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The Newdesk 05.04.09 – Wolverine Slashes Summer Box Office; Ron Howard vs. the Vatican

X-Men Origins: Wolverine topped the box office this weekend with $87 million. Jackman and pals scored the second-best opening of the four X-Men movies to date, after X-Men: The Last Stand.

City Island was chosen as the audience favorite at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. The film, starring Andy Garcia and Julianna Margulies, focuses on dysfunction amongst the quaint crab shanties of New York City’s City Island.

• John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road will be released on October 16th. Viggo Mortensen stars, alongside a kid and a very well-traveled shopping cart.

• The first trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro has popped up on YouTube. Like much of Coppola’s recent work, it looks to be beautifully shot and fairly impenetrable.

Angels & Demons director Ron Howard is accusing the Vatican of meddling with his movie. Nobody messes with Opie Taylor. Not even the Pope.

• Spike Lee’s documentary Passing Strange was purchased by PBS at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Twitter, iPhone promote new films

from – Film News
Film News: Business embraces new marketing technology —
Twitter and iPhone, both complete unknowns two years ago, are the new stars of
the entertainment marketing world. Twitter passed 10 million users last month —
thanks in part to Oprah and to the Ashton Kutcher-CNN battle to hit the
million-followers mark.

Post-fusion confusion for Hollywood?
from – Peter Bart
Peter Bart: William Morris, Endeavor merge fuels questions
— Some years ago I dropped by the William Morris Agency to visit an old friend
named Stan Kamen. A modest, soft-spoken man whose office was a bit frowzy,
Kamen interrupted our meeting to take a call from a client, Jack Lemmon.

Measuring success in new media
from – Film News
Film News: How to quantify the value of new marketing tools
— Breaking through Internet clutter is the name of the game as the studios
work with interactive creative agencies and rich-media ad servers to create Web
banners, microsites, mobile messaging and widgets for Facebook and MySpace.

Free goods used to boost concert sales
from Entertainment News –
WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) — A music industry official says
free goods are being offered with the purchases of U.S. concert tickets to help
boost overall ticket sales.

Newspapers Build Digital Portfolios
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (Michael Learmonth)
NEW YORK ( — The nation’s print media may be on
life support, but some are quietly building digital portfolios again — albeit
on a smaller scale — and some are starting to bear fruit.

How Personality Can Predict Media Usage
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Snyder Bulik)
NEW YORK ( — Forget using focus groups and
demographic data to find out what media your target audience uses. Go with a
personality test instead.

How ABC’s Stake in Hulu Changes the Game
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Learmonth)
NEW YORK ( — Taking a stake in Hulu represents a
big change in approach for Walt Disney Co., which was first among the networks
to distribute on the web but kept content tightly controlled on and the
websites of ABC’s broadcast affiliates. Ad Age talked to Hulu CEO Jason Kilar
about how the deal changes the game for Hulu.

Tribeca gets good reviews

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
The Tribeca Film Festival closed Sunday with traits that
have marked it pretty much since it opened: unlikely bursts of media and
industry activity.

‘City’ wins Tribeca audience award
from Entertainment News –
NEW YORK, May 3 (UPI) — “City Island,” a movie
about a troubled New York family, has won The Heineken Audience Award at the
Tribeca Film Festival, organizers say.

Winner: 2009 Heineken Audience Award
from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Z Wigon
It’s YOUR award. The people’s choice this year? Smart and
poignant New York City comedy City Island. Read on to find out how you can see
this film, plus runners-up Racing Dreams and Midgets Vs. Mascots, at special

Magnolia snags ‘Eclipse’ rights
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
In the first major sale in Tribeca in several years,
Magnolia has picked up all worldwide rights to “The Eclipse,” Conor
McPherson’s horror-tinged story of a widower in a coastal Irish town.

“Journey” Surprise Fall Out Boy Crowd With Bamboozle Set
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Christopher R.
On the first day of the Bamboozle, the nine-stage rock festival spread across
an East Rutherford, New Jersey parking lot, only one group of unlikely special
guest superstars could outshine much-adored headliners Fall Out Boy.

First Run picks up ‘Crude’
Sundance News: Film unit acquires Sundance documentary —
“Crude,” a standout Sundance doc about a legal battle between oil
giant Chevron and rainforest dwellers in Ecuador, has been acquired by First
Run Features.

Angelina Jolie Wanted for MTV Movie Awards

from E! Online – Movie News
No doubt, MTV will do anything to get Angelina Jolie and
Brad Pitt to its upcoming Movie Awards.

Weekend Box Office: May 1-3, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
X-Men Origins: Wolverine tops the box office with an
estimated $87.0 million.

“Wolverine” slashes rivals in $160 million global bow
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Comic book movie “X-Men Origins:
Wolverine” slashed its rivals at box offices over the weekend with a $160
million worldwide debut, leaping to No. 1 on ticket charts in a solid start to
Hollywood’s summer.

Film: Memos to Hollywood
from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS and A. O. SCOTT
Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott have some tips for making
better films.

Flu scare delays film releases in Mexico
from Movies
With movie theaters in Mexico shut down to contain the
spread of swine flu, Hollywood studios have delayed plans to kick off the
summer movie season there.

Eric Bana’s “beast” love rivals his acting passion
from Reuters: Entertainment News
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eric Bana, star of movies such as
“Troy” and “Munich,” let New Yorkers in on a different
slice of his seemingly glitzy life this week at the Tribeca Film Festival —
his passion for cars and motor racing.

Christian Bale Says “I’ll Be Back” In New Terminator Salvation
TV Spot

from /Film by (
Warner Bros has begun airing two new television spots from Terminator
, one of which features Christian Bale as John Connor,
speaking the infamous phrase “I’ll Be Back.” Before you groan, in context it’s
not nearly as cheesy as it sounds.

‘Terminator’ franchise turns dark
from L.A. Times – Music News
Can the franchise survive without Arnold and James Cameron?
Director McG is hoping for ‘Salvation.’

Chris Pine takes on James T. Kirk in ‘Star Trek’
from L.A. Times – Movie News
The young actor tries to chart his own voyage with the role
of the Enterprise captain.

IFC Films hearts ‘Valentine’s Day’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday
IFC Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the
romantic comedy “I Hate Valentine’s Day,” starring Nia Vardalos and
John Corbett.

J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof To Adapt Stephen King’s ‘The Dark
Tower’ After ‘Lost’ Is Over

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Just as there are whispers in the jungles of “Lost,” there have
likewise been whispers in Hollywood that J.J. Abrams
and Damon
— two of the masterminds behind that ABC television series — have
been working on an adaptation of Stephen
classic “The Dark Tower” series. Now, those whispers are getting
louder… and a lot more insistent.

‘Land of the Lost’
from L.A. Times – Music News
Will Ferrell stumbles into a revamped movie version of Sid
and Marty Krofft’s 1970s kids show — with a much bigger budget.

‘(500) Days of Summer’s’ many ways to tell a love story
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Young man meets young woman. They court, fall for each other
and eventually split up. Told as a postmortem patchwork of emotions and memories,
“(500) Days of Summer” skips across the life of a fleeting
relationship, with all of its disagreements, deep connections and trips to
IKEA, lingering moments in private and enthusiasms shared in public.

Ron Howard: Vatican obstructed ‘Angels & Demons’
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By NICOLE
ROME (AP) — Director Ron Howard claimed Sunday that the
Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot certain scenes of his
“Angels & Demons” religious thriller in Rome – a charge the
Vatican said was purely a publicity stunt.

In ‘Funny People,’ Leslie Mann takes a more serious stride
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Spouse-director Judd Apatow’s latest film finds more
grown-up than upchuck.

‘Wag the Dog’ director on media-politics link
from – Entertainment
Director Barry Levinson is the star of his new film. Well,

Tony Scott ‘reinvents’ ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three’
from L.A. Times – Movie News
To hear Tony Scott explain it, his updating of the hostage
drama “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” extends much further than
just numerically altering the title.

The Rock Cast in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea?
from /Film by (
After it was first announced that McG would be developing 20,000
Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo
for Disney, the filmmaker went on to tell everyone that he wanted to cast Will Smith as the
film’s title character. But now,  Production Weekly
is reporting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been cast in the project
instead of Smith.

Improvising gives ‘Night at the Museum’ a shot in the exhibits
from L.A. Times – Movie News
Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Amy Adams
inject a little off-the-cuff humor into Shawn Levy’s sequel.

The Road Will Finally Be Released on October 16th 2009
from /Film by (
Dimension Films and 2929 Productions have finally announced that they will be
releasing John Hillcoat’s adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel The Road,
on October 16th 2009.

Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut nixed in ‘New York, I
Love You’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling
EW has confirmed that Scarlett Johansson’s first directorial
effort, a movie short starring Kevin Bacon, has been left on the cutting room
floor of the upcoming anthology film New York, I Love You.

Hutch Dano booked for ‘Ramona’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Hutch Dano has joined the cast of “Ramona and
Beezus,” Fox 2000 and Walden Media’s feature adaptation of the classic
Beverly Cleary series of books. It will be Dano’s film debut.

Quentin Tarantino Calls Inglourious Basterds a “Masterpiece.”
Writing Epic Review of Superman Returns?

from /Film by (
Dear readers, yes, we had to. While browsing the NYT today, we came
across a new interview with Quentin Tarantino in T Mag.

Hugh Jackman to haunt ‘Ghostopolis’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Hugh Jackman is attached to “Ghostopolis,” an
upcoming graphic novel from Doug TenNapel that the author recently set up at

Three ways TV can reset during the recession

from Life – Top Stories
Come fall, the networks will recede to move forward. They
have no choice.

NBC to Give Early Taste of Fall Fare With ‘Infront’
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK ( — Beset by lagging ratings and a spate
of failed new shows, NBC intends to answer critics this week with a new
commitment to scripted programs — albeit none at 10 p.m. The network hopes to
start a new chapter today when it gives advertisers a taste of its coming fall
schedule during a series of meetings it has dubbed an “infront.”

A Week of “The View” on Larry King Live
from TVNewser
Fresh off their appearance on the Time 100 list, the co-hosts of
“The View” will be guests each night on CNN’s Larry
Live this week.

Nets set to screen pilots
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
While NBC is set to unveil its new fall series to
advertisers Monday, the other broadcast networks will start screening pilots
this week.

Thursday Viewers Flock to ‘Private Practice,’ ‘Grey’s Anatomy’
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS ( — Even though the season finale of
“Private Practice” underdelivered its recent Thursday-night
original-episode average by 10% in the ad-centric 18-to-49 demographic, it may
have been the series finale had ABC not preformed an emergency time-period
transplant. But by pairing it with “Grey’s Anatomy,” the hit drama
that spawned the “Private Practice” spinoff, ABC goosed ratings 44%.

CBS wins Friday; ‘Dollhouse’ slips
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
Not again! The penultimate episode of Dollhouse dropped the
series to another new low — 1.1

NBC orders 13 ‘Southland’ episodes
from Entertainment News –
BURBANK, Calif., May 3 (UPI) — NBC says it has ordered 13
additional episodes of its midseason U.S. TV series “Southland” in
preparation for its fall lineup announcement.

‘Family Guy’ spinoff nabs second season
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Fox is so high on “Cleveland,” the upcoming
spinoff from hit “Family Guy,” that it has ordered a second season.

Leonard Nimoy offers inside details about his role on ‘Fringe’
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Dan Snierson
Fringe fans are bracing for a Spock: Leonard Nimoy will
guest-star in the May 12 finale of J.J. Abrams’ Fox drama as…William Bell.
That’s right — we will finally meet the mysterious founder of Massive Dynamic.

‘Jonas’: Monkee business for ’09
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker on the debut of the boys’ Disney Channel sitcom:
Silly fun, and its audience will hum along.

NBC renews ‘Medium’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
NBC has renewed paranormal crime drama “Medium,”
sources said.

Susan Boyle: Clip from ’84 surfaces
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Tanner Stransky
See ”Britain’s Got Talent” sensation at 22 singing ”The
Way We Were” and ”I Don’t Know How to Love Him.”

‘Deal or No Deal’ production moves to Connecticut
from L.A. Times – TV News
The game show, which had been based in Culver City, is
relocating to take advantage of the state’s film and TV production tax breaks.

Ron Howard movie `Parenthood’ reborn as NBC series
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By LYNN ELBER
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The 1989 movie “Parenthood” is
going to be reborn as an NBC TV series.

Singers tell Congress: Money (That’s What I Want)

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By RYAN NAKASHIMA
Jack Ely, the singer whose 1963 version of “Louie
Louie” still makes the rounds on oldies radio, lives with his wife in a
mobile home on a horse ranch in Oregon. Ely says they share $30,000 a year from
her teacher’s pension and his Social Security checks.

Daughtry to debut single on ‘Idol’
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) — Rocker Chris Daughtry, one of
the best-selling “American Idol” artists who did not win the
competition, says he will return to the show to debut his new single.

Yusuf rides the inner-peace train
from L.A. Times – Music News
The former Cat Stevens has a new CD, ‘Roadsinger,’ and plans
for an L.A. concert.

Green Day tests new ground on way to “Breakdown”
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) – Green Day bassist Mike Dirnt is
fatigued from the three stage dives he took last night at Oakland, California’s
Uptown Nightclub.

Vans Warped Tour founder plans country tour
from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Ray Waddell, Billboard
Vans Warped tour co-founder Kevin Lyman plans to launch a
similar tour for the country genre, and has opened an office of his 4fini
Prods. in Nashville to put the tour together.

U2’s The Edge makes green pitch for Malibu mansions
from Music – Top Stories
A few years ago, U2 guitarist The Edge went for a hike, and
there in the golden hills overlooking Malibu’s cerulean waters, he…

Idol David Cook’s Brother Dies Of Cancer

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
After battling cancer for more than a decade, David Cook’s brother, Adam, died
Saturday, the American Idol winner announced Sunday morning before the Race for
Hope 5K in Washington, D.C.

Paparazzi ordered away from Winehouse home
from Entertainment News –
LONDON, May 3 (UPI) — Paparazzi photographers will have to stay 100 yards away
from the London home of British singer Amy Winehouse, the pop star’s
spokeswoman says.

Malawian father opposes Madonna adoption
from Entertainment News –
LILONGWE, Malawi, May 3 (UPI) — A 24-year-old Malawian man
says he opposes U.S. pop star Madonna’s attempt to adopt his 4-year-old

Fox remains optimistic despite Parkinson’s
from Entertainment News –
WASHINGTON, May 3 (UPI) — U.S. actor Michael J. Fox says he
feels his optimistic take on his Parkinson’s disease is an inspiration to
others facing their own hardships.

Natalie Portman’s newest role? Producer!
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling
Is Natalie Portman the hardest working woman in show
business? The 27-year old actress just debuted a new web venture,
which features behind-the-scenes access to the movie industry.

OK! Magazine KOs celebrity-news focus
from Gossip
Weekly publication shifting focus from Hollywood news to
lifestyle beat.

‘Hair’ hits the road
Legit News: Revival to send out touring production — The
current Broadway revival of “Hair” will send out a national touring production
during the 2010-11 season.

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