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The Newsdesk 02.05.09 – Jude Law Looks Like a Lady; Penn and Depp to Play Three Stooges?

• Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) is in talks to direct Green Lantern for Warner Bros.

• Johnny Depp and Sean Penn are rumored to be in talks to star in the Farrelly brothers’ Three Stooges movie. Penn is reportedly working with a vocal coach to perfect his Larry impression.

• Jude Law is playing a female celebrity supermodel named Minx in Rage, directed by Sally Potter (Orlando). Is it us, or does he kind of look like a young Chrissie Hynde?

• Orlando Bloom will star in Andrew Niccol’s (The Truman Show, Gattaca) next scifi movie, titled The Cross.

• Ben Stiller, Tina Fey, and Robert Downey Jr. are in talks to voice characters in the Dreamworks animated film Master Mind. The movie — about a supervillian who loses his mojo after inadvertently killing his heroic nemesis — sounds like The Incredibles without The Incredibles. 

• Sally Hawkins will follow up her acclaimed performance in Happy-Go-Lucky with the British film We Want Sex. Imelda Staunton is also in negotiations to star.

• The cowriter of Tropic Thunder and the director of Enchanted will somehow turn the board game Candy Land into a feature film. Now, Mouse Trap directed by Wes Anderson, that we’d see. 

• Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said the company wants to do several Batman sequels, comparing the franchise to Harry Potter. Didn’t we already go through this in the ’90s?

• An Ernest Hemingway biopic is in the works. Sean Connery so needs to come out of retirement for this one.



Hollywood’s Culture Wars

from Peter Bart

This is the time of year when filmmakers confront their own
culture wars. New York’s highbrow critics are writing critiques proclaiming the
mediocrity of this year’s Oscar nominees, as they do almost every year.

House votes to send DTV bill to Obama

from Entertainment News –

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 (UPI) — The U.S. House of
Representatives Wednesday passed a bill 264-158 that would delay the planned
conversion to digital TV, sending it to President Barack Obama.

Performance Right Act returns to Congress

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Ed Christman,

The Performance Right Act was reintroduced jointly to
Congress on Wednesday. The bill would require royalties to be paid to artists,
musicians, and master recordings copyright owners of songs being played on


No Federal Stimulus Millions For H’wood

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

The Senate today stripped that $246 million
provision that would have allowed the movie industry to take accelerated
“bonus depreciation” on 50% of its equipment costs in 2009. The
MPAA had lobbied for filmmakers to be included in the stimulus package now
costing near $900 billion.

NY Out Of $$$ For TV/Film Tax Breaks

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Remember all that justifiable hand-wringing when ABC
moved production of Ugly Betty from California to NY because of the
financial incentives? Well, not only is California in a fiscal funk but so is
NY. Crains reports today that New York State’s tax credit for filming in the
Big Apple has become “a victim of its own success.

XPAND introduces new design for 3D glasses

from Film Journal

3D cinema company XPAND announced the official rollout of
its newest model of 3D glasses, the X101 Series.

Doug Allen’s ouster back on SAG agenda

from Hollywood Reporter by By Andrew Salomon and Jay A.

SAG’s David White has called a special board meeting for
Sunday at which a self-described moderate faction of the guild is expected to
use the forum to fire Doug Allen.

Media firms keep pink slips coming

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Another day, another 1,350 media jobs lost. Time Warner
Cable said it will eliminate 1,250 positions, while Bloomberg is cutting 100 TV
and radio jobs in its first-ever layoffs.

ICM Loses Evan Rachel Wood To CAA

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

She has been represented by ICM for 9 years. Veterans
Toni Howard and Joe Funicello built her career from the Zwick/Herskovitz TV
show, Once And Again, and placed her in Thirteen, Across The Universe, The
Wrestler, and Woody Allen’s upcoming Whatever Works.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster stocks up

from – Music News

Music News: Concert vendors talking merge, shares rise —
Concert promoter Live Nation and dominant ticket vendor Ticketmaster saw their
stocks rise Wednesday on news they’re in advanced merger talks.


Reckless bank is villain at Berlin film festival

from Reuters: Entertainment News

BERLIN (Reuters) – A thriller about an international bank
that takes huge and morally dubious risks in order to control more and more
debt was a fitting opening to the Berlin film festival on Thursday

AFI Dallas Announces First 15 Films on Fest List
NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, TX – Feb 4, 2009
By LYNDSAY KNECHT MILNE We’ll have to wait until March for the fest, but AFI
released a peek at the forthcoming schedule of Sundance favorites

SXSW Movie Trailer: Best Worst Movie – The Troll 2 Documentary

from /Film by (
In 1989, unwitting Utah actors starred in the undisputed Worst Movie in
History: TROLL 2. Two decades later, Michael Paul Stephenson,
the legendarily inept film’s child star unravels the improbable, heartfelt
story of an Alabama dentist-turned-cult movie icon and an Italian filmmaker who
come to terms with this genuine, internationally revered cinematic failure.

‘Lymelife’ kicking off N.Y.’s Gen Art film fest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

The 14th annual Gen Art Film Festival, held at the Visual
Art Theater in New York, will kick off April 1 with opening-night film


Judd Apatow to create short film for Oscar show

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Judd Apatow is coming to the Oscars –
and he’s bringing a new film

Emmy Awards open field to more nominees

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More TV shows and stars will be going
for the gold at this fall’s Emmy Awards ceremony.

London loves ‘Wrestler,’ ‘Slumdog’

from – Award Central News

Award Central News: Winslet, Rourke take home best acting
prizes — Helmer Darren Aronofsky’s “The Wrestler” body-slammed the
London Film Critics’ Circle Awards on Wednesday, winning best film and actor
for Mickey Rourke.


Zellweger named Hasty Woman of the Year

from Entertainment News –

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 5 (UPI) — The Hasty Pudding
Theatricals of Harvard University has announced Hollywood actress Renee
Zellweger is the recipient of its 2009 Woman of the Year award.

Writers Guild Awards this Saturday

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

Will this weekend’s Writers Guild Awards continue Slumdog
Millionaire’s momentum or throw a wrench into the awards season as it
approaches the home stretch?


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, February 3, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Taken tops Tuesday’s box office with $2.1 million

‘Candy Land’ coming to bigscreen


Front Page: Cohen to write, Lima will direct Universal film
— Universal Pictures is sweet on “Candy Land.” Studio has set Etan
Cohen to write and Kevin Lima to direct a live-action feature based on the
enduring Hasbro board game.


‘Slumdog’ star: Real life rags to riches

from – Entertainment

Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor has been catapulted into the
global spotlight for his award-winning performance as creepy quiz show host
Prem Kumar in the smash hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire.”

Lionsgate, Weinstein Co. tussle over ‘Push’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Matthew

Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co. on Wednesday filed dueling
lawsuits against each other over Sundance hit “Push,” throwing into
question who owns distribution rights to the urban drama.

Film Poses Marketing Challenge

from NYT > Movies by By BROOKS BARNES

When Lionsgate spent about $5.5 million for the
award-winning and somber film “Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire,”
eyebrows arched all over Hollywood.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

from Most Watched Trailers (10/17/08)

With the success of the live-action film TRANSFORMERS, the
robots in disguise proved that there was too much action for just one film.
This sequel promises more in the epic battle between the Autobots and the

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

from Most Watched Trailers (10/17/08)

The “Real American Hero” goes international with this
big-screen action film. Stephen Sommers (THE MUMMY) directs this live-action
adventure featuring a huge cast of stars, including Dennis Quaid, Channing
Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Sienna Miller.

Land of the Lost

from Most Watched Trailers (10/17/08)

A disgraced paleontologist, his assistant and a macho tour
guide find themselves in a strange world inhabited by dinosaurs, monkey people
and reptilian Sleestaks.


‘The Pink Panther 2’ Premiere, New York

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Steve Martin, Andy Garcia and more attend the premiere of
“The Pink Panther 2” at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Plus,
what does the movie’s cast think of Christian Bale’s explosive outburst on the
set of “Terminator Salvation”?

Warner Bros Wants Seven Batman Movies

from /Film by (
While the sequel to The Dark Knight is just in the beginning
stages of development, Warner Bros is already looking much further down the
line. During today’s Time Warner earnings call, CEO Jeff Bewkes compared
the Batman series to the Harry Potter film franchise, saying that they hope to
release a long line of sequels.

Martin Campbell To Direct ‘Green Lantern’ Movie?

from Splash Page by Casey Seijas

We’ve been hearing quite a bit about DC’s resident Emerald
Avenger being bandied about the blogs lately, with all sources indicating that
” could be the next DC superhero to hit the big screen. And if
today’s report from Variety is to be believed, it looks like “Green
Lantern” is getting that much closer to getting the green light (ba-dum-dum!).


‘Smallville’ & ‘X-Files’ Director David Nutter To Helm
Big-Screen ‘Freemind’ Adaptation

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall

Chalk up “Freemind” as one of the latest comic
book series to make a serious move toward the big screen.

Review: The force is weak with `Fanboys’

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

“Fanboys” isn’t so much a cohesive movie with a
plot as it is a shoddily shot litany of random geek arcania.

‘Thor’ Movie Update: Kenneth Branagh Meets With Joe Quesada
& Brian Bendis

from Splash Page by Brian Warmoth

Two of Marvel Comics’ biggest names had a very public chat
via Twitter this week, and the subject matter should have Marvel’s movie fans

Donnie Darko Sequel Goes Direct To DVD

from /Film by (
Do you remember S. Darko, the Donnie Darko spin-off film we wrote
about a while back? You know, the one which follows Donnie’s sister and
features no involvement from the original director Richard Kelly? Yeah, that
one. The good news is that the film will not play theatrically and will instead
go direct-to-dvd on April 28th from MGM’s home entertainment.

Coraline is the perfect young heroine for hard times

from Life – Top Stories

Coraline is the latest member of an exclusive club of young
fantasy heroines who not only explore alternate universes with bizarre …


Fox rocks ratings on Tuesday

from – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: ‘Idol,’ ‘Fringe’ bring in big numbers — NBC had
a solid night with “The Biggest Loser” and “Law & Order:
SVU,” but it was Fox that cruised to victory Tuesday behind a dominant
“American Idol” and one of the best perfs yet for “Fringe.”


Analog TV watchers not ready for digital world

from – Entertainment

Sooner or later, James Richter knows the rabbit-ear antennas
on his old-fashioned television will listen for a signal and hear nothing.

Clay Aiken to appear on ‘America’s Next Top Model’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

EW has learned exclusively that American Idol’s season 2
runner-up Clay Aiken will participate in an acting challenge with the ladies —
and serve as a guest judge on the panel — in an April episode of America’s
Next Top Model.

Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J eye ‘NCIS’ spinoff

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J are in talks to star in CBS’
“NCIS” spinoff. The pilot for an offshoot from the hit procedural
will air as an episode of “NCIS” this spring.

HBO renews ‘Big Love’

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

HBO has given a fourth-season pickup to relationship drama
“Big Love,” from executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman.

Vivica A. Fox to host TV Land’s ‘Cougar’

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

TV Land has signed Vivica A. Fox to host its upcoming
reality series “The Cougar.”

Did president mess up by inviting anchors in?

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

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC’s Brian Williams briefly wondered if he
was being stood up while waiting at the White House to interview President
Barack Obama and noticing a presidential motorcade leaving the building.

Carnie Wilson to host GSN’s `The Newlywed Game’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here comes the next “Newlywed
Game” host

Who Wants to Be a Real Slumdog Millionaire?

from E! Online – Movie News

Slumdog Millionaire could be looking to share the wealth.
The producers of the recent U.K.-U.S. transplant Secret Millionaire are looking
to capitalize on the Oscar hopeful’s international success with Secret
Slumdog Millionaire
, a spinoff reality series.

Saget starring in new comedy series

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Bob Saget and Cynthia Stevenson
have signed on to star in a new half-hour comedy series called “Surviving
Suburbia,” ABC announced Wednesday.

Ausiello: Christine Baranski on ‘Betty’

from TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello reports the Emmy winner is cast as high-society mom of Betty’s
new beau — you like?


Bruce Springsteen tops album chart

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Katie Hasty, Billboard

Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “Working on a
Dream,” dethrones Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” after an eight-week


Cramps founder and punk pioneer Lux Interior dies

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lux Interior, co-founder and lead singer
of the pioneering horror-punk band the Cramps, has died, the group’s publicist
said. He was 60.

Springsteen says he’s `furious’ with Ticketmaster

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

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen said Wednesday he is
angry with Ticketmaster and believes its selling practices constitute a conflict
of interest.

Etta to Beyonce: ‘At Last’ is my song

from Entertainment News –

SEATTLE, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Etta James told the audience at a
recent concert in Seattle that she wasn’t pleased Beyonce sang James’s famous
song “At Last” at Barack Obama’s inaugural ball.

The music powerhouse you’ve never heard of

from – Entertainment

With 17 Grammys, five gold records and — by his count —
almost 130 albums, polka superstar Jimmy Sturr might just be the most
successful musician you’ve never heard of.

Mandrell headed for Country Hall of Fame

from Entertainment News –

NASHVILLE, Feb. 4 (UPI) — Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and
Charlie McCoy are to be enshrined in the U.S. Country Music Hall of Fame, it
was announced Wednesday.


MSN bows gossip site Wonderwall

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The competitive world of
celebrity-gossip Web sites got more crowded Thursday with the launch of
Wonderwall, MSN’s answer to popular online destinations like TMZ and OMG.

Jolie asks Thailand to help Burmese refugees

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

GENEVA (AP) — Angelina Jolie has called on Thailand’s
government to give more freedom to tens of thousands of Burmese refugees it has
kept locked inside camps for up to 20 years….

Wildlife group, Ashley Judd take aim at Gov. Palin

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An animal rights group is getting
help from actress Ashley Judd in its campaign to try to stop Alaska’s practice
of killing wolves and bears from airplanes

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