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The Newsdesk 06.04.09 – Gov. Arnold Offered Predator Reboot; Sacha Baron Cohen Sued Again

• Jean-Luc Godard will tackle a Holocaust film as his next project. The French New Wave icon is still cranking out films at age 79. Let’s see Brett Ratner do that!

• Arnold Schwarzenegger has reportedly been offered a role in Predators, Robert Rodriguez Predator reboot. That’s the title? AVP was catchier.

• The first photos of Josh Brolin in “Jonah Hex” have surfaced. Don’t ask him where he got that scar. Let’s just say, you should never shave and drive.

• Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued over a Bruno-related stunt at an elderly bingo game. Elderly people of the world: Do not invite Sacha Baron Cohen to your bingo games or tea socials.

Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle might be headed back to India for an adaptation of the book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found.

• A Los Angeles judge decided that a lawsuit over Lord of the Rings can be brought to jury. The suit pits the heirs of J.R.R Tolkien estate against film franchise producers New Line Cinema. 

• Tony Scott discussed his plans for the remake of The Warriors. Apparently he plans to move one of the most iconic New York City movies to L.A. 


Miley Cyrus Fired United Talent Today

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has always represented her in the music area. But now Miley
Cyrus is taking meetings with agencies about her TV and film and endorsements
representation. Is this fair to UTA? Of course not. But I hear the decision was
made by Miley’s mother Trish Cyrus who is her de facto manager.

Live Nation’s ‘no fee’ tickets do carry fees

from – Entertainment

Music fans who buy concert tickets during Live Nation’s
“No Service Fee Wednesday” may be surprised when they check their
receipt and see some service fees were charged.

Producers struggle to stay productive

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Michael London, Gary Lucchesi, Marshall Herskovitz and Gale
Ann Hurd discuss current challenges in making films.


“Answer Man” To Lead In Stony Brook’s 14th Fest

from indieWIRE News

Four world premieres, three U.S. premieres, six East Coast
premieres and 14 New York premieres will be among the 37 feature and short
films presented during the 14th Annual Stony Brook Film Festival, which runs
from Thursday, July 23 through Saturday, August 1 at Staller Center for the
Arts at Stony Brook University.

Mile High Mutiny: Major Shakeup Hits Denver Fest; Mass

from indieWIRE News

A dramatic mass exodus is underway at the Denver Film
Society, organizer of the three decade old Denver International Film Festival.
Longtime veterans of the organization, including Festival Director Britta
Erickson and Artistic Director Brit Withey, as well as esteemed co-founder Ron
Henderson, have resigned in Denver. And now they are being followed out the
door by some seventeen other people at the Film Society and the festival.

Electric Daisy Carnival Lineups Expanded

from Billboard News – All by Caitlin Berens, L.A.

Thievery Corporation, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, the
Crystal Method, Shiny Toy Guns, STS9, Groove Armada (DJ Set) and Tortured Soul,
among others, are scheduled to appear at the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival, to
be held June 26-27 at Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park in Los Angeles.


Neil Patrick Harris gets ready as 2009 Tony host

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Ask Neil Patrick Harris how he sees his job
as host of the 2009 Tony Awards, and the star of TV’s “How I Met Your
Mother” says judiciously, “ringmaster at the circus – I want to be
strong enough to earn your trust but be able to allow all the specialty acts to

Wilson, Parsons to announce Emmy noms

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

“Grey’s Anatomy” co-star Chandra Wilson and
“The Big Bang Theory” co-leading man Jim Parsons will announce the
61st Primetime Emmy Awards nominations in July.

Grammys drop polka album award


Music News: Folk/Americana category split into two — The
Recording Academy will reduce by one the number of Grammys handed out in


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, June 2, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Up tops Tuesday’s box office with $6.4 million

‘The Hangover,’ more movie grades

from Today’s Latest Headlines

Owen Gleiberman on too-much-fun-in-Vegas comedy; ”Land of
the Lost”; ”Away We Go”; ”My Life In Ruins”

MGM planning ‘Valley Girl’ musical remake

from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Wednesday confirmed
Jason Moore will direct the musical reimagining of the 1983 Hollywood film
“Valley Girl.”

Tony Scott’s Warriors Remake To Be Set In LA

from /Film by (
Continually getting riled up over each great old movie to be forced onto the
remake train is pointless, but Tony Scott’s remake of Walter Hill’s The
seems so wrong-headed that I can’t help but get a little

Samuel Goldwyn nabs ‘Untitled’


Film News: Studio acquires rights to Adam Goldberg comedy —
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to
“Untitled,” director Jonathan Parker’s comedy on the state of
contemporary art and music, and set a Sept. 18 release.

New ‘New Moon’ Web Site Launches

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Twi-hards, rejoice – the official “New Moon” Web site has
arrived. The new site for the “Twilight” sequel is live now at, where fans can watch the just-premiered trailed in HD,
download the new poster and grab the widget.

‘Top Chef’ moving to Las Vegas

from Entertainment News –
NEW YORK, June 3 (UPI) — The culinary competition series “Top Chef”
is moving to Las Vegas for Season 6, Bravo announced.

Graham Talks ‘The Hangover’

from Access Hollywood – Movies’s Laura Saltman sits down with Heather
to find out what it was like working with a bunch of guys on a raunchy movie.
Plus, what did Heather do to prepare for shooting the pictures on the stripper

Jonah Hill Will Jump Down On ’21 Jump Street’

from MTV Movies Blog by Eric Ditzian
Jonah Hill thinks the “21 Jump Street” movie he’s writing and producing is going
to be something special, but he’s worried that he might be alone in that
opinion so far.

White Talks ‘The Proposal’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Betty White talks with Billy Bush about working with Sandra
Bullock and Ryan Reynolds on the new romantic comedy, “The Proposal.” But, what
did she think of Billy’s new stripper moves that “Proposal” co-star Oscar Nunez
taught him?

Takashi Shimizu to Direct First Ever Japanese Digital 3D Film

from /Film by (
The Japanese equivalent of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion movie is to be
Takashi Shimizu’s The Shock Labyrinth, a 3D horror movie based upon a
popular theme park ride.

Exclusive: Courteney Cox Arquette and David Arquette in discussions
for ‘Scream’ reboot

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Christine

If you needed proof that everything old in Hollywood is
becoming new again, look no further than Scream.

Woman sues comedian over `Bruno’ skirmish

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

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — Sacha Baron Cohen’s new movie is
already getting the same sort of buzz and legal backlash that came with his
last hit.

Nicholson may re-team with Brooks on film

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, June 3 (UPI) — Hollywood film star Jack
Nicholson is in talks to star in James L. Brooks’s upcoming, as-yet-untitled
romantic comedy.

Does An Oscar-Nominated Actress Give The Karate Kid Remake Any Credibility?

from /Film by (
Taraji P. Henson has been cast in the Will Smith-produced reimagining of The
Karate Kid
. Henson, who was nominated for an Oscar for The Curious
Case of Benjamin Button
, will play Jaden Smith’s character Dre’s mother

Danny McBride Talks ‘Hench,’ Doubts DC Characters Will Appear
In Film

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
Last week, news hit the wire that “Land of the Lost” actor Danny McBride would
both write and star in an adaptation of the Ait/Planet Lar comic book “Hench,” about
the sad life of a supervillain’s henchman.

‘Avatar’: A sneak peek at E3

from Movies

By Jeff Jensen
Jeff Jensen on why he’s ready to reach into his wallet after briefing on James
Cameron’s movie, videogame

Equilibrium Screenwriter To Pen Total Recall Remake

from /Film by (
Columbia Pictures has hired Equilibrium and Ultraviolet scribe
Kurt Wimmer to pen a remake of Total Recall (which was first announced in

‘Heathcliff’ Animated Feature (And More) In The Works

from Splash Page by Caleb Goellner
Even though George Gately’s “Heathcliff” comic strip beat Jim Davis’ “Garfield”
to the comics page by nearly five years, the scoundrel never caught on quite as
well as that other fat orange cat. However, if rights holders FitzRoy Media and
partners Magic Lantern Entertainment have their way, Heathcliff could soon
catch up on his appearances in animation and live-action film.

‘Thirst’ will sink fangs into U.S. in July

from Hollywood Reporter by By Park Soo-mee

“Thirst,” Park Chan-wook’s vampire flick and a
recent Cannes jury prize winner, will be released in the U.S. on July 31, the
film’s North American distributor Focus Features said Wednesday.

Writer-director tapped for ‘Houdini’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Jeff Nathanson has signed to write and direct the adaptation
of William Kalush and Larry Sloman’s Harry Houdini biography “The Secret
Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero” for Summit



‘Mad Men’ turns period drama into an exclamation point

from L.A. Times – TV News

The AMC series about an ad firm in the 1950s started off
slowly. But win a few awards and high-profile fans and just see how the swells
buy in.

‘Inside The Obama White House’ Draws 9.1M Total Viewers

from TVNewser
Part I of “Inside the Obama White House” drew 9.12 million Total
Viewers placing second in the time period behind CBS’ The Mentalist in Total
Viewers but coming in first in both the A18-49 and A18-34 demos

That Conan O’Brien, He’s No Johnny Carson

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Rash)
Even after 17 years, many assessments of Jay Leno began with “Well, he’s
no Johnny Carson.” The same can be said of Conan O’Brien, who seemed to be
tamping down his New York edge with some sunny Hollywood charm in his first two
nights behind the desk of “The Tonight Show.”

Stephen Colbert Takes Over Newsweek

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Yarrow)
When Jon Meacham, editor of Newsweek, relaunched his magazine a few weeks ago,
he wrote, “We know you know what the news is.” Let’s hope so, because
the line between news and satire is about to get blurry.

Eminem ‘thrilled’ about pulling off Bruno stunt

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Eminem says he knew full well what he was
about to face at the MTV Movie Awards – including Sasha Baron Cohen’s bare

NBC beefs up ‘Football Night’


Sports News: Dungy, Harrison added as analysts — Super
Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy and former all-pro safety Rodney Harrison have
been added as studio analysts for NBC’s “Football Night in America”

‘I’m a Celebrity…’ loses a million viewers from premiere

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Mandi Bierly

Even with the will-they-leave-or-won’t-they antics of Heidi
and Spencer Pratt on Tuesday, NBC’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! lost
nearly a million viewers from its Monday premiere.

Report: Jon Gosselin says his 8 kids are happy

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Gosselin says there’s no truth to
reports that his eight children have been hurt by the family’s reality TV

Real Housewives of New Jersey: A Criminal’s Guide to the Garden

from Defamer by Richard Lawson
Martha Graham once said that “dance is a song of the body. Either of joy
or pain.” Last night’s New Jersey deep dive proved her sage point. There
was joy and there was pain, but also there was dancing.



Blues queen Koko Taylor dies at 80

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By CARYN ROUSSEAU

CHICAGO (AP) — Koko Taylor, a sharecropper’s daughter whose
regal bearing and powerful voice earned her the sobriquet “Queen of the
Blues,” has died after complications from surgery. She was 80.

Joe Jonas boogies to Beyonce to promote new album

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Watch out, Beyonce. Joe Jonas is
stealing your dance moves.

McCartney to sing at New York Mets stadium in July

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets are inviting an old
friend to play at their new stadium.

Miley Cyrus Plans 2009 Tour With Paperless Ticketing

from Billboard News – All by David J. Prince, N.Y.

Miley Cyrus, riding high on the success of her “Hannah
Montana” film and soundtrack, has announced plans for a 45-date North
American tour this fall.

Eminem Stays Atop Billboard 200; Grizzly Bear, Manson Debut Top

from Billboard News – All by Keith Caulfield, L.A.

Eminem’s “Relapse” holds on to the No. 1 slot with
ease, shifting 211,000 in its second week, down 65.3% from its whopping bow
last week with 608,000. While there are still three new albums that arrive in
the top 10, the Hot Shot Debut is Marilyn Manson’s “The High End Of
Low” at No. 4 with 49,000.

Katie Melua Takes Her Time In U.S.

from Billboard News – All by Gary Graff, Detroit

British singer-songwriter Katie Melua has sold more than 10
million albums, mostly in the U.K. and Europe, and even has a Dutch tulip named
after her. Breaking the U.S. is also on her agenda, but she doesn’t expect to
be an overnight success.

Kings of Leon expand endless ‘Night’ tour

from Top Stories from

Hard-working alt-rockers Kings of Leon continue to expand
their fall tour schedule as they prepare to make another road push behind their
chart-topping album “Only By the Night.”

Dave Matthews Band Headed For Fifth Straight No. 1 Album

from Billboard News – All by Keith Caulfield, L.A.

Dave Matthews Band will likely bow at No. 1 on the Billboard
200 chart next week with “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” which
industry prognosticators are suggesting could sell as much as 390,000 in its
first week. If it debuts at No. 1, the RCA set will be the band’s fifth
straight studio album to do so.

Lawsuit filed over Sonny & Cher payments

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cher has sued Universal Music Group,
claiming the company owes her and Sonny Bono’s heirs more than $5 million.

Radio & Records shuttered

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music

The Nielsen Co. on Wednesday announced that it was ending
publication of Radio & Records, known in the radio business for the past 36
years as R&R.

Brandy settles with accident victim’s children

from Top Stories from

Brandy has reached a settlement in the wrongful death
lawsuit brought on behalf of the children of the woman who was killed in a 2006
car accident with the singer.

Springsteen’s Giants Stadium run grows

from Top Stories from

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who recently
announced plans for a three-night stand at New Jersey’s Giants Stadium, have
added two more nights to the run.


Angelina’s New Title: Most Powerful Celebrity in the World

from Latest News by Brian Orloff

Jolie trumps Oprah Winfrey on the Forbes annual power list

Poll: Rourke & Hilton make ideal couple

Entertainment News –
MIAMI, June 3 (UPI) — Male respondents to an online poll said U.S. actor
Mickey Rourke and red-carpet fixture Paris Hilton would make an ideal older
celeb/younger starlet couple.

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