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The Newsdesk 07.02.09 – R.I.P., Karl Malden; Aniston and Jolie Top Hollywood-Earner List

• Veteran actor Karl Malden passed away, at the age of 97. The star of classics like On the Waterfront and A Streetcar Named Desire died at his California home of natural causes.

• Chris Columbus hinted that the Goonies sequel may still happen. Goonies never say die, even when they probably should.

Fargo star Harve Presnell also passed away, at the age of 75. Presnell played William H. Macy’s memorably irascible father-in-law in the Coen brothers’ film and also appeared as Daddy Warbucks onstage in Annie.

Vacancy director Nimród Antal will helm Predators, the remake of Predator that Robert Rodriguez is producing.

• The first trailer for the Vince Vaughn comedy Couples Retreat has surfaced. Jon Favreau, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Malin Akerman and more star.

• Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston topped Forbes‘s list of Hollywood’s biggest female moneymakers. This was just an excuse to get them in the same room together at the party, right?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is already up to $448.4 million worldwide and on pace to be the top-grossing movie of the year.


Hollywood’s Top-Earning Actresses

from Media News by Dorothy Pomerantz

Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston face off at the top of our annual list.

Why The Traditional Newsgathering Model “Is No Longer a Successful One”

from TVNewser

Politico’s Patrick Gavin is covering the Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute this week. During a panel last night, a group of old media types discussed — what else — the future of journalism.


Is Twitter the news outlet for the 21st century?

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Cassy Hayes and Jasmine Coleman were among the first fans to arrive outside the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where Michael Jackson was brought and later pronounced dead….

NYC runs out of film tax credit cash

from Entertainment News –
NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) — New York City officials say they are out of money to hand out in tax credits for film and television productions.


NY Latino fest celebrates 10th anniversary

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

The New York International Latino Film Festival, which runs from July 27 to Aug. 2, will kick off with Peter Bratt’s “The Mission,” starring Benjamin Bratt; include a tribute to John Leguizamo; and conclude with John Cotten’s Mexican crime drama “La Linea” (The Line).

TIFF Wish List: 30 Films to Watch for in Toronto

from indieWIRE News

In celebration of Canada Day, indieWIRE is offering some speculation on the country’s biggest celebration of film, the Toronto International Film Festival. The fest started announcing titles last week, and will be announcing a big block of programming at its July 14th press conference.


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, June 30, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen tops Tuesday’s box office with $13.5 million

‘Confessions,’ ‘Code’ dominate video charts

from Hollywood Reporter by Thomas K. Arnold

“The Code,” a direct-to-video thriller from First Look Studios, is the No. 1 rental for the week ending June 28, according to Home Media Magazine’s market research department.

Will Public Enemies Be Just Another Hollow Michael Mann Movie?

from Defamer by Richard Lawson
So Public Enemies, writer/director Michael Mann‘s slick new crime drama, is getting pretty decent reviews, but reading them doesn’t exactly make us excited to see it.

Burt Reynolds flick to shoot in Florida

from Entertainment News –

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 1 (UPI) — Burt Reynolds will head the cast of a movie to be shot in Florida about a 1970s teenager who died from bone cancer, the film’s writer-director says.

BIll Nighy Joins Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

from /Film by (
Every other major British actor seems to have a part in the Harry Potter series, so why not Bill Nighy?

Watch Aziz Ansari Do Stand-Up Comedy in Judd Apatow’s Funny People

from /Film by (

Universal has been launching a bunch of cool viral websites for Judd Apatow’s Funny People.

Let the Right One In American Remake Planned For 2010

from Paste Magazine

Before the critical favorite Swedish vampire film Let the Right One In was even released last year, a director was already contemplating creating an American version. That director, Matt Reeves of Cloverfield Let Me In, is already set for a fall 2010 release. fame, has already completed a second draft of his script, and the film, to be titled


Hillary Duff said set for ‘Gossip Girl’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, July 1 (UPI) — U.S. actress and pop singer Hillary Duff will appear in several episodes of the CW Network show “Gossip Girl” this fall, sources say.

Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ wins Tuesday

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Mandi Bierly

Although it’s still waiting for its Susan Boyle media sensation, NBC’s America’s Got Talent was a hit in the ratings Tuesday night, topping repeats of CBS powerhouses NCIS and The Mentalist to be the evening’s most-watched show.

CNN Lawyers Get Tough With Staff Over Michael Jackson Footage

from TVNewserThe legal action in the Michael Jackson case may go beyond those involving Jackson’s estate and to the media that are covering him.

‘NYC Prep’: Summer’s worst TV?

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker hates to knock Bravo, but this is lousy, spoiled-brat claptrap; what summer series bugs you?

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NBC Gains, As ABC and CBS Shed Evening News Viewers

from TVNewser
As viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years.


Sci Fi Channel Wants To Ressurrect Alien Nation

from /Film by (
On the eve of its rebranding from The Sci Fi Channel to SyFy (seriously guys, WTF?) the home of Battlestar Galactica has announced plans to revive another venerable TV show featuring the conflict and cooperation between humans and other beings: Alien Nation.

Meet the new cast of ‘Big Brother 11’

from Reality TV
Contestants include a journalist, a mixed martial arts fighter and a scientist


Michael Jackson First to Hit 1 Million Downloads in Single Week

from Wired: Entertainment by Ryan Singel

The king is dead, long live the king: Michael Jackson becomes the first artist to sell over a million downloads in a single week. It’s a reminder of his dominance in the ’80s, a heyday the music industry isn’t likely to see again.

‘Endless’ supply of music in Jackson’s vaults

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

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died – music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come.

AP source: No public Neverland memorial planned

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by MICHAEL R. BLOOD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An effort to bury Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch has fizzled and it appears more likely a funeral and burial will take place in Los Angeles, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Mase Making Comeback, Inspired By Michael Jackson

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

During an interview with DJ Self of New York’s Power 105.1 radio station (WWPR-FM) on Friday (June 26), former Bad Boy artist Mase not only aired a remix to Drake’s “Best I Ever Had,” his first release in five years, but he also said Michael Jackson’s death is what inspired his return to music.

In death, will Michael Jackson be more profitable?

from – Entertainment

Michael Jackson’s financial woes were well documented: Numerous lawsuits, loss of control of his beloved Neverland and reports that he was hundreds of millions of dollars in debt all point to a complex money mess that trailed the King of Pop as vigilantly as his most ardent fans.

Usher’s wife says divorce was a surprise

from Entertainment News –
ATLANTA, July 1 (UPI) — The wife of U.S. R&B star Usher says that contrary to his divorce petition, they had been living together and the move came as a surprise to her.

Kevin Jonas and girlfriend get engaged

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — The eldest Jonas brother, Kevin, and his girlfriend Danielle Deleasa (DAH’-lees-ah) were engaged Wednesday.

Lady Gaga Talks Art, Androgyny, Britney Spears

from MTV News

‘I was amazed by the level of the superfan that Britney created,’ the singer tells Maxim.

R.E.M. to Release Live EP Digitally on July 7

from Paste Magazine

This fall, R.E.M. will bring us the two-disc release R.E.M. Live at the Olympia. But for those fans who just can’t wait until the weather changes to get their Michael Stipe fix, the band will release Reckoning Songs From the Olympia, a four-song live EP, via iTunes and other digital service providers, on July 7.

Behind the Scenes: Nas and Damian Marley Collaborate

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
New York hip-hop veteran Nas and Bob Marley’s youngest son, Damian, have joined musical forces and are hard at work on their first album, Distant Relatives — and you can check out a video of their creative process below!


Oscar-Winning Actor Karl Malden Dead At 97

from Access Hollywood – Movies

The family of Karl Malden says the actor who won an Oscar for his role in “A Streetcar Named Desire” has died at age 97.

Jude Law’s ‘Hamlet’ set for Broadway

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, July 1 (UPI) — British actor Jude Law is taking his version of “Hamlet” from London’s West End to Broadway, producers announced.

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