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The Newsdesk 04.10.09 – Public Enemies Gets Trailer; Tron 2 Costs $300 Million?

Tron 2 is looking to be the most expensive movie ever made with a reported $300 million budget. Turns out achieving the dated look of the original is pretty costly.

• The Jack Black and Michael Cera comedy Year One had its rating dropped from R to PG-13 after cuts were made by producer Judd Apatow and director Harold Ramis. It’s amazing what a difference a couple of loincloths will make.

• The new trailer for Public Enemies ,starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, will make you long for summer movie season.

• Robert Downey Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes could be the next hot Hollywood franchise.

• The writers of the Venom movie revealed a few details about the proposed Spider-Man 3 spin-off. One issue they didn’t address: why do we need a Venom movie?

Semi-Pro director Kent Alterman will tackle the comedy Treehouse Gang about a group of childhood friends who reunite for a treasure hunt.


IFC and Sundance School Advertisers in ‘Indienomics’

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by (Andrew Hampp)
NEW YORK ( — There’s “Freakonomics,” the rogue economic
theory applied by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner to everything from
legalized abortion’s role in reducing crime to the socioeconomic implications
of naming children. Then there’s “Indienomics,” IFC and Sundance
Channel’s theory for calming consumer-related chaos through relevant marketing.

Sundance Institute’s exec director resigns

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Ken Brecher has resigned as executive director of the
Sundance Institute — which oversees the Sundance Film Festival, among other
programs — a post he held for 14 years.

Troubled NBC calls on exec Angela Bromstad to revive prime time

from L.A. Times – TV News

The network passed over Bromstad two years ago. Now it’s
counting on her to find hits, starting tonight.

NBC sets upfront week plans


TV News: Leno, Conan, Fallon, The Roots to perform — NBC
has finalized its upfront week plans, scheduling a comedy showcase on Tuesday
night, May 19.


Golden Gods Awards roll out the black carpet for metal bands

from L.A. Times – Music News

The idea of a heavy-metal awards show, with paparazzi
flashbulbs and celebrity wranglers, seems odd. Metal is outsiders’ music,
forged in dank garages by fans for whom Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister is a sex


Daily Box Office: Wednesday, April 8, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Fast and Furious tops Wednesday’s box office with $3.9

Box Office Tracking: Hannah Montana and Observe & Report
Could Lift Easter Weekend to an All-time Best

from /Film by (
Easter weekend 2009 will almost certainly be an all-time record-breaker for
Hollywood with a pair of new releases that could be among the top six bunny
holiday openings of all time.

First Look: Scenes From Jennifer Aniston’s ‘Management’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Steve Zahn falls for Jennifer Aniston the hard way in the
offbeat comedy, “Management.” Just beware of a gun-toting Woody Harrelson!

Miley Cyrus movie to be shot in Savannah

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

ATLANTA (AP) — The governor’s office in Georgia says the
Disney movie “The Last Song,” starring Miley Cyrus, will be filmed in
Savannah this summer.

More On HBO’s Grey Gardens: “The Hallmark Of Aristocracy
Is Responsibility”

from Defamer by Tracie

HBO’s Grey
— premiering April 18 — satisfies the hunger fans have for more
on the Beale women better than pâté, ice cream and hotplate-boiled corn. We
know, cause we got a copy.

Robert Downey Jr. Gives Lowdown on Iron Man 2

from E! Online – Movie News

Iron Man is rocketing back into action on Monday, and Robert
Downey Jr. is already sizing up his new nemesis: Mickey Rourke. “Hell
yeah, I’ve been ready for him!”

Year One Re-Cut, Earns PG-13 Rating

from /Film by (
Yesterday we reported that the producer Judd Apatow and
director/co-writer Harold Ramis had lost their appeal hearing for the biblical
comedy Year One, which had been slapped with an R-Rating by the

First Look: Chris Evans as Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim

from /Film by (
Edgar Wright has released the first proper photo (kinda) of Fantastic
star Chris Evans as Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim vs. The
. Evans plays the second of Ramona’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)
Evil Exes, which the title character, Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera) must battle.

Tron 2’s Budget $300 Million? Most Expensive Movie of All Time?

from /Film by (
Could Disney really be spending $300 million on the Tron sequel?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince International Trailer

from /Film by (
Warner Bros has released a new international trailer for Harry Potter and
the Half-Blood Prince
on YouTube.

Newsweek: Anna Faris on her ‘love’ scene, more

from Movies

The star of “Observe and Report” talks about the
film, her controversial date-rape scene and what her parents think of her
gross-out comedy roles.

‘Pink Panther’ Filmmaker Says ‘We’ve Seen the End’ of the

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
To some, Peter Sellers will always be the one and only Inspector Jacques
Clouseau. To a younger generation, Steve Martin is the bumbling buffoon. But,
after the dismal reception given to February’s “Pink Panther 2,” the filmmaker
behind the franchise says we’ve seen the last of Martin’s pencil-thin

Robert Downey Jr. Is Betting On ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Sequel; First
Film is PG-13

from MTV Movies Blog by Silas Lesnick
While promoting his turn as L.A. Times Columnist Steve Lopez in April
24th’s “The Soloist,” Robert Downey Jr revealed that he’s already making long
term plans for a sequel to the upcoming “Sherlock Holmes”.

Review | ‘Observe and Report’: Mall Crisis? Call Security. Then Again, Maybe

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS

If you thought Abu Ghraib was a laugh riot then you might
love “Observe and Report.”

Review | ‘The Mysteries of Pittsburgh’: A Stockbroker in Training Has Turns in
His Journey

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT

“The Mysteries of Pittsburgh” is a clumsy and confused
adaptation of Michael Chabon’s 1988 novel.


‘American Idol’ rules Wednesday

from – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: Fox reality series nabs 22.4 million viewers —
Fox’s “American Idol” towered over the competition on a rather
lackluster Wednesday, with overall television usage dipping due to the start of
Passover and other holiday or spring-break activities.


from L.A. Times – TV News

Here are the rankings for national prime-time network
television for the last week (March 30 to April 5) as compiled by Nielsen Media
Research. They are based on the average number of people who watched a program
from start to finish. Nielsen estimates there are 286 million potential viewers
in the U.S. ages 2 and older. Viewership is listed in millions.

ABC’s ‘The Unusuals’ Doesn’t Hold on to ‘Lost’ Viewers

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (John Rash)

MINNEAPOLIS ( — NBC ended one cop caper, as
“Life” had its season finale. ABC began another, with the program
premiere of “The Unusuals.” But it was the usual suspects —
“American Idol” and “Lie to Me” — that rounded up the most
viewers, allowing Fox to finish first with an overall 5.3/15 rating and share
in the ad-centric 18-to-49 demographic, ahead of CBS (2.9/8), ABC (2.6/7), the
CW (1.3/4) and NBC (1.2/3).

Public asked to vote on favorite Simpsons stamp

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who’s your favorite Simpson?

Prep-school kids reality show planned

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) — Bravo announced Thursday it has picked up the new
docu-series “NYC Prep” from Stone & Company Entertainment.

“Parks & Recreation” Reviews Are In: Most Thumbs
Are Down (VIDEO)

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team

“Parks and Recreation,” NBC’s hotly anticipated
Amy Poehler vehicle, premiers tonight and that means the reviewers can FINALLY
reveal what they thought of the pilot episode they got weeks ago in the mail.
In general, the reactions were not good.

Television Review | ‘Parks and Recreation’: Misguided, She
Yearns to Guide

from NYT > Television by By ALESSANDRA STANLEY

NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” starring Amy Poehler, is
charming and funny in its own right, even though it relies on the exact same
approach as “The Office.”

‘Parks’: Give ’em enough Knope

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker thinks Amy Poehler’s character is a strong anchor
around which this sitcom can build; you?

‘Dollhouse’: Fox won’t air 13th episode, but show could still
go on

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Margaret Lyons

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog star Felicia Day set off a
Joss Whedon-fan panic this afternoon when she tweeted “Found out my
Dollhouse ep, #13 isn’t gonna air.

DVR users waiting to watch primetime shows

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

DVR users watch most of their primetime television not live
but after they have been recorded,

and much of the time they’re watching those
recorded shows between 10-11 p.m.

‘South Park’: Kanye responds

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Simon Vozick-Levinson on the 234-word all-caps rant on his
blog that’s…probably not what you expected

‘Life’ goes on? Let’s hope!

from TV

By Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker says if this week’s episode of series with shaky ratings is its
last, it goes out a winner

Showtime passes on ‘Ronna’ comedy

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has passed on another pilot, the comedy “Ronna
and Beverly” from Jessica Chaffin, Jamie Denbo and Jenji Kohan.

It’s ‘Lights Out’ for Melora Hardin

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Melora Hardin of “The Office” is moving to cable,
landing the female lead opposite Holt McCallany on FX’s drama pilot
“Lights Out.”

‘Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire’

from L.A. Times – TV News

The sword-and-sorcery genre gets a going-over in this Comedy
Central/BBC co-production.


Top Online Song and Video Downloads

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine

Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” was the most
downloaded iTunes song last week. See full chart for top iTunes, AOL and
peer-to-peer music downloads.

Faced with soft economy, artists offer deals

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

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If you want to sit in the really
good seats for a Keith Urban concert this summer, a pair of tickets will put
you about back about $170. But in a nod to the tough economic times, the
country superstar has also priced some tickets as low as $20 per seat, so fans
won’t stay home because they can’t afford to go.

PETA asks Pet Shop Boys to change name

from – Entertainment

Just because they named their new CD “Yes,” does
not mean that British electro-pop duo, the Pet Shop Boys, will agree to just
about anything.

Universal, YouTube team up for service

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) — Universal Music Group says it has teamed up with
YouTube to start VEVO, a new online music and video service.

Stevie Nicks Rails Against Computers, Cell Phones:
“They’ve Ruined Our Children”

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
NEW YORK — Friends who want to get in touch with Stevie Nicks know not to send
an e-mail, call on a cell phone, or reach out by text message, because she
won’t respond.

Tour Tracker: Aerosmith & ZZ Top, John Legend and Ani

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps
Aerosmith and ZZ Top announce their first three dates of their joint tour (Joe Perry talks about hitting the road with ZZ Top here),
John Legend maps out the start of a summer jaunt and Ani DiFranco books slots
at both Bonnaroo and Rothbury Festivals.

Gorillaz Attempt to Draft Bobby Womack For Upcoming Album

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Andy Greene
On “Gorillaz On My Mind,” Gorillaz‘s contribution to the Blade 2 soundtrack,
guest rapper Redman dropped the lines “Soul survivor, I write with Bobby
hands.” On Gorillaz’s in-the-works third album, Womack himself may
make an appearance.

John Rich says aspiring country star defamed him

from Life – Top Stories

Country star John Rich has sued a former Nashville Star


Farrah Fawcett released from hospital

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cancer stricken actress Farrah
Fawcett was released from the hospital on Thursday, following treatment for
bleeding resulting from a medical procedure in Germany, celebrity magazine
People reported.

Hip-Hopper, Music Vet Unlock Twitter’s Musical Potential

from Wired: Entertainment by Scott Thill

A pair of projects make creative use of the popular
microblogging service. Now, if Twitter can just silence the singing of the Fail

Kirk Douglas, 92, takes stock of his life

from – Entertainment

A couple of years ago, Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas
declared that it was time to undertake “an audit of my life.” Now, at
the age of 92, he’s going public with the results.

Katie Holmes Isn’t the Only One Going to D.C.

from E! Online – Movie News

Washington is rolling out the carpet once again for

Jennifer Lopez wins cybersquatting case

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Reuters

Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez has won a cybersquatting
case against a U.S. web operator who registered two Internet addresses that
used her name for commercial profit, a U.N. agency said on Thursday.

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