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The Newsdesk 05.12.09 – Hollywood’s Brightest Celebrate Valentine’s Day; Trek Exceeds IMAX Expectations

American Gladiators is coming to the big screen courtesy of the creator of the venerable TV franchise. Who will play Nitro? Only Nitro can play Nitro.

Christian Bale could star in John Carter of Mars for director Andrew Stanton (WALL-E) and Pixar.

Julia Roberts, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Jesslca Alba, Shirley MacLaine and many more have signed on for Valentine’s Day, an ensemble romantic dramedy from director Gary Marshall. It’s like if Everyone Says I Love You and He’s Just Not That Into You fell in Love, Actually and went on honeymoon to the Grand Canyon.

Rachel Weisz could be playing MGM icon Hedy Lamarr in the indie film Face Value. The film would focus on Lamarr’s lesser-known career as a scientist.

• Spike Jonze revealed details about Where the Wild Things Are on his blog. One of the features is Spike “testing” a Wild Things mask by scaring a poor tot senseless. Maurice Sendak would be probably approve.

Star Trek broke IMAX box office records during its opening weekend. Mother’s Day numbers were also high for the scifi film. Who knew moms had a thing for Spock?

Cannes’ up-and-down 2008

from – Entertainment
As the 2009 Cannes Film Festival draws near, filmmakers who
have made the event’s short list hope that their films will be blessed with
that hard-to-earn Cannes buzz, which could lead to awards and financial
success. But the story doesn’t always have a Hollywood ending.

‘Children of Invention’ feted in LA
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
Tze Chun’s “Children of Invention” took home the
grand jury prize for outstanding fiction film and also picked up acting awards
for Michael Chen and Crystal Chiu at the 2009 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film

Hot Docs Audience Breaks Record; Votes “The Cove”
from indieWIRE News
Hot Docs wrapped up its most successful festival to date
this weekend in Toronto, with audience numbers reaching an estimated 122,000.

Vanessa Hudgens, Leighton Meester Among MTV Movie Award

from Access Hollywood – Movies
While fans are busy casting their votes for the 2009 MTV
Movie Awards, the first set of high profile presenters has been revealed.

Jamie Foxx tapped to be BET Awards host
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) — Singer and Oscar-winning actor
Jamie Foxx has signed on as host of next month’s 2009 BET Awards show in Los

Emmys split variety categories
from – Award Central News
Award Central News: Talkshows, specials given seperate
consideration — Gabbers like “The Daily Show” will no longer have to face off
with such big events as the Academy Awards in two key Primetime Emmy categories.

Theater World Awards hand out honors
from – Award Central News
Award Central News: Rush, ‘Billy Elliot’ trio among the
winners — Tony nominees Geoffrey Rush, Haydn Gwynne , Josefina Scaglione,
Marin Ireland and the trio of boys who alternate in the role of Billy Elliot
are among the winners of the Theater World Awards.

How William Shatner Would Have Appeared in Star Trek

from /Film by (
You might recall that JJ Abrams originally approached William Shatner to
make an appearance in Star Trek, but the actor declined because
he felt like it was nothing more than a tiny cameo.

McG On Bale’s ‘Terminator’ Tirade: ‘I Deserve All The Blame’
from Access Hollywood – Movies
“Terminator Salvation” director McG said the now-infamous
July 2008 blow up on the film’s set, between star Christian Bale and director
of photography Shane Hurlbut, was entirely his fault.

Bale Talks ‘Terminator’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
“Terminator” star Christian Bale sits down with Nancy O’Dell
to talk about how he was persuaded to play John Connor, the stunts involved
during filming and how he felt about saying the famous “I’ll be back” line.

Featurette: Terminator Salvation’s The Harvester
from /Film by (

Warner Bros has released a new five minute clip from Terminator
on promotional partner Pizza Hut’s website.

Gervais to direct Goode in ‘Cemetery’
from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, May 11 (UPI) — British actor Matthew Goode has
joined the cast of “Cemetery Junction,” a film co-written and to be
co-directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

Spike Jonze Blogs Where The Wild Things Are
from /Film by (
Director Spike Jonze has launched a website titled “We
Love You So”
, where he is blogging about the upcoming big screen
adaptation of Where The Wild Things Are, in addition to other random

Fox Searchlight To Release Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr. Fox?
from /Film by (
It looks like Wes Anderson’s animated adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox
will actually be released under Fox’s Fox Searchlight “indie”-focused

Woman finds ‘New Moon’ script in the trash
from Movies
She decided to return them to the studio making the films. In return, she was
invited to attend the movies’ premieres, her lawyer said.

Damon Lindelof Compares Challenge of Adapting ‘Dark Tower’ To
Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’

from MTV Movies Blog by Brian Warmoth
As “Star
makes its case for the new J.J. Abrams
age of the franchise this weekend, he and fellow “Lost” creator Damon
continue to have early discussions about Stephen King‘s
cult series of books “The Dark Tower.” Lindelof confirmed Abrams’ assertion that
“Lost” is priority number one at the moments, but said the project would
require at least as much care as Zack Snyder‘s
adaptation of “Watchmen.”

Hollywood Has Feb. 14 Circled in Red
from NYT > Movies by By MICHAEL CIEPLY
After a strong showing for a romantic comedy for last
Valentine’s Day weekend, New Line Cinema is going back to the well.

Cruise, Diaz, Apatow Chat On AMC’s ‘Storymakers’

from Access Hollywood – Movies
Tom Cruise says he’d try directing if he weren’t so busy
with a different kind of off-camera project: parenting.

Ratings: ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ finishes strong on Sunday
from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Jennifer
Celebrity Apprentice might not be the brag-worthy hit The
Apprentice used to be, but it pulled off the rare feat of taking the 10 p.m.
hour away from ABC’s Brothers & Sisters (8.8 million) and CBS’ The Unit
(9.7 million)….

Bruce Jenner Gets Revisionary Face Lift
from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
“Bruce has gotten a lot of media criticism in the past for getting an
ill-advised partial facelift and a nose job,” Kardashian tells PEOPLE
exclusively as her step-father’s latest plastic surgery is documented and
revealed on the family’s reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Exclusive: Andy Samberg dishes on Justin Timberlake and their
latest ‘SNL’ short, ‘Motherlover’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tanner Stransky
The screams from Saturday Night Live’s studio audience began
as soon as Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s R&B Casanova characters
appeared right after these words — “An SNL Digital Short” — flashed
on screen.

‘Heroes’ channels ‘Carnivale’?
from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello finds clues to ”Redemption” in casting
breakdowns making the rounds in Hollywood

A Resting Place of Reruns Tries to Turn Up the Heat
from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER
For prime time, TV Land is turning to shows like “The
Cougar” and away from the classic reruns it is known for.

Simon Cowell says Adam Lambert will win ‘Idol’
from Life – Top Stories
American Idol judge Simon Cowell says he thinks Adam Lambert
will win this season of the popular singing competition show.

NBC passing on ‘Legally Mad’
TV News: Fox yanks ‘Sit Down, Shut Up’ a week early — Case
closed on David E. Kelley’s drama pilot “Legally Mad,” which NBC
officially passed on late Friday.

Tearful Yoko Ono talks about John Lennon exhibit

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JOHN CARUCCI
NEW YORK (AP) — A new John Lennon exhibit is particularly
emotional for his widow, Yoko Ono. Besides Lennon’s guitars, letters and other
personal effects, it also includes a paper bag containing the bloody clothes
from the night he was shot to death.

John Legend’s Brother, Vaughn Anthony, Ready For Spotlight
from Billboard News – All by Monica Herrera, N.Y.
John Legend didn’t have to look very far to find his next
protégé. After two years of helping him develop as an artist, the R&B
singer is gearing up to introduce his younger brother, Vaughn Anthony, as the
second signing to his HomeSchool Records imprint.

Bob Dylan Marks Second Week As U.K. No. 1
from Billboard News – All by Paul Sexton, London
Bob Dylan started a second week atop the U.K. album chart
yesterday (Sunday) with “Together Through Life” (Columbia/Sony BMG),
as “Number 1” (4th & Broadway/Universal Island) by Tinchy Stryder
featuring N-Dubz took the singles crown for a third week.

Staind Sets Summer ‘Stimulus’ Tour
from Billboard News – All by Mitchell Peters, L.A.
Rock acts Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm are
doing their part to “stimulate” the summer concert season.

Death Cab might have changed name
from – Entertainment
Death Cab for Cutie, the Grammy-nominated indie band that
shot to the top of the Billboard charts with its latest album, “Narrow
Stairs,” has come a long way since its basement-recording beginnings in
Bellingham, Washington.

Eminem’s “Relapse”: Read the Rolling Stone Review
from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone
First Eminem
released “Crack a Bottle,” then videos for the jokey “We Made You” and deadly serious “3 A.M.” This past weekend, some fans may have found a way
to hear a few more cuts from Relapse, Slim Shady’s first album in nearly
five years. But Rolling Stone has listened to the entire album the way
it was meant to be heard — and our official review of Eminem’s Relapse is right here.

Kelly Clarkson fills out summer run
from Top Stories from
Kelly Clarkson has added a handful of performances to her
summer schedule behind her chart-topping spring release, “All I Ever

Jane’s Addiction frontman injured on stage
from Top Stories from
Jane’s Addiction’s co-headlining run with Nine Inch Nails is
off to a bumpy start after frontman Perry Farrell suffered a significant leg
injury during the outing’s third stop, which took place last night (5/10) in

James Taylor lines up fall dates behind ‘Covers’
from Top Stories from
James Taylor will follow up the remaining spring dates on
his ongoing “Down Home” tour with a few shows in September, as he
plots initial dates for a fall outing.

R&B’s Ciara writes songs, her own ticket on ‘Fantasy Ride’
from Music – Top Stories
“You will never ever catch me,” a sexy cartoon
figure warns in the album art for Ciara’s new Fantasy Ride.

‘Titanic’ stars help ship’s last survivor

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …
LONDON (AP) — “Titanic” stars
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have pledged to help the last survivor of
the sinking of the ocean liner.

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