, the boutique label that has long served as
the American home for acclaimed foreign filmmakers, is shutting its doors.
from Tribeca Film News and Features Feed by Kristin McCracken
Independent filmmaker Ted Hope calls filmmakers to action on
the first of many disasters the New York film industry MUST pro-actively
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Antony Bruno,
Kyte, a digital media technology company aggressively
targeting the music industry, launched a new platform, called the iPhone
Applications Framework, for artists interested in developing iPhone
Sean Penn, who took home his second career Academy Award for
Best Actor on Sunday night for his role in “Milk,” delivered one of the night’s
most powerful acceptance speeches. But Sean, who got a standing ovation
from the crowd, left one person out of his speech — his wife, Robin Wright
At Sunday night’s 81st Annual Academy Awards, “Twilight’s”
vampire teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson was a presenter alongside “Mamma Mia”
star Amanda Seyfried. It left many wondering: where was his “Twilight”
co-star, Kristen Stewart?
Finally, after 23 years of tortured development, pinging
from studio to studio, star to star, and even courtroom to courtroom, the
Watchmen adaptation has arrived on screen. It’s not for the faint-hearted —
and, despite the preponderance of Spandex outfits, capes and costumes, not for
the kids either.
from Wired: Entertainment by Wired.com Video Team
Actresses Malin Akerman (who plays Silk Spectre II) and
Carla Gugino (who plays the original) discuss the mother-daughter relationship
between the movie’s superheroines.
Los Angeles: Fox Searchlight acquires zombie book — Fox
Searchlight has acquired rights to the upcoming novel “Breathers: A
Zombie’s Lament” by S.G. Browne. Diablo Cody will produce the zombie
CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — The best way to a man’s heart may be
through his stomach, but Kraft is betting that the fast track to mothers’
hearts is through their daughters. Kraft is sponsoring the “Jonas Brothers:
3-D Concert Experience” premiere tomorrow at the El Capitain Theater in
Hollywood, and the food giant plans to give out about 1,000 sandwiches that
will be made on site.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) — U.S. actor John Cusack is set
to star in and produce the big-screen comedy, “Hot Tub Time Machine,”
The Hollywood Reporter said.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) — British-born actress Naomi
Watts has signed on for a role in Woody Allen’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled film,
Variety.com said Monday.
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
Freida Pinto will follow up her performance in the Oscar-winning “Slumdog
Millionaire” with a role in Woody Allen’s latest project.
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
Not that Sean Penn hasn’t been writing his own ticket for years, but it’s nice
to see winning his second Best Actor Oscar hasn’t made him lazy.
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling
Summit Entertainment is trying to make lightning strike
twice. The studio behind the Twilight movie series has plans to adapt a buzzy
young-adult novel called If I Stay with Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke
at the helm, EW has learned exclusively.
from Hollywood Reporter
Heath Ledger’s last film, “The Imaginarium of Doctor
Parnassus,” is facing challenges on its way to domestic distribution. When
will U.S. audiences get to see it?
from Splash Page by David Press
“Iron Man 2” production designer J. Michael Riva revealed
that he’s received the first script for the sequel to last year’s Marvel
Studios blockbuster, and it looks like the famous “Demon in a Bottle” storyline
will factor into the plot.
LONDON (Reuters) – She’s being hailed as Britain’s cleverest
student, a shy, bespectacled and amazingly quick-minded Latin scholar who has
romped away to win Britain’s hardest quiz show almost single-handedly.
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Mandi Bierly
The 81st Annual Academy Awards drew 36.3 million viewers to
ABC Sunday night — that’s an increase of 4.3 million people from last year’s
telecast, which remains the lowest-rated ever.
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Adam B. Vary
Contestants for the 13th cycle of The CW’s America’s Next
Top Model will be required to be at or below five feet, seven inches (5′
7″) in height for the first time in the show’s history.
from Forbes.com: Media News by Lacey Rose
Executive Producer Jeff Fager on the recent success of the
longest-running news magazine.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
The CW’s update of “Melrose Place” has received an
official pilot order, and Oscar winner Davis Guggenheim has come on board to
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Starz has renewed drama series “Crash” but is
making some changes with the second season, including a new creative team and
some new cast members.
CHICAGO (AdAge.com) — While some executives sign off on
integration deals, few are expected to actually play themselves as part of the
branded move. Yet two Campbell’s Soup heads will do just that, appearing as
themselves on “All My Children” this Thursday.
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello mulls over tidbits from Dana Delany at the
Spirit Awards: Is no one safe on Wisteria Lane?
from EW.com: TV
By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello scratches his head over a press release that casually reveals
a major new plot point
from People.com Latest News by Bob Meadows
Martina McBride are among performers who’ll salute the legend
from The Wrap RSS by admin
Eminem is causing trouble again. But this brouhaha may
affect a lot more than a few freestylin’ rappers. TheWrap has learned
that a two-year-old lawsuit by the rapper is set to go to trial Tuesday and
could impact a vast number of musical artists and the most popular
form of music consumption — the digital download over iTunes.
from Pitchfork Media – Today by Mark Richardson
Following on “Glass” earlier this month, Bat for Lashes
have posted two more tracks from the forthcoming album Two Suns to their MySpace. Once again, dark and
ethereal pop voiced by BFL leader Natasha Khan is the order of the day.
(LiveDaily.com) Flush with positive attention garnered by
their latest studio release, alt-rockers TV on the Radio will head back out on
the road in May for another round of headlining shows.
SYDNEY, Feb. 24 (UPI) — INXS says it was shocked to hear
its most recent lead singer, J.D. Fortune, claim he is living in his truck
after the Australian rock band fired him.
from Billboard News – All by David J. Prince, N.Y.
Last.fm founder Richard Jones responded forcefully today
(Feb. 23) to accusations that the company had given user data to the RIAA in
order to track illegal downloads of U2’s upcoming album, “No Line On the
Horizon.” Jones’ refutation follows a similar denial made by the RIAA on
LONDON, Feb. 23 (UPI) — Numerous major record labels have
joined forces with Spotify, a British music service that allows people to
stream music onto their computers for free.
On Monday night, CNN’s Larry King had an exclusive interview
with actor George Clooney, who returned from the strife-torn Darfur region of
Sudan and just finished meeting with Vice President Joe Biden.
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23 (UPI) — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke,
who is mourning the loss of his 18-year-old dog Loki, plans to get a new pup
and name it Oscar, a source said.
LONDON, Feb. 23 (UPI) — A message posted on Melanie
Chisholm’s Web site says the British pop singer has given birth to a daughter
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Charles Barkley will serve time in
jail after pleading guilty to charges of driving drunk….
EDINBURGH, Scotland, Feb. 23 (UPI) — Tourist interest in
locations featured in several Oscar-nominated films has spiked in recent weeks,
the proprietors of a Scottish flight search engine said.
A three-day auction of art and furnishings that belonged to
the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent is seeing sale prices far
exceeding estimates, with dollar amounts almost as spectacular as the range of
items being sold.
The actress/designer describes the Twenty8Twelve line of
leather jackets and skin-tight dresses as “London cool”
from People.com Latest News by Ken Lee
In a restraining-order hearing, Jamie Spears alleges Sam
Lutfi cracked into the once-troubled pop star’s heavily guarded life