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The Newsdesk 03.24.09 – Hopkins Is Papa Hemingway; Williams in Recovery

• Anthony Hopkins is in talks to star in an Ernest Hemingway biopic to be written and directed by Andy Garcia.

• Cameron Diaz is in talks to star in the romantic comedy Swingles. It’s kind of like Swingers meets Singles meets the worst movie title ever.

• Robin Williams is expected to make a full recovery from his recent heart surgery.

Anne Hathaway will portray Judy Garland, both onstage and in a biopic, for the Weinstein Company. Knowing Harvey Weinstein, he’ll also have Hathaway playing Garland in a 3D animated movie.

• New Regency/Fox is developing an adaptation of the comic book Freedom Formula: Ghost of the Wastland as a potential vehicle for Bryan Singer to direct. Will this keep Singer off the next Superman installment?

• Emily Blunt revealed that she was forced to drop out of Iron Man 2 due to scheduling conflicts with her role in the Jack Back Gulliver’s Travels film. To make her feel better, Black plans to walk around the Gulliver‘s set in a homemade Iron Man costume.

• Yahoo! released their list of the 100 movies to see before you die.


Variety to bloggers: Would you (please) drop dead!

from L.A. Times – Movie News

It was inevitable that Variety would eventually respond to
the chorus of catcalls from the blogosphere about the way it covers Hollywood.

DirecTV, NFL ink $4 billion deal


Sports News: Satellite service renews pact thru 2014 —
DirecTV has inked a four-year, $4 billion extension with the National Football
League that will keep “NFL Sunday Ticket” game coverage on the satellite
service through 2014.

Hollywood: Faster Change on Darfur!

from The Wrap RSS by admin

With their man now in the White House, George Clooney and
others are starting to demand results

March Madness On Demand Sets Record

from The Wrap RSS by admin

Traffic through the first four days surpasses the entire
2008 tournament

Branded Content May Be the Answer to Monetizing Shorts

from The Wrap RSS by admin

Not just a way to make money, it can align the show with the
brand’s identity in a way that feels organic and not intrusive

More L.A. Times Layoffs

from The Wrap RSS by admin

Another wave of layoffs and buyouts has hit Spring St., with
the number put at more than 50.


Fest Circuit 101 | A Guide to Fests (and a Bit of Expert

from indieWIRE News

Filmmakers and fest programmers (past and present) joined a
discussion on festivals aptly called “Surviving the Festival Circuit” last week
at SXSW, a conversation that basically became a Festivals 101 primer for
filmmakers looking to get their films out there.

SXSW ends as buzz grows for bands who impressed

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

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Not long after the last guitar is
strummed, the final beer is downed and East 6th Street clears out, the
discussion of which acts made a mark at South By Southwest begins.

‘Tokyo Sonata’ best film at Asian Film Awards

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

HONG KONG (AP) — Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Tokyo
Sonata” was named best film at the third Asian Film Awards on Monday in an
evening dominated by Japanese filmmakers.

Bev Hills fest to honor DP Haskell Wexler

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The ninth annual Interntional Beverly Hills Film Festival,
which runs from April 1-5 at the Clarity Theater in Beverly Hills, will honor
cinematographer Haskell Wexler with its second annual Legends Award.


Summer fare ’09: ‘X-Men,’ ‘Terminator’ and ‘Star Trek’ are just
the beginning

from Film Journal by Sarah Sluis

For summer 2009, the film community is cooking up lots of
familiar ingredients: sequels, prequels, and nostalgic names from the past.

Yahoo’s 100 Movies To See Before You Die

from /Film by (
Yahoo has released a list of the 100 Movies To See Before
You Die. Fanboys might be angered that The Dark Knight doesn’t make the
list, but I’m more angry that Star Wars is listed but not The Empire
Strikes Back

Anne Hathaway to Pull Double Judy Garland Duty

from E! Online – Movie News

A star has already been born, but apparently Anne Hathaway’s
Oscar-nominated role as a tempestuous recovering addict in Rachel Getting
Married was just a warm-up.

Cameron Diaz mingles with ‘Swingles’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

Cameron Diaz is looking for a date. She is in negotiations
to topline “Swingles,” a romantic comedy being produced by Kevin
Misher for Paramount.

First Look: Von Trier’s “Antichrist”

from indieWIRE News

Buzz about the Lars Von Trier’s latest, “Antichrist,”
intensified today with the release of a still image from the new movie. The
framegrab from the film, expected to debut this year at the Cannes Film
Festival, captures a scene featuring film leads Willem Dafoe and Charlotte

New Star Trek TV Spot

from /Film by (

Paramount Pictures has released a new tv spot for JJ Abrams’
Star Trek, featuring a little bit of new footage I haven’t seen before.

He loves Hollywood, man: Producer Donald De Line doubles the
laughter with Rogen and Rudd comedies

from Film Journal by Doris Toumarkine

So how does an R-rated, young-male-skewed comedy packed with
the predictable laundry list of guy-film raunch, including a sex-obsessed
slacker dude, filthy talk, projectile vomiting, ear-damaging rock ‘n’ roll.

Tom Selleck falls victim to ‘Five Killers’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Mull have joined
the cast of “Five Killers,” a Lionsgate action comedy that stars
Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl.

Cassavetes conserving ‘Kingdom’

from – Film News

Film News: Filmmaker signs on to direct New Line drama —
Nick Cassavetes has signed on to helm the conservation-themed drama
“Peaceable Kingdom” for New Line.

Mark Blankenship: The Way I Saw I Love You, Man

from Entertainment on by Mark Blankenship
Here’s my advice for film critics everywhere, whether you’re getting paid to
review or just talking about a movie at a bar: Remember to analyze what you actually
saw and not what you wish you had seen.

EXCLUSIVE: Former ‘Iron Man 2’ Black Widow, Emily Blunt, Speaks
Out About Losing Role

from Splash Page by Eric Ditzian
Earlier this month, it seemed Emily Blunt was poised to make the leap from
critically adored actress to household name.


Zac Efron No Longer Cutting Footloose

from E! Online – Movie News

Footloose is now Zac Efron-free. The teen dream has shimmied
out of his Kevin Bacon-channeling role in the long-gestating remake of the
classic ’80s musical.

‘Twilight’ sequel finds Wolf Pack

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Summit has brought on a cast of American Indian actors to
star in the werewolf- and vampire-themed “New Moon,” the sequel to

Paul Rudd Gets Very Busy

from The Wrap RSS by admin

By Jenny Sundel
Paul Rudd risked overexposure this week by appearing at two movie premieres in
one week. But with two markedly different films, he did not wear out his
welcome in Hollywood just yet.

Cage wants to stir imaginations with films

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) — U.S. actor Nicolas Cage says
science-fiction movies like “Knowing” allow him to express himself in
an abstract way while still pleasing audiences.

Sam Raimi Insists Bruce Campbell Will Return For Fourth ‘Evil
Dead’ Film

from Splash Page by Splash Page Team
For a few years now, there’s been ample talk of revising the Sam Raimi
helmed “Evil Dead” franchise with star Bruce Campbell telling MTV last Spring that a 4th installment
of the horror-comedy film would not feature a younger sidekick
to give it
more contemporary juice as many sit-coms in the past have done so to
desperately revive their ailing product. Back then, only a year ago Campbell
was raring to go.


Ratings: President Obama boosts ’60 Minutes’ to Sunday win, as
‘Kings’ declines

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Jennifer

President Obama’s continuing comedy tour may have contained
an ill-advised “joke,” but it still boosted ratings for CBS’ 60
Minutes on Sunday to 16.2 million viewers, according to early Nielsen

Condoleezza Rice to appear on ‘Tonight’

from Entertainment News –

BURBANK, Calif., March 23 (UPI) — Former U.S. Secretary of
State Condoleezza Rice has agreed to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay
Leno,” NBC announced Monday.

Sci Fi Channel founder bashes name change

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

A co-founder of the Sci Fi Channel is taking offense at NBC
Universal’s plan to change the network’s name.

‘Northern Lights’ is Lifetime’s most-watched movie

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Tabloid rumors likely helped Lifetime’s presentation of
“Nora Roberts’ Northern Lights”

Amanda Bynes joins ‘Canned’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Amanda Bynes is returning to series television as one of the
stars of ABC’ comedy pilot “Canned.”

Wozniak injured reaching for ‘Stars’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) — Apple co-founder Steve
Wozniak pulled a hamstring while rehearsing for “Dancing with the
Stars” in Los Angeles.

Peter Krause, Maura Tierney in ‘Parenthood’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Peter Krause and Maura Tierney are jumping back into
primetime with starring roles on NBC’s pilot “Parenthood,” which is
based on the 1989 movie.

Cartoon Network scores NBA deal

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Cartoon Network is partnering with the NBA to develop
basketball-themed programming, with one series already in development.

Jacqueline Bisset joins CBS’ ‘Eastmans’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Jacqueline Bisset is set as a lead in CBS’ drama pilot
“The Eastmans,” and Steve Howey has landed the male lead in NBC’s
comedy pilot “State of Romance.”


‘Parks and Recreation’: Poor audience test results are normal,
NBC’s Ben Silverman says

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack

Reports of poor test results for NBC’s new sitcom Parks and
Recreation hit the web today but NBC Entertainment co-chair Ben Silverman tells
EW these kinds of negative responses are not unusual for a new series.

Andy Richter talks ‘Tonight Show,’ ‘Controls the Universe’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Dan Snierson

This certainly registers on the Richter scale. On June 1,
Andy Richter will re-team with his old Late Night buddy, Conan O’Brien

Television: On BET, Lifestyles of the Rich and Real

from NYT > Television by By GINIA BELLAFANTE

The network’s reality programming often assumes the burden
of correcting reductive portraits of black life.

John C. McGinley goes ‘Back’ for CBS

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

“Scrubs’ ” John C. McGinley is switching genres
with a co-starring role on CBS’ drama pilot “Back.”

Television Review | ‘Frontline: Ten Trillion and Counting’:
That Big Hole in the Economy, and Who Dug It

from NYT > Television by By NEIL GENZLINGER

The makers of “Ten Trillion and Counting,” Tuesday’s
“Frontline” on PBS, want to make sure that you know that George W. Bush, not
Barack Obama, put the country in the economic mess it’s in now.

Chelsea Handler inks new deal at Comcast

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Chelsea Handler has inked a sweeping multiyear new deal with
Comcast Entertainment Group that includes a production pact for E!’s late-night
talk show host.

Ausiello: ‘Lost,’ ‘Grey’s’ plan weddings!

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello confirms a date for you to save: May 13
nuptials on ”Lost.” Is May 7 booked for ”Grey’s”?

Arts, Briefly: Short-Lived Cult Shows Live Again on DirecTV

from NYT > Television by Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF

Canceled shows never die; they’re just rebroadcast on

Fishburne Is The $14 Million Man On CBS

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

I’ve confirmed that Laurence Fishburne is being paid
“north of $14 million” for his CSI gig.


Crows Go Indie But Stay Busy

from Billboard News – All by David J. Prince, N.Y.

Counting Crows mainman Adam Duritz isn’t slowing down even
after 18 years in the music business.

Perry Farrell Gets Shocked: Jane’s Addiction Frontman on SXSW
Gig, Reznor Sessions, Lollapalooza

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Caryn Ganz
It’s been 21 years since Jane’s
released Nothing’s Shocking, and frontman Perry Farrell
has finally found a cultural phenomenon that refutes the memorable refrain from
“Ted, Just Admit It …” “The Octo-Mom is shocking, so there you go,” he says.
“It finally happened. I’m shocked.”


Elvis Costello goes acoustic on new album

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Billboard) – On Elvis Costello’s newest album,
“Secret, Profane & Sugarcane,” the prolific singer-songwriter-composer
returns to acoustic American roots music for the first time since his 1986
album “King of America.”

Prince turns a brilliant sonic triple play: 3 albums in 1 day

from Life – Top Stories

Prince likes defying conventions, and this time he’s doing
it with a 3-D sonic assault.

Jonas Brothers’ Fan Club Crashes From Massive Demand For
Presale Concert Tickets

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

In what is just the latest in a series of high-profile
ticket debacles, the demand for concert tickets during the Jonas Brothers’ fan
presale was so colossal this morning that the site crashed roughly 30
minutes before the 10 a.m. EST on-sale time, according to Rock Daily sources ―
or friends who wish to remain nameless so they don’t get made fun of for
joining the Jonas Brothers fan club ― who tried to purchase tickets.

Warner songs silenced on YouTube

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, March 23 (UPI) — Thousands of amateur videos have
either been pulled or silenced on YouTube because of a copyright dispute with
the Warner Music Group, The New York Times said.

Neil Young’s “Archives Vol. 1 Set for Release June 2nd

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

Neil Young‘s long-in-the-works and much-anticipated Archives
Vol. 1 1963-1972
finally has a release date: June 2nd.


Producer-director Brett Ratner takes on publishing

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Producer-director Brett Ratner is adding
publisher to his list of credits.

David Letterman marries longtime girlfriend

from – Entertainment

Late-night talker David Letterman married his longtime
girlfriend, Regina Lasko, last week, according to a transcript of the taping of
his Monday night show. Letterman told his audience the wedding almost didn’t
happen after the couple got their truck stuck in the mud on the way to a
Montana courthouse ceremony.

Robin Williams’ surgery goes ‘extremely well’

from – Entertainment

Robin Williams’ heart surgery “went extremely
well” and he is expected to make a full recovery in eight weeks, according
to his surgeon.

Seth Rogen’s monster move to video games

from Movies

Seth Rogen has been in plenty of movies. But until
“Monsters vs. Aliens,” he hadn’t lent his voice to a single video


Lauren Conrad Halts Production of Clothing Collection

from Latest News

“She’s taking a few seasons off so she can rework the
line,” says a rep for the Hills star

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