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The Newsdesk 07.23.09 – Alice in Wonderland Trailer Debuts; First Look at New Freddy Kreuger

• The first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has been released. Johnny Depp appears to be doing a cross between Jack Sparrow and Carrot Top.

• Frank Miller has completed a draft of a graphic novel that could serve as the basis for the 300 sequel. This way he can add in all the weird troll people and underwritten female characters ahead of time.

• The first images of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger have surfaced. Will Depp cameo as a young Johnny Depp?

• A new Jonah Hex poster featuring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox surfaced at Comic-Con. Wait, is Brolin also playing Freddy Kreuger?

Denzel Washington will reteam with Tony Scott for the runaway-train flick Unstoppable.

• The full trailer for Whiteout, starring Kate Beckinsale, is now online. We’re not sure if it’s a disaster flick, or a story about The Abominable Snowman.  

• More new images from Iron Man 2 have been released, including the first new photo of Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts. Gotta love that business casual look!


Disney to charge for content online

from Hollywood Reporter by By Paul Bond

Disney plans to offer a broad array of its content,
including movies, TV shows and games, online to those willing to pay for it —
possibly at a single Web site that requires a subscription, president and CEO
Robert Iger said Wednesday.

FCC Chief: We Must Reassess Children’s TV

from The Wrap RSS by Lew Harris

Banning interactive links to commercial products from
children’s shows will be a top priority.

Big drop in L.A. production days

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

On-location film and TV production slid 31% in the second
quarter, yielding an nearly 25% drop in production days for the first half of
the year, FilmLA said Wednesday.

Hollywood shoots leaving

from – Film News

Film News: Incentives lure features outside state — Off-lot
feature production in the Los Angeles area slid 44% during the second quarter
year over year amid the ongoing trend of features shooting outside Hollywood.

Silverman: NBC Will Sell Far Less Fall Inventory

from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier

Network has still not closed its deal with upfront
advertisers, months after its presentation.


‘Twilight,’ ‘Iron Man’ & ‘Avatar’ Among Hot Properties At

from Access Hollywood – Movies

From immortal bloodsuckers and 19th century forensics
pioneers to flying suits of armor and an all-new breed of live-action 3-D, the
essence of this year’s hottest properties at Comic Con can be found deep in the
past, or far into the future.

L.A. Shorts Fest ’09 to open

from L.A. Times – Movie News

L.A. Shorts Fest ’09 has ones by Courteney Cox, Demi Moore
and Scarlett Johansson.

Wilco, Jason Mraz, Phosphorescent Added to Farm Aid Lineup

from Paste Magazine

For 29 years, music-and-food fest Farm Aid has been raising money and awareness for
America’s farmers. This year’s concert, held in Maryland Heights, Mo. on Oct.
4, is shaping up to be quite an addition to the festival’s rich history.

Austin City Limits 2009 Schedule Announced

from Paste Magazine

Bring on the heat, bring on the music, bring on the stage
shuffling! Austin City Limits‘ annual festival will take place
Oct. 2-4 this year, and the festival’s website recently posted the weekend’s

Naming names at Venice film fest

from – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: Festival loads up star power — The upcoming
Venice Film Festival is shaping up as a launching pad for plenty of U.S. kudos
hopefuls, a strong European lineup and new works from big-name helmers
including Steven Soderbergh, Michael Moore, Joe Dante, Werner Herzog and Todd
Solondz, alongside Claire Denis, Jacques Rivette and Giuseppe Tornatore.


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, July 21, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tops Tuesday’s box
office with $9.5 million

Pics sizzle at overseas box office

from – Film News

Film News: Hot summer for ‘Ice,’ ‘Angels,’ ‘Transformers’ —
Hollywood summer tentpoles are doing big business at the international box
office, and not just Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”

First Look: ‘Iron Man 2’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Check out all the hot shots from summer 2010’s highly
anticipated ‘Iron Man 2!’


Denzel Washington on board for Tony Scott’s ‘Unstoppable’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Whitney Pastorek

After recently withdrawing from Tony Scott’s upcoming
runaway-train flick Unstoppable over rumored salary concerns, Denzel Washington
has signed back on for the project with his Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 director,
according to his rep.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ trailer unveiled

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Johnny Depp is a wicked Mad Hatter.

‘2012’: One final disaster for director Roland Emmerich

from Life – Top Stories

Earth won’t have Roland Emmerich to kick it around anymore.
Come ‘2012,’ the Master of Disaster is retiring from cataclysm.


Emmy episode entries revealed for ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Dexter,’
‘Damages,’ ‘HIMYM,’ more

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Whitney Pastorek

The L.A. Times has revealed a partial list of episodes
submitted to the judges by this year’s crop of Emmy nominees.

Discovery Channel to re-air ‘Cronkite Remembers’

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Discovery Channel says it’s re-airing
“Cronkite Remembers,” an eight-part look at the 20th century through
the eyes of veteran newsman Walter Cronkite….

Richardson joins ‘Tudors’ cast

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) — British film and TV actress
Joely Richardson has joined the cast of the drama series, “The
Tudors,” for its fourth and final season, Showtime announced.

Lifetime to air ‘Project Runway’ All-Star Challenge

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque

Kicking off its sixth season, Project Runway will welcome
back eight superstar designers from years past, including Santino Rice
(pictured), Jeffrey Sebelia and Sweet P, for a special two-hour “All-Star

UK’s Shorts Int’l Launches 24 Hour Shorts Channel in U.S.

from indieWIRE News

London-based shorts entertainment company, Shorts
International, unveiled the launch of Shots HD on AT&T U-verse TV, a
channel dedicated to short movies.

ABC schedules ‘Crash Course’

from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter

ABC has set a time for its new auto-obstacle-course reality
show, “Crash Course.”

VH1 resurrects ‘Divas’ franchise

from – Music News

Music News: Cyrus, Adele, Clarkson, Lewis kick off reboot —
VH1 is resurrecting its “Divas” franchise after a four-year break.


Daughtry tops albums chart, outsells Jackson

from – Entertainment

For the past three weeks in a row, Michael Jackson’s
“Number Ones” has been the biggest-selling album in the country.

LA coroner seeks records from Jackson nutritionist

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Michael Jackson’s former
nutritionist is the latest person authorities are tapping as they piece
together the star’s medical history….

Springsteen, U2, Metallica set for Hall of Fame benefit

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Whitney Pastorek

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, U2, and Metallica
are among the bands Billboard is reporting will headline two concerts at
Madison Square Garden this fall to celebrate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s
25th anniversary.

Swizz Beatz ‘So Excited’ To Work With Whitney Houston, Alicia

from MTV News

‘I was super happy,’ Beatz says of the reaction his ‘Million
Dollar Bill’ got at Houston’s recent listening party.

Whitney Houston ‘Truly Humbled’ By Listening-Party Turnout

from MTV News

‘You’ve overwhelmed me. I hope you love it,’ Houston said to
the celebrity crowd gathered to hear the first tracks off of I Look to You.

Daughtry Discuss Avoiding The Sophomore Slump With Leave This

from MTV News

‘We put a lot of heart, soul and tears into this record,’
Chris Daughtry says of #1 album.

Jay-Z Recruits MGMT for ‘Blueprint 3’!

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Sorry, Paul McCartney — Jay-Z beat you to a MGMT collaboration!

Blondie, Pat Benatar Kick Off U.S. Tour

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Eric Nowels
The opening show of Blondie, Pat Benatar, and the Donnas’ Call Me Invincible Tour Tuesday night in Saratoga, CA, was
like a riot — a nicely organized riot with a seating chart, vigilant security,
and lots of Chardonnay.

Kings of Leon goes platinum

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Evie Nagy, Billboard

Nashville rock band the Kings of Leon today announced dates
for a 30-plus-date North American arena trek this fall.


Toronto books ‘Broken Embraces,’ ‘Life During Wartime.’ Special Presentations, Discovery and Vanguard sidebars set

by Etan Vlessing

Pedro Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” and Todd Solondz’ “Life During Wartime” are to receive high-profile North American bows at the Toronto International Film Festival, organizers said Thursday.

As Toronto unveiled eight new Special Presentations titles, the festival said it booked Almodovar’s latest Penelope Cruz-starrer, which bowed in Cannes, and Solondz’s part-sequel to “Happiness,” which stars Allison Janney and Ciaran Hinds.

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