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The Newsdesk 06.23.09 – Last Airbender Teaser Debuts; Bay vs. Paramount

• Judd Apatow’s Funny People will premiere at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival a week before it hits theaters. Seems a bit like preaching to the choir, Judd.

• The recent protests in the streets of Tehran has put the filmmakers behind the Iranian drama The Stoning of Soraya M. in a precarious position.

• The first teaser trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender has arrived. The twist is, it shows zero plot details. Shyamalan! You’ve struck again.

• Joan Jett is helping Kristen Stewart record songs for the Runaways biopic. Jett’s first order of business was explaining to Stewart that she is in fact, not Pat Benatar.

Michael Bay is taking issue with Paramount‘s advertising campaign for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Perhaps he has a point. There’s at least one sherpa in Tibet who probably doesn’t know when it’s coming out.

• Benicio Del Toro has reportedly signed on for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere.


Day-and-date can be a dilemma: Execs admit there is no sure-fire formula for b.o. success

from Film Journal by Carl DiOrio

AMSTERDAM -- Two of this summer's biggest hits illustrate the lucrative possibilities of day-and-date film releasing -- as well as its limits.

Europe d-cinema rollout hung up on funding

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Dithering over funding and other details has European theater operators as frustrated as U.S. exhibitors with the slow rollout of digital cinema.

Upfront shows signs of moving

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

Media buyers and national TV sales executives have yet to clear the air on their pricing differences, but other atmospheric disturbances that have stalled the upfront marketplace are beginning to show signs of dissipating.


Just for Laughs finds 'Funny People'

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Judd Apatow's "Funny People" will topline the Just for Laughs film festival, with Aziz Ansari and Aubrey Plaza set to attend the film's sneak preview.

The Ghost of Johnny Cash in "Branson" at LAFF

from indieWIRE News

The ghost of Johnny Cash made an appearance on Sunday night for the world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival of Brent Meeske's documentary "Branson," which follows the strange world of strip-mall performers in Branson, Missouri where over 50 theaters host concerts, performances, and other family friendly acts to a million people a year.

Storytelling, Of All Kinds, Showcased at Nantucket Fest

from indieWIRE News

"I lost my virginity here," Ben Stiller revealed to a small crowd at the Nantucket Film Festival on Friday night. "But that's not my story."

"Tomorrow" Takes Cinereach Award at Human Rights Watch

from indieWIRE News

The Human Rights Watch International Film Festival and Cinereach presented the 2009 Cinereach Award to Fabrizio Lazzaretti and Paolo Santolini for their film "Back Home Tomorrow."

Outfest To Honor Roos

from indieWIRE News

Outfest has announced that it will present its 13th Annual Achievement Award to screenwriter and director Don Roos.


Jeff Garlin talks about his upcoming Jennifer Aniston movie

from Entertainment Weekly's Hollywood Insider by Jennifer Armstrong

He may have once told EW that "nobody wants to see me make out on screen with Jennifer Aniston," but Jeff Garlin is doing the next best thing: costarring in her next film.

Tim Burton's 'Alice': Wow!

from Movies

By Kerrie Mitchell
Kerrie Mitchell on USA Today's publication of the first photos from next year's ''Alice In Wonderland''

'Inglourious Basterds': New trailer

from Movies

By Margaret Lyons
Margaret Lyons likes the additional Diane Kruger footage, not so much the repeated Eli-Roth-with-a-bat action

How to lose a girl in 500 days: Marc Webb debuts with offbeat comedy of rocky romance

from Film Journal by Sarah Sluis

When (500) Days of Summer premiered at Sundance 2009, Marc Webb was nervous. "I was unsure how Sundance would treat this film because we all set out to make an uncynical movie. Even though it was made on an 'indie' budget and spirit and no big studio would touch it--it's a pop film."

Halloween II Movie Trailer #2

from /Film by (

Dimension Films has released the second full trailer for Rob Zombie's Halloween II (no longer H2, thankfully) on the InterWebs

'Scream' Chugs Ever-Forward As Neve Campbell Bows Out

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
A few more years, and Twitter will put all of us working writers out of business. It's amazing how much information can be imparted in 140 character bursts.

Johnny Depp Address 'Batman 3' Riddler Rumors

from Splash Page by Eric Ditzian
While director Christopher Nolan's future with the Batman franchise is very much up in the air, speculation surrounding a follow-up to last year's "The Dark Knight" continues unabated. One persistent rumor -- perhaps fan-created -- is the possibility of Johnny Depp joining the cast as the Riddler.


Jessica Simpson Returns To Reality TV

from Billboard News - All by Nellie Andreeva, L.A.

Six years after she became a breakout reality TV star with MTV's "Newlyweds: Nick & Jessica," Jessica Simpson is returning to MTV Networks for a new reality series on VH1 targeted for a 2010 launch.

Cho and Nealon land comedy specials

from Entertainment News -

LOS ANGELES, June 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. cable television network Showtime says it has booked Margaret Cho and Kevin Nealon to star in stand-up comedy specials.

Television Review | 'NYC Prep': Rich Kids, Don't Look Now, but Your Teenage Angst Is Showing

from NYT > Television by By ALESSANDRA STANLEY

The kids in "NYC Prep" roam New York unsupervised by parents or teachers, tethered only to the strict rules and unyielding clichés of a Bravo reality show.


Springsteen/Ticketmaster War Escalates

from Billboard News - All by Ray Waddell, Nashville

The war of words between Ticketmaster and the Bruce Springsteen camp continues to heat up.

Kid Rock Hooks Up With Rick Rubin For 'Jesus' Follow-up

from Billboard News - All by Gary Graff, Detroit

Kid Rock has shifted gears on his next album, hooking up with producer Rick Rubin and telling that "we won't release anything until we both agree that every song on it is great."

Daughtry prepping new album next month

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Chris Daughtry is famous -- hard not to be, what with the "American Idol" thing and the heartthrob thing and Grammy Award nomination thing and the gazillion records sold thing.


Books by Martin Luther King Jr. to be republished

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ... by By ERRIN HAINES

ATLANTA (AP) -- Four books that have been long out of print by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. will be published again under a deal with Beacon Press brokered by King's youngest son.

Keillor celebrates 'Prairie Home' 35th anniversary

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ...

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Humorist Garrison Keillor is returning to Lake Wobegon to celebrate the 35th anniversary of his popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show.

Ryan O'Neal says he plans to marry Farrah Fawcett

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ryan O'Neal says he plans to marry Farrah Fawcett, who is struggling to overcome cancer. The 68-year-old actor says in an interview with Barbara Walters for ABC's "20/20" that he asked his longtime companion to marry him and "she's agreed." O'Neal says they will tie the knot "as soon as she can say yes."

Chris Brown Pleads Guilty To Assault

from Billboard News - All

Chris Brown has pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault on pop star Rihanna.

Black Eyed Peas Tour Manager Charged With Assaulting Perez Hilton

from Billboard News - All

Police have charged Polo Molina, the tour manager of the Black Eyed Peas, with assault after he allegedly punched celebrity blogger Perez Hilton outside a Toronto nightclub.

Report: Jon & Kate divorcing

from Entertainment News -

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- Married reality television stars Kate and Jon Gosselin began divorce proceedings in a Doylestown, Pa., court Monday, a source told

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