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The Newsdesk 06.03.09 – Hirsch to Be Hamlet; Bardem Strolls Down Wall Street

Jack Nicholson will reteam with writer/director James L. Brooks for an untitled romantic comedy. Brooks gave us memorable Jack characters in Terms of Endearment and As Good as It Gets.

Emile Hirsch has signed on to a new version of Hamlet to be directed by Twilight‘s Catherine Hardwicke. Produced by the team behind Milk, this Hamlet will be a suspense thriller. Spoiler alert! Everyone dies.

Courtney Cox and David Arquette are in talks for Scream 4, from original screenwriter Kevin Williamson. Please tell me they’re going to drop that Edward Munch mask. That hasn’t been scary since about 1998.

• Javier Bardem will join Michael Douglas and Shia LaBeouf in Wall Street 2. The villain is reportedly hedge funds. But is greed still good?

Posters for Avengers, Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim and more turned up at the licensing show in Las Vegas. 


States give H’wood a fortune in tax breaks

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

An Associated Press survey found that states competing for
projects handed out $1.8 billion in tax breaks and other advantages to the
entertainment industry from 2006 through 2008.

Lionsgate projects profitable 2010

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

Despite posting a widened full-year loss for fiscal 2009 on
Monday, Lionsgate said it will roar back into the black this year on record
overall revenue.

FilmOn hits L.A. for ‘virtual HD cable’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp

Billionaire entrepreneur Alki David is opening a Los Angeles
outpost as part of an aggressive North American expansion of FilmOn, his
patented live-streaming Internet business.


Parton, Poison to perform at Tonys

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) — Dolly Parton, Elton John, Liza
Minnelli, Stockard Channing and Poison have agreed to perform at Sunday’s Tony
Awards show in New York, CBS said.


Daily Box Office: Monday, June 1, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Up tops Monday’s box office with $6.3 million

Extended: ‘The Proposal’ Premiere, Hollywood

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds hang out with fans, signing
autographs and take pictures before hitting the red carpet. But what did Ryan
and Sandra think about doing the nude scene together?

Reynolds Talks ‘The Proposal’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“The Proposal” star Ryan Reynolds sits down with Billy Bush
to talk about filming his nude scene with Sandra Bullock and how he stays in
shape. Plus, Ryan reveals how he proposed to Scarlett Johansson.

Bullock Talks ‘The Proposal’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

“The Proposal” star Sandra Bullock sits down with Billy Bush
to chat about filming her nude collision with co-star Ryan Reynolds. Plus,
watch what happens when Billy offers Sandra a “cheese plate”!

Diversity to headline 3D movie

from Entertainment News –

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) — Diversity, the dance troupe that won
the “Britain’s Got Talent” TV competition last weekend, is to appear
in “Street Dance,” a new 3D movie.

Jack Nicholson In Talks To Sub For MIA Bill Murray In Brooks

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
Nicholson is the last piece of casting to come together on the ensemble
project, which also stars Paul Rudd, Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson.

Exclusive: ‘Twilight’ director Catherine Hardwicke to update
‘Hamlet’ with Emile Hirsch

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling

After having made movies based on The Bible (The Nativity
Story) and the work of Stephenie Meyer (Twilight), director Catherine Hardwicke
is turning to William Shakespeare.

‘Wall Street 2’: Shia LaBeouf is in, Javier Bardem could play

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Christine

Wall Street 2, the ridiculously timely sequel to Oliver
Stone’s blistering 1987 indictment of financial excess and corruption, is
moving swiftly through preproduction toward an August 24 start date

Stretch Armstrong Movie Gets April 2011 Release Date

from /Film by (
Back in February, we told you that Steve Oedekerk was developing a big screen adaptation of Stretch Armstrong
as part of Universal’s deal with Hasbro to turn board games and toys into a
series of possibly horrible probably pointless movies. Well it appears the film
is going into production, and even has a release date – April 15, 2011.

Winona Ryder Promises A Heathers Sequel… Again

from /Film by (
Talking to Empire magazine for their new, 201st issue, Winona Ryder has once
again jumped onto the topic of a Heathers sequel.

Paul Haggis back at Lionsgate

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Writer-director Paul Haggis and Lionsgate are reuniting on
“The Next Three Days,” a thriller adapted from the French movie
“Pour Elle.”

Two scribes tapped for ‘Girls’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

Writers Ben Karlin and Stu Zicherman have been hired to
translate a 9-year-old boy’s musings on seduction.

Alyssa Milano commits to ‘Boyfriend’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Alyssa Milano will weave a spell on the big screen. The
former “Charmed” star has signed on to star in and produce “My
Girlfriend’s Boyfriend.”

EXCLUSIVE: Taraji P. Henson To Play Mom in ‘The Karate Kid’

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
We keep hearing sudden bursts of news about Will Smith’s remake of “The Karate
Kid,” then the project seems to quiet down for awhile.

The First Image Of Sam Worthington From ‘Clash Of The Titans’

from MTV Movies Blog by Brian Warmoth
The first glimpse of “Terminator
and “Avatar” star Sam
as Perseus in Louis
‘s remake of “Clash
of the Titans”
has now reached the Internet for all the world to see.

Wimmer to write ‘Recall’ remake

from – Film News

Film News: ‘Salt’ writer takes on redo of 1990
Schwarzenegger film — Columbia Pictures has set Kurt Wimmer to write
“Total Recall,” the remake of the 1990 sci-fi mind control film that
starred Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Conan is off and running

from L.A. Times – TV News

O’Brien is not as interested in filling Jay’s shoes as in
buying a much newer pair.

‘Jay Leno Show’ to debut Sept. 14

from Entertainment News –

BURBANK, Calif., June 2 (UPI) — “The Jay Leno
Show,” Leno’s new U.S. prime time chat series, is scheduled to premiere on
NBC Sept. 14, the network announced.

Zac Efron Cameoing On HBO’s Entourage

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
High School Musical hottie Zac Efron is the latest big celeb to make a cameo on
HBO’s Hollywood-centric comedy, Entourage.

‘Jon & Kate Plus Eight’ ratings remain strong

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

While it drew fewer viewers than the show’s behemoth
premiere, Jon & Kate Plus Eight’s second installment of the season still
helped TLC rank No. 1 on Monday among homes and all key female demographics.

Demetri Martin series gets a season 2

from TV

By Mandi Bierly
Comedy Central officially orders more episodes of show that was a hit with men
18-34, to air in early 2010

Jesse James sets Spike ratings record

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Jesse James’ new stunt series is alive and kicking on Spike
TV, with a premiere episode that set new ratings records for the network.

Will sibs replace Speidi on ‘I’m a Celebrity’?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Stephanie Pratt and Holly Montag could be next.

May Ratings: FNC Beats MSNBC and CNN Combined Again

from TVNewser
Fox News was the top rated cable news network in May 2009, beating CNN and
MSNBC combined in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo in prime time.

Paris Hilton looks for a friend in Middle East

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Celebrity heiress Paris Hilton is
bringing her reality show search for a new best friend to Dubai, where her
hard-partying style will be reined in a notch to accommodate Middle East
sensibilities, the production company behind the series said on Tuesday.


Marley recruits family members for ‘Family Time’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK (AP) — Ziggy Marley wants to get in touch with the
future leaders of our nation: That’s why his latest release is a children’s CD.

Amerie’s Def Jam Debut Due In August

from Billboard News – All by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.

After a two-year hiatus, singer/songwriter Amerie has
announced the release of her Def Jam debut, “In Love & War,”
which will be available in August.

Omarion Signs To Lil Wayne’s Young Money Label

from Billboard News – All by Mariel Concepcion, N.Y.

Singer/rapper/actor Drake hasn’t finalized his
highly-anticipated major label deal yet, but friend and collaborator Omarion,
who appeared on Drake’s popular “So Far Gone” mixtape, has found a
label home.  Omarion has signed to  Lil Wayne’s Young Money imprint,
becoming Drake’s labelmate.

David Gray Ready To ‘Draw The Line’

from Billboard News – All by Michael D. Ayers, N.Y.

After a four year break, British singer-songwriter David
Gray is set to return September 22 with “Draw The Line,” his first
set of all new songs since 2005’s “Life In Slow Motion.”

Madonna Concert Set For Israel

from Billboard News – All

Madonna will play in Tel Aviv on Sept. 1 for the last stop
on her Sticky and Sweet world tour. The pop star’s website quotes her as saying
she’s “very excited about returning to Israel for my last and final

‘Spinal Tap’: Hear new album!

from Movies

By Jeff Labrecque
Tap into ”Back From the Dead,” the first album in 17 years from David St.
Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls (finally, ”Jazz Odyssey”!)


Romance Between Kate Hudson and A-Rod Heats Up

from Latest News by Joey Bartolomeo

The Yankee star and the actress are “somewhat
serious,” a source tells PEOPLE

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