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The Newsdesk 06.17.09 — Penn Taking Year Off; Frankenstein’s Bride Coming Back to Life

Sean Penn has dropped out of The Three Stooges and Cartel in order to spend time with his family. Nothing against family time, but Penn’s Curly was the sole reason we were interested in the Stooges update.

• Universal is bringing Bride of Frankenstein back from the dead with the help of The Illusionist writer/director Neil Burger. Rumor has it Amy Winehouse is in the running for the lead.

• While The Hangover is the summer’s surprise hit, box office revenues for June are down from last year. Looks like G-Force is Hollywood’s only hope.

Samuel L. Jackson will star in Mixed Blood, a South African-set drama to be directed by Phillip Noyce.

• Shia LaBeouf confirmed that Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are working on another Indiana Jones sequel. This time Shia’s Mutt discovers the secret of how Indy survived a nuclear blast by hiding inside of a refrigerator.

• Rumor has it Frost/Nixon star Michael Sheen could be Blofeld in the next James Bond outing, He’s got the sitting down part down pat. Now all he needs is a white cat.


After Testing, AMC Commits to Targeted TV

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Hampp)
NEW YORK ( — Behavioral targeting has long been a strength of the
web for aligning advertising with consumer preferences, but what about TV?
Rainbow Media’s movie-themed cable network AMC set out to test targeting last
year via a research tool called AIM, or Audience Identity Metric.

Summer box office stumbles with no blockbusters — yet

from Life – Top Stories

Maybe Hollywood isn’t so recession-proof after all. After
months of blistering revenues, box-office ticket sales are slowing


Reuters: Paramount Could Merge With Other Studio?

from indieWIRE News

Could Paramount Pictures merge with Sony Pictures, Universal
Studios, or another major studio?  That’s a possibility that Reuters is
reporting in this article.

Live Nation cuts all fees, taxes, for Wednesday

from – Entertainment

Live Nation has taken all fees and taxes out of “No
Service Fee Wednesday,” responding to complaints that hidden fees remained
when it launched the ticket promotion two weeks ago.

Hollywood’s Latest Mogul Hopefuls

from Media News by Evan Hessel

Amid a capital drought, a new studio announces bold plans.

MPAA to China: Open up

from – Film News

Film News: Glickman says country needs foreign movies —
China needs to open up its market to foreign movies to match the country’s
increasingly sophisticated film market, Dan Glickman, chairman and CEO of the
Motion Picture Assn. of America, told an audience of biz leaders at the
Shanghai Film Festival on Sunday.

Icahn ups his share in Lionsgate


Business News: Billionaire increases stake to 15.9% from
15.6% — Carl Icahn has nudged his stake in Lionsgate up to 15.9% from 15.6% since
last week, indicating he may still make a run to control the mini-major.


Tales of struggle and strength: Human Rights Watch Fest marks
20 years

from Film Journal by Maria Garcia

In 2009, the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
celebrates its 20th anniversary, although this year’s festival is not very
different from that of any other year: The 21 documentary and narrative
features, and 11 shorts, are the novel work of indefatigable filmmakers.

“More Than a Game” SilverDocs Premiere

from indieWIRE News

SilverDocs opens!

Week Ahead in Film: A Festival Grows in Brooklyn

from NYT > Movies by By STEPHEN HOLDEN

Eighteen films will be shown in BAMcinemaFEST, a new
festival of independent films.

‘500 Days of Summer’ to open Locarno

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Eric J. Lyman

The European premiere of “500 Days of Summer,” a
romantic comedy from U.S. helmer Marc Webb, will be the opening film at the
62nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival.

‘Imaginarium’ to open Munich film festival

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Scott Roxborough

Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor
Parnassus,” starring the late Heath Ledger, will open the 27th Munich
International Film Festival.


Beyonce, Kanye To Perform At BET Awards

from Billboard News – All

Beyonce will perform at the Black Entertainment TV Awards.

Academy to Honor Hal Ashby

from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier

Panel, screenings will be part of Oscar org’s salute.

Brad Paisley cleans up at CMT Awards

from Life – Top Stories

Brad Paisley came home a big winner from Tuesday’s CMT Music


Daily Box Office: Monday, June 15, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Hangover tops Monday’s box office with $5.5 million

Gay activists wary about flamboyant “Bruno”

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. gay activists are worried that
comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s new film, “Bruno,” could reinforce
negative stereotypes about homosexuals just as they are making gains in the fight
for rights such as same-sex marriage.

Dark indie ‘Snow White’ in the works

from Entertainment News –

NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 16 (UPI) — Goodnight Film LLC has announced a dark and
brooding U.S. adaptation of the classic fairy tale “Snow White” is to
go into production this October.

Portman set for ‘Black Swan’ role

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) — Actress Natalie Portman is
attached to play the lead in Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller “Black
Swan,” The Hollywood Reporter said.

Sean Penn pulls out of ‘Cartel,’ may also depart ‘The Three

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

Sean Penn has pulled out of the Asger Leth-directed drama
Cartel and may not be able to make the start date of his anticipated MGM comedy
The Three Stooges, helmed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly and costarring Jim Carrey

‘Red Dawn’: Casting exclusive!

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Nicole Sperling

See who’s been tapped for the roles originated by Charlie
Sheen and Jennifer Grey in upcoming remake

Is Eddie Murphy Done?

from Media News by Dorothy Pomerantz

The comedian’s days of huge paychecks could be over.

Jason Sudeikis cashes in ‘Bounty’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

“Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock”
regular Jason Sudeikis has been cast in the Columbia comedy “Bounty
Hunter” opposite Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler.

DiCaprio set for film about online casinos

from – Film News

Film News: Paramount project hails from writers Koppelman,
Levien — Paramount has put its chips down on an untitled pitch about the world
of online casinos based in Costa Rica. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to star
and produce through his Appian Way shingle.

Michael Mann: The inside scoop on ‘Public Enemies’

from L.A. Times – Movie News

The conversation ranged far afield from the veteran
director’s latest film.

‘Transformers’ Star Shia LeBeouf Reveals That Spielberg Has
‘Cracked’ The Next ‘Indiana Jones’

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

Shia LeBeouf sat down with the BBC recently to promote next
week’s Michael Bay blockbuster “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.”

It Might Get Loud Trailer Premieres, Featuring Jimmy Page, The
Edge and Jack White

from Paste Magazine

The official trailer for It Might Get Loud, Davis
Guggenheim’s documentary about guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White, has hit the web.


Stanley Cup Most-Watched in 36 Years

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS ( — The finals on the finals are in. And while both the
NBA and the NHL scored, it was the ratings breakaway of hockey’s game seven that
must have taken the league’s breath away, as 8 million viewers makes it the
most-watched Stanley Cup Final in 36 years.

With ‘Pains’ come gains

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

Despite a strong showing from TNT’s “The Closer,”
USA Network retained its post at the head of the cable ratings race last week,
averaging 3.35 million viewers.

O’Connor to appear on ‘Late Show’

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, June 16 (UPI) — Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O’Connor has agreed to make her first visit to the “Late Show
with David Letterman,” CBS said.

Letterman-Palin: Protesters picket in NYC

from TV

By Kate Ward
Kate Ward was there as dueling groups of supporters take sides at the home of
the ”Late Show”

A&E announces ‘Beast’ cancellation

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) — A&E has confirmed it will
not renew Patrick Swayze’s Chicago-set police drama “The Beast” for a
second season.

‘Jon & Kate’: Ratings decline continues

from TV

By Lynette Rice
Monday’s episode featuring a visit to ”American Chopper” was seen by 2.9
million viewers, down 31 percent from week earlier

New duke for ‘Tudors’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

David O’Hara has joined Showtime’s “The Tudors” as
a recurring.

Janice Dickinson’s medical scare in Costa Rica

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The former model was rushed from the set of “I’m a

Planet Green sprouts documentaries


Exclusives: Network to launch two-hour doc block in fall —
Planet Green is launching an ambitious weekly two-hour block of documentaries
beginning in the fall.


Mariah Carey Sets Release Date For ‘Memoirs’

from Billboard News – All by Monica Herrera, N.Y.

Mariah Carey will release her twelfth studio album,
“Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” August 25 on Island Def Jam, the
singer announced today (June 16). The debut single, “Obsessed,” is
co-written and produced by Carey, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart and has shipped
to radio, while a music video directed by Brett Ratner is forthcoming.

No Doubt Finds Inspiration On The Road

from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit

“We definitely feel on top of our game right now,”
bassist Tony Kanal tells “We feel really good about playing
together again, and I do believe that’s going to lead to a very inspired record
as soon as we’re done with this tour.”

Amy Winehouse’s mother says singer needs rescue

from Music – Top Stories

The mother of singer Amy Winehouse says her troubled
daughter needs to be rescued.

Aerosmith To Play Entire Classic Albums On Summer Tour

from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit

Aerosmith plans to play more than one album in its entirety
on tour this summer.

Devo to Collaborate with LCD Soundsystem Frontman

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels

Devo have recruited LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy to
collaborate on their new album. How did the two come together? Well, it starts
with a big misunderstanding.


Ventures guitarist Bob Bogle dies at 75

from – Entertainment

Ventures lead guitarist Bob Bogle, whose fretwork on hits
such as “Walk — Don’t Run” and “Hawaii Five-O” influenced
countless bands, died Sunday in Vancouver, Washington. He was 75.

Katy Perry Sues Australian Fashion Designer Katie Perry

from MTV News

‘I love my business. I’m not going to give it away without a
fight,’ Katie Perry says.

Yusuf Islam to Coldplay: I Forgive You

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels
Yusuf Islam, the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens, has invited Coldplay to
tea so that they can put the whole “you copied elements of my epic 18-minute song ‘Foreigner
Suite'” thing
to bed.


Publisher of ‘Harry Potter’ denies plagiarism

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JENNIFER QUINN

LONDON (AP) — The publisher of the wildly popular and very
profitable “Harry Potter” books says it intends to fight a lawsuit
alleging that author J.K. Rowling stole the idea for the series about the boy

Etheridge: Medical marijuana should be legal

from – Entertainment

Each day an estimated 6,000 Americans will try marijuana for
the first time. It’s the most common illicit drug in the United States with
nearly 15 million people using it at least once a month.

Patrick Farrow, Mia Farrow’s Brother, Found Dead In Vermont Art

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
CASTLETON, Vt. — The brother of actress Mia Farrow has been found dead in his
art gallery, and police said Tuesday his death is suspicious.

Krist Novoselic ends protest campaign

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

The former bassist for Nirvana says he has made his point
and ended his protest candidacy for a county clerk position in Washington



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