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The Newsdesk 07.22.09 – Raimi Directing Warcraft; Michael Jackson Film to Debut by Halloween

• Sam Raimi will direct a live-action version of the World of Warcraft video game. Now how will they get fans to stop playing and actually see the movie?

• Sony’s Michael Jackson concert film could be released as early as Halloween. The movie will be composed of rehearsal footage from the King of Pop’s “This Is It” tour and a new 3D version of “Thriller.”

• A new photo of Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 has been released. Marvel is showing uncharacteristic restraint by not announcing a Black Widow solo movie right now.

Uma Thurman will play a nun who rescues Ugandan schoolchildren in the indie drama Girl Soldier.

• Here’s the first look at the set of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Hopefully they’ll eventually remake the one with Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold.  

• The first trailer for Jane Campion’s Bright Star has debuted. Beautifully shot, and no naked Harvey Keitel.


Twitter: Affecting movie choice?

from Movies

Mandi Bierly on studios trying to figure out how those
140-character blasts are affecting their opening day business; do they matter
to you?

A $65 Billion Advertising Shift?

from Media News by Dirk Smillie

More and more marketers are pulling out of traditional ad
channels and spending it on themselves, says a new study. Outsell’s Anthea
Stratigos explains.

Report: Entertainment biz slumping

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

A midyear economic report on regional effects of the
recession says the entertainment industry has been slumping despite solid
boxoffice this year and suggests that SAG’s fall elections could prove pivotal
to Hollywood’s well-being.


Hollywood sends its troops to Comic-Con

from Movies

Studios have learned that the festival provides a great
opportunity to create buzz about a new film or television series. But have they
ruined Comic-Con for hardcore fans?


Toronto Sets Docs, Wavelengths, Midnight Madness; Adds Two New

from indieWIRE News

The Toronto International Film Festival – running September
10-19 – has unveiled another slew of titles for its 34th edition, including 17
documentaries, its genre-focused Midnight Madness program, and avant-garde
Wavelengths program.

China boycott hits Melbourne festival

from – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Three Chinese films withdrawn from event —
The Melbourne Intl. Film Festival’s refusal to bend to pressure from China and
yank the world preem of a doc about the plight of ethnic minority Uighurs
appears to have resulted in the cancellation of three other Chinese pics from
the fest.


Daily Box Office: Monday, July 20, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tops Monday’s box
office with $9.9 million

Eric Bana’s ‘Funny People’ Sex Scenes Banned By Director

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Judd Apatow’s new comedy, “Funny People,” features the
director’s trademark obsession with racy humor and often-raunchy topics – but
after casting Eric Bana to star opposite his wife Leslie Mann, Eric’s sex scene
were mysteriously left out.

Nicolas Cage in talks for role in ‘Green Hornet’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Nicolas Cage is in early negotiations to play the gangster
villain opposite Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet in the forthcoming superhero flick
directed by Michel Gondry, Variety reports. Cameron Diaz is in talks to play
Rogen’s love interest.

Look: ‘My One And Only’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Renee Zellwegger stars in this new romantic comedy based on
the true story of actor George Hamilton’s early years, during which he
accompanied his glamorous mother, Anne Hamilton Spalding, on an extended road
trip to track down her former boyfriends.

Sam Worthington to be ‘The Candidate’

from Movies

Variety: Australian action hero du jour will star in remake
of 2008 Dutch thriller, as aspiring lawyer blackmailed when he wakes up to find
one-night stand dead


Uma Thurman starring in indie drama ‘Girl Soldier’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Uma Thurman will headline Girl Soldier, a drama about a nun
who helped rescue 140 kidnapped Ugandan schoolgirls, Variety reports.

Sam Raimi to direct ‘World of Warcraft’

from Movies

Variety: ”Spider-Man” helmer has signed on to direct a
live-action adaptation of the fantasy videogame

New Iron Man 2 Photos

from /Film by (

USA Today has published a bunch of
preview photos from Iron Man 2.

Illuminating ‘The Cove’: Louie Psihoyos’ activist documentary
shines light on dolphin slaughter

from Film Journal by Doris Toumarkine

The extraordinary documentary The Cove is a
celebration of dolphins and a damnation of Japanese policies and indifference
that allow the unconscionable slaughter of these exceptional animals and the
proliferation of mercury poisoning in humans who are tricked into eating toxic
dolphin meat disguised as whale meat.

Sam Worthington checks box for ‘Candidate’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez

Sam Worthington is attached to star in a remake of the
recent Danish thriller “The Candidate.” Beau Willimon has been hired
to write the project, and Summit has picked up the remake rights.


Viewers Watch Love, Not War

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Rash)
MINNEAPOLIS ( — “Make love, not war,” went the ’60s
slogan. Forty years later, based on Nielsen ratings for the ad-centric 18-to-49
demographic, it could be amended to “Watch love, not war.” The
premiere of ABC’s “Dating in the Dark,” the most recent relationship
show to hook up with lead-in “The Bachelorette,” had three times the
viewers of NBC’s “The Wanted,” a new news-division show about chasing
war criminals.

‘Kendra’ renewed for 12-ep second season

from TV

Hollywood Reporter: E! will also air two specials in
December, centered around birth of first child and move to New Jersey

‘Wipeout’ renewed for a third season

from TV

Hollywood Reporter: ABC picks up an unspecified number of
episodes of the stunt-driven reality hit for next summer

Ausiello: Jamie-Lynn Sigler on ‘Ugly Betty’

from TV

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively the ”Sopranos” alum
will be going a la Mode this season

‘Ugly Betty’ heads to TV Guide Network

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

In its first major acquisition since it changed programming
direction under its new ownership, the TV Guide Network has picked up the cable
off-network rights to ABC’s dramedy “Ugly Betty.”


Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles on vocal rest

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles
is on vocal rest after canceling two shows over the weekend….

Michael Jackson Theatrical Release Deal Close

from Billboard News – All by Ray Waddell, Nashville

Sources have confirmed to Billboard that a deal between the
Michael Jackson Estate, AEG Live and Sony for a theatrical release of the
Michael Jackson rehearsal footage from the ill-fated This Is It concerts could
close today.

Jason Mraz, Wilco to perform at Farm Aid

from Entertainment News –

ST. LOUIS, July 21 (UPI) — Jason Mraz, Wilco, Jamey Johnson
and Phosphorescent have joined the lineup of Farm Aid 2009 in Missouri,
organizers said Tuesday.

Gossip Announce U.S. Tour Dates

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Get out your glitter makeup and put on your dancing shoes — Portland
punk-meets-soul-meets-disco act Gossip are touring the U.S. this fall!


Australia’s Jet weathers career turbulence

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Dean Goodman, Reuters

After selling more than 3 million copies worldwide of their
first album, there was really only one way Australian rock band Jet could go.
Crash and burn.


The Raveonettes Unveil Album Release And Tour Dates

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

Danish rock duo The Raveonettes has announced the dates for
a fall tour in support of its fourth studio album, can
exclusively report.

Cheap Trick’s Latest Available on 8-Track

from Paste Magazine

Cheap Trick has a new album titled (aptly, though not
especially creatively) The Latest.

Hanson teams up with HelloGoodbye for fall outing

from Top Stories from

Pop rock trio Hanson [ tickets
] will take time off from working on their fifth studio album to head out on a
club tour alongside HelloGoodbye this fall.


Alicia Silverstone, Laura Linney set for Broadway

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Alicia Silverstone will join Laura Linney
on Broadway this season….

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