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The Newsdesk 04.06.09 – Fast & Furious Races to Record Books; Rourke Hits Wrestlemania

• New photos from Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds have been released.

Fast & Furious raked in $72.5 million over the weekend, scoring the largest April opening in history. Guess this means 5 Fast 5 Furious is inevitable.

• FOX News movie columnist Roger Friedman was fired for posting a review of the illegally leaked workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Jackie Earle Haley is set to play Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot. Need someone to play a pedophile, crazed vigilante, or demonic teen killer? Haley’s got it covered.

• Heath Ledger’s final film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus is set to premiere at Cannes.

•  Mickey Rourke appeared at last night’s Wrestlemania XXV, knocking down Chris Jericho in the ring. Randy the Ram would be proud.

• Christian Bale is joining Mark Wahlberg in the drama Prisoners. Bryan Singer is rumored to be directing.


Bargains Abound in Media Abandoned by Weak Sectors

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Steinberg)

NEW YORK ( — Media
buyers hesitate to drool, of course, but these days it’s nearly impossible to
keep the saliva from flowing. Thanks to the economy, nearly every type of media
can be had for a relative bargain. And media outlets will turn somersaults to
keep money flowing through the door.

SAG, Studios Ready to Deal?

from The Wrap RSS by harley lond

Interim executive director has been meeting with H’wood

New role for Peter Bart at Variety

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Just months shy of 20 years at the helm of Variety, editor-in-chief Peter Bart is shifting into a new role as vp and editorial director, the trade publication said.

Peter Bart In Variety Shakeup: Tim Gray Now Put Solely In Charge Of Newsroom; Insiders Say Bart “Essentially Up & Out”

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

Last night, I received word that Editor in Chief Peter Bart
was being moved aside at Variety after 20 years. Naturally, I fanned out calls
to all the trade bigwigs. Today, I phoned Variety editor Tim Gray asking if it
were true that he was going to replace Bart.

L.A. theaters’ spirits up despite recession

from Hollywood Reporter by By Laurence Vittes

The Los Angeles
theater scene? It, too, has been buffeted by the economic downturn. The phrase
“ticket sales are off 10%” rolls easily off the lips of playhouse
administrators. But spirits and resolve remain determinedly high, and there is
no talk of converting to dinner theater.

U.S. Senator proposes waiting period for ticket resellers

from Reuters: Entertainment News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday
unveiled a proposal aimed at giving fans a better chance to buy hot concert
tickets at face value before ticket resellers scoop them up and raise the


Bruce Willis honored at film fest

from Entertainment News –

SONOMA, Calif.,
April 6 (UPI) — Bruce Willis has been honored with a lifetime achievement
award at California‘s
12th annual Sonoma International Film Festival.

Promoter eyeing Woodstock event in N.Y.

from Entertainment News –

April 5 (UPI) — The city of New York
would make an ideal place for a Woodstock Festival 40th anniversary rock
concert, a promoter says.

Tribeca To Screen “Bon Jovi” Work In Progress

from indieWIRE News

The Tribeca Film Festival has announced that the documentary,
“Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful,” will screen as a work in progress at the
2009 Tribeca Film Festival. Directed by filmmaker and photographer Phil Griffin
and produced by Academy Award-and Emmy-winning producers, the
documentary was filmed on the road and behind the scenes with the band during
their 2008 Lost Highway
World Tour

Tribeca Film Fest to Screen “Boys in the Band”
Documentary in … –


By Adam Hetrick The Tribeca Film Festival will pay
tribute to the 40th anniversary of Mart Crowley’s landmark play The Boys in the
Band with screenings of the 1970 film adaptation and a new documentary based on
the work.


Weekend Box Office: April 3-5, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Fast and Furious tops the box office with an estimated $72.5

and Furious’ Power Slides to Record

from Box Office Mojo – Top Stories by by Brandon Gray

Fast and Furious zoomed to the top of the April record book
with an estimated $72.5 million over the weekend and out-muscled its
predecessors by a wide margin.

‘Monsters’ ekes out overseas win

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

“Monsters vs. Aliens” earned an estimated $34.2
million on 6,991 screens on the international circuit, good for the No. 1 spot
despite underperforming expectations.

Remake of Stephen King’s It will be Rated-R and Set in the

from /Film by
Screenwriter Dave Kajganich tells Dread Central that the big screen remake of Stephen King’s
will be “set in the mid-1980s and in the present almost equally —
mirroring the twenty-odd-year gap King uses in the book”. But more importantly,
the film “will not be PG-13. This will be R.”

Star Trek Gets PG-13 Rating, New Photos Released

from /Film by
I’m trying to catch up on some of the news I missed while I was running around
the Las Vegas casinos at ShoWest. While I was in Vegas, Paramount Pictures has
announced that JJ Abrams’ Star Trek has been rated PG-13 for
“sci-fi action and violence and brief sexual content”.

Rob Schneider wedded to ‘Bride’ comedy

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Rob Schneider has joined the cast of the romantic comedy
“You May Not Kiss the Bride.”

Taylor Firth to star in ‘Ice Castles’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Figure skater Taylor Firth will play the starring role in
Donald Wrye’s remake of 1978’s “Ice Castles,” which has begun filming
in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Ricci to star in Sandler-written comedy

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) — U.S. actress Christina Ricci has
signed up for the female lead role in “Born to be a Star,” a
big-screen comedy co-written and produced by Adam Sandler.

‘Adventureland’ vs. ‘Dazed’ vs. ‘Graffiti’

from Movies

By Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman on how looking back at the ’80s in 2009 fundamentally differs
from other youth nostalgia classics

Fleet Street Scoop on Capitol Hill

from NYT > Movies by By CHARLES McGRATH

How “State of Play,”
a six-part BBC mini-series set in the seat of power, was boiled down into an
American film.

Jackie Earle Haley To Play Freddy Krueger In ‘Nightmare’ Reboot

from MTV Movies Blog by Elisabeth Rappe

If you were ever skeptical about New Line remaking the
classic horror film “Nightmare on Elm
,” your fears may be relieved by who they
have cast to wield Freddy’s finger knives.

LucasFilm Tells Darth Vader that Return of the Jedi Hasn’t Made
a Profit!?

from /Film by
During an interview with Equity Magazine, David Prowse, the actor who played
(but didn’t voice) Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, claims that
LucasFilm has yet to pay him any residual payments on Return of the Jedi
because the the film has yet to make a profit.

YouTube in Talks to License Sony Films

from The Wrap RSS by harley lond

Would post up to 15 movies using Sony’s Crackle player.

Fox News Columnist Pays Big Price for Reviewing a Pirated Movie

from NYT > Movies by By BROOKS BARNES

Roger Friedman, an entertainment columnist for,
was terminated after writing about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine, ” which was
leaked on the Web last week.

Auteur of Awkward Strikes Again

from NYT > Movies by By DAVE

With the briefest of résumés, Jody Hill has evolved a
storytelling style predicated on awkward comic moments meant to provoke cringes
as much as laughs.


What to Watch for week of April 6 to 12, 2009

from TV

By Jessica Shaw
A day-to-day guide to notable programs*

Country Music Awards a ratings hit


TV News: CBS bucks trend of faltering awards shows — CBS
felt the rhythm of Sunday night’s Country Music Awards, winning the evening
handily over second-place Fox.

‘Breaking Bad’: It is SO good

from TV

By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker marvels again at series’ utterly original mixture of humor, danger,
despair, and thrilling freedom

Fifth Alarm for That Haunted Fireman

from NYT > Television by By MARK HARRIS

In Season 5 of “Rescue Me,” which begins Tuesday on FX, the specter
of 9/11 becomes a major character once again.

Efron to make ‘SNL’ debut

from Entertainment News –

April 6 (UPI) — Film actor Zac Efron has agreed to serve as guest host of
“Saturday Night Live” in New
for the first time, NBC announced.

Laura Leighton returning to ‘Melrose Place’

from TV

By Margaret Lyons
Hollywood Reporter: Actress will reprise her iconic role of Sydney Andrews on
the CW’s reboot

‘Housewives’ star out of Saks campaign

from Entertainment News –

April 5 (UPI) — “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Kelly
Killoren Bensimon will not be part of an upcoming Saks advertising campaign,
the U.S.
chain says.

Lauren Conrad looks beyond ‘The Hills’

from L.A. Times – TV News

The star of the MTV reality show is looking forward to
living her life off-camera.

ESPN’s studio in L.A. debuts

from L.A. Times – TV News

The cable sports news network will broadcast its first 10
p.m. ‘SportsCenter’ from the new studio Monday night.

‘Last Cake Standing’: Slice of heaven or half-baked?

from TV

By Adam Markovitz
Adam Markovitz on Food Network’s newest reality competition, which in its debut
seems like a reheated reality recipe

‘Surviving Suburbia’

from L.A. Times – TV News

Call it a cynic’s guide to surviving the ‘burbs, but it’s
really an old-fashioned sitcom with Bob Saget at the helm playing a grumpy dad.

SNL’s ‘Like a Boss’ digital short

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Check out last night’s catchy and increasingly bizarre
“Like a Boss” video from the Saturday Night Live…


Bruce Springsteen, tour 2009: working on a dream

from L.A. Times – Music News

As he and the E Street Band kick off a world tour, the
troubadour for troubled times reflects on where he’s been and where he’s

Paul McCartney and Ringo Star reunite on stage

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JOHN CARRUCCI

NEW YORK (AP) — An all-star
concert on meditation brought Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr together for their
first performance together in seven years.

Son Volt Returns With New Album, Label

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

Son Volt, the Americana-inspired rock group fronted by Jay
Farrar, returns this summer with a new album and new label. “American
Central Dust,” the band’s sixth full-length and its first since signing
with Rounder Records, will be released on July 7.

Metallica rocks Hall of Fame

from – Music News

Music News: Run-DMC, Jeff Beck also inducted — Metallica,
whose monstrous sound continues to assault the senses and push heavy metal to
its limits, headlined a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday
night that felt much more like a concert than an awards show.

Green Day Preview “21st Century Breakdown” Single “Know Your

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
have posted a 30-second sneak peak of “Know Your Enemy,” the first
single off 21st Century Breakdown, on their official

Pet Shop Boys Say ‘Yes’ To 25 Years Of Synth Pop

from Billboard News – All by Andre Paine, London

The title of the Pet Shop Boys’ 10th album, “Yes,”
perfectly reflects the duo’s positive mood as they celebrate 25 years of
proving synth pop can rise above mindless fluff.

Underwood, Paisley win big at ACMs

from Entertainment News –

LAS VEGAS, April 6 (UPI) —
Carrie Underwood was named entertainer of the year at the 44th annual Academy of Country Music
show Sunday in Las

Chris Cornell on Soundgarden Reunion: “You Never Know”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
Chris Cornell has finally said something of substance about the brief reunion of his Soundgarden bandmates in Seattle,
telling the Washington Post, “If I was there, I probably would’ve
gotten up onstage.” The Superunknown band’s Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and
Matt Cameron briefly reformed with fellow grunge icon Tad as frontman during
the Washington
stop of Tom Morello’s Justice Tour, performing “Spoonman” and other songs from
the Soundgarden catalog.


Directors, Screenwriters and Actors on Twitter

from /Film by
In March, we published the first definitive listing of screenwriters,
directors and actors on Twitter. But that posting quickly outgrew our original
image-based format. With dozens of new additions per week, I thought we’d
completely revamp the list.

Farrah Fawcett hospitalized in cancer battle

from – Entertainment

Farrah Fawcett has been hospitalized in the latest stage of
her battle against cancer, a producer working with the actress said Monday.

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