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The Newsdesk 06.12.09 – Carradine Death Not a Suicide; Nispel in for Conan

• Marcus Nispel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) has signed on to direct the Conan the Barbarian update. James Earl Jones better return as Thulsa Doom, the Snake Lord or we’re not interested. 

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen is already accounting for 21 percent of online ticket sales. And 100 percent of Michael Bay-related jokes.

• An autopsy report ruled out suicide in the death of David Carradine.

• Gay rights groups are starting to take issue with Bruno. If someone wasn’t offended, Sacha Baron Cohen wouldn’t be doing his job right.

• The first photo of Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett has surfaced. The costume folks had an easy time that day.

• Experts predict that The Hangover and Up will duke it out for the top spot at the box office again, while Taking of Pelham 123 could fall behind. Audiences wanting original stories? Must be the heat.

Hugo Weaving will return as Elrond, Lord of Rivendell for Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit. Update your fan fiction accordingly. 


William Morris Agency Mistakenly Leaks Its Salary Figures

from Defamer by Hamilton Nolan

An executive of hotshot talent agency William Morris made the mistake
of faxing a memo containing the salaries of many of the firm’s
highest-paid employees, and now it’s all up on the internet.

TCM starts social networking Web site

NEW YORK, June 11 (UPI) — The U.S. cable television network
Turner Classic Movies says it has established a social networking Web site.

DreamWorks will get its $325 mil

by Carl DiOrio

DreamWorks’ plan to raise $325 million in lender financing
— part of a funding scheme covering at least three years of film production —
is now oversubscribed with verbal commitments, and its bankers soon will begin
closing on the loan syndication.


PMK Loses Will Smith To Pat Kingsley; Signs Gore Verbinski, Tom
Ford, ‘Thor’

by Nikki Finke

For a long while, it was unclear whether PMK/HBH and Will
Smith would keep some biz relationship. But Hollywood’s biggest movie star did follow
Pat Kingsley to her new consulting biz where she’s been mentoring the actor’s
new in-house marketing exec at his production company Overbrook.


Renee Zellweger Leaves CAA For WME

by Nikki Finke

So, technically, Renee Zellweger is going back to Brandt
Joel and Jenny Rawlings, her two agents formerly at Endeavor.


Major Hollywood Prop House To Shutter

by Nikki Finke

Twentieth Century Props in North Hollywood is giving up
because of the recession and Hollywood labor strife after almost 4 decades in
the biz.

Luc Besson to build mega studio

from – Film News

Film News: Facility to lure Hollywood blockbusters to Paris
— Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and Tarak Ben Ammar’s Quinta Communications are
partnering to launch Paris Studios, France’s first modern, mega movie studio.



CineVegas fest rides out tough times

from – Film News

Film News: Event’s condensed format rallies indie filmmakers
— While few American cities have been spared the hardships of the current
recession, the impact on Las Vegas — which counted the housing surge,
corporate conferences and tourists’ disposable income as its very lifeblood —
has been especially cruel.

Monte Carlo fest mad for ‘Mad Men’


International News: ‘Wolves,’ ‘Flesh’ win for miniseries —
Lionsgate’s “Mad Men,” Gallic family comedy “Desperate Parents”
and Blighty docudrama “The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall” were the big
winners at the 49th Monte Carlo TV Festival, which wrapped Thursday.



Daily Box Office: Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Hangover tops Wednesday’s box office with $6.7 million

Wide openers must deal with ‘Hangover’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

“The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” and “Imagine
That” open wide this weekend, but the fight for No. 1 could prove to be a
rematch between “The Hangover” and “Up.”


What happened to films made for grown-ups?

Give Robert Downey Jr. a suit made of metal, and lines will
form around the block. But cast him as a columnist who befriends a homeless man
and it’s a different story. In the wake of high-profile dramas flopping at the
box office, studios are increasingly gun-shy about making movies that don’t
offer pure escapism.


Universal Takes a Gamble on R-Rated Movies

by Brodesser-Akner)

LOS ANGELES ( — Universal Pictures, which will
release only R-rated films for the rest of the summer: Michael Mann’s
“Public Enemies,” Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” and Sacha
Baron Cohen’s “Bruno.” No other studio in recent memory has made such
a bold bet on grown-ups during the summer, especially in the midst of a
family-film renaissance.


Rumor: Stephen Sommers Fired From G.I. Joe?

by (

A number of sites today are pushing forward the story
that G.I. Joe director Stephen Sommers has
been locked out of the film’s editing room, based on a post from film producer
Don Murphy’s message board (now removed), as noticed by Latino Review.


Anna Paquin Talks ‘X-Men’ Spinoff catches up with Anna Paquin at the
premiere of HBO’s “True Blood” Season 2 to talk about the likelihood of an
“X-Men” spinoff for her character Rogue.


It Wasn’t Kids Who Catapulted ‘Museum’ Over ‘Terminator’

by Brodesser-Akner)

LOS ANGELES ( — “‘Family’ is no longer code
for ‘kids only,'” said Shawn Levy, director of the megahit “Night at
the Museum” and its recent sequel, “Night at the Museum: Battle of
the Smithsonian.”


Chris Pine or R.Pattz: Who Plays Lance Armstrong?

Lance Armstrong is finally getting his own biopic, says the
Hollywood Reporter’s Risky Business blog.


Man on His “Moon”: Duncan Jones Pulls Off Sci-Fi for $5 Million

“I started off very young,” “Moon” director Duncan Jones told
indieWIRE of his relationship with filmmaking. “My dad and I used to shoot
little one-stop animations on an old 8mm film camera when I was no more than 7
or 8, and when he was away at work, I would keep shooting nonsensical short
animated films using ‘Star Wars’ figures or Smurfs – depended what the
narrative was.


Review: ‘Tetro’

Francis Ford Coppola uses a tale of estranged brothers to
signal his desire to tell stories closer to his heart. 

‘Up’ Director Reveals Secret Deleted Subplot – And the Egg on
Carl’s Face

by Larry Carroll

Pixar has another instant classic on its hands with its
latest cartoon offering. As big a fan as you may be — and as much as you may
think you know what’s up with “Up” — there is a deleted plotline that may
surprise you.


‘Twilight’ Star Kellan Lutz Eager to Take On Freddy in
‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Reboot

by Larry Carroll

We have complicated tastes here at the MTV Movies Blog. While
it’s easy to find a horror website devoted to all things Freddy Krueger, or a
Twilighter site breathlessly counting down the days to “New Moon,” you might
not see that chocolate-and-peanut-butter combination crossing paths very often
in a single place.



‘View’ co-host Joy Behar to start cable talk show

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Behar (BAY’har) has too much to say for
just one hour a day, so the veteran co-host of ABC’s “The View” plans
to double up with her own show on HLN.


Ratings: ‘SYTYCD’ and ‘Wipeout’ perform well with monster

by Annie Barrett

Fox’s summer juggernaut So You Think You Can Dance swept
Wednesday night with its first in-house performance show featuring the Top 20
contestants. ABC followed closely behind in total viewership with a two-hour
installment of Wipeout


‘My Name is Earl’: No go for TBS

by Michael Ausiello

Studio statement says: ”In the final analysis we simply
could not make the economics work”


Current TV heading to Canada

by Etan Vlessing

Al Gore’s Current TV has received a green light to go north
with the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


Eric Roberts joins cast of ‘Crash’

by Nellie Andreeva

Eric Roberts is joining the cast of Starz’s series
“Crash.” On the second season of the Lionsgate TV-produced drama,
Roberts is joined by five other new cast members, Dana Ashbrook, Linda Park,
Jake McLaughlin, Tess Harper and Julie Warner.


Barney Frank Cuts CNBC Interview Short

Rep. Barney
 appeared on CNBC this morning, ahead of today’s executive pay hearing. “We’ll try to keep it brief so
you can do the job you’re there to do,” said Mark
 at the beginning of the interview.


McCain defends Palin against Letterman joke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senator John McCain has a
message for late-night comic David Letterman: Enough with the jokes about Sarah
Palin and her family.



Top Online Song and Video Downloads

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


Aerosmith keeping in touch with young fans


NEW YORK (AP) — Aerosmith may be nearly 40 years old, but
the group is staying connected with younger audiences….


The Black Eyed Peas Snag Top Spot On Hot 100

by Ayala Ben-Yehuda, Keith Caulfield and Silvio

The Black Eyed Peas hold on to the top spot on the Billboard
Hot 100, but there’s plenty of drama elsewhere on the chart from Kings of Leon,
Drake and Mitchel Musso.


SPIN Mag Goes Crazy With Free ‘Purple Rain’ Tribute Album

by David J. Prince, N.Y.

SPIN magazine is going crazy with its July issue,
celebrating the 25th anniversary of Prince’s “Purple Rain” with a
comprehensive oral history of the film and album and a free downloadable
tribute that features nine bands doing song-for-song covers of the record’s
classic tracks.


Madonna to hold two gigs in Israel

JERUSALEM, June 11 (UPI) — International pop icon Madonna
announced plans to hold two gigs in Israel, after tickets for her first show
sold out, Israeli media reports said.


Fleet Foxes nab Mojo award, Yoko Ono honored

LONDON (Reuters) – U.S. band Fleet Foxes beat the likes of
Leonard Cohen and Radiohead to land Mojo magazine’s best live act award on

Prince Refuses Surgery On Religious Grounds

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels
Prince is no stranger to diamond (and pearl) studded accessories. But the fact
that the Purple One has recently been stepping out with a bejeweled cane is
reportedly not about making a fashion statement.


Chastity Bono Undergoing Sex Change

by Stephen M. Silverman

“Chaz,” says a rep, “has made the courageous
decision to honor his true identity”


Bret Michaels: Liza Minelli Would Have Gotten An Apology

by The Huffington Post News Team

Bret Michaels just posted these gruesome pics of his busted
ass face after a prop at the award show came down and cracked him in the kisser
at the end of a live performance Sunday night.

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