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The Newsdesk 02.26.09 – Jackson Up for Iron Man 2; Total Recall and The NeverEnding Story Return

Samuel L. Jackson has signed a long-term commitment to play Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, Thor, and The Avengers. Look for Nick Fury to teach Peter Parker how to smoke a cigar in Spider-Man 7.

Mark Wahlberg could be joining Will Ferrell’s B Team, which is not, weirdly enough, a parody of The A-Team.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company wants to remake The NeverEnding Story . The flying dog won’t be the same in CGI.

Michael Cera is definitely in for the Arrested Development movie. Who knew when the show debuted, in 2003, that Cera would be the toughest cast member to get for a movie?

Total Recall is also getting the remake treatment, courtesy of the producer of I Know What You Did Last Summer .

• Sean Penn and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black had their Oscar speeches censored in Asia.

Cate Blanchett is set to play Maid Marian (opposite Russell Crowe) in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood film.



Tax-break states bask in Oscar glory

from – Film News

Film News: ‘Knight’ contributes $35 mil to Chicago economy
— Film incentives are gasping for a longer run in many states, but some
states, touting their ongoing run of film/TV production returns, are also
sharing Oscar’s spotlight.


Is Murdoch’s FCC Waiver in Trouble?

from The Wrap RSS by admin

Angered by a cartoon that appeared last week in the New York
Post, Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP chief executive Benjamin Jealous are meeting
today with officials at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington.

5 Reasons Chernin’s Exit Puts Hulu in Danger

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin’s decision
to semi-retire into a movie-producing career leaves web TV start-up Hulu
without its most powerful ally in Hollywood. The timing could be worse, but not
much. Here’s why.

Icahn Interested In MGM, Too?

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

6:45 PM UPDATE: Now I hear that MGM was surprised by my
news about Carl Icahn and their debt today. One of the studio’s insiders
tells me tonight: “Carl Icahn is not an approved buyer of MGM debt.
He is not on MGM’s approved list.

in New Film Stir Anger at Studio

from NYT > Movies by By BROOKS BARNES

An arm of the American Medical Association is demanding that
Warner Brothers step up its policing of tobacco images on screen.


Discovery turns up a Q4 profit

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

For a TV company, Discovery Communications isn’t doing so
bad. The publicly traded entity formed last year said Wednesday that it earned
$106 million in the fourth quarter, up from a loss of $170 million last year.

Ballots Going Into IATSE Members Hands

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

The ballot package for the proposed IATSE/AMPTP Basic
Agreement is being mailed out this week for all 17 “Hollywood” locals
with a return due date around March 18th. It will include this letter from
IATSE President Matt Loeb who lies to the membership that “a vote against
ratification is a vote to authorize a strike”.

Danny Boy…

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

So Danny Boyle visited Endeavor today with Oscar in hand and
spent two hours in the agency conference room with the Slumdog
Millionaire soundtrack blaring as everyone toasted with cupcakes and


Movies worth your time at SXSW – Austin 360

Austin 360, TX
My own list of must-sees will change by the day, but here’s my preliminary
round of movies to see at SXSW. Get the entire SXSW film lineup at


Festival considers O’Neill in the 21st century

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By F.N. D’ALESSIO

CHICAGO (AP) — For someone who was written off as passe
long before he died in 1953, Eugene O’Neill still has an uncanny ability to
grab headlines and spark debate among theater critics.

Hong Kong fest lineup revealed

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The Jackie Chan starrer “Shinjuku Incident,”
directed by Derek Yee, and the social drama “Night and Fog,” directed
by Ann Hui, will serve as the opening-night films at the 33rd Hong Kong
International Film Festival, running March 22-April 13.

New Okinawa fest will go for laughs

from – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: ‘Sunshine Cleaning,’ ‘My Stars’ on slate —
The Okinawa Movie Festival, Japan’s first international comedy fest, has
announced the lineup for its first edition, skedded to unspool March 19-22 in

Playboy jazz fest announces lineup

from – Music News

Music News: Kenny G, Rodriguez, Austin to perform — Quincy
Jones had a twofold purpose in taking the podium at Wednesday’s announcement of
the 31st annual Playboy Jazz Festival.


Clint Eastwood gets lifetime Palme d’Or

from Hollywood Reporter by By Rebecca Leffler

Clint Eastwood on Wednesday received a lifetime achievement
Palme d’Or from Festival de Cannes toppers Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux.

Zac Efron will be honored by ShoWest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Zac Efron, star of the”High School Musical” films,
will be honored at ShoWest 2009 as breakthrough performer of the year.

Sony VP Verno flays Emmy plans

from – Award Central News

Award Central News: Battle brewing over awards update —
Sony Pictures Television exec VP of movies and miniseries Helen Verno called
plans to move certain TV movie categories out of the main Emmy telecast
“disgusting” and urged producers to write the Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences voicing their objections.


Star Misses

from Media News by Forbes staff

Nicole Kidman in “The Reader”? Gwyneth Paltrow
aboard “Titanic”? How some of the biggest names in Hollywood lost out
on some of its biggest roles.


the World Roundup

from Box Office Mojo – Top Stories by by Conor Bresnan

The foreign box office was relatively quiet over the
weekend, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button was tops again, making $21

Daily Box Office: Tuesday, February 24, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail tops Tuesday’s box office
with $2.0 million


Perry ponders Madea’s demise

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tyler Perry wants Madea dead….


& Furious’ Stars Talk About The Franchise

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker take you on a look inside the
making of the latest installment of the heart-pounding, pedal-to-the-metal
franchise, which also co-stars original cast members Michelle Rodriguez &
Jordana Brewster.

All Access: ‘Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

The fans go wild as the Jo Bros hit the purple carpet for
the premiere of their new film!

Producer Gilbert Adler livening up ‘Dead’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Producer Gilbert Adler is sinking his teeth into the horror
film “Dead of Night,” which starts production today in New Orleans.

Sam Jackson Signs Up For NINE MORE Appearances as Nick Fury

from /Film by (
Here’s a bedtime story about, amongst other things, economies of scale. 
After appearing in the post credits geek-tease on Iron Man, Sam Jackson’s
Nick Fury was slated for a bigger, better showing in the next installment.


George and Oscar Bluth: So Excited to Get Arrested!

from E! Online – Movie News

Ya just gotta love Jeffrey Tambor’s excitement over the
upcoming Arrested Development movie. “I can’t wait,” Tambor tells me.

Slumdog Kids No Longer Slumming It

from E! Online – Movie News

And they thought their good fortune peaked when they met
Mickey. Two of Slumdog Millionaire’s child actors are, quite literally,
slumming it no more.

Final Harry Potter film gets release date

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Harry has a final date with his film destiny: Warner Bros.
will open the eighth film in its Potter franchise — “Harry Potter and the
Deathly Hollows: Part II” — on July 15, 2011.

Does Pixar Have a Problem Creating Good Female Characters?

from /Film by (

Does Pixar have a gender problem? A blog called Vast Public
Indifference thinks so, claiming that the Emmeryville computer animation studio
doesn’t have any good women characters as the central protagonists in their

The Backlash Begins: Does Kristen Stewart Really Think
‘Twilight’ Is A Bad Movie?

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
From George Lucas to Michael Phelps to the Octo-Mom, every famous person has to
deal with it at some point: Backlash. But now, as the vitriol begins to boil
around Kristen Stewart, we have to wonder: Are the Twilighters being too mean?

Arnold’s Cameo on the Sly

from E! Online – Movie News

The Governator is ready for a Rambo summit. Arnold
Schwarzenegger has agreed to make a cameo as his state-ruling self in Sylvester
Stallone’s latest testosterone-fest.

New Character Poster: Pixar’s Up

from /Film by (

Disney has provided us with an exclusive look at one of the
new Bus Shelter Posters for Pixar’s Up.

Cate Blanchett to play Maid Marian

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Australian actress Cate
Blanchett has signed on to play Maid Marian to Russell Crowe’s Robin Hood in
the film formerly known as “Nottingham,” said.

Movie Review: Crossing Over

from Movies

Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman

My Eyes!: 3D Yogi Bear Movie Moving Forward with Journey 3D

from /Film by (
Giving heightened meaning to the name Boo Boo, the previously announced Yogi
movie–another CG/live-action why-brid–has landed a director, a 3D
director at that.


Movie Review: Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience

from Movies

Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The NeverEnding Story Gets a Remake

from /Film by (
We may have solved what “The Nothing” is once and for all:  why, it’s the
insatiable trend of Hollywood remakes. The sparkly 1984 children’s fantasy
film, The NeverEnding Story, has been dusted off at Warner Bros. though
screenwriters and a director are not currently attached.


EXCLUSIVE: Hasbro Chief Lifts Veil On Spooky ‘Ouija’ Movie

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian
Hasbro is set to bring a movie about its mysterious, possibly prophetic Ouija
board game to the big screen, but the man behind the project wants to be clear
about one thing: this isn’t going to be some G-rated, “Oh no, it’s alive!” weak
sauce “Jumanji” knock-off.


Ferrell-Wahlberg: Movie dream team!

from Movies

By Mandi Bierly
Mandi Bierly hasn’t been this excited about a potential cop movie pairing
in…well, maybe ever. You?

Gimme Remakes: Total Recall Recalled Back to Theaters

from /Film by (

Columbia Pictures and producer Neal H. Moritz
(I Am Legend, The Green Hornet, The Skulls III) have
tossed Paul Verhoeven’s Total Recall on the remake block under
the pretense that today’s leaps in special effects will make it worthwhile.

‘Green Lantern’ And ‘Jonah Hex’ Release Dates Announced

from Splash Page by David Press
Warner Brothers is moving ahead with their next DC Comics movies by announcing
release dates for “Green Lantern” and “Jonah Hex.” The scarred Civil War
veteran, Jonah Hex, will hit theaters Aug. 10, 2010, with the Emerald Knight
arriving in time for the holidays, Dec. 17, 2010.


One-night live cinema event focuses on women’s rights

from Film Journal

To honor International Women’s Day, “A Powerful Noise
Live!”, a one-night, in-theatre event on Thursday, March 5, will give audiences
a glimpse into the efforts of three women to create change in Bosnia, Mali and

Man crush: John Hamburg redefines romantic comedy with
male-bonding tale

from Film Journal by Sarah Sluis

John Hamburg’s first feature, Safe Men, was a buddy
comedy; his second, Along Came Polly, a romantic comedy. So it only
makes sense that his third, I Love You, Man, is a bromantic comedy.

Peter Baynham to rewrite ‘Arthur’

from – Film News

Film News: Russell Brand to star in comedy remake — Peter
Baynham has been set by Warner Bros. to write “Arthur,” a remake of
the 1981 comedy that is being crafted as a vehicle for Russell Brand to play
the lovable lush.

On-screen ‘Street Fighter’ trades on the arcade

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Video-game-to-big-screen conversion is back with upcoming
films taking a cue from ‘Bioshock,’ ‘Prince of Persia.’

Ed Helms grows his resume

from – Film News

Film News: ‘Office’ actor to star in Carell-produced film —
Ed Helms is branching out from “The Office,” setting up an untitled
Civil War feature with Warner Bros., with castmate Steve Carell producing
through his Warner-based Carousel banner.

Warner Bros. sets up ‘Suicide Squad’

from – Film News

Film News: Dan Lin to produce supervillain franchise —
Warner Bros. is going on a suicide mission, setting up the DC Comics property
“Suicide Squad” for Dan Lin (“Sherlock Holmes”) to produce
as a potential franchise.


Exclusive Photos: Check Out Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman And John
Malkovich In ‘Mutant Chronicles’

from Splash Page by Brian Jacks
It pleases me immensely that I’m able to type the following sentence: “28th
century soldier Major Mitch Hunter leads a fight against an army of underworld
NecroMutants.” That’s the one-line synopsis for “Mutant Chronicles,” an
upcoming sci-fi indie film that boasts an esteemed cast of no less than John
Malkovich, Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman.


Obama draws 52 million

from – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: Address brings in 52.37 million viewers —
President Obama’s first address to a Joint Session of Congress drew 52.37
million viewers on Tuesday night, a slighty larger audience than his primetime
press conference two weeks earlier, which averaged 49.5 million, according to


‘Trek’ cast to reunite on ‘Family Guy’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

The cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” is
reuniting for an episode of “Family Guy”

‘Marriage’ returns Seinfeld to NBC


Front Page: Comic to exec produce reality series — Jerry
Seinfeld is returning to network series television after an 11-year hiatus as
creator and exec producer of an NBC reality series that seeks to mine laughs
out of marriage problems.

Newsweek: Are guest stars killing ’30 Rock’?

from Television

Turning to big-name outsiders is often the last refuge of a
desperate show. In the case of NBC’s “30 Rock,” though, might it make
perfect sense?


TV Review: Breaking Bad

from TV

Reviewed by Ken Tucker


Timberlake to be a guest on 1st ‘Fallon’

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — U.S. pop star Justin Timberlake
is to join Robert De Niro and musical guest Van Morrison for the premiere
episode of “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” NBC said.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews explains ‘Oh, God’ remark

from Life – Top Stories

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said he was surprised by the
“peculiar stagecraft” of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s response to


Cable news viewership remains high

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

NEW YORK (AP) — The end of the presidential campaign hasn’t
meant the end of interest in cable news programming, particularly those shows
that filter stories through the strong points of view of their hosts.

February Ratings: Program Ranker

from TVNewser

Fox News had the top six cable news programs during February
’09 in Total Viewers, and nine of the top 10. The O’Reilly Factor was once again
1st. CNN’s Larry King Live was the only non-FNC program to make the top 10, in
7th. MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann was 11th.


Arts, Briefly: Wins for ‘NCIS’ and ‘Biggest Loser’

from NYT > Television by By BENJAMIN TOFF; Compiled by DAVE

An hourlong edition of “The Biggest Loser” on NBC on Tuesday
night attracted the series’s highest ratings among viewers 18 to 49 since its
January premiere.

Will tendinitis keep Jewel from ‘Dancing’?

from Reality TV

“Dancing With the Stars” contestant Jewel has tendinitis in
her knees, the singer revealed on her blog on Wednesday — an injury she said
may keep her from competing on the ABC show.


‘Wheel of Fortune’ is ready to spin its 5,000th show

from Life – Top Stories

As a game of chance, Wheel of Fortune has been a sure thing.
The top-rated syndicated series celebrates its 5,000th episode Friday

Rosie O’Donnell returns to TV in a Lifetime movie

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

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Rosie O’Donnell says she
doesn’t have time these days to view “The View.”

Kara DioGuardi is disappointed in Paula Abdul

from Reality TV

“Paula has a right to her opinions, but I was disappointed
by her comments, and hurt that she did not address them to me in person,” DioGuardi

New talk-show host Chris Isaak won’t ‘just be asking questions’

from Life – Top Stories

Singer/songwriter/actor Chris Isaak turns talk-show host
with the debut of The Chris Isaak Hour on cable’s BIO channel

Fox’s ‘Walorsky’ pilot pushed

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s comedy pilot “Walorsky” has been pushed to
June after difficulties casting the lead.

Derek Luke joins TV rotation in NBC’s ‘Trauma’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Film actor Derek Luke is making his foray into television
with a starring role on NBC’s drama pilot “Trauma.”

From ‘Swingtown’ to ‘Melrose Place’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

And the first actor cast in the new “Melrose
Place” is … Michael Rady.

Director Of An Inconvenient Truth To Helm… Melrose Place

from Defamer by Kyle Buchanan
Davis Guggenheim won an Oscar for directing the enormously sexy Al Gore
doomsday documentary An Inconvenient Truth. What high-profile project is
next on his slate? The CW’s upcoming Melrose Place reboot. How did this

‘Real Housewives’ reunion: O.C., OK!

from TV

By Lindsay Soll
Lindsay Soll on the special’s juicy revelation of Gretchen’s ”stalker.” Uh,
”friend.” Uh, ”family friend.” Uh…”boyfriend”?


CMT greenlights ‘Strictest Parents’ reality show

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul J. Gough

CMT will premiere an original series, “World’s
Strictest Parents,” beginning in April.

Naomi Judd returns to ‘Can You Duet’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Ken Tucker, Billboard

Naomi Judd will return to the judging panel for the second
season of CMT’s “Can You Duet,” the weekly music competition series
from “American Idol” producers FremantleMedia North America.


‘Fearless’ is No. 1 for 10th week

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Taylor Swift’s
“Fearless” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for a 10th
non-consecutive week, reported Wednesday.

U2’s new ‘Horizon’: EW review

from Today’s Latest Headlines

Jeff Jensen says Bono and Co.’s latest is electrifying
winner. Plus: We listen to the ”Watchmen” soundtrack

‘No Line on the Horizon’ by U2

from L.A. Times – Music News

The 12th studio album by the seminal Irish band reflects on
the need — and perils — of change.

No Doubt announces a slew of summer dates

from Top Stories from

( For the first time in five years,
ska-rockers No Doubt will hit the tour trail, visiting amphitheaters and arenas
from coast to coast.

Fan survives life with Rolling Stones

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Many music fans dream about meeting
their heroes. Rolling Stones fanzine writer Bill German accomplished that feat
when he was 17, and became part of the band’s inner circle during the 1980s,
deftly negotiating the Byzantine layers of political bureaucracy that cushion
the British rock icons.

Music to the ears of hospital patients

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Patients in hospitals and healthcare
facilities are often too sick to attend musical concerts, so a charity is
bringing the music to them.


Kevin Jonas: I Wanted To Work At The Gap

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Along with his two brothers, Kevin Jonas may be a household
name to millions of teens, but being a rock star wasn’t always his dream job.

Jonas Bros. reach out to diabetic kids

from Entertainment News –

TARRYTOWN, N.Y., Feb. 25 (UPI) — A charitable U.S.
foundation started by the Jonas Brothers band, will provide $25,000 in scholarships
for diabetes camps, Nick Jonas said Wednesday.

Katy Perry, Leona Lewis, LL Cool J headline Grammy tour

from Top Stories from

( The 2009 Grammy Celebration Concert Tour
presented by T-Mobile Sidekick will kick-off April 9 at the Hollywood Palladium
with a performance by Leona Lewis. The five-city tour will continue with an
April 14 show at The Warfield in San Francisco.


New Music: Neko Case: “Middle Cyclone” [MP3]

from Pitchfork Media – Today by Tyler Grisham

In less than a week, frequent New Pornographers collaborator
and indie goddess Neko Case will release her newest solo outing

50 Cent’s new album may not be out anytime soon

from Life – Top Stories

50 Cent is taking a back seat to Eminem.

‘Crue Fest 2’ announced

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Motley Crue has announced plans
to hit the road for a North American, multi-artist concert tour dubbed
“Crue Fest 2: The White Trash Circus.”


Nickelback kicks off North American tour

from Life – Top Stories

The event:Canadian rockers-turned-stateside favorites
Nickelback kick off their 2009 world tour Wednesday night

Pop star Stevie Wonder celebrated at White House

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday
thanked musician Stevie Wonder for creating “a style that’s uniquely
American” as he presented the singer-songwriter the nation’s highest award
for pop music.

Clipse/Rick Rubin Collaboration Actually Happening

from Pitchfork Media – Today by Tom Breihan

Back in the 80s, Rick Rubin co-founded Def Jam Records and
produced an absurd number of monster jams for the likes of LL Cool J and

Chris Cornell expands ‘Scream’ outing

from Top Stories from

( Rocker Chris Cornell has added another 10
dates to his North American spring trek, which coincides with the release of
his eclectic new solo album, “Scream.”



Ryan J. Davis: Rent Will Perform At CA High School – Web 2.0

from Entertainment on by Ryan J. Davis

RENT, the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, will
perform at Corona del Mar High School beginning April 23rd. The production
follows an attempt by Principal Fal Asrani to cancel the musical because of
“homosexual” content.  The performance is a victory for the
students and their drama teacher, Ronald Martin, who stood against the
administration’s decision. A victory won by their persistence and new media,
specifically blogs and Facebook.


Britney Spears’s Hairstylist Testifies Against Sam Lutfi

from Latest News by Ken Lee

Roberta Romero says the singer’s ex-manager harassed her
with calls and texts

Kate Walsh Credits Pals, Family for Helping Her Through Divorce

from Latest News by Oliver Jones

“I come off as confident, but really I am a quivering
little wharf rat,” says the Private Practice star


Post 9-11 novel wins PEN/Faulkner prize

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Joseph O’Neill’s “Netherland,” an
acclaimed post-Sept. 11 novel bypassed for the National Book Awards and the
National Book Critics Circle prize, has finally received a literary honor: the
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction.

Yoko Ono to get Golden Lion Award

from Entertainment News –

VENICE, Italy, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Organizers of the Venice
(Italy) Biennale say they plan to bestow a Golden Lion Award for lifetime
achievement to Japanese-born artist Yoko Ono.

Passenger sues Freeman over crash

from Entertainment News –

JACKSON, Miss., Feb. 25 (UPI) — Demaris Meyer is suing
actor Morgan Freeman in Mississippi federal court for medical expenses and
other damages stemming from a 2008 car crash.

Piven to appear before grievance committee

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Jeremy Piven, who says illness
forced him to quit a Broadway play, is expected to appear in person before the
grievance committee of Actors’ Equity in New York.

Holly Madison And Criss Angel Kaput

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
The original Girl Next Door, Holly Madison, has amicably parted ways with her
Mindfreak beau, Criss Angel, after nearly four months of dating.

Jade Goody will not film her own death

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Jean Bentley

Though she’s spent the past seven years living her life on
television, British reality star Jade Goody, who learned last month that her
cervical cancer is terminal, will not spend her last days on camera.

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