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The Newsdesk 03.05.09 – Fanning to Rock in The Runaways; Watchmen Already Breaking Records

Dakota Fanning is in negotiations to play Cheri Currie in the Runaways biopic, and Kristin Stewart is set to play Joan Jett. Who’s playing Lita Ford?

• One day before its release, Watchmen has already broken a record: The comic-book movie will be the widest R-rated release to date, playing in 3,611 theaters.

• New photos of Angelina Jolie in Phillip Noyce’s Salt have been released.

Robin Williams was hospitalized with heart issues on Wednesday. The actor-comedian canceled performances of his one-man show in Florida.

• Alfred Molina will play a magician in Disney’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Nicolas Cage and Jay Baruchel round out the cast of one of the strangest projects from the House of Mouse since The Country Bears.

• New footage from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has leaked.



Sony Pictures to cut 300 jobs

from Movies

By Dan Snierson

Los Angeles Times reports studio will ax four percent of workforce through a mix of layoffs and eliminating open positions.


How Tribune’s Bankruptcy Filing Will Ripple Through the TV Business

from The Wrap RSS by admin

The media company’s TV creditors, from Warner Bros to Fox, are only part of the pain that insolvency will bring.

Layoffs mount, but media hardly worst off

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

It may be little consolation, especially considering that Sony Pictures is reportedly preparing to cut 300 jobs, but layoffs in the media business don’t come close to the carnage in some other sectors.

Big NYC Prop House Files Chapter 11

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Crain’s New York Business is reporting that Props for Today is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the next week or so. The 28-year-old prop house supplies furnishings for productions like 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live.

CBS: NCAA tourney ads nearly sold out

from Hollywood Reporter by By Mike Shields, Mediaweek

With about two weeks to go before the start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, CBS is nearly sold out of inventory and is approaching $30 million in ad revenue for March Madness on Demand.

Cablers see no ad rebound on horizon

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Big cable operators don’t expect improving advertising trends this year after a sluggish 2008 for them.

UMG, YouTube eye music videos


Music News: Duo in talks to partner for new venture — Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music recording company, is in talks with Google’s YouTube division to create a musicvid venture.

SAG’s Membership First Sets Up Website

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

When the SAG National Majority took control of SAG recently, it rewrote the official website to feature producer (and occasional actor) Tom Hanks among others. Plus, Interim national executive director David White has sole authority over all the content now. So check out Membership First’s own website here for SAG news.

SAG rallies outside Fox

from – Film News

Film News: Ed Asner, Sally Kirkland lead protest — SAG’s staying silent about its latest stalemate with the congloms even as there’s no sign of movement toward a feature-primetime deal — nine months after that pact expired. <!–[endif]–>


‘Slumdog’ slams past $200 million

from – Film News

Film News: Pic has one of the best Oscar bounces to date — “Slumdog Millionaire” has crossed the $200 million mark at the worldwide box office, joining an elite group of indie titles to do that kind of business.

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Tyler Perry to stay with Lionsgate

from Movies

By Joshua Rich

”Madea” creator reaches deal with company to release his next two movies, one in September and the other at Easter 2010


Actors sue movie distributor for unauthorized ad

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro and Al Pacino are teaming up in a lawsuit against a movie distributor and a watch company they say used their likenesses without permission.

Obama administration goes after cable chatter

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Besides Rush Limbaugh and CNBC’s Rick Santelli, the Obama administration has a more generic media target: “cable chatter.”

Steve Rosenbaum: 5 Companies That Are Re-Inventing Media

from Entertainment on by Steve Rosenbaum

Have you noticed all the amazing great fantastic things that are happening in the media business? Seriously.

RDF USA taps new development chief

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

British reality producer Claire O’Donohoe has joined RDF USA as executive vp and head of development.

Three Time Warner Companies Form New Media Alliance With Adobe Systems

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Here’s more evidence that it’s New Media now and not later. Today, 3 Time Warner companies — Turner Broadcasting System, Warner Bros Entertainment, and HBO — announced a “strategic alliance to foster collaboration on the development of next generation video and rich media experiences”.


Bringing on the Stars: AFI Dallas Unveils ’09 Line up and A-Lister Nods

from indieWIRE News

Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom” will kick off the eight day AFI Dallas Film Festival (March 26 – April 2), which will feature an extensive line up of 173 features and shorts.


American Cinematheque salutes Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Forrest J. Ackerman

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Steve Martin and Carl Reiner are back on the big screen as the American Cinematheque’s Aero Theatre celebrates the director-producer and the comic actor with screenings of 1983’s underrated “The Man With Two Brains” and 1982’s clever ” Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid” on Friday, with Reiner scheduled to attend.

Taylor Swift among nominees for ACM top album (AP)

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News

AP – Things just keep getting better for Taylor Swift: Besides having the No. 1 album in the country, she’s been nominated for album of the year at the Academy of Country Music Awards.


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Slumdog Millionaire tops Tuesday’s box office with $1.0 million

Dakota Fanning fronts ‘Runaways’


Front Page: Kristen Stewart set to play Joan Jett in film — Dakota Fanning is negotiating to play lead singer Cheri Currie in “The Runaways,” the biopic of the ’70s all-girl band that already has “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett.

‘Harry Potter’: New ‘Half-Blood’ footage

from Movies

By Sean Smith
Check out recently released behind-the-scenes footage, which includes some cool new shots — counting the days to July 17?


‘Duplicity’: Watch an exclusive clip with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen!

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Dan Snierson

What happens when Julia Roberts reunites with her Closer co-star Clive Owen? The romantic spy thriller Duplicity, which opens March 20. You can watch an exclusive clip right here. But first, a warning: It involves a thong.

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New Pics: Will Michael Myers Have a Huge Beard in H2: Halloween 2?

from /Film by (
The above photo shows actor Tyler Mane reprising Michael Myers in Rob Zombie’s H2: Halloween 2 and arrives via a new tipster batch sent to Shock.


Steve Carell banner producing ‘Hi-T’ pic

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Steve Carell’s Carousel Prods. is producing and will potentially star in “Hi-T,” a comedy feature about masculinity for Warner Bros.

‘Amendment’ passes to potential director

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

“The 28th Amendment,” a long-gestating Warners project about conspiracy and intimidation at the White House, is close to landing a new director.

Final ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ Trailer Debuts Tomorrow At 12 PM EST — Here’s Your First Look!

from MTV Movies Blog by Rick Marshall

The final trailer for 20th Century Fox’s much-anticipated “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” — starring Hugh Jackman as Logan, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed (Sabretooth) and Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson (Deadpool) — will debut here on tomorrow at 12 PM (EST).

Hurwitz, Schlossberg sell ‘Grandma’

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

Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the masterminds behind the “Harold & Kumar” movies, have sold their original comedy screenplay, “Grandma vs. Grandma,” to Paramount Pictures. Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing through their Red Wagon shingle.

‘Watchmen’ has already broken a record

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

However high “Watchmen” grosses can climb, the superhero actioner sure will be playing wide: Its 3,611 playdates will be the most ever for an R-rated film.

Newsweek: ‘Watchmen’ is overhyped, overrated

from Movies

Overblown praise is par for the course when dealing with anything associated with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ legendary novel, but no movie could live up to the standard that has been set for “Watchmen.”

Live-Action ‘Sorcerer’s Apprentice’ Completes Its Cast

from MTV Movies Blog by Elisabeth Rappe
This is one of those movies I keep having to double check on to see if I’m reading it right — Nicolas Cage in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”? Jay Baruchel taking over a role once played by Mickey Mouse? It seems like a SNL skit, doesn’t it?

‘Green Lantern: First Flight’ Official Website Debuts

from Splash Page by Casey Seijas
Judging by some of your reactions in the comments, it’s pretty clear that there’s quite a few Green Lantern fans out there, and given all the recent news about the 2010 “Green Lantern” feature film, what’s been going on in the monthly comics, and this summer’s direct-to-DVD and Blu-Ray release of “Green Lantern: First Flight,” it’s safe to say that there’s never been a better time to be a fan of DC’s resident Emerald Enforcer.

Samuel L. Jackson On His Marvel Movie Deal: ‘No One Was More Surprised Than Me’

from Splash Page by David Press
Fresh off a new, nine-movie deal, Samuel L. Jackson recently commented about his return to the role of Marvel super-spy Nick Fury, claiming that his on-and-off status with the studio wasn’t posturing, and that he was genuinely surprised things worked out.


Reality Rules the Ratings Roost

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

MINNEAPOLIS ( — Reality ruled the ratings race on Tuesday, as Fox’s “American Idol,” NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” and ABC’s “The Bachelor: After the Final Rose” dominated dramas, as well as the demographic most important to advertisers, adults 18 to 49.

Fallon ratings strong for second show

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Night 2 of NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” maintained strong viewership and won its time period.

‘SVU’ star Hargitay hospitalized

from – Entertainment

Actress Mariska Hargitay went to a hospital for tests Wednesday after she “experienced some discomfort” related to the collapsed lung she suffered in January, her publicist said.

WB to launch 24-hour Indian channel


Gotham: New network similar to Latin American version — Warner Bros. and Turner are pushing their smallscreen content into India in a big way.

Ferguson gets 1st Comedy Central special

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, March 4 (UPI) — Scottish-born comedian Craig Ferguson is set to star in a stand-up special called “Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit O’ Revolution,” Comedy Central said.

Fox will air pilot of ‘Glee’ after ‘American Idol’ this May

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

First, the good news: Fox will give viewers a sneak peek of Glee, the provocative new musical dramedy from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy, after an episode of American Idol on May 19.

‘DWTS’: Holly Madison to cut in?

from TV

By Annie Barrett
US Magazine reports star of ”The Girls Next Door” could replace ailing Jewel; ABC had no comment


Justin Timberlake’s ‘The Phone’ due 4/21

from TV

By Tim Stack
Tim Stack already has the date circled for MTV debut of reality competition JT is producing; how about you?

‘Osbournes’ gets plum debut after ‘Idol’

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Fox will debut variety-comedy show “Osbournes: Reloaded” on March 31 after “American Idol.”

ABC orders ‘Piggy’ pilot

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

ABC has handed a late presentation order to multicamera comedy “This Little Piggy.”


No Doubt giving catalog away with some tickets

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Fans who buy premium seats online to No Doubt’s upcoming concerts will get a little something extra with their tickets – a download of the group’s entire catalog, plus a new song from the reunited band.

Britney Spears grabs the rings in ‘Circus’

from L.A. Times – Music News

The pop star pulls out all the bells, whistles and clowns in a sparkly New Orleans show that dazzles fans and sets her up for a big comeback.

Guns n’ Roses Planning Summer Stadium Tour

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Brian Hiatt

Axl Rose intends to follow last November’s release of Chinese Democracy with a worldwide Guns n’ Roses stadium tour this summer, according to industry insiders.

Surviving Beatles unite to promote meditation

from – Entertainment

Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will reunite on stage next month to raise money to teach transcendental meditation to children around the world to “help provide them a quiet haven in a not-so-quiet world,” McCartney said.

Bob Dylan’s Surprise “Modern Times” Follow-Up: Inside the Legend’s April Disc

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone
Bob Dylan’s next album is arriving sooner than most fans expected: April 2009.

Lady Gaga unveils ‘Fame Ball’ dates

from Top Stories from

( Lady Gaga plans to hit the tour trail this spring to tackle a slew of North American headlining gigs.


Daft Punk scores ‘Tron 2’ soundtrack

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By David J. Prince, Billboard

Daft Punk, the French electronica duo known for their robot personas, have been tapped by Walt Disney Pictures to compose the score for “Tron 2”, an update of the studio’s 1982 science fiction classic “Tron.”

Phish on the hunt for counterfeiters

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

Phish is kicking off its reunion tour with a lawsuit against bootleggers in Virginia and across the country.


‘Fearless’ remains at top of U.S. chart

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) — Taylor Swift’s “Fearless” is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart for an 11th week, reported Wednesday.

Jack Black says Tenacious D is back in the recording studio

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Josh Rottenberg

Since the 2006 release of their film Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny, Jack Black and Kyle Gass — partners in the much-loved comedy-rock duo — have been tantalizing D fans with the promise of another album.


Brad Pitt to Meet with Nancy Pelosi

from Latest News by David Caplan

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Kirk Douglas, at age 92, stars in one-man show

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

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Kirk Douglas emerges from behind a black curtain and walks purposefully, if a bit unsteadily, to center stage.

Michael Jackson sues auction house for sale plans

from Life – Top Stories

Michael Jackson has filed a lawsuit to try to stop the scheduled auction of thousands of his personal possessions.

Thursday Court Date Looms For Chris Brown

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post News Team

LOS ANGELES — Prosecutors say Chris Brown is expected in a Los Angeles court Thursday, despite that they have yet to file charges.


Jennifer Aniston’s hair-raising $50,000 expenses!

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

“The girl next door?” Depends on what high-priced hood you live in.

Penn’s ‘Milk’ costume sells for $12,500

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 4 (UPI) — The auction of the shirt, suit and tie worn by U.S. actor Sean Penn in the film “Milk” has raised $12,500 for two charities, Focus Features said Wednesday.

Benicio del Toro meets Venezuela’s Chavez (AP)

from Yahoo! News: Entertainment News

AP – Socialist President Hugo Chavez met with a 21st-century incarnation of one of the world’s biggest revolutionary icons Wednesday: actor Benicio del Toro, who stars in the new film chronicling the life of Ernesto “Che” Guevara.


Robin Williams hospitalized with heart issues

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Frantic funnyman Robin Williams was hospitalized with heart trouble Wednesday in South Florida.

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