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The Newsdesk 06.11.09 – Shutter Island Gets Trailer; Diane Lane for Secretariat

Diane Lane is set to star in Secretariat, about the famous Triple Crown-winning racehorse.

• The first trailer for Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island has been released. It’s easily the creepiest Scorsese flick since King of Comedy.

• Tim Burton is getting a major career retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Finally, a chance to see Frankenweenie on the big screen!

• Matt Damon is the rumored frontrunner for the Lance Armstrong biopic

• Actor and Iron Man 2 writer Justin Theroux will direct the comedy Chief Ron. Is it too much to ask for this to be a Captain Ron sequel?

• J.J. Abrams and Tom Cruise will reunite for the next Mission: Impossible movie. Isn’t this a warp speed step back from Star Trek, J.J.?  

• Eddie Murphy denied rumors he’s playing the Riddler in the next Batman movie. Rumors that were ironically started by Eddie Murphy.


Pilots flying from Los Angeles

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Blame Canada. That seems to be the bottom-line message from
a new FilmLA study detailing a five-year decline in Los Angeles-based
production of TV pilots.

Ari Emanuel: He Might Be the New King of the World

from The Wrap RSS by Sharon Waxman

Michael Ovitz should officially hand over the keys of the
kingdom to a fast-talking, trash-mouthed, steam-rolling successor to his
Hollywood dominion.

Film, TV music composers urge copyright law change

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Nathan Barr has scored horror films
like “Hostel” and the HBO vampire series “True Blood,” but
what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for
music distributed online.

As Upfront Talks Stall With Broadcasters, Buyers Eye Cable

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (Brian Steinberg)

NEW YORK ( — To jump-start a stalled TV upfront
marketplace, media buyers say they are considering doing business first with
cable outlets and syndicators, which they hope will be more amenable to rolling
back prices for recession-scared clients. But buyers may not find what they are

Actors’ guild approves two-year contract

from – Entertainment

Members of the Screen Actors Guild overwhelmingly voted to
approve a new two-year contract with studios and producers, the union announced

Cautious transition: Economic downturn slows the digital
rollout in Europe

from Film Journal by Bill Mead, Digital Cinema Editor

Digital-cinema progress in Europe, much like in the Americas
and Asia, has slowed considerably due to the worldwide economic downturn.
Although the total is approaching 1,600 digital screens, up from around 1,300
in mid-2008, growth is falling short of previous industry predictions.

DreamWorks is expanding beyond the big screen

from L.A. Times – Music News

The animation studio is pushing into such avenues as TV,
touring musicals and theme park attractions to produce a more reliable revenue


The 10 Greenest Festivals

from Music Festival Junkies

This year Bonnaroo plans to divert half their waste from
landfills. A think tank of scientists, writers, and pols will meet at the
Rothbury Festival. And one of the stages at the Gathering of the Vibes is solar
powered. Welcome to the green age of music festivals.

Springsteen, Phish reel in Bonnaroo crowds

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

What’s one way to ensure your mega music festival is well
attended in the middle of a recession? Book a reunited Phish….

Venice thinks local with festival opener

from Hollywood Reporter by By Eric J. Lyman

The world premiere of “Baaria,” Giuseppe
Tornatore’s coming-of-age biopic, will be the first Italian film to open the
Venice Film Festival in two decades.

‘Convention’ gets world premiere at Silverdocs

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The world premiere of AJ Schnack’s “Convention”
will serve as the Centerpiece Screening at the AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs
Documentary Festival, which runs June 8- 22 at the AFI Silver Theatre and
Cultural Center in the Washington, DC, area.

Palm Springs readies shorts

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

The 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest, which runs
June 23-29 at the Camelot Theatres, will present 315 films, including
directorial debuts by Demi Moore, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Marianne
Jean-Baptiste and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Two at LAFF take residence

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Author Khaled Hosseini and architect Thom Mayne will serve
as artists in residence at the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival. During the June
18-28 fest, they will program and discuss films that have inspired their work.

Secret Policeman’s Film Fest Set For Lincoln Center

from indieWIRE News

The Film Society of Lincoln Center will celebrate the 30th anniversary
of Amnesty International’s comedy and rock benefits with “The Secret
Policeman’s Film Festival”.  Beginning on Friday, June 26 through
Wednesday, July 1, the Walter Reade Theater will showcase the specials and
documentaries that offered up many comedy and music performances,.  A
national event, the festival is also taking place in Los Angeles at the
American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre.

BAMcinemaFest: Celebrating 10 Years with a Party

from Tribeca Film News and Features Feed by Elisabeth Donnelly

The indispensable BAM Cinématek celebrates their tenth
anniversary with a bang: a brand-new film festival running from June 17 – July

Zoofest to spotlight emerging artists

from – Music News

Music News: Comedy festival set for July 10 – 26 — The Just
for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal has created a parallel fest for emerging


Clint Eastwood feted by AFI

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Clint Eastwood received an honorary doctorate of fine arts
for “contribution of distinction to the art of the movie image” at
the American Film Institute’s commencement ceremonies Wednesday.

Michael Douglas to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

from L.A. Times – Movie News

The versatile actor and producer joins his father in the
American Film Institute’s pantheon.


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Hangover tops Tuesday’s box office with $6.6 million

‘Hangover’ still raging at the boxoffice

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover” rang up $7.7 million
Monday in what the studio dubbed the best-ever Monday performance by an R-rated

‘Into You’ tops video charts

from Hollywood Reporter by By Thomas K. Arnold

“He’s Just Not That Into You” debuted at No. 1 on
the national home video sales as well as rental charts the week ending June 7

Movie Review | ‘Tetro’: Sons and the Father Who Made Them

from NYT > Movies by By MANOHLA DARGIS

“Tetro” is a visually lush cinematic fugue about love,
ambivalence and two brothers fleeing the dark shadow of their domineering

Review: Masterful ‘Moon’ Takes Shot at Sci-Fi Greatness

from Wired: Entertainment by Lewis Wallace

In this deliberately paced drama, actor Sam Rockwell
delivers a tour de force performance as an isolated helium miner who stumbles
into a scary new reality.

10.6M view ‘New Moon’ trailer online

from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) — Hollywood’s Summit Entertainment said its trailer
for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” was viewed 10.6 million times
online the first week it was available.

‘Slumdog’ Child Star Gets New, 250-Square-Foot Home

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
MUMBAI, India — The makers of the hit movie “Slumdog Millionaire”
have bought a new home for one of the two child stars discovered in Mumbai’s

Tim Burton To Get MoMA Exhibit

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
The visually inventive filmmaker behind “Edward Scissorhands,”
“Batman” and “Sweeney Todd,” among others, will be the
subject of “Tim Burton,” a major exhibition at Gotham’s Museum of
Modern Art beginning Nov. 22 and running through April 26.

Arts, Briefly: A MoMA Retrospective of Tim Burton’s Career

from NYT > Movies by Compiled by DAVE ITZKOFF

The exhibition will contain more than 700 drawings,
paintings, puppets, costumes and other artifacts from Mr. Burton’s film career.

The Scariest Film of the Year: Food, Inc.

from Tribeca Film News and Features Feed by Elisabeth Donnelly

Food Inc., the scariest movie of the year, exposes the
shocking failures of the American food system. Bestselling author Michael
Pollan leads the way.

The Scenes Of Lindsay Lohan’s ‘Labor Pains’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Lindsay Lohan plays a woman in her twenties who is taking
care of her younger sister after her parents are killed. But when she gets
fired, she makes up a story about being pregnant to try and save her job.

First look: Michael Moore goes after Wall Street in next film

from Life – Top Stories

Michael Moore wants his money back. Actually, he wants your
money back, if you lost any in the financial meltdown.

‘Pelham’ wasn’t as simple as 1-2-3

from – Entertainment

Denzel Washington’s new movie, “The Taking of Pelham
123,” is not a remake, even though Walter Matthau starred in a film by the
same name in 1974. The riveting movie is about a subway dispatcher confronted
by a former Wall Street trader seeking revenge from the city of New York.

Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island Movie Trailer

from /Film by (

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Martin
Scorsese’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Shutter Island.

Shia LaBeouf: ‘I Don’t Know What An Actor Does’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Shia LaBeouf may be one of Hollywood’s biggest young stars,
but the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” actor says he’s been pulling the
wool over audiences’ eyes. “I think acting is a con game,” Shia told Parade
Magazine in its June 14 issue. “I don’t understand what it is I do that people
want. I don’t know what an actor does. To my mind, talent doesn’t really

JJ Abrams To Produce Mission: Impossible 4

from /Film by (
We’ve heard rumblings for a while now that a fourth Mission: Impossible
film is in development.

Brüno’s Lawyers on Bingo Suit: Dismissal Is Its Name-o?

from E! Online – Movie News
Apparently, there is a line you can cross with Brüno. Just in case their public
denial of Richelle Olson’s wheelchair-bound bingo claims against Sacha Baron
Cohen & Co….

Battlestar Galactica Movie Details Revealed

from Paste Magazine

“They have a plan” was the oft-repeated mantra of
the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica‘s opening sequence: an ominous
warning about the Cylon scheme to exterminate the human race.

‘Alien’ prequel: What role for Ridley Scott?

from Movies

By Christine Spines
Origins story for sci-fi classic is being actively developed, but sources tell
EW that studio and producer have different ideas about who will direct

Jason Reitman’s Up In The Air Aims For Toronto Premiere;
ShadowPlay Animating Opening Title Sequence

from /Film by (
Jason Reitman, director of Thank You For Smoking and Juno,
joined Twitter a
few days ago to provide a few updates about his post-production work on the
forthcoming Up in the Air, starring George Clooney.

First Look: Mickey Rourke As Whiplash In ‘Iron Man 2’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Paramount has released the first peek at Mickey Rourke as
Whiplash, and he’s geared up to wreck havoc for Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2”

Movie Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

from Movies

Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum | —

Sony snags rights to ‘Familiars’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

In a low- to mid-seven-figure deal, Sony Pictures Animation
has picked up the rights to “The Familiars,” an upcoming children’s
fantasy book series written by Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson.

International Trailer For 500 Days of Summer

from /Film by (
Orange UK has released an international trailer for 500 Days of Summer, which
presents the movie as a much more traditional romantic comedy about a couple
falling in love. And I’m not saying that the film isn’t a love story, it is,
but if anything it isn’t traditional.

Movie Review: Moon

from Movies

Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman | —

Diane Lane takes reins of ‘Secretariat’


Exclusives: Randall Wallace set to direct Disney film —
Diane Lane is set to star in “Secretariat,” the Disney film about the
relationship between the 1973 Triple Crown-winning racehorse and his owner,
Penny Chenery.

Two join trek down ‘London Boulevard’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Stuart Kemp

Keira Knightley and Colin Farrell have joined Oscar-winning
scribe William Monahan’s directorial debut, “London Boulevard.”

Bryce Dallas Howard Sells First Script, Ron Howard Might Direct

from /Film by (

It will come as no surprise that Bryce Dallas Howard’s first
project as a screenwriter will be produced by Ron Howard’s Imagine
entertainment set-up.

Movie Review: Food, Inc.

from Movies

Reviewed by Owen Gleiberman | —


‘Mad Men’ & AMC Settle 2-Minute Dispute

from Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood Daily by Nikki Finke

AMC and Matthew Weiner have agreed to let the episodes run
over into the 11 PM hour so extra commercial time can be added without having
to shorten the scripts to accommodate the ads.

Actor Johnny Palermo dies in car accident

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Actor Johnny Palermo, who
appeared in more than 30 television shows in his brief career, died June 8 in
an early morning car accident in North Hollywood, Calif. He was 27.

ABC puts a twist on ‘Dance’


Reality TV: Network picks up comedic reality show — ABC
will be waltzing with celebs once again, but this time via the comedic reality
entry “Let’s Dance.”

Summertime Prime Time Heats Up for Cable

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (John Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS ( — Monday night featured reruns for three networks
(CBS, Fox and the CW), all reality on ABC, and a reality/news grid on NBC. No
network ran an original episode of a scripted series. Comparatively, cable
seized the pop-culture news narrative, with Showtime’s season premiere of
“Weeds” and series premiere of “Nurse Jackie” joined by
TNT’s opening of “The Closer” and “Raising the Bar.”

TV Execs Say ‘Family Hour’ Is a Relic

from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier

At Paley Center symposium, the notion of “Cosby
Show” demand is quickly dismissed.

Ratings: ‘The Bachelorette’ grows, ‘I’m a Celebrity…’ tumbles

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Tim Stack

ABC’s has a minor summer hit with The Bachelorette. The
dating competition wooed 7.2 million viewers, according to preliminary
overnight ratings; that’s a boost of 800k viewers from the previous week.
Meanwhile, Heidi and Spencer’s last episode (or is it?)…

Television Review | ’16 and Pregnant’: Real Life Is Like
‘Juno,’ Except Maybe the Dialogue

from NYT > Television by By GINIA BELLAFANTE

Each week of “16 and Pregnant,” a new series beginning
Thursday on MTV, revolves around a different girl struggling with the
challenges of teenage pregnancy.

MTV’s ‘Real World’ going to Washington

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — MTV is electing Washington as the next
location for “The Real World.”…

Palin vs. Letterman: Sparks fly

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Annie Barrett

Alaska governor calls ”Late Show” Top Ten List gag
”pathetic”; cable news fireworks follow

David Letterman replies to Sarah Palin flap

from TV

By Josh Rottenberg
At taping of show to air tonight, ”Late Show” host says: ”These are not
jokes made about her 14-year-old daughter”

‘Nurse Jackie’: Showtime orders second season

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

Showtime has ordered a second season of Nurse Jackie, a new
comedy starring The Sopranos’ Edie Falco as a Percocet-snorting ER nurse.

CBS, Letterman close to deal for extension

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

NEW YORK (AP) — David Letterman isn’t going anywhere

TV Review: True Blood

from TV

Reviewed by Ken Tucker | —

‘DWTS,’ ‘Grey’s’: ABC announces fall premiere dates

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Lynette Rice

ABC announced most of the premiere dates today for its fall
schedule. They are as follows: Saturday, Sept. 5 8:00 p.m.-11:30 p.m. “Saturday
Night Football” Friday, Sept. 11 10-11 p.m. 20/20 Monday, Sept. 21 8-10 p.m.
Dancing with the Stars…

‘Best Week Ever’ on VH1 shelf — for now

from TV

By Margaret Lyons
Network rep tells EW show will return in January, giving the network time to
”work out some kinks”

Lou Dobbs’ Ratings Down, May Be Replaced on HLN

from TVNewser

The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette writes
the decline of Lou
‘ ratings on CNN, as he continues “the nightly slicing and dicing
of the 44th president’s economic policies.”


Dave Matthews’ ‘Big’ Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

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

Dave Matthews Band strikes again with its fifth-consecutive
studio album to debut at No. 1 as “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King”
bows in the penthouse of the Billboard 200 with a whopping 424,000.

Poland Catholics oppose Madonna’s concert

from Entertainment News –

WARSAW, Poland, June 10 (UPI) — Catholics are urging the
Polish government and organizers to cancel U.S. pop star Madonna’s concert
scheduled for Aug. 15, the Assumption of Mary feast.

Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal talk about tour

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

CHICAGO (AP) — Bonnie Raitt and Taj Mahal are planning a
hot summer together….

Michael Jackson Sued For $40 Million

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
NEWARK, N.J. — A New Jersey concert promoter has sued entertainer Michael
Jackson for $40 million for allegedly breaching a contract to play a reunion
concert with other family members.

‘Idol’ Finalist Allison Iraheta Signed To 19/Jive

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

On the heels of record deal announcements by Kris Allen and
Adam Lambert, fellow “American Idol” finalist Allison Iraheta has
inked a deal with 19 Recordings and Jive Records to release her debut album in
the fall.

Lauryn Hill cancels all European tour dates

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Festival organizers say hip-hop and
R&B singer Lauryn Hill has canceled all tour dates in Europe this summer
for health reasons….

Britney Spears ‘Circus’ Tour Returning To North America

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

If you seek more Britney Spears, you’re in luck. The pop
singer is adding another North American leg to her elaborate “Circus”
tour to support her already platinum-selling album of the same name, her
official website announced today (June 10).

Adam Lambert Didn’t Surprise ‘American Idol’ Fans By Coming Out

from MTV News

‘I like that he’s so open about who he is,’ one supporter
says of ‘Idol’ runner-up.

Adam Lambert Reacts to Rolling Stone Cover: “OMFG”

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Rolling Stone
There’s certainly been a huge response to Rolling Stone‘s
new issue
featuring American Idol breakout star Adam Lambert.

The Roots Ready New Album

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

Just a little over a year since the release of “Rising
Down,” Philadelphia’s the Roots are working on their eighth studio album,
entitled “How I Got Over.”

Bret Michaels bashes Tonys for ‘missed his mark’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

Brett Michaels apparently has a very finely tuned ear for

Kanye West Plots Tour With Lady Gaga: “She’s Not An Opening

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel KrepsKanye West
revealed on his visit to The View today that he’ll embark on a joint
tour with Rolling Stone’s new Hot DivaLady Gaga
— later this year.

Anvil To Open For AC/DC As Fans Pack Movie Theaters

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

Anvil, the Canadian heavy metal band that spent more than 30
years in near obscurity before the documentary about its struggles became a
surprise hit, is getting the ultimate rock and roll salute this summer.

U2 Discuss ‘Spider-Man’ Musical

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels
Set the stage, and light the lights: The much-anticipated Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music and
lyrics by U2’s Bono and the Edge, is set to open February 18, 2010.

‘Idol’ Runner-Up Adam Lambert Signs With 19 Recordings/RCA

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

Adam Lambert’s bad luck apparently begins and ends with
losing “American Idol.” The 27-year-old has signed a record deal with
19 Recordings and RCA Records and is prepping his debut album for a fall

Jay-Z Blames Wendy’s Commercial — Partially — For His ‘Death
Of Auto-Tune’

from MTV News

Hov also reveals that Timbaland worked on forthcoming Blueprint

New Song: Chris Brown’s “Don’t Be Scared”

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels
Chris Brown has already told everyone that he “ain’t
a monster.”
  But it seems Brown wants to be absolutely sure he
gets the message across: He’s featured in a new song by Brooklyn hip-hop artist
Maino called “Don’t Be Scared.”

The Who to Library of Congress archive

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

Twenty-five culturally significant recordings will be
preserved in a special Library of Congress sound archive.


Hollywood’s Top-Earning Actors

from Media News by Dorothy Pomerantz

Harrison Ford is riding high again, while funnyman Will
Ferrell is firing blanks.

Tina Fey: Let’s face it; she rocks

from L.A. Times – TV News

The award-winning actress/writer of ’30 Rock’ says there
really isn’t much division between comedy and drama: ‘I almost feel like the
two always have to be blended.’

Shia Labeouf opens up in Parade

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Here are four things from the interview fans didn’t need to

Peter Jackson To Make Comic-Con Debut

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Peter Jackson is set to make the dreams of thousands of
fanboys and girls come true.

Oklahoma City police probe Alba link to vandalism

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

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jessica Alba … a vandal?…

Chris Brown Loses Bid To Delay Hearing In Assault Case

from Billboard News – All

Chris Brown lost a bid to delay a preliminary hearing in his
assault case, which his attorney argued should wait for a related California
Supreme Court decision.

Hilton and Reinhardt call it quits

from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, June 10 (UPI) — Paris Hilton’s publicist said the U.S. socialite
has broken up with reality television personality Doug Reinhardt after six
months of dating.

Blagojevich to appear at comedy show

from Entertainment News –
CHICAGO, June 10 (UPI) — Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has agreed to
appear at a performance of Second City’s “Rod Blagojevich Superstar,”
the stage satire’s producer said.

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