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The Newsdesk 04.08.09 – Kal Penn to Join the White House; Pacino to Play Napoleon?

• Gore Verbinski will not direct the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. But there was so much more story to tell! So much long, needlessly drawn out story.

• Gary Oldman is reportedly joining the cast of Iron Man 2. A Batman actor in a Marvel movie? Will comic book fans want to mix their peanut butter with their chocolate? 

Kal Penn is quitting acting for a job in the White House as associate director of the office of public liaison. This is preparation for the next Harold and Kumar movie, right?

Al Pacino could be portraying Napoleon in a film about the diminutive Emperor’s last years in power. 

Duplicity director Tony Gilroy could be directing the next James Bond movie. Gilroy also wrote and directed Michael Clayton and helped pen the Bourne movies. I’m thinking Bourne/Bond crossover? 

Terminator Salvation is going to be PG-13 if a Pizza Hut tie-in website is to be believed. The website also claims that all killer robots love the taste of Pizza Hut’s cheesy breadsticks.   


Three Out of Five Broadcast Networks Down in Ad Revenue

from Advertising Age - MediaWorks by (Brian Steinberg)

NEW YORK ( -- Three of the nation's five big broadcast networks showed year-over-year declines in 2008 ad revenue, according to TNS Media Intelligence, a sign that one of the media industry's most stable venues continues to struggle in an extremely challenging and changing economic and media landscape.

SAG task force updated on contract talks

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

The wheels of progress continue to turn, ever so slowly, on the labor front. But don't expect any breakthroughs before the Screen Actors Guild's next national board meeting set for April 18-19.


Lauper film to debut at Tribeca fest

from Entertainment News -

NEW YORK, April 7 (UPI) -- "Here and There," a movie featuring pop star Cyndi Lauper, is to have its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York this month.

Geoff Gilmore: Welcome to Tribeca

from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Kristin McCracken

The new Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises chimes in with some words of wisdom about the state of independent film today.

L.A.-based Indian festival sets panels

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The seventh annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will offer two separate panels focusing on Indian entertainment and filmmaking through the lens of the business community at CAA's Ray Kurtzman Theater in Century City on April 24.

"Blossoms" Wins Cleveland's Audience Award

from indieWIRE News

The 33rd Cleveland International Film Festival, which ran March 19-29, has announced its festival winners. The festival, which saw a 27% increase in attendance over last year featured 68 sold-out screenings from 143 feature films.


Daytime Emmys moves to the CW

from TV

By Chris Nashawaty
Variety reports the awards telecast will take place on Sun., Aug. 30, at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre.

Tracey Ullman honored by BAFTA

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles will honor Tracey Ullman with its first-ever BAFTA/LA Charlie Chaplin Lifetime Achievement Award for Comedy.


Daily Box Office: Monday, April 6, 2009

from Box Office Mojo - Current Box Office Results

Fast and Furious tops Monday's box office with $5.1 million

Drew Barrymore Takes Stock: 'I Was So Mad At Some Of The Things That Have Happened In My Life'

from Access Hollywood - Movies

Drew Barrymore has admitted taking on one of her most grown-up roles to date in HBO's "Grey Gardens," alongside Jessica Lange, left a big impact on her life.

'Romancing' remake in the works

from Entertainment News -

LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- A remake of the Kathleen Turner-Michael Douglas big-screen adventure "Romancing the Stone" is in the works, The Hollywood Reporter said.

'Star Trek': Surprise screening!

from Movies

By Chris Nashawaty
Chris Nashawaty on the online buzz today from attendees at Alamo Draft House in Austin, Texas.

Two New Star Trek Clips

from /Film by (
And let the overexposure of Star Trek clips begin! Paramount Pictures has given MTV the first clip from the new JJ Abrams reboot, which features Chris Pine as James T Kirk hitting on Uhura (Zoe Saldana) in a local bar.

EXCLUSIVE: New 'Star Trek' Clip Reveals Tougher, Hornier Captain Kirk

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
"Star Trek" fever is gripping the world wide web, as the franchise re-boot was unspooled Monday evening at Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, and fans and critics alike have been weighing in with their thoughts. Now, MTV follows it up by letting those outside the Texas area in on the fun, with this exclusive clip from the May 8th blockbuster.

The Gentlemen Shine At 'Star Trek' World Premiere In Sydney: Red Carpet Recap

from MTV Movies Blog by Rachel Josue
It was almost like an "Ocean's" movie premiere, except a younger generation. Instead of Brad Pitt and George Clooney, the "Star Trek" world premiere in Sydney, Australia included the likes of Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine.

For Miley Cyrus, it's been quite the climb to movies

from Life - Top Stories

It's a bit past 7 a.m., and Disney's billion-dollar franchise Miley Cyrus aka Miley Stewart aka Hannah Montana is moisturizing

Warner Bros. Place Ads To Warn Bollywood Against Ripping-Off Benjamin Button

from /Film by (
According to a piece in the New York Times, Warner Bros. have gone so far as to place adverts in Indian newspapers and film trade publications warning against the plagiarism of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

'Constantine' writer adapting 'Umbrella' comic

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Mark Bomback is getting out his parasol for "The Umbrella Academy." The scribe has been tapped to adapt the Dark Horse comic created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and set up at Universal.

'Green Lantern: First Flight' Gets New Trailer And Release Date

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
While news has been hard to come by regarding the live-action "Green Lantern" movie (although Chris Pine dismissed rumors that he'd been offered the lead in the film), the animated "Green Lantern: First Flight" received a pair of big updates this week.

Michael Caine Finds Out This Week if He's In Nolan's Inception

from /Film by (

MTV have been speaking to Sir Michael Caine and the conversation came around, with fanboy-driven inevitability, to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi engima Inception.

Edwin Marshall directing indie 'Pastor'

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

Edwin Marshall is directing the indie comedy, "Pastor Shepherd," a spoof of televangelists.

Sony Picks Up Edward Norton's 'Obama'

from The Wrap RSS by admin

"By the People: The Election of Barack Obama" follows the former Illinois senator from candidacy to inauguration.

'Iron Man 2' Update: First Look At Don Cheadle, Garry Shandling Joins Cast

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
'Tis the season for Iron Man-ia! Forget all that casting mumbo jumbo (well, maybe not all of it, as you'll see after the jump) -- that's old news now that the highly anticipated "Iron Man 2" has entered principal photography.

Al Pacino set to play Napoleon

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Al Pacino, who has long been interested in tackling the character of Napoleon, will play the French emperor in a screen adaptation of kids book "Betsy and the Emperor."

Overture to release 'Paper Heart'

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Overture Films will release "Paper Heart," director Nicholas Jasenovec's faux documentary starring Michael Cera and real-life girlfriend Charlyne Yi.

'G.I. Joe' Star Channing Tatum Wanted Snake-Eyes Role, Explains Larry Hama's Rules For Character

from Splash Page by Silas Lesnick
FROM MOVIES BLOG: Though he stars as Duke in this summer's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra", Channing Tatum chatted with MTV News about the other "Joe" role that was his first choice and what it's like working on such a major blockbuster.

Part of 'Cuckoo's' hospital saved for museum

from Movies

As demolition begins on most of the building where "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed, workers plan to preserve one section and a marble hydrotherapy device for a museum of mental health.

Movie Review | 'Lymelife': Ticks, Ennui and (Sigh) the Dream Girl Next Door

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS

Despite some floundering, "Lymelife" keeps you hooked, mostly through its performances.

Zac Efron Attached To 'Full Metal Panic!' Manga Adaptation?

from Splash Page by Casey Seijas
Manga's march to big screens in the U.S. continues, as The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news today that Mandalay Pictures has acquired the rights to (and will develop) an adaptation based on Shoji Gatoh's "Full Metal Panic!"

Verbinski's had enough 'Pirates'


Front Page: Director to focus on 'Bioshock' -- It's no longer a pirate's life for Gore Verbinski.

Larry Charles to direct 'Discontent'

from - Film News

Film News: 'Borat,' 'Bruno' helmer boards Columbia comedy -- Larry Charles is set to take on geriatric sex in his next project.

Review | 'The Pope's Toilet': Humble Hope in Hard Times


"The Pope's Toilet" cloaks religious critique in the scrappy
tempo of irremediable poverty and irrepressible enterprise.


Ratings: 'Dancing With the Stars' rules Monday, as 'Surviving
Surburbia' debuts well

from Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack

ABC'S Dancing With the Stars won another Monday, with 19.6
million viewers, according to preliminary overnight ratings. The night also
marked the premiere of Bob Saget's new sitcom, Surviving Suburbia, which
debuted to a nice 12.2 million pairs of eyes.

Final Four Championship Game Off 14% From Last Year

from Advertising Age - MediaWorks by (John Rash)

MINNEAPOLIS ( -- North Carolina's victory over
Michigan State in the NCAA basketball championship was a blowout on the court
and in the ratings. But the highly hyped matchup fell short of last year's
Kansas win over Memphis State.

Evening News Ratings: Week of March 30

from TVNewser

All three evening newscasts saw viewership declines last
week, as the big three anchors broadcast three nights from London

'House' actor explains shocking decision

from - Entertainment

When Dr. Lawrence Kutner killed himself on the latest
episode of "House: MD," it was the beginning of a new career for
actor Kal Penn.

Kings Is Dead, Long Live Kings!

from Defamer by Richard Lawson
Well, exit the Kings. NBC has
its lush, sweeping, and increasingly good dramatic experiment from
its valuable Sunday night slot to Saturdays, where it will play out its
remaining eight episodes, then die.

'Southland,' 'The Unusuals' don't make their case

from Life - Top Stories

If you've been looking for a good old-fashioned TV cop show,
keep looking.

TV Land renews 'Reunion'

from Entertainment News -
LOS ANGELES, April 7 (UPI) -- TV Land announced Tuesday that it has picked up
the U.S. reality series "High School Reunion" for a third season.

Season 2 of 'Sanctuary' starts shooting

from Entertainment News -

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 7 (UPI) -- The second
season of the TV series "Sanctuary" has begun production in
Vancouver, Canada, Sci Fi Channel said.

'Grey's Anatomy' casting scoops!

from Today's Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Which ''Everwood'' grad will be Owen's mama? Which
''Gilmore'' star's checking in? Two Ausiello exclusives!

'Fringe' returns on a high note

from TV

By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker's seen tonight's episode, and votes for all ''Idol'' fans to stick
around for one of the show's best so far.

ABC Family adds 3 shows, renews 3 more

from TV

By Chris Nashawaty
''The Secret Life of the American Teenager,'' ''Lincoln Heights,'' and
''Greek'' all will return.

Recession means even cheaper reality shows

from Reality TV
With the recession eating into advertising revenue at TV networks, a popular
solution has emerged -- even cheaper reality TV.

Just how real are reality TV shows?

from Reality TV
Perhaps only cockeyed optimists believe reality shows are completely on the
up-and-up; or maybe it's just  conspiracy theorists that believe every
detail is as meticulously planned as an episode of "CSI."

Jay Leno brings comic relief to battered Motown

from Reuters: Entertainment News

DETROIT (Reuters) - In a nod to the gloomy economy,
late-night comedian Jay Leno hosted a show on Tuesday to lift the battered
spirits of Detroit residents facing steep unemployment and a faltering auto

'Tudors' steady for third-season premiere

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

No anger management in the 16th century The third-season
debut of Showtime's The Tudors on Sunday night...


Matthews, Hudson, No Doubt in `Today' concerts

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jennifer Hudson, Gwen Stefani and Dave
Matthews all have early wake-up calls for "Today" show concerts over
the warm weather months.

Madonna Donates Money to Italian Earthquake Victims

from Latest News by K.C. Baker

"I am happy to lend a helping hand to the town that my
ancestors are from," Madonna tells PEOPLE

Beatles sounding sharper than ever

from - Entertainment

For fans of The Beatles, 09/09/09 will mark a new invasion.

Coldplay Say Satriani "Lacked Originality" As "Viva La Vida"
Fight Hits Court

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
As the Battle of "Viva la Vida" hits the legal system, Coldplay
have once again denied copycatting the riff from Joe Satriani's "If I Could
Fly" for the title track off the band's latest album.

Eminem's New Video Mocks Women, Lesbians, Bret Michaels,

from Defamer by Dodai
Eminem's been away, and clearly his time off was spent watching reality TV,
visiting blogs and reading tabloids. His new video, "We Made You," opens with the rapper
dressed as Bret Michaels from Rock Of Love.

The Jonas Brothers Reveal Surprises About Themselves

from Latest News

Kevin, Joe and Nick flaunt their silly sides in a
never-before-seen video set to air on MTV

Aretha Franklin headlines the Hollywood Bowl

from Top Stories from

( Aretha Franklin [ tickets
] will play the Hollywood Bowl June 26 for the first time in 35 years,
according to a press release.

Is Eminem irrelevant?

from Los Angeles Times - Celebrity News

With the steady current of sniggering, and downright
damaging, remarks about famous people populating the public consciousness

Aerosmith's Joe Perry Talks New Album Delay, Tour With ZZ Top

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
There's been good and bad news for Aerosmith
fans this past week.

Peas, Clarkson set for Zootopia gig

from Entertainment News -

NEW YORK, April 7 (UPI) -- The Black Eyed Peas, Kelly
Clarkson, Ciara and Flo Rida are booked to perform at Z100's upcoming Zootopia
'09 multi-artist concert at New Jersey's Izod Center.

Is Jessica Simpson's country music career over?

from Los Angeles Times - Celebrity News

Has Jessica Simpson been unceremoniously dropped from her
country music record label?

Iggy Pop, Ronnie Wood sign up for benefit

from The Hollywood Reporter - Music by Reuters

Punk rock icon Iggy Pop and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie
Wood, no strangers to drug and alcohol abuse, will perform at a fundraiser in
Los Angeles next month for musicians struggling with their addictions. 

New Reviews: Neil Young, Bat For Lashes and Lady Sovereign

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone

As you may have noticed when checking out those new prices on iTunes, a slate of fresh albums dropped

Video: Little Boots: Electro-Pop Gadget Girl

from Wired: Entertainment by Video Team

British disco diva 'Little Boots' mixes her hipster
sensibilities with her thirst for music gadgets. LB tells Wired she wants to
keep things raw.

George Strait crowned artist of the decade

from The Hollywood Reporter - Music by Associated Press

George Strait couldn't help feeling a little like he was
being led out to pasture when the Academy of Country Music saluted him as their
Artist of the Decade with an all-star concert.

Album Review: Lady Sovereign, "Jigsaw" (Midget

from Top Stories from

( Staying true to her grimy brat-raps and
rebellious high-school drop-out mentality, Lady Sovereign [ tickets
] delivers her sophomore effort, "Jigsaw," a proud mix of club sounds
and frisky, down-tempo dirtiness.

U2 adds 'final' 2009 shows to record-smashing tour

from Top Stories from

( U2 [ tickets
] has added new North American dates to its fall 360 Tour.


Lindsay Lohan In "Absolute Hell," Broke And Alone

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
In the newest issue of Us Weekly, Lindsay Lohan opens up about her
heartbreaking split from Samantha Ronson, the "humiliating" weekend
showdown with Ronson's family, and says that friends' fears she is suicidal are

NADYA SULEMAN REALITY SHOW: OctoMom To Raise 14 Kids, Look For

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team

OctoMom Nadya Suleman actually does have a reality show in
the works. Often speculated about and even more often offered as motivation for
having octuplets to begin with, it seems that the OctoMom has negotiated a deal
with some network or online company to carry her story to the world.

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