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The Newsdesk 03.30.09 – Monsters Attacks Box Office; Bruno Gets NC-17

• The Motion Picture Ratings Board has slapped an early cut of Bruno with an NC-17. Not surprisingly, the rating is mostly due to the copious nudity of star Sacha Baron Cohen.

Monsters vs. Aliens took the box office crown this weekend with $58.2 million in estimated ticket sales.

• George Lucas and Steven Spielberg attended the unveiling of USC School of Cinematic Arts’ new facilities in commemoration of the school’s 80th anniversary.

• New posters for Sherlock Holmes, Twilight: New Moon, The Hurt Locker, and more were unveiled at ShoWest.

• Maurice Jarre, the composer of the sweeping scores for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, passed away at the age of 84.

• Harold Ramis confirmed that the original Ghostbusters will be appearing in the upcoming third movie. Now if someone could just bribe Rick Moranis out of retirement, we’d be in business. 

• Jackie Chan’s remake of The Karate Kid will go by the unfortunate title, Kung Fu Kid. Will Smith’s son, Jaden, is set to star, while fans of the original Kid are set to cry their eyes out.


N.Y. state eyes $350 mil for productions

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

New York would free up an additional $350 million for an existing
film and TV production tax credit program under a budget agreement reached in
Albany over the weekend.

Actors’ ad pact expires Tuesday


Business News: SAG, AFTRA continue weekend talks — Madison
Avenue’s going down to the wire with SAG and AFTRA, as weekend talks continued
ahead of Tuesday’s contract expiration date.

FremantleMedia stepping into drama


Mip News: Company looks beyond reality fare — U.K.-based
conglom FremantleMedia Enterprises, well-known for its global stable of
unscripted fare, is looking to expand its footprint in the drama arena.

Relativity, Sony ink distribution deal


Mip News: Duo to target markets outside of the U.S. —
RelativityReal, the reality TV production arm of Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity
Media, has inked an international distribution pact with Sony Pictures TV.

Sony, AMC theaters in digital deal


Technology News: Duo reach agreement on projector pact — In
a sign the rollout of digital cinema systems may once again be picking up
steam, AMC has reached agreement in principle with Sony to deploy its digital
projectors across the entire AMC chain.


April Fest Collision. You Can’t Only Pick Just One. – Indie

In coming weeks, we have the Atlanta Film Festival, the
Nashville Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Boston, and the
Tribeca Film Festival

San Francisco film org fetes Coppola

from – Film News

Film News: Honored to be presented at film festival — The
San Francisco Film Society will present Francis Ford Coppola the founder’s
directing award at the 52nd San Francisco Film Festival on April 30 at the Westin
St. Francis Hotel.


Big Splash for Streamys

from The Wrap RSS by admin

Funny thing: Awards shows represent everything that’s gone
wrong with Hollywood, but on Saturday night, an awards show captured what feels
right about the fledgling web TV industry. It was the very first Streamy
Awards, sponsored by Kodak and presented by the newly minted International
Academy of Web Television, formed late last year to try to give some
institutional structure and heft to the scattershot world of web TV.

‘Noah’s Arc,’ ‘Shelter’ top GLAAD nods

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Two films — Patrik-Ian Polk’s “Noah’s Arc: Jumping the
Broom” and Jonah Markowitz’s “Shelter” — tied for the award for
limited-release film at the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards. Tyra Banks and Suze
Orman also were honored.

Smith, Hudgens top Kids’ Choice Awards

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) — Nickelodeon says U.S. movie
stars Will Smith and Vanessa Hudgens were among the top winners at the 22nd
Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.

“Wire,” “Bashir” Top Cinema Eye Doc Awards

from indieWIRE News

James Marsh’s “Man on Wire” and Ari Folman’s “Waltz With
Bashir” were amomg the big winners tonight at the second Cinema Eye Awards,
honoring outstanding achievement in documentary filmmaking. Marsh’s film won
the Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking prize and the
production and editing prizes, while “Waltz With Bashir” won four awards
including achievement in directing, music, graphic design and animation, and
best international feature.

Nickelback tops Canada’s Juno nods

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Etan Vlessing

Alberta rockers Nickelback dominated the Junos, Canada’s
music awards, on Sunday night as they won trophies for group of the year and
album of the year for “Dark Horses” and the fan choice award.


Weekend Box Office: March 27-29, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Monsters Vs. Aliens tops the box office with an estimated
$58.2 million.

‘Knowing’ top overseas boxoffice

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

“Knowing,” the sci-fi thriller starring Nicolas
Cage, grabbed the No. 1 weekend spot overseas with a relatively modest $8.8
million from 1,711 locations in 10 markets.

Weekend Estimates: Strong “Solo”; “Valentino” Has Highest PTA

from indieWIRE News

According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier this
afternoon, Ramin Bahrani’s “Goodbye Solo” has rode its significant critical
acclaim to a promising opening weekend.  The Roadside Attractions release
grossed $40,540 from three screens in New York and Chicago, averaging a strong

‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ is a hit in three dimensions

from L.A. Times – Movie News

In a strong weekend at the box office, the DreamWorks
Animation film is No. 1, earning $58. 2 million — with about half of that from
3-D screenings.

‘Bruno’ Given NC-17:

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
Universal’s “Bruno,” the widely anticipated Sacha Baron Cohen
docu-comedy opening in July, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating on its first
submission to the Motion Picture Association of America because of numerous
sexual scenes that the ratings board considers over the line, according to the
studio releasing the film.

Hollywood-Fueled Drug Wars Hit Close to Home

from Defamer by Owen Thomas
Everyone’s a critic. Queen
of the South
, a movie about the world of Mexico’s drug-running gangsters,
has been dropped over fears of retribution by criminals who object
to their cinematic portrayal

‘Good Looking’ catches DreamWorks’ eye

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

Screenwriter Chris McCoy is on one heck of a streak. McCoy
just sold his second project this month to DreamWorks.

Kathy Bates on “Blind Side” team

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Kathy Bates has joined
Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side,” a football comedy-drama based on
the best-selling novel by Michael Lewis.

McConaughey takes ‘Lincoln’ case

from – Film News

Film News: Actor to star in Lakeshore’s legal thriller —
Matthew McConaughey is taking on the case of “The Lincoln Lawyer” for
Lakeshore Entertainment.

Fox sets summer slate


TV News: Network ready to ‘Dance’ again — Fox is kicking
off its summer slate in late May, starting with the return of “So You
Think You Can Dance” and new drama “Mental.”


What to Watch for week of March 30 to April 5, 2009

from TV

By Clark Collis
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*

From the “Freakishly Partisan” Olbermann to the
“Atavism” of Beck

from TVNewser

The NYTimes’ David
thinks the cable news channels are operating as if they’re
still covering the election.

Katherine Heigl: No Plans to Leave Grey’s

from Latest News

“I’m there,” says the actress about staying on the
hit medical drama – if her character survives

`Cupid’ gets a second chance on ABC

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Love sometimes get second chances, but
failed TV series rarely do. “Cupid” has become one of those rare

‘ER’ brought nearly $33.5M to Chicago

from Entertainment News –

CHICAGO, March 29 (UPI) — NBC’s fading TV series, “ER,”
helped boost the Chicago-area economy by nearly $33.5 million during its 15
seasons on the air, film offices say.

Ausiello: ‘Lipstick Jungle’ is done

from TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello confirms with a network insider series is dead; NBC
spokesperson declines official comment

Discovery greenlights Paula Zahn series

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Former CNN anchor Paula Zahn’s weekly news project for
Discovery Investigates has received a series order from the network.

Big Three nets cast comedy leads

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

T.J. Miller and Nick Thune have landed the two leads on CBS’
comedy pilot “Waiting to Die,” Leslie Bibb and John Michael Higgins
have been tapped as leads on NBC’s untitled Justin Adler comedy pilot, and Ryan
Stiles will star opposite Christian comedian Anita Renfroe in her untitled
comedy presentation for ABC.

Enthusiastic Steve Wozniak defies logic of ‘Dancing’

from Life – Top Stories

No one watching ABC’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is likely to
confuse Steve Wozniak with Fred Astaire.

ABC cuts back on ‘Motherhood’


TV News: Network to air six episodes this season — ABC has
cut back the order for midseason laffer “In the Motherhood.”

Pollard gets real for VH1


Web Exclusive: ‘Flavor’ contestant back with new show —
Tiffany “New York” Pollard is doing yet another reality series for
VH1, this time taking on jobs suggested by text-messaging viewers.


Prince: One night, three L.A. shows

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Whitney Pastorek

Whitney Pastorek on musical marathon courtesy of Target,, and gods of perseverance

Children’s charity urges Madonna not to adopt

from – Entertainment

A British children’s charity has urged Madonna to rethink
her planned adoption of a Malawian baby girl as the singer was reportedly due
in the east African country to take custody of a four-year-old child.

Green Day’s ‘Idiot’ heads to the stage

from – Music News

Music News: Musical version of album to bow at Berkeley — A
legit tuner version of the 2004 Green Day album “American Idiot” will
open the 2009-10 season at Berkeley Repertory Theater.

U2’s Edge facing opposition over project

from Entertainment News –

MALIBU, Calif., March 29 (UPI) — A real estate project
masterminded by the U2 guitarist known as the Edge threatens the environment in
Malibu, Calif., some residents say.

Maurice Jarre, composer, dies at 84

from Movies

By Tim Stack
His scores for ”Lawrence of Arabia,” ”Doctor Zhivago,” and ”A Passage to
India” won Oscars


USC bows film school

from – Film News

Film News: Stars come out for university’s new facilities —
George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were on hand Sunday to unveil the USC School
of Cinematic Arts’ lavish new facilities in commemoration of its 80th

Macy’s parade may have new route

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, March 29 (UPI) — The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving
Day Parade could soon travel a different route through New York, a Macy’s
spokeswoman says.

Brewster happy with education decision

from Entertainment News –

NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 29 (UPI) — Jordana Brewster says
she is happy with her decision to halt her acting career to obtain a degree at
Connecticut’s Yale University.

Spelling’s widow selling home for $150M

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 29 (UPI) — Candy Spelling, widow of the
late TV producer Aaron Spelling, says she is selling her Los Angeles home that
once hosted countless stars for $150 million.

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