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The Newsdesk 02.11.09 – Brolin Joins Woody’s Latest; Spielberg’s Lincoln Coming Together

• Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins have joined the cast of Woody Allen’s next project which will shoot in London. I for one cannot wait to see Brolin’s Woody impression.

SAG and the AMPTP will resume talks on Feb. 18.

• Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln movie could be gearing up for next Oscar season. Tony Kushner is scripting, with Liam Neeson in talks to star.

• Will Smith was named Hollywood’s most bankable star by Forbes Magazine.

 • Amy Adams could possibly pull off an Oscar upset with her performance in Doubt.

 • The first teaser trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds has leaked. Should we be concerned by Brad Pitt attempting yet another Southern-fried accent?

The Departed screenwriter William Monaghan will direct The Art of the Heist, based on the life of a notorious art thief.

• Disney reportedly wants to turn the Tower of Terror ride into the next Pirates of the Caribbean. Now how about bringing Br’er Rabbit back in Splash Mountain: The Movie?



The Urge to Self-Destruct

from Peter Bart

It’s been one year since the Writers Guild’s
self-destructive strike and now we have the actors in a similarly
self-destructive mode. At a time when the nation’s economy is in a state of
upheaval, this town’s creative community seems intent on stepping up the chaos.

WGA strike: One year later

from – Film News

Film News: Fallout still felt from writers’ walkout — One
year later, the evidence is clear: The WGA strike crippled the film and TV biz
at a time when the industry was already caught in the buzzsaw of a radically
changing marketplace for Hollywood’s wares.

WGA may discipline Jay Leno


Front Page: Comedian under fire for strike-era monologues —
A year has passed, but the WGA West is still reviewing the possibility of
disciplinary action against Jay Leno for “Tonight Show” monologues he
delivered while the guild was on strike.


Spielberg’s Corporate Odyssey

from Peter Bart

DreamWorks’ trek from Paramount to Universal to Disney has
riveted the community’s attention perhaps more than any other corporate journey
in the last generation.

Live Nation, Ticketmaster begin defending merger

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Concert promoter Live Nation Inc. and
ticketing giant Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc. confirmed their merger plans
Tuesday and got right to work addressing antitrust concerns that have taken
center stage….

SAG’s Membership First Statement To Actors: “We Have Not
Lost Our Resolve”

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Message To The Membership From Membership First February 10,
2009On January 26th, a Written Assent, signed by 41 members of the Screen
Actors Guild National Board, fired NED/Chief Negotiator Doug Allen, appointed
David White as SAG’s interim National Executive Director and promoted SAG
Senior Advisor John McGuire to the position of Chief Negotiator.

SAG and AMPTP to resume talks

from Movies

By Lynette Rice

Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and
Television Producers have a date on Feb. 17 in Los Angeles


UPDATE: Icahn Ups Lionsgate Stake; Stock In Freefall After
Lousy Quarter

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

UPDATE: Carl Icahn Affiliates confirmed control over 10.56%
of the common shares of Lionsgate Entertainment today after the market closed.
The acquired Shares were purchased on the New York Stock Exchange at a price of
$4.53 per common share. Icahn Affiliates now own and control 12,235,723 common
shares of Lionsgate Gate.

Petition To NY: Fund Showbiz Tax Breaks

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

As I’ve previously reported, New York has run out
of money to fund its Film & TV Tax Credits which have lured back or
helped keep productions in-state. If not re-approved in the next
state budget, their absence will undoubtedly hurt the entertainment business at
a time when it can least afford it, especially when the program pays for

Sirius XM Reportedly Preparing To File For Bankruptcy

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

Sirius XM radio is preparing to file for a possible
bankruptcy, the New York Times reports. Despite the merger that
brought together the two satellite-radio businesses in July 2008, the joint
company remains in a $3.25 billion debt, thanks to the credit squeeze,
high-price talent and the expense of sending satellites into space.

Muzak files for bankruptcy

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

Muzak Holdings LLC, the maker of elevator music, filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The company owes hundreds of millions
of dollars to creditors and has assets of less than $50,000.


Film festivals foster ‘gen next’ talent

from – Film News

Film News: Programs targeting tyros often jumpstart careers
— While an unsteady global film industry has budding filmmakers worried about
their futures, there’s never been a better time to develop their craft.


SXSW Movie Trailer: Ramin Bahrani’s Goodbye Solo

from /Film by (

Next up in our continuing series of movie trailers for films
that will be playing at the 2009 South By Southwest Film Festival, we bring you
the trailer for Ramin Bahrani‘s Goodbye Solo.

SXSW Movie Trailer: 45365

from /Film by (

Another day, another movie trailer for a 2009 South By
Southwest Film Festival indie. 45365 is the zipcode for Sidney,
Ohio. Storyboard artist (Idiocracy, Sky High) turned first time
documentary filmmaker Turner Ross and co-director Bill Ross spent 9 months in a
community of 20,000 people, capturing “the congruities of daily life in an
American town.”


Academy of Country Music announces nominees

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Paisley leads all finalists
for the Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations….

Gunn, Roberts to host Oscars red-carpet arrivals

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Take “Good Morning America”
and “Project Runway,” add some Entertainment Weekly, and you’ve got
the hosts of the red-carpet arrivals show at the Oscars….

The Queen Will Reign on Oscar Night

from E! Online – Movie News

Queen Latifah is making a return performance at this year’s
Academy Awards.


Daily Box Office: Monday, February 9, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

He’s Just Not That Into You tops Monday’s box office with
$1.8 million


Dish Of Salt: Jonas Brothers Talk ‘3D Concert Experience’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas talk with Laura “Dish of
Salt” Saltman about their 3D concert film “Jonas Brothers: The 3D
Concert Experience,” a movie about their “Burning Up” concert
tour, as well as documentary footage on the lives of the three brothers.

‘The Reader’: A second look

from Movies

By Dave Karger

Dave Karger’s feelings about the movie have changed — see
why he says its Oscar campaign played a part


Hopkins, Brolin join Woody Allen pic


Los Angeles: Film to start shooting in London this summer —
Woody Allen has set Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins to star in the film he
wrote and will shoot in London this summer.

Columbia pic gets Sandler and friends


Film News: James, Rock, Spade, Schneider in lineup — Kevin
James, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Rob Schneider and David Spade are in
negotiations to star in an untitled comedy for Columbia Pictures.

Demi Moore stars in low-budget family drama (Reuters)

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News

Reuters – Actress Demi Moore leaves big-budget Hollywood
behind in family comedy “Happy Tears,” in which she plays a woman
struggling to provide for her own family while caring for a senile father.


William Monahan To Direct The Art of the Heist

from /Film by (

The Departed screenwriter William Monahan has more
projects on his plate than Guillermo del Toro, but the scripter hopes to direct
a movie based on the career criminal Myles Connor.

Inglorious Basterds Trailer Premieres on E.T.

from /Film by (

Precisely how uncontrollable is the hype for Quentin
Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds? Well, it’s at least gotten a
bunch of self-respecting geeks to tune into Entertainment Tonight for the first
time ever/in ages, a remarkable feat by any measure. As we mentioned yesterday,
footage from the teaser of Basterds debuted this evening on E.T.
and you can find a low-quality bootleg version after the jump.

Sam Rockwell wading in ‘Waters’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Sam Rockwell has joined Hilary Swank in “Betty Anne
Waters,” a legal drama that Tony Goldwyn is directing for Omega

Zachary Levi joins ‘Chipmunks’ sequel

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Zachary Levi, star of the NBC action comedy series
“Chuck,” has been cast opposite the computer-generated singing
rodents of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.”

How ‘Push’ came to shove

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Matthew

As Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co. await the fate of their
dueling lawsuits over the Sundance hit “Push,” a portrait of a
chaotic, even incestuous set of circumstances is emerging.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Monsters Vs. Aliens’ Prepare For Battle In New IMAX

from MTV Movies Blog by Brian Jacks

You’ve got to hand it to Dreamworks…just when you’ve thought
we’ve seen every possible battle scenario, Hollywood throws another one in the
mix. This time it’s “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” which has been gaining
buzz amongst sci-fi fans for its fun, simple concept and witty humorous trailer
(which you can watch after the jump).


EXCLUSIVE: Brett Ratner Promises Hard R In ‘Reinvention’ Of
‘Bevery Hills Cop’

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian

Brett Ratner wants everyone to be clear about one thing: he
is not about to screw up the first “Beverly Hills Cop” in over 15
years–so everybody just chill out.


Review | ‘Great Speeches From a Dying World’: Oratory From the Streets: The
Homeless Lift Their Voices

from NYT > Movies by By STEPHEN HOLDEN

“Great Speeches From a Dying World” is an
unsettling documentary portrait gallery of nine homeless people living on the
streets of Seattle.


Just under 50 million watch Obama in prime-time

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — An estimated 49.5 million people watched
Barack Obama’s first prime-time news conference as president….

Cable Ranker: Week of Feb. 2

from TVNewser

Fox News Channel was in the top three cable channels on
television in prime time Total Viewers (Live+SD) for the fourth week in a row
last week. FNC finished 3rd (2,425,000), CNN was 15th (1,173,000), MSNBC 27th
(873,000) and HLN 29th (623,000). FNC and CNN were up week-to-week.


Dramas have been ratings downers for cable networks

from Life – Top Stories

This winter has been frosty for several cable dramas.

NBC’s war crimes ‘Predator’ gets criticism

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) — NBC News is using its successful “To Catch a
Predator” formula to search out war criminals, a practice several media
observers say is questionable.


On War Criminals’ Trail, NBC News Stirs Criticism

from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER

Authorities are worried that a show probing human rights
abuses might undercut official investigations.

Tony Robbins gets NBC series

from Entertainment News –

UNIVERSAL CITY , Calif., Feb. 10 (UPI) — NBC announced
Tuesday that it has ordered a new show starring life strategist and author Tony

Showtime renews ‘Tara’ for 2nd season

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (UPI) — “United States of Tara”
has been renewed for a second season, it was announced Tuesday by Showtime
President of Entertainment Robert Greenblatt.

Pickens: Heigl, Knight leaving ‘Grey’s’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Actor James Pickens Jr. says
his co-stars Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight are leaving the U.S. medical
drama, “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Ausiello: ‘Ugly Betty’ crisis averted!

from TV

By Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively that after ”open-ended
hiatus” drama, the show will be renewed


FX greenlights two drama pilots

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Tuesday was a busy day at FX, which picked up two drama
pilots: “Lights Out,” from Justin Zackham and Phillip Noyce, and a
Graham Yost-penned project based on an Elmore Leonard short story.

Fox casts ‘Human Target,’ ‘Ab Fab’ pilots

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Mark Valley has been tapped as the lead in Fox’s drama pilot
“Human Target,” while Kathryn Hahn has been tapped to star in the
network’s comedy pilot “Absolutely Fabulous.”


Slew of castings for HBO drama pilots

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Aleksa Palladino, Paul Sparks, Shea Whigham and Anthony
Laciura round out the cast of “Boardwalk Empire,” while Rob Brown has
joined another HBO drama pilot, “Treme.”


Wilmer Valderrama in biz with Nickelodeon

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Wilmer Valderrama is developing a family comedy at
Nickelodeon. The project centers on a family that ends up with a space alien
instead of the exchange student they expected.

Diane Sawyer examines poverty in Appalachia

from L.A. Times – TV News

The journalist returns to a place she knows to document its


DA asks police for more investigation of Brown (AP)

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News

AP – Prosecutors said Tuesday they want more evidence from
police before determining whether to press charges against Chris Brown, who’s
accused in a domestic dispute that reportedly involves pop superstar Rihanna.


Music Review: Lily Allen’s new album saucy, darker

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

Lily Allen, “It’s Not Me, It’s You” (EMI)…

Original Village People member sues group

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Village People’s first cop wants a
revamped version of the group to stop using his likeness and voice.

Chris Cornell unleashes ‘Scream’ on spring tour

from Top Stories from

( Former Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman Chris Cornell [ tickets
] will hit the road this spring to drum up support for his forthcoming third
solo album, which was produced by Timbaland.

Billy Joel, Elton John to play Wrigley Field

from Music – Top Stories

The Piano Man and the Rocket Man are pairing up for a
concert this summer at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

Snoop Dogg inks multi-platform deal

from – Music News

Music News: Pact includes variety show, album, videogame —
Snoop Dogg has inked a multiplatform deal with MTV that involves a variety
show, a new album and inclusion in the “Rock Band” vidgame franchise.


First lady Michelle Obama is Vogue cover model

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

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s official: Michelle Obama is the first
lady of American fashion, appearing on the cover of the March issue of

‘Field of Dreams’ anniversary celebration canceled

from Movies – Top Stories

The owners of the Field of Dreams Movie Site near Dyersville
in northeast Iowa have called off plans to celebrate the 20th anniversary

Katherine Heigl Taking Agency Meetings?

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

The TV and movie star has been with Paradigm’s Norm Aladjem
for a decade. And he’s helped the Grey’s Anatomy star, with her manager and
lawyer, pull down big coin as the film offers pour in.

Scoop: Octuplet mom imitates Angelina Jolie

from Gossip

Life & Style compared octuplets mom Nadya Suleman to
Angelina Jolie, and reports that Suleman has allegedly had procedures to make
her look more like the megastar.

Jessica Simpson Adds Luggage to her Fashion Empire

from Latest News

A full line of luggage, travel bags and business cases made
from leather, canvas and nylon will be available this fall


Phoenix insists he’s jilting Hollywood for hip-hop

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joaquin Phoenix is torn between two
lovers in what he professes will be his last film….

Madonna and Moore Teaming Up Again for Oscars

from E! Online – Movie News

Move over, Vanity Fair. Madonna and Demi Moore are on their
way of becoming the new queens of Oscar night.

Twilighters Arrive in Droves for Open Casting

from E! Online – Movie News

Dakota Fanning, AnnaLynne McCord, Lucy Hale and Vanessa
Hudgens aren’t the only people jostling for roles in the next installment of
the Twilight series.

Eight arrested from pot party. Is Michael Phelps next?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Sheriffs also have confiscated the notorious bong, which
some sources say its owner was trying to sell it on EBay for around $100,000.

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