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The Newsdesk 03.02.09 – Bateman Reteams With Juno Director; Cloverfield 2?

Tyler Perry‘s Madea Goes to Jail held the top spot at the box office this past weekend, beating out Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience. Meanwhile, Slumdog Millionaire experienced the best “Oscar bump” in over a decade, coming in at No. 3 with $12.2 million.

Jason Bateman will reunite with Juno director Jason Reitman for Up In the Air. George Clooney will costar in the dramedy, about a corporate downsizer obsessed with getting frequent flier miles. Topical!

Kiera Knightley will star in Never Let Me Go, a cloning-themed scifi thriller to be directed by Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo).

• J.J. Abrams hinted that a Cloverfield sequel is in the works during a panel at WonderCon. Wait, don’t we already know what the monster looks like?

The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers president Nick Counter will step down at the end of the month. The AMPTP has yet to settle negotiations with SAG.

Terminator: Salvation director McG is fighting Warner Bros. over his R-rated cut of the movie.
Warners wants to cut out a nude scene, while McG wants it in. Don’t
studio execs usually want to sex things up? What’s going on here?


WGA Sets Record Straight On Its Strike: “We Achieved Most
Important Objectives”

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
The Writers Guild Of America, West, just issued this
statement to answer “the concerted effort underway by the AMPTP and some
in the press to minimize the success of our strike” which officially ended
with the ratiication of the proposed Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement
on February 26, 2008.

Will Oscars translate to boxoffice riches?
from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp and Scott Roxborough
As the Oscars fade into memory, the question of glory
inevitably turns to one of commerce, in this case, what global boxoffice bump
the best picture nominees can expect.

300 employees laid off by Univision
from Entertainment News –
NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Univision Communications has laid
off 300 of its employees, a spokeswoman for the U.S. media group says.

Downturn, Americans Seek Silver-Screen Lining

Even as the economy teeters, Hollywood has been startled by
a box-office surge with little modern precedent.

Movie Industry Surges As Americans Seek Escape From Recession
from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
While much of the economy is teetering between bust and bailout, the movie
industry has been startled by a box-office surge that has little precedent in
the modern era. Suddenly it seems as if everyone is going to the movies, with
ticket sales this year up 17.5 percent, to $1.7 billion, according to Media by
Numbers, a box-office tracking company.

John Farr: A Word To Hollywood: In Recessionary Times, Smaller,
Better Films, Please — And More Of Them!

from Entertainment on by John Farr
But what about the movie business? Given the old studio
bosses’ success in adapting to the Great Depression, and the integral role
movies played in the lives of struggling Americans desperate for escape, one
would now expect more scrutiny on this industry that has contentedly wallowed
in its own excesses for so long.

Jonathan Handel: Hollywood Labor Roundup
from Entertainment on by Jonathan Handel
Keeping you up to date on miscellaneous goings-on in the
world of Hollywood labor, here’s what’s happened in the last week or so.

Digital TV may bypass skid row
from L.A. Times – TV News
Low-income people who lack addresses recognized by the
census can’t get coupons for converter boxes.

U.S. networks nab Canadian shows
Weekly: ‘The Bridge,’ ‘Flashpoint’ both cross border —
Canadian TV shows keep creeping across the border to the U.S. networks and
that’s clearly good news for the Canuck production biz. But some in the Great
White North wonder whether they are giving away too much in terms of coin and
creative control.

Nick Counter, chief studio negotiator, to retire
from L.A. Times – TV News
The Hollywood veteran helped put together 311 major
contracts in 25 years with the AMPTP.

NY’s tax credit program revamped
Front Page: Organization pitches stripped-down version —
Empire State Development execs are hoping to salvage New York’s depleted Empire
State Film Production Tax Credit program by floating a number of options,
including scaling back dollar value of the incentives offered to bring film and
TV productions to the state.

Ian Montone duets with Rick Yorn
from – Music News
Music News: Music manager partners with production co. —
After splitting with one prominent music manager, Rick Yorn has joined forces
with another.

Festival of Media Awards Get More Than 650 Entries

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Marie
NEW YORK ( — The 28-member jury gathering in
London next week will have to sort through more than 650 entries from 52
markets around the world to select the finalists for this year’s inaugural
Valencia Festival of Media Awards.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2009!
from Pitchfork Media – Today by Ryan Dombal
Drum roll: The fourth annual Pitchfork Music Festival will take
place in Chicago July 17-19. So cancel that “screw the recession”
European vacation ASAP– it’s not worth it.

French film honors Hoffman, Penn

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
PARIS (AP) — The French film industry honored Dustin
Hoffman and saluted Sean Penn Friday during a ceremony that saw its coveted
Cesar for best film going to Martin Provost’s “Seraphine.”

Weekend Box Office: February 27-March 1, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail tops the box office with an
estimated $16.5 million

“Button” top movie overseas for fourth weekend

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News
Reuters – It may have played second fiddle at the Academy
Awards with its three “minor” citations, but “The Curious Case
of Benjamin Button” led the foreign box office for a fourth consecutive
weekend, raising its total to $176 million.

Jonas Brothers: They’re, um, No. 2
from E! Online – Movie News
A funny thing happened on the way to Jonas Brothers world
domination: a second-place finish. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Experience grossed an
estimated $12.7 million Friday-Sunday

Iran angered over films ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘300’
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By NASSER KARIMI
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An adviser to Iran’s president on
Sunday demanded an apology from a team of visiting Hollywood actors and movie
industry officials, including Annette Bening, saying films such as
“300” and “The Wrestler” were “insulting” to

Jonas Brothers Surprise Fans At NY Movie Theater
from Access Hollywood – Movies
The Jonas Brothers have visited fans on familiar turf,
making a surprise appearance at a suburban New York movie theater they
frequented while growing up.

Bruce Willis Accused of Shirking Director’s Duties
from E! Online – Movie News
Bruce Willis didn’t go the whole nine yards on this one. The
actor is being sued by a production company that claims Willis just walked off
the set of a $20 million movie 

Look: ‘Lymelife’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Alec Baldwin, Jill Hennesy and the Clukin brothers are a
dysfunctional Long Island family in the 70’s-set drama, “Lymelife.”

‘Slumdog’ credited for higher Indian aid
from Entertainment News –
NEW DELHI, Feb. 28 (UPI) — An official with an
international charity says the movie “Slumdog Millionaire” has
triggered more interest in helping children in India.

JJ Abrams Has “Pretty Cool Idea” For Cloverfield

from /Film by
During the Star Trek panel at WonderCon, JJ Abrams
was asked to give a status update on a sequel to Cloverfield.

Terminator Salvation: Warner Bros Wants PG-13 Edits, McG is
Fighting For His R-Rated Vision

from /Film by
When production first began on Terminator Salvation,
rumors began to circulate that Warner Bros wanted the film to be PG-13.

Watching the ‘Watchmen’ at WonderCon
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Video from the panel including Malin Akerman talking about
her fashion and Patrick Wilson on Nite Owl’s problems in bed.

‘Watchmen’: First flop of the year?
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Could the most anticipated fanboy movie of the year possibly
be a flop?

Nightline Tops Late Show Last Week

from TVNewser
ABC’s Nightline topped CBS’ Late Show with David
last week in Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Newsweek: How Fallon can compete in late-night TV
from Television
Jimmy Fallon will have to freshen up the late-night format
if he wants to flourish; it’ll take more than a hipster-approved house band to
give people a reason to stay up past their bedtimes. Here are a few suggestions
for how he can compete.

CBS looking for “Strongest American” (Reuters)
from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News
Reuters – CBS is developing a reality project in which
ordinary Americans will compete in crazy strength competitions.

Solving a Murder in 42 Minutes Each Week
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (Larry
Larry Dobrow takes a look at the most welcoming place for
individuals who can’t abide realism and continuity in their dramatic fare, the
place where those who appreciate intricate, nuanced plotting are treated like
lepers with a persistent sniffle: CBS.

‘Big Love’ cast talks it up
from L.A. Times – TV News
Bill Paxton, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloë Sevigny and Ginnifer
Goodwin discuss the series’ philosophy and the challenge of understanding their

More TV ads project images of racial harmony
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By TODD LEWAN
Ever see an inner-city schoolyard filled with white, Asian
and black teens shooting hoops? Or middle-aged white and Latino men swigging
beer and watching the Super Bowl on their black neighbor’s couch? Or Asians and
Latinos dancing the night away in a hip-hop club?

Katie Cassidy, Steven McQueen land at CW
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Katie Cassidy, daughter of David Cassidy, is moving into
“Melrose Place,” while Steven R. McQueen, grandson of Steve McQueen,
landed a lead on “Vampire Diaries.”

It’s a face-off: ‘America’s Next Top Model’ and ‘Make Me a

from L.A. Times – TV News
‘ANTM’ gives lip service to uniqueness, while ‘MMAS’ holds
out edgier hope.

Review: ‘Running in Heels’
from L.A. Times – TV News
Three interns go behind the veil at Marie Claire.

U2 Profile: Trying To Be The Next Big Thing

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
U2 has entered the fourth decade of a career that began in
1978, when its members were teenage schoolmates in Dublin; they are now in
their late 40s. And U2 may well be the last of the megabands: long-running,
internationally recognized rockers whose every album, from “Boy” in
1980 to “How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb” in 2004, has sold millions
of copies worldwide.

Axl Rose: Slash bashing
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Leah Greenblatt
After interview with AOL’s, it doesn’t seem a
Guns N’ Roses reunion tour is likely any time soon

Snoop Dogg appears at Nation of Islam convention
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Snoop Dogg has made an appearance at
the Nation of Islam’s annual convention in a Chicago suburb.

Video: Death Cab for Cutie: “Grapevine Fires”
from Pitchfork Media – Today by Marc Hogan
When it’s not earthquakes, when it’s not mudslides, it’s
wildfires– and if you have any personal connections to California, you
probably know people who have been adversely affected by all three. The Walter
Robot-directed video for “Grapevine Fires”, from Death Cab for
Cutie’s 2008 Narrow Stairs, is a nicely animated depiction of a boy on a
bike experiencing basically a way-over-the-top version of what’s happening in
the lyrics.

Faith No More returns
from Top Stories from
Faith No More, which split more than 10 years ago, recently
slipped a reunion announcement in a press release for Mike Patton’s latest
score for the film “Crank 2: High Voltage.” However, no details about
the lineup for the band.

Swift isn’t slowing down
from – Music News
Music News: ‘Fearless’ remains at No. 1 on charts — Taylor
Swift’s “Fearless” remains No. 1 on the nation’s album sales chart
for a 10th nonconsecutive week, having sold 62,000 copies, according to Nielsen

Ad Skippers Beware: Going After You With TV Crawl
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by
NEW YORK ( — In an effort certain to raise
eyebrows, search engine just started an ad campaign that relies mostly
on “crawls” that show up in the lower part of the screen during
selected cable programs

Broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey dies at age of 90

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By RUPA SHENOY
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Harvey, the news commentator and
talk-radio pioneer whose staccato style made him one of the nation’s most
familiar voices, died Saturday in Arizona, according to ABC Radio Networks. He
was 90.

American Reporter Detained in Iran
from TVNewser
A former Miss North Dakota, who’s been working in Iran as a freelance reporter,
is being detained in undisclosed location there.

The TV Watch: What Are You Doing? Media Twitterers Can’t Stop

from NYT > Television by By ALESSANDRA STANLEY
The Internet has revolutionized society by giving anyone —
including journalists — an instant and unfiltered outlet for self-expression.

Rihanna and Chris kiss and make up
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) — Recording artists Rihanna and
Chris Brown have reconciled, following a high-profile altercation that ended in
Brown’s arrest in Los Angeles three weeks ago.

Hospitalized McMahon has bone cancer
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) — U.S. television personality Ed
McMahon has been hospitalized for nearly a month and is in extremely serious
condition, TMZ said Friday.

Jennifer Lopez And Marc Anthony Sue Over Baby Carriage Ad
from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony have filed a federal lawsuit
against the makers of high-end baby carriages over the unauthorized use of
their images.

‘New Deal’ exhibit opens at American Art museum
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By BRETT ZONGKER
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the nation grapples with its worst
recession since the 1930s, the Smithsonian American Art Museum is opening an
exhibition of paintings from the first U.S. government program that supported
the arts nationally during the Great Depression.

Gilmore Girl Lauren Graham is Broadway’s New Doll
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By KRISTEN A. LEE
NEW YORK (AP) — At Lauren Graham’s first rehearsal for her
Broadway debut in “Guys and Dolls,” the star of TV’s long-running
“Gilmore Girls” felt a twinge of insecurity when the actors were
asked how many times they’ve been cast in a Broadway show.

Milan puts on good fashion show in tough times
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DANIELA
MILAN (AP) — Despite tough economic times, Italian
designers are putting on a good show this week as they present womenswear for
fall-winter 2009-2010.

Ashton Kutcher waves goodbye to bachelor pad
from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News
The home has six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms in 4,860
square feet. The property has a tennis court and was renovated in 2008.

‘Addams Family’ musical sets date
Legit News: Tryout set for Oriental Theater on Nov. 13 —
The tuner version of “The Addams Family” has targeted a March 2010
start date for Broadway, with an opening in April.

Poets say poetry blossoming on Internet
from Entertainment News –
LONDON, Feb. 28 (UPI) — Poetry is once again gaining
popularity thanks to the Internet, where amateur poets worldwide can publish
their works, two respected U.K. poets say.

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