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The Newsdesk 05.15.09 – First Trailer for The Road; Depp Is Sinatra?

• Monica Belluci is joining the cast of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. But who is playing the magic broom already?

Johnny Depp could be playing Frank Sinatra in Martin Scorsese’s biopic for Universal.

The first trailer for The Road has at last been released. Something tells me the studio is desperately trying to sell this as the action movie it isn’t.

Warner Bros. is developing a Primeval movie, off of the ITV series that airs on BBC America and the SciFi Channel. The movie is being pitched as “Jurassic Park meets Lost which just might be insane enough to work.

Terry Gilliam plans to restart The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, his ill-fated movie that was chronicled in the brilliant documentary Lost in La Mancha.

• Mickey Rourke has signed on to a remake of Mona Lisa, the 1986 British gangster flick directed by Neil Jordan. The original had Bob Hoskins as a tough guy who beat on an animated rabbit. Er, scratch that.

Are media stocks set to soar or sink?

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai and Paul Bond
“Up” is not just Hollywood’s latest
blockbuster-in-waiting, it’s also the direction media stocks — and, many hope,
the overall fortunes of studio congloms — are headed after a decidedly
downbeat period.

Coming Soon to McDonald’s Happy Meals: 20th Century Fox
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by (Emily Bryson York)
CHICAGO ( — McDonald’s appears to be upping the ante in its often
high-stakes kid’s-meal showdown with rival Burger King. The fast-food giant,
which has been working primarily with animation studio DreamWorks SKG since
2007, has inked a deal with 20th Century Fox that could help the studio, in
turn, add much-needed marketing dollars to its promotional efforts.

All aTwitter: Social networking sites bring interactivity to
movie promotions

from Film Journal by Sarah Sluis
In the early days of the Internet, going onto a movie’s
website was a novelty in itself. Teasers and trailers finishing with a call to
visit the website–“For more information, go to …,”–signaled that a film wasn’t just an average
release, but the kind that warranted a full-fledged marketing campaign.

MGM creditors hire financial consultant
from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio
MGM’s cash-flow woes are rattling debt-holders — so much so
that the investor owners of the studio have formed a creditors committee and
hired financial consultancy Houlihan Lokey to propose restructuring options for
the studio.

Daytime Emmy nominations snub Lucci, `The View’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Often snubbed for a Daytime Emmy in the
past, Susan Lucci has been jilted as a nominee this year.

Neil Patrick Harris set to host Tony Awards show
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MICHAEL KUCHWARA
NEW YORK (AP) — From Doogie to Barney to Tony.

Daily Box Office: Wednesday, May 13, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Star Trek tops Wednesday’s box office with $5.8 million

Precious Trailer: A Thing Of Terrible Beauty
from Defamer by Dodai
The trailer for Precious, the film based on the novel
Push by Sapphire, has hit the web, and it will probably give you

Rising Star: ‘Terminator Salvation’s’ Sam Worthington
from Access Hollywood – Movies
Working with legendary action film director McG is an
actor’s dream, and it was one which came true for Access Hollywood’s
latest Rising Star, Sam Worthington, after he joined the cast of “Terminator

MGM May Move to Reclaim Terminator Franchise Following

from MTV Movies Blog by Brian Warmoth
MGM may have passed on distribution rights for “Terminator
,” but a potential fifth sequel could return to MGM following the
results of a recent legal battle. If McG‘s follow-up to the Memorial Day launch — possibly set
in the pre-Judgment Day present — does land at MGM, there could be
an ongoing clash between MGM and Warner Bros. to decide the fate of the series.

Did ‘The Soloist’ mock L.A.’s skid row homeless?
from L.A. Times – Movie News
An educator-activist takes to the web and calls the film’s
director “a clueless Brit.”

Terry Gilliam back in saddle for ‘Quixote’
from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp
Terry Gilliam, whose “Imaginarium of Doctor
Parnassus” screens at Cannes on Friday, is finally bringing “The Man
Who Killed Don Quixote” to the big screen.

Rudolph Talks ‘Away We Go’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Former “Saturday Night Live” star Maya Rudolph chats with’s Laura Saltman about her new film, “Away We Go,” and
filming an intimate scene with co-star John Krasinski.

EXCLUSIVE: Kevin Smith Making Hockey Movie With Mitch Albom
Based On Warren Zevon Song ‘Hit Somebody’

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian
To my mind, one of the coolest trends in movies these days is the wacky
collaborations that keep making the news. Michel Gondry, Seth Rogen and “The
Green Hornet”? Kenneth Branagh and “Thor”? Add another unlikely, though
definitely dynamic, duo to the group: Kevin Smith and Mitch Albom.

‘Wuthering Heights’ finds director
from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp
Peter Webber has signed to direct the long-gestating big
screen version of “Wuthering Heights” with Gemma Arterton and Ed
Westwick taking on the roles of young lovers Cathy and Heathcliff.

Krasinski Talks ‘Away We Go’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
John Krasinski sits down with’s Laura
Saltman to chat about his new movie, “Away We Go.” Plus, John talks about the
season finale of “The Office.”

Marketing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ Won’t Be Child’s Play
from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine by Brodesser-Akner)
LOS ANGELES ( — At Warner Bros. Pictures’ marketing suites, a wild
rumpus is about to start. A year late and millions of dollars over budget,
Spike Jonze will deliver his big-screen adaptation of “Where the Wild
Things Are” to studio executives later this month.

‘Angels & Demons’ actor slams Dan Brown’s writing
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by ln/kr
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Actor Stellan Skarsgard says he’s no big
fan of Dan Brown’s writing and accepted a role in “Angels &
Demons” only after reading the script based on Brown’s book.

Christians to disrupt ‘Demons’ screenings
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) — The Christian media watchdog
group The Resistance says it plans to have members disrupt screenings of the
film “Angels & Demons” at U.S. theaters.

Coppola clan provides grist for director’s `Tetro’
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID GERMAIN
CANNES, France (AP) — Rivalries are inevitable in a family
as big and talented as Francis Ford Coppola’s, with so many siblings and
cousins and uncles working in film and music.

Review: Jennifer Aniston Rom-Com Management Only Kinda Creepy
from E! Online – Movie News
Review in a Hurry: When a beautiful businesswoman breezes
into town, a local motel owner’s creepy son develops a fixation on her and will
go to any length to have her. Another Psycho remake?

A Home For Chris Rock’s “Hair”
from indieWIRE News
Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired
the worldwide rights to Sundance premiere “Good Hair.” The film, a look at the
African American hair culture, won the Special Jury Prize for U.S. Documentary
at the fest.

The Road Movie Trailer
from /Film by (
Dimension Films has finally released a movie trailer for John Hillcoat’s
feature film adaption of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road.
Earlier this week Esquire Magazine published a review of
the film
, calling it “The Most Important Film of The Year.”

Movie Trailer: Rob Marshall’s Nine
from /Film by (
The Weinstein Co have released the first movie trailer for Nine. Rob
Marshall, who directed Chicago – winner of six Academy Awards including
Best Picture, returns to the big screen with another classic Broadway

‘Spider-Man 4’ Headed To Ireland?
from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
The Sam Raimi-directed
” is years away from hitting theaters, but production is already scouting
locations for the friendly neighborhood sequel. Interestingly enough, Peter
Parker might be trading in his Daily Bugle gig for something decidedly more

David James Elliott cast in ‘Bed’
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
David James Elliott has been cast as an Internet millionaire
in the feature “Bed & Breakfast.”

Producer sues over Fawcett documentary

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ANTHONY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A producer who has collaborated with
Farrah Fawcett is suing over an upcoming documentary about her battle with

Maddow, Cooper hit ratings lows
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
Two cable news personalities — CNN’s Anderson Cooper and
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow — have hit ratings lows.

Danny Gokey has big plans for life after `Idol’
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By CARRIE
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Danny Gokey (GO’-key) has big plans for
his life after “American Idol.”

‘Kung Fu Panda: The Series’ headed to Nickelodeon
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Nickelodeon is adding a panda to its lineup
– but not just any panda.

MADtv Airs Series Finale This Saturday
from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
Fox’s MADtv marks the end of 14 seasons this Saturday at 11
PM ET/PT with a series finale that takes a look back at its most memorable

ABC preps for a ‘Scrubs’ return
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
Veteran comedy “Scrubs” is inching closer to a
return for a ninth season on ABC with most of the main cast members locked in
to return.

Nielsen: `Today’ show most popular for 700th week
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s another milestone for NBC’s
“Today” show: the 700th week in a row as television’s most popular
morning show.

Anna Wintour does rare interview with ’60 Minutes’
from Life – Top Stories
What’s behind those shades, Anna?

ABC exploring ‘Samantha’ changes
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
If ABC’s comedy “Samantha Who” returns for a third
season, it will be made a little differently.

Jay Leno: ’10 o’clock is like the new 11:30′
from – Entertainment
Jay Leno plans “something really unusual and
different” when he hands over “The Tonight Show” to Conan
O’Brien on May 29, 17 years after Johnny Carson left the hosting duties to him.

O’Brien to be Leno’s last ‘Tonight’ guest
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) — U.S. comedian and TV
personality Jay Leno said Thursday Conan O’Brien is scheduled to be his final
guest on “The Tonight Show.”

Kristin Cavallari Officially Joining ‘The Hills’
from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
NEW YORK — Lauren Conrad’s “Laguna Beach” nemesis is heading for
“The Hills.”

Hilarie Burton: Why I’m leaving ‘Tree’
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Lucas-lovin’ Peyton Sawyer says bye on Monday; the star who
plays her dishes

Top Online Song and Video Downloads

from Advertising Age – Madison+Vine
Lady Gaga’s Q&A was the most watched AOL video last
week. See full chart for top iTunes, AOL and peer-to-peer music downloads.

‘Pow’ is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 14 (UPI) — The Black Eyed Peas’s
“Boom Boom Pow” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a sixth week, reported Thursday.

Cranberries singer has ‘Baggage’ packed
from Life – Top Stories
Why be bogged down by the past? While the future of The
Cranberries remains uncertain, the Irish pop-rock band’s singer/songwriter …

NBC News’ Brian Williams Embraces Inner “Music Freak”
as Rock Video Blogger

You know Brian Williams as the trusted, avuncular news
anchor of NBC’s Nightly News, but did you know that he’s a hardcore indie-rock
nerd, too?

Pearl Jam bassist mugged outside Atlanta studio
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
ATLANTA (AP) — Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was mugged
outside an Atlanta studio where the band is recording, police said.

Wilco Album Leak Generates ‘Net Buzz
from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
When Wilco fans woke up Wednesday (May 13), the web was
already abuzz with chatter about the Chicago based band — namely, the group’s
seventh album “Wilco (The Album)” had leaked.

Daughtry Debuts High On Hot 100
from Billboard News – All by Ayala Ben-Yehuda and Keith
Caulfield, L.A.
Beyonce floats into the top 5, Jeremih scores the week’s
biggest digital and airplay gains and Daughtry debuts in the top 20 on
Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this week.

Eminem says Elton helped him after rehab
from Entertainment News –
NEW YORK, May 14 (UPI) — U.S. rapper Eminem says in an
essay he wrote for VIBE Magazine’s June/July issue he turned to Elton John for
support during his battle with drug addiction.

Album review: Eminem’s ‘Relapse’
from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News
Eminem is one psychopath who really knows his place.

Taylor Swift to be subject of ‘Dateline’ special
from Music – Top Stories
People can’t seem to get enough of Taylor Swift, so Dateline
NBC is devoting an entire hour to the country sensation

Paulina Porizkova Slams Tyra Banks After ‘Model’ Firing
from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News TeamIn a new interview for Access Hollywood and “The Billy Bush
Show,” Paulina opened up to Billy about her dismissal as a judge from the
popular reality series, created and hosted by Tyra Banks.

The death of ‘thrilled’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
Holllywood publicists are overdosing on the word “thrilled”
when writing press releases…

Home Of ‘Slumdog’ Star Torn Down
from Access Hollywood – Movies
City workers bulldozed the home of a “Slumdog Millionaire”
child star Thursday as part of the demolition of dozens of shanties in a Mumbai

CNN Punk’d by Ashton Kutcher
from – Entertainment
The scene was more reminiscent of a Hollywood production
than an elaborate prank by the Punk’d-master himself.

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