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The Newsdesk 03.06.09 – Williams Will Get Ledger’s Oscar; Marmaduke, The Movie?

Matt Damon will star in the scifi love story The Adjustment Bureau, to be directed by Bourne Ultimatum writer George Nolfi.

• Fox is developing a Marmaduke movie. Yep, the comic strip about the giant dog. Maybe he’ll get into a fight with Beethoven over a bone!

• The new, longer trailer for Star Trek showcases much Spock hugging, and Kirk brawling, alongside the space battles.

• Mark Wahlberg will star in the revenge thriller Prisoners. You don’t mess with “the man formerly known as Marky Mark.”

Michelle Williams will get Heath Ledger’s Oscar until their 3-year-old daughter, Mathilda, turns 18.

• Horton Foote, who penned the screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird and Tender Mercies, among others, has passed away at the age of 92.



Hollywood Cries “Action”

from Peter Bart

The pace of dealmaking has been quietly stepped up in
Hollywood and there are several intriguing reasons.

Blockbusters, now playing at a courtroom near you

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For some high-profile movie and
television projects, the path to audiences leads not just through writers and
producers, but lawyers and judges, too. At least that’s been the case for Bilbo
Baggins, the flawed superheroes of “Watchmen” and the designs of
“Project Runway” contestants.

THR Showbiz 50 index at all-time low

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

The Hollywood Reporter Showbiz 50 stock index hit an
all-time low Thursday on another bleak day of financials.

Darren Star reunites with HBO

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Darren Star is back at HBO. The creator of one of HBO’s
signature series, “Sex and the City,” has inked a two-year first-look
deal with the pay cable network.

TV converter coupons flowing again

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

The agency that mails out coupons for digital TV converter
boxes expects to eliminate its wait list in two and a half weeks, an official
said Thursday.


‘Adam’ will open Method film fest

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

The 11th annual Method Fest Independent Film Festival, which
runs March 26-April 2 in Calabasas, Calif., will kick off with Max Mayer’s
“Adam,” starring Rose Bryne and Hugh Dancy.

Rendez-Vous under way in N.Y.

from Hollywood Reporter by By Rebecca Leffler

The recent love affair between U.S. filmgoers and French
movies will be reignited Thursday evening as Unifrance’s 14th annual
Rendez-Vous with French cinema kicks off in New York.

San Francisco Lines Up 11 for Doc Competition; Unveils New
Directors Titles and $100K in Prizes

from indieWIRE News

The United States’ oldest running film fest, the San
Francisco International Film Festival unveiled 13 titles participating in its
Documentary Competition during its 52nd edition.


Michael Caine Gets ShoWest’s 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award

from indieWIRE News

Two-time Academy Award winner Michael Caine will receive the
ShoWest 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award, it was announced today.


Daily Box Office: Wednesday, March 4, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Slumdog Millionaire tops Wednesday’s box office with $0.8

the World Roundup

from Box Office Mojo – Top Stories by by Conor Bresnan

At the foreign box office last weekend, Slumdog Millionaire
surged to the top.

New Star Trek Movie Trailer – What Do You Think?

from /Film by (

Paramount Pictures has released the new trailer for JJ
Star Trek. We get to learn about James Kirk’s father,
and the film’s real story — how he becomes the captain of the Enterprise.


`Slumdog’ becomes millionaire 200 times over

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The milestones just keep coming for
“Slumdog Millionaire”: After winning eight Academy Awards, including
best picture, the feel-good indie has now crossed the $200 million mark in
worldwide box office.

‘Missing in Action’ back in action

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

MGM is working on a new take on “Missing in
Action,” the 1984 Chuck Norris action vehicle.  This version will be
updated to reflect current realities.

28th Amendment Finds a Director

from /Film by (

What is the 28th Amendment? It’s a project conceived
by the screenwriting team of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the guys who wrote
Transformers, Star Trek, Mission: Impossible II and The Island.
Described as The Firm set in the White House, the story follows the new
President of the United States who discovers the for a good part of the 20th
century, a secret cabal has been running the government.

‘Marmaduke’ heading to the big screen

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

Fox has signed director Tom Dey to develop a big-screen
adaptation of “Marmaduke.”

‘Adjustment’ for Uni, Matt Damon

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Universal is picking up “The Adjustment Bureau,” a
George Nolfi spec script that Matt Damon has attached. Nolfi will also make his
directorial debut on the picture, which is eyeing a September start.

‘Duplicity’: Clive. Julia. Thong.

from Today’s Latest Headlines

EW exclusive! Sneak a peek at Julia Roberts and Clive Owen
as lovers (and ex-spies) in March 20th thriller.

Mad Max Four To Be Animated, 3D And Free Of Mel Gibson

from /Film by (
The last full throttle attempt to mount a live-action Mad Max IV stalled
in 2003. Pretty much every year since then Mel Gibson has done something –
either professionally or, not to put too fine a point on it, unprofessionally
– to convince me the film would never get made. Turns out I was wrong. George
Miller has plans to get the film underway again, and this time he won’t
be inviting the star of the initial trilogy along for the thrill ride.

Steve Carell, Paul Rudd Reunite For ‘Dinner With Schmucks’

from MTV Movies Blog by Elisabeth Rappe
According to Variety, Jay Roach (“Meet the Fockers”) is finally getting his
“Dinner With Schmucks after numerous cancellations caused by the
Paramount-DreamWorks divorce, and the departure of original star Sacha Baron

Sundance’s ‘Cove’ rides U.S. wave


Los Angeles: Lionsgate, Roadside nab rights to film —
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired domestic rights to “The
Cove,” winner of the audience award for documentary at Sundance, with
plans for a summer release.



‘Breaking Bad’ may be TV’s more relevant show

from Television

Is “Breaking Bad.” which focuses on a
cancer-stricken teacher who cooks meth, the most relevant series on the air
right now? The show most relatable to viewers?


Television Review | ‘Breaking Bad’: Better Living Through

from NYT > Television by By GINIA BELLAFANTE

“Breaking Bad,” about a terminally ill scientist who sells
crystal-meth to provide for his family, returns Sunday for its second season on

Cranston, AMC catch a good break with ‘Breaking Bad’

from Life – Top Stories

Bryan Cranston’s noble, strangely sympathetic portrait of
Walter White won the actor an Emmy and has allowed AMC’s Breaking Bad, …

‘Idol’ Slide Continues, but Fox Again Wins the Night

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

MINNEAPOLIS ( — Forget falling hemlines. It’s
falling ratings two fashion shows had to watch out for last night, as the CW’s
“America’s Next Top Model” and Bravo’s “Make Me a
Supermodel” had their season premieres. Amid grim economic news —
including at several high-end retailers that use supermodels to sell — it was
unclear if penny-pinching viewers would still make haute couture hot culture.

The TV Watch: Fallon Faces the Camera, Conscious of the Web

from NYT > Television by By ALESSANDRA STANLEY

The new host of NBC’s “Late Night” has gone further to
co-opt the Internet than his network rivals.

Andrew McCarthy in ‘Gossip Girl’ spinoff

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Lily Rhodes’ family is coming into focus. Andrew McCarthy
has joined the “Gossip Girl” spinoff, playing Lily’s father, Rick
Rodes, a music company exec.

Lauren Conrad Leaving ‘The Hills’

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
NEW YORK — “The Hills” will no longer be alive with the drama of
Lauren Conrad _ at least, after the fifth season. The producer of the MTV
reality series confirms Conrad is leaving “The Hills,” and that
season five, premiering March 30, will be Conrad’s final appearance.

Jackie Earle Haley joins Fox’s ‘Human Target’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

“Watchmen” star Jackie Earle Haley is segueing
into another comic book role, this time on TV.


Bethenny Frankel: The Business of Reality TV

from Entertainment on by Bethenny Frankel
Well, it is true. I am now a reality star.

‘ER’ final episodes: Doug reunites with Carol…and Dr. Benton?

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

When George Clooney left ER in 1999, executive producer John
Wells began to conceive the series finale of his NBC drama.

‘CSI’ plots ‘Galactica’ crossover!

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello learns exclusively procedural plans
”BSG”-flavored episode set at a sci-fi convention

ABC Puts Its Money on Two Wall Street Comedy Pilots

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine

LOS ANGELES ( — Will Americans be able to laugh
about the scariest recession in recent memory? Will brands be willing to take
part in such potentially perilous merriment? ABC hopes the answer to both is
yes, as the Walt Disney TV network readies two comedy pilots about the recent
Wall Street carnage and the sad toll it’s taken on that once-mighty warrior,
the investment banker.

`Seinfeld’ stars guest on `Curb Your Enthusiasm’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — “Seinfeld” isn’t coming back, but
its stars will be together again this fall on HBO.

CNBC stays mum after takedown by Jon Stewart

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

NEW YORK (AP) — If you make a date to be on a late-night
talk show, it’s best not to back out.

Injured Jewel and O’Dell quit ‘DWTS’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) — U.S. recording artist Jewel
and TV personality Nancy O’Dell have suffered injuries and won’t be competing
on “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC said Thursday.

A&E greenlights ‘Inked’ spinoff

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

A&E is getting some new ink. The network has ordered 13
episodes of a reality series starring tattoo artist Thomas Pendelton, star of
the network’s previous tattoo-related docusoap “Inked.”

Al Michaels joins 2010 Olympics’ on-air team

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Veteran broadcaster Al Michaels will host NBC’s daytime
Winter Olympics coverage from Vancouver in 2010, the network said Thursday.

Julianna Margulies joins ‘Good Wife’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Julianna Margulies has been tapped as the lead of CBS’ drama
pilot “The Good Wife,” lifting the contingency on the project.

NBC: ‘Heroes’ will continue next season

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

NBC plans to bring back “Heroes” for another
season, said entertainment president Angela Bromstad.

D.L. Hughley To End Run

from TVNewser
Insiders tell us CNN’s “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News” will end its
run at the end of the month, and we’re told the decision was Hughleys.


U2 set to lead U.S. chart despite sales slide

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Irish rockers U2, working the
American TV circuit hot and heavy this week, are on track to score their
seventh No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart.

Soulja Boy climbs Hot 100

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Ayala Ben-Yehuda,

Soulja Boy logs another leap on the Billboard Hot 100 this
week with “Kiss Me Thru the Phone,” which jumps from No. 9 to No. 4
and earns the week’s biggest airplay gainer title.

Nickelback reveals summer tour dates

from Top Stories from

( Already out on the road supporting their
latest studio set, “Dark Horse,” alt-rockers Nickelback have
confirmed plans for a second leg of the hot-selling tour this summer.

New Prodigy disc No. 1 in Europe

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Paul Sexton, Billboard

Pioneering British electro act the Prodigy makes a bold
return to European Top 100 Albums, debuting at No. 1 with its fifth studio set,
“Invaders Must Die” (Takemetothehospital).


Beatles fans to get videogame September 9

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Fans of The Beatles who have always
wanted to sing alongside John and Paul, or rock with George and Ringo, will
finally get their chance on September 9 when the band’s much-anticipated
videogame hits the shelves.

Eminem returns with a pair of new albums this year

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

DETROIT (AP) — Eminem’s record company says the
mega-selling rapper will release not one, but two new records this year.

‘This is it,’ says Michael Jackson

from – Entertainment

Reclusive pop icon Michael Jackson announced his first major
concert dates in more than a decade in a rare public appearance in London on

Is world ready for Jackson comeback?

from – Entertainment

The world has certainly changed since Michael Jackson last
staged a concert tour in 1997 to promote the “HIStory” album.

Up Past Midnight With The Roots: Hanging With Jimmy Fallon’s
New House Band

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone

With due respect to Paul Shaffer and the Max Weinberg Seven,
when Late Night With Jimmy Fallon premiered on March 2nd, the Roots
instantly became the hottest band on late-night television.

U2 planning several live radio events

from Entertainment News –

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 5 (UPI) — The Irish rock band
U2 has signed a deal for three mutually exclusive radio broadcasts on three
consecutive nights, Interscope Records announced.

Depeche Mode Finalize Tour Details

from Pitchfork Media – Today by Ryan Dombal

Just looking at Depeche Mode’s forthcoming Tour of the
Universe itinerary gives me jet lag. Breaking it down: 58 shows, 27 countries,
four months, infinite soul-baring synth sounds.

How Def Leppard and Poison Mended Fences for Summer Tour

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Shirley Halperin

“We sing better, we sound better, we look and feel better,
our progression is perfect,” declares Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.

Video: U2: “I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy
Tonight” (Live on “Late Show With David Letterman”)

from Pitchfork Media – Today by Mark Richardson
U2 got a little crazy on Letterman last night, which means that they won’t go
crazy (that makes no sense). The song with the goofy title is from No Line
on the Horizon

Chris Cornell on Timbaland-Produced “Scream”: “I Think Fans
Will Come Around to the Concept”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Hardeep Phull

More than 20 years after Soundgarden first surfaced, Chris
Cornell hasn’t lost his sense of musical adventure.


Brad Pitt Goes To Washington (PHOTOS)

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
Brad Pitt was in DC on Thursday to meet with Nancy Pelosi and President Obama for his Make It
Right foundation. Pitt, dressed in a three-piece suit with his top shirt button
undone beneath his tie, appeared at a press conference with Pelosi and James


Zac Efron: ‘My Stocking Was Full Of Condoms This Christmas’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Zac Efron may still be a tween dream thanks to his trio of
“High School Musical” movies. But his mom is very aware that the 21-year-old is
an adult.

Extra Publishes Rihanna, Chris Brown Phone Numbers

from Defamer by Ryan Tate
First the New York Times and Wall Street Journal published the
phone number for Obama hottie Jon Favreau. Now Extra fails to redact
Chris Brown and Rihanna’s phone numbers from a search warrant.


Chris Brown charged with two felonies

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, March 5 (UPI) — Singer Chris Brown was charged
in a Los Angeles court Thursday with felony counts of assault and making
criminal threats, CNN reported.


Allow Chris Brown to still see me, Rihanna tells judge

from – Entertainment

Singer Rihanna, through her lawyer, asked a judge Thursday
not to prohibit her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, from having contact with her
while he faces felony charges of assaulting her. The judge granted Rihanna’s

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