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The Newsdesk 04.07.09 – Pattinson as Dali; Sony Teaming With YouTube?

• The first clip of Robert Pattinson as Salvador Dali in the upcoming drama Little Ashes has been released. And it’s probably the first time anyone under the age of 20 has cared about Dali in a very long time.

Jennifer Garner will star in Butter, a political satire set in the “small-town world of competitive butter-sculpting.” You know, that old story.

• Another fantastic poster for Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are has been released.

Martin Scorsese will receive the MPAA Humanitarian Award in Washington, D.C. on April 21st.

• Sony Pictures is in talks with YouTube to potentially stream feature films on the popular video site. After which they will promptly be ripped by users and uploaded to BitTorrent.  

• Filming has begun on Iron Man 2 with the first photo of Don Cheadle as “Rhodey” just released. Meanwhile, Terrence Howard is still complaining about Marvel not paying him enough.

• Speaking of Terrence Howard, he will star with Cuba Gooding Jr. in Red Tails, a drama about America’s first African-American aerial combat unit in WWII. George Lucas and Lucasfilm will produce.


Robert J. Elisberg: NBC, Jay Leno and You

from Entertainment on by Robert J. Elisberg
It’s fascinating when seemingly-unrelated stories cross paths and eventually
interconnect. Such is the case with a battle going between NBC and one its
major TV affiliates in Boston. WHDH.

Gersh Agency creates film division


Business News: Jay Cohen to head Financing division — Gersh
Agency has established a film financing and packaging division, naming veteran producer
Jay Cohen to head it. It is the first dedicated division in the talent agency’s
60-year history.

Yahoo retools music site

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Reuters

Yahoo is partnering with other online music providers as the
Internet giant tries a fresh approach to getting an edge in the evolving
digital music business.

Google Vs. The News

from Media News by Dirk Smillie

The AP accuses Web aggregators of misappropriating content
from its 1,400 member newspapers. Not so, says Google.

of Guard at Variety Reflects Shifting Landscape


The shifting of Peter Bart’s position from editor in chief
to vice president and editorial director could be seen as an unofficial end of
the Variety-reigns-supreme era.


Surf: Festival News Roundup

from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Elisabeth Donnelly

Your Monday briefing of ’09 Festival films making waves on
the Internet. In this round: The Girlfriend Experience, Hysterical Psycho, City
Island, Whatever Works, Midgets vs. Mascots, and Rudo Y Cursi.

Wanted: Bon Jovi Documentary, Premiering at the Festival!

from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Elisabeth Donnelly

Get ready to rock with this work-in-progress screening of
Bon Jovi: When We Were Beautiful, screening exclusively at the 2009
Tribeca Film Festival.


‘Children’ to open L.A. Asian Pacific fest

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Tze Chun’s “Children of Invention” will open the
25th-anniversary edition of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which
runs from April 30-May 7.

‘Drifter’ tops Beverly Hills festival awards

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Antonio Sabator Jr. and Caia Cooley were named best actor
and actress at the 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival for their work in “Drifter:
Henry Lee Lucas,” the true story of serial killer Henry Lee Lucas, which also
earned Michael Feifer the best director prize.

Hot Docs Sets 25 Projects For Its Documentary Forum

from indieWIRE News

Hot Docs has announced the 25 projects that will be
presented during the Toronto Documentary Forum (TDF) on May 6 and 7, 2009.

“Jury Duty,” “Pressure Cooker” Among Winners at Philadelphia

from indieWIRE News

The Philadelphia CineFest has announced its 2009 award


Bravo’s Second Annual A-List Awards

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Check out all the A-List action at this years awards

NBC anchor Williams named Cronkite Award recipient

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

PHOENIX (AP) — NBC anchorman Brian Williams has been named
this year’s recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award.

Samuel L. Jackson to host ESPYs

from TV

By Mandi Bierly
AP: Actor will return for his fourth stint as emcee of the sports networks
flagship awards show

Martin Scorsese gets MPAA honor

from – Award Central News

Award Central News: Director to receive Humanitarian Award
— Martin Scorsese will receive the Motion Picture Assn. of America’s Jack
Valenti Humanitarian Award when the industry’s chief lobbying arm holds a
daylong symposium in Washington, D.C., on April 21.

SAG announces key dates for kudos

from – Award Central News

Award Central News: Guild awards set for Jan. 23, 2010 —
The Screen Actors Guild will announce nominations for its 16th annual SAG
Awards on Dec. 17.


Nimoy Stuns Austin Crowd with Secret Star Trek Premiere

from Wired: Entertainment by John Scott Lewinski

While a world of Trekkers believed the new J.J. Abrams Star
Trek would premiere in Sydney, Australia Tuesday, Leonard Nimoy made a surprise
appearance in Austin, Texas Monday night to screen the film for an unsuspecting

Film studios ramping up remakes

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit

The remake machine has recently gone into overdrive, with
“Romancing the Stone,” “Footloose” and “The Karate
Kid” among the many familiar titles in development.

Fox News’ Roger Friedman Out After Reviewing Leaked ‘Wolverine’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Fox News columnist Roger Friedman is out after posting a
review of a leaked full-length work print of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Fox
News said Monday that the company’s representatives and Friedman “mutually
agreed to part ways immediately.”

Garry Shandling Cast in Iron Man 2

from /Film by (
When Jon Favreau described the first day of principal
photography on Iron Man 2 as “It’s like we picked up where we left off”
he wasn’t kidding.

Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard Star in George Lucas’ Latest

from E! Online – Movie News

It’s not only war that’s hell–war movies, too, can take
their toll. Luckily for George Lucas, his would-be WWII epic that’s nearly two
decades in the making is almost…

Search Engine: Zac Efron’s ’17 Again’ Kiss (April 6, 2009)

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Zac Efron really seemed “17 Again” when telling The Dish
about kissing co-star Leslie Mann.

First Look: Sylvester Stallone in The Expendables

from /Film by (
SpoilerTv has the first photos from the Rio
de Janeiro set of Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables.

Zac Efron: ‘Didn’t Really Care About Being The Coolest Kid In
High School’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Zac Efron might have played the big man on campus in three
“High School Musical” movies and the upcoming “17 Again,” but real life for the
now 21-year-old star was very different.

Keaton, Goldblum join ‘Glory’

from – Film News

Film News: Comedy stars Harrison Ford, Rachel McAdams —
Diane Keaton and Jeff Goldblum have signed on to join Harrison Ford and Rachel
McAdams in the comedy “Morning Glory” for Paramount Pictures.

First Look: Don Cheadle as Rhodey in Iron Man 2

from /Film by (
SpoilerTV has the first photo of Don Cheadle as Col. James
‘Rhodey’ Rhodes in Iron Man 2.

Of Salt: Matthew Perry & Leslie Mann Talk ’17 Again’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“17 Again” stars Matthew Perry and Leslie Mann sits down
with’s Laura Saltman to talk about Leslie slapping Zac
Efron and their thoughts about playing parents.

Early Buzz: The First Reviews of JJ Abrams’ Star Trek

from /Film by (
With the super surprise premiere screening in Austin Texas and the
actual gala premiere screening in Sydney Australia, the first reviews of JJ
Star Trek have begun to appear online. So what are
the critics saying? Lets take a look.

Of Salt: Zac Efron & Thomas Lennon Talk ’17 Again’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“17 Again” stars Zac Efron and Thomas Lennon chat with’s Laura Saltman about filming their light saber fight
scene. Plus, Zac blushes when he talks about kissing Leslie Mann.

EXCLUSIVE: ‘Iron Man 2’ Black Widow, Tony Stark & Pepper
Potts Love Triangle Confirmed

from Splash Page by Silas Lesnick
During a recent press junket for April 24th’s “The Soloist,” actor Robert
Downey Jr.
confirmed with MTV News what comics fans had long been
expecting: Tony Stark will indeed have two lovely ladies vying for his
attention in “Iron Man 2“.


Jennifer Garner to star in Butter

from /Film by (
Jennifer Garner has officially signed on to star in Jason Micallef’s political
satire Butter for Mandate.

Coming Soon: ‘Moon’ – A Sci-Fi Trip To The Dark Side, By Kurt

from MTV Movies Blog by Kurt Loder Last Friday night, weary from
pondering the mysteries of the MPAA movie-rating system (why is the wonderful
“Adventureland” rated an audience-shriveling R? “Hostel” was rated R!),
I found refreshment at a screening of “Moon,” a wonderful movie itself, in a
very different, dark, brain-knotting way.

EXCLUSIVE: Zack Snyder Reveals Setting & Story Details For
‘300’ Sequel

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
FROM SPLASH PAGE: Three years ago, “300” Spartans
dined in hell — and judging by the more than $200 million the film grossed
domestically, a lot of fans found their meal to be quite delicious. But — spoiler
— since almost everyone died at the end, can there ever be a
sequel? And if so, would director Zack Snyder
be interested in getting behind the camera?

EXCLUSIVE: Ron Perlman & Thomas Jane Go Airborne In ‘The
Mutant Chronicles’ Dogfight

from Splash Page by Brian Jacks

Back when “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” came out,
cinema pundits everywhere wondered if its use of nearly 100-percent CGI sets
would usher in a new age of filmmaking.


Networks are on a laugh track

from L.A. Times – TV News

Of 71 scripted pilots in contention for slots at the five
networks, 33 are half-hour comedies and 19 of those are multi-camera formats.

CW, Fox reveal summer premieres

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

The networks’ summer schedules got a little clearer Monday,
with Fox and the CW announcing new moves.

Potential schedule moves at ABC

from Hollywood Reporter by By Marc Berman, Mediaweek

ABC is yet to unveil its summer lineup, but potential moves
are already buzzed about.

Lachey named host of HGTV show

from Entertainment News –

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., April 6 (UPI) — U.S. singer and reality
TV star Drew Lachey has been named the host of “HGTV’s $250,000
Challenge,” a new competition series.

‘House’ shocker: The inside story!

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Exclusive! Michael Ausiello talks to the exec producers and
Kal Penn — whose next gig is at the White House!

“Housewives” Countess LuAnn: Being Dumped Has Been
“Really Difficult”

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
In other “Housewives” news, Ramona is in trouble at her daughter’s school, Kelly Bensimon is in legal trouble for allegedly hitting her boyfriend, lost a modeling gig and is also selling her Hamptons home. Alex McCord lost her job
and is now blogging
for HuffPost
about her job search.

‘Melrose Place’: Thomas Calabro returns

from TV

By Alynda Wheat has confirmed the actor, who played philandering creep Dr. Michael
Mancini on the ’90s primetime soap, will reprise role on the CW’s reboot.

Return of the best series on TV

from Entertainment on by Marshall Fine
Let me say it flat out: Rescue Me is the best show on TV. And its fifth
season, which kicks off tonight on FX, promises to be as intense, gripping –
and hilarious – as each of the previous four. More so, perhaps.

Coming to Your Recession TV

from The Wrap RSS by Lew Harris

A rundown of layoff-era shows already in the works.


A long way from ‘West End Girls’

from – Entertainment

Twenty-five years after the hit single “West End
Girls,” can the Pet Shop Boys pull off songs that make you want to dance
like it’s 1984, but still reflect a social consciousness of 2009? The answer is
the title of their latest album: “Yes.”

Reznor’s Innovative Run Continues With Nine Inch Nails iPhone

from Wired: Entertainment by Frank Rose

Musical rebel Trent Reznor puts even more power into his
fans’ hands with a new iPhone app and a seriously upgraded website.

Coldplay In Court: Denies Copying ‘Viva La Vida’

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
LOS ANGELES — Coldplay has denied in federal court that it copied parts of Joe
Satriani’s music for its hit song, “Viva La Vida.”

Chris Brown pleads not guilty in assault case

from – Entertainment

Singer Chris Brown pleaded not guilty to both charges in the
felony assault case against him Monday. Singer Rihanna, the girlfriend Brown is
accused of attacking, wants the case resolved without a trial, her lawyer said.

Mideast rappers take the mic

from L.A. Times – Music News

From Egypt to Iran, youths infuse hip-hop with their
culture, dropping rhymes and even doing time when the state objects to lyrics.
But these homies focus more on injustice than sex and bling.

Eminem Spares No Celeb in New Video

from Latest News by Eileen Finan

Britney, Jessica, Lindsay, Amy, Kim and more get mocked in
his first solo video since ’03.

Kiss turns to Eventful for upcoming tour

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Ray Waddell, Billboard

Kiss’ upcoming U.S. and Canadian tour will be entirely
routed based on demand at event-based social networking site Eventful, a first
for a major act.


Lohan: Ronson and I are taking a break

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) — U.S. actress Lindsay Lohan
says she and Samantha Ronson, her girlfriend of more than a year, are not
together at the moment.

Doctor: Ailing Fawcett in ‘good spirits’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, April 6 (UPI) — Farrah Fawcett’s physician
says the U.S. actress, who has been battling cancer and is hospitalized,
remains in good spirits.

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