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The Newsdesk 05.11.09 – Trek Boldly Goes to Top of Box Office; Sam Jackson Negotiates With Pirates

• James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver revealed details about their 3D collaboration Avatar. Turns out Sam Worthington is in every scene. Which is good news for, uh, whoever that guy is.

Star Trek took the top spot at the box office with an estimated $76.5 million. Must have been the Tyler Perry cameo. Everything that guy touches turns to gold.

• Samuel L. Jackson will star in an untitled film about a pirate negotiator. Suggested title: “The Negotiator 2: Arrrr!”

• The first footage from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time has been released. Yep, the movie with a buff, shirtless Jake Gyllenhaal. Ironically, it’s a video game movie aimed at teenage boys.

• A sneak preview of Bruno has hit “Meinspace,” aka MySpace. What, nothing on Facebooken?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be released in Mexico on May 26. The release was delayed due to the recent swine flu outbreak.

Broadcast Upfront Could Be Down as Much as 20%

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK ( — Early predictions for this year’s
TV-upfront market are grim. The betting on Wall Street is that the broadcast
networks will see a 10% to 20% decline from the about $9.23 billion in
commitments from marketers secured last year, which could mean the networks
will be lucky to notch a take between $7.4 billion and $8.2 billion.

Village Roadshow resolves credit issue
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Village Roadshow Pictures has successfully restructured a
film production credit arrangement that had affected a co-production and
co-financing deal with Time Warner’s Warner Bros.

Stars no longer insure box office profits
Cannes 2009: Buyers weigh wider set of factors for film
choices — Once upon a time, all that a U.S. sales rep needed to score a big
money presale with an international buyer was the attachment of one megastar.
Script, budget, director, target audience, additional cast, even genre — that
could all be figured out later. Those days are over.

Lending slows for film production
Cannes 2009: Banks tighten, exit movie business — Despite
the credit crunch, there are still people willing to loan money for film
production. But there are fewer of them, they’re lending less, and they’re
doing it more slowly.

Venice film fest to honor Pixar directors

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
ROME (AP) — The Venice Film Festival says it will give
lifetime achievement awards this year to Disney’s chief creative officer and
four Pixar directors for their work in animation.

What to look out for at Cannes film festival
from Film News from Times Online
This year’s Cannes film festival, with its bias toward
former Palme d’Or winners and a liberal smattering of stars either established
(Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz) or thrillingly on the rise (Michael
Fassbender, Abbie Cornish, virtually the entire young cast of Taking
Woodstock), brings with it the promise of artistic integrity and serious
red-carpet action.

Quentin Tarantino, Ken Loach and Ang Lee to compete at Cannes

from Film News from Times Online
Film festivals might be known for discovering new talent,
but next month’s Cannes event will be full of heavyweight directors after
Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee and Ken Loach were today named as competitors for
the top prize.

From a “Village” to a “City”: Hot Docs Awards Their Best
from indieWIRE News
The 2009 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary
Festival handed out their awards in Toronto tonight, at a ceremony hosted by
the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi (of this fame).

Credit crunch dulls glitz of Cannes festival
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LONDON (Reuters) – The stars will still turn up and the
movie line-up looks good but the tone of the Cannes film festival will be more
black and white than technicolor in 2009.

VH1, Logo among winners at GLAAD Media Awards

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laverne Cox isn’t on the road with Sean
Combs, but the outspoken transgender person has picked up an outstanding
reality show trophy at the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

Weekend Box Office: May 8-10, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results
Star Trek tops the box office with an estimated $72.5

‘Star Trek’ tops overseas boxoffice
from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers
The rejuvenated “Star Trek,” from director J.J.
Abrams, blasted off to No. 1 on the international circuit over the weekend,
grossing an estimated $35.5 million from more than 5,000 screens in 54

Estimates: Overcrowded Weekend Hurts “Rudo,” “Outrage”
from indieWIRE News
It seems like this weekend was too much of a good
thing.  In the shadow of “Star Trek”‘s $76 million haul, six new specialty
films opened in theatres – including high profile entries like Kirby Dick’s
exposure of closeted gay politicians, “Outrage,” and Gael Garcia Bernal and
Diego Luna’s reunion, “Rudo y Cursi” – and not one found a per-theater-average
above $10,000.

‘Trek’ Stars Beam Up To ‘Saturday Night Live’
from Access Hollywood – Movies
The new leading men of “Star Trek” have boldly gone to
“Saturday Night Live.”  Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto, who play Captain
James Kirk and Mr. Spock, respectively, in the new “Star Trek” film, were
surprise guests on the “Weekend Update” segment of “SNL,” where they pleaded
for longtime fans to see the franchise reboot.

Hugh Jackman to launch `Wolverine’ in Mexico
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Jackman has been cleared to visit

McG Explains Terminator Salvation Alternative Ending, Claims
30+ Minutes of Deleted Scenes

from /Film by (
McG tells our friends at Collider that the Terminator Salvation DVD
will likely have 30 to 40 minutes of deleted scenes. We know about the now
infamous Moon Bloodgood topless scene, and after the jump, we’ll talk about the
alternative ending, but McG also says “There are great long takes of Connor
giving speeches, evoking Sarah Connor that we ultimately lifted because I
didn’t want it to feel that he was dependent on the voice of his mother to find
his leadership.”

Simon Pegg Explains How He Became Nick Frost’s Twin In ‘Tintin’
from Splash Page by Brian Warmoth
Star Trek
cast newcomer Simon
will have another established audience to please when Steven
& Peter Jackson‘s “The Adventures of
Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn
” comes to theaters in 2010.

Kobe Doin’ Work
Film Reviews: Spike Lee has captured the essence of team

Film: ‘Bunch of Guys on a Mission Movie’
Quentin Tarantino’s violent revenge caper pits Brad Pitt and
others against the Nazis.

Memo to Judd Apatow: Your movie is too long!
from L.A. Times – Movie News
“Funny People” is–gasp!–150 minutes long.

EXCLUSIVE: Todd McFarlane Reveals ‘Spawn’ Reboot Details, New
Character Costume

from Splash Page by Larry Carroll
Comic book fans know Spawn as a badass anti-hero who mixed religion and
superheroism into a powerful, immensely popular mix that re-wrote the graphic
novel template in the early ’90s.

It’s round two for Rian Johnson’s ‘The Brothers Bloom’
from L.A. Times – Movie News
The movie drew love-it, hate-it reviews last year with a
festival premiere. Now it’s back on a bigger stage.

Movie Trailer for Woody Allen’s Whatever Works
from /Film by (
Sony Pictures Classics has released the official movie trailer for Woody
Allen’s latest comedy Whatever Works.

‘Terminator’s’ Sam Worthington’s secret weapons
from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News
The Aussie star talks about the movie, the job, and
Christian Bale.

Entertainment Weekly’s Picks of the week

from – Entertainment
More than a dozen TV series sign off for the summer this
week — or, in the case of “Prison Break,” forever — but none has as
much riding on it as the final two hours of this mojo-recapturing season of

Answers abound in TV series’ finales
from Entertainment News –
HARTFORD, Conn., May 10 (UPI) — U.S. TV series will
reportedly offer their fans a number of answers to lingering questions in
upcoming season finales.

‘Cold Case’ uses Pearl Jam tunes in finale
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 9 (UPI) — The U.S. hard rock band Pearl
Jam is allowing 16 of its songs to be used on the season finale of CBS
Television’s “Cold Case,” producers say.

Skeletons In The Closet Of “The Real Housewives of New

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
The Real Housewives of New Jersey have some skeletons in their walk-in closets.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey
TV Reviews: Turns out all previous “Real
Housewives” were just a tune-up to New Jersey.

Motherlover: SNL, Justin Timberlake Digital Short With Susan
Sarandon, Patricia Clarkson, Andy Samberg (VIDEO)

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
In an SNL digital short sure to spread like wildfire and
just in time for Mother’s Day, Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg, along with
Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson, give a whole new take on what it means to
celebrate one’s mother.

‘SNL’: Justin Timberlake rules
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker: Add his name to the ranks of repeat-hosts who
always lift ”Saturday Night Live” to a higher level

Adam Lambert: Shaking up ‘Idol’
from TV
By Mark Harris
Huge voice, over-the-top theatrics…and that whole ”Is he gay?” thing. He’s
just what ”Idol” needed

`Idol’ contestant Lambert gets hometown hurrah
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By LYNN ELBER
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Lambert’s old high school put on a
show Friday for the “American Idol” finalist, with cheerleaders, a
marching band and thousands of fans and students celebrating their hometown
music hero.

‘Dollhouse’ finale hits new ratings low
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
Not good: Fox’s “Dollhouse” hit its lowest rating
ever for its season finale.

ABC picks up ‘Flash Forward’; latest pilot buzz
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
ABC has ordered 13 episodes of “Flash Forward”

Damon Lindelof: There could be a ‘Lost’ movie but…
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
“Lost” executive producer Damon Lindelof reveals
whether there will be a “Lost” movie

Oliver, Seacrest set ABC reality series
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd
ABC is teaming with British chef Jamie Oliver and Ryan
Seacrest for a new unscripted series that gives healthy makeovers to an entire

‘Unmarried’ pair leave show
from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva
“Gary Unmarried” executive producers Ed Yeager and
Ric Swartzlander have left the freshman CBS comedy over creative differences.

Woodstock producers split over concert

from Entertainment News –
NEW YORK, May 10 (UPI) — Michael Lang and Joel Rosenman,
who helped produce the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, N.Y., say they remain
split over a proposed anniversary concert.

Irv Gotti Plans To Axe Ashanti From Murder Inc.
from Billboard News – All by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.
Irv Gotti, whose Murder Inc. label once boasted such
chart-topping artists like Ja Rule and Ashanti, says he’s “going to
drop” the latter.

It’s a new, motivated Green Day for the ’21st Century’
from Life – Top Stories
If the Green Day that recorded 1994’s Dookiewere cast in the
band’s ambitious new concept album, they’d be among the indolent …

Linkin Park wraps ‘Transformers’ recording
from Top Stories from
Linkin Park recently completed writing and recording the
theme song for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” according to a
press release. The band also will be contributing to the score, which is being
produced by award-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Keane moves guitars up front on ‘Perfect Symmetry’
from Top Stories from
Richard Hughes, drummer for the piano-driven English pop
band Keane, can’t say enough about how much fun the recording process was for
the act’s latest album, “Perfect Symmetry.”

Daughtry unveils album title, debuts first single
from Top Stories from
Chris Daughtry announced yesterday (5/7) that his band’s
second album, scheduled to be released July 14, will be titled “Leave This
Town,” according to a press release.

Paramore gambles on raw emotions
from L.A. Times – Music News
Its new album is both about band members’ grievances with
one another, and a document proving they’re finally past them.

The Shins Shape Up, Look To The Future
from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.
A lineup change, a new label, a film score and a few new
songs are greeting fans of The Shins as the band returned to the road this past
week after an eighteen month break.

Shins frontman James Mercer goes up-tempo
from L.A. Times – Music News
The singer has a movie coming out, a tour starting up and a
new album to work on.

David Wild: RIP Stephen Bruton
from Entertainment on by David Wild
There are musicians who grab headlines for the controversy
they can kick up or the drugs they can do. We love some of these musicians. But
then there is another breed of player who rather quietly but consistently make
our world a more beautiful and better sounding place, one song at a time.

Older rockers still going strong
from Entertainment News –
CHICAGO, May 10 (UPI) — Rockers such as Bruce Springsteen,
Billy Joel and Elton John are all scheduled for Chicago performances despite
being at least 60 years old, experts say.

ABBA legends pair up for first new songs in 15 years
from Reuters: Entertainment News
LONDON (Reuters) – Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, the
musical brains behind 1970s pop supergroup ABBA, have written their first new
music together in 15 years.

HuffPost Exclusive: The 40th Anniversary of Carpenters /
Interview with Richard Carpenter

from Entertainment on by Mike Ragogna
On April 23rd, 2009, literally 24 hours after its release, Carpenters (no “the”)
had their highest charting record of their careers in Japan.

Winfrey collects honorary degree, speaks at Duke

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Oprah Winfrey talked about courage,
making wise choices and helping others during a commencement address Sunday at
Duke University, which gave her an honorary degree.

Leno takes comedy show to jobless Ohio residents
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JAMES HANNAH
WILMINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Comedian Jay Leno gave a little
comic relief Sunday to residents of an area battered by layoffs and the fear of
long-term unemployment.

Just call her ‘Dr. Dolly’: Parton receives Ph.D.
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DUNCAN
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Award-winning entertainer,
businesswoman and education advocate Dolly Parton has a new title.

Mia Farrow ends fast over health concerns
from – Entertainment
Mia Farrow ended her liquid-only fast aimed at calling
attention to the crisis in Darfur after 12 days as her health took “a
downturn,” according to her publicist.

Exclusive: Sir Richard Branson talks about taking over Mia
Farrow’s hunger fast for Darfur

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Christine
When Mia Farrow ended her 12-day hunger strike to draw
attention to the plight of refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan, Virgin
music and airline entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson agreed to step in and
continue the fast for three…

Jimmy Fallon gets belated B.A.
from Entertainment News –
ALBANY, N.Y., May 9 (UPI) — Jimmy Fallon, the late-night
television host, received a college degree Saturday, 14 years after he dropped
out of the College of St. Rose in New York State.

Wanda Sykes, Obama get laughs
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker
Ken Tucker: Brutally funny emcee is a landslide winner —
and her ”opening act” hits a few zingers too

Diablo Cody: All a-Twitter
from TV
By Diablo Cody
A trip to the deli, an evening with ”Daisy of Love,” and a Twitter account
put EW’s columnist in a weekend frame of mind, musing on the thin line between
real life and entertainment

Farrah Fawcett’s outlook grim, O’Neal says
from Hollywood Reporter by Reuters
Actor Ryan O’Neal has told People magazine that his
companion Farrah Fawcett, who has battled cancer for nearly three years, is now
bed-ridden, bereft of her famous blonde hair and near the end of medical

Barbra Streisand’s aide arrested on drug charges
from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News
Tina Fortenberry was caught with expired tags … and
cocaine, and a weapon.

Article: Leo & Kate Help Last Titanic Survivor
from Access Hollywood – Movies
The last survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is
getting a hand from Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.  The “Titanic”
stars, along with director James Cameron, have contributed to a $30,000 fund
for Millvina Dean, 98, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

Boyle wasn’t allowed to attend Obama dinner
from Reality TV
“Britain’s Got Talent” sensation Susan Boyle was invited to the White House
Correspondent’s Dinner, but she had to say no.

Tobey Maguire now the father of a baby boy
from Life – Top Stories
The wife of Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire has given birth to
the couple’s second child, a boy.

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