• James Cameron announced plans to screen fifteen minutes of Avatar at select IMAX and 3D theaters in August. A 24-minute clip from the film also screened to a rapturous crowd at Comic-Con.
• Johnny Depp made a surprise appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con to talk about Alice In Wonderland and 3D movies with director Tim Burton. Meanwhile, Robert Zemeckis discussed how he wants to make nothing but creepy motion-capture films.
• The Tron sequel is now called Tron Legacy. Isn’t the legacy of Tron a lot of terrible video game movies?
• The late Heath Ledger was remembered at Comic-Con at a panel for his final movie, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
• The first trailer for The Hughes Brothers’ The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington, has been released. Can audiences handle more than one cautionary post-apocalyptic tale this fall?
from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by firstname.lastname@example.org (Brian Steinberg)
NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — After weeks of delays, TV’s upfront marketplace is
beginning to move, with the five broadcast networks all writing some business,
according to media buyers.
from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press
The U.S. has largely prevailed in a trade dispute with China
over restrictions on the sale there of American CDs, DVDs, books and computer
Legit News: Fringe fest scheduled to run Aug. 15-22 —
“Entourage” thesp Adrian Grenier will present New York Fringe
Festival entrant “Victoria and Frederick” at the 2009 event, where it
is skedded to run Aug. 15-22 at the New School for Drama.
from Splash Page by Brian Jacks
At a Comic-Con panel today, Warner Bros. announced three more additions to
their Motion Comics line, which previously saw “Watchmen” being adapted in numerous chapters.
The projects on the docket include Mark Millar’s “Superman: Red Son”
(an alternate timeline tale where Superman landed in Communist Russia rather
than Smallville, Kansas), “Batgirl: Year One” and “Batman: Black
and White Collection 2.”
“New Moon” stars Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart – with
jet-black hair for her “Runaways” role as rocker Joan Jett – and Taylor Lautner
caused a fan firestorm as the famous threesome kicked off the 40th anniversary
of Comic-Con International in San Diego on Thursday.
Johnny Depp sent fans into a frenzy with a surprise
appearance at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing
Almodovar’s “Broken Embraces” and Solondz’s
“Life During Wartime” will have their North American debuts at the
Toronto International Film Festival.
All Points West just announced in a press release
that Jay-Z will be headlining the July 31st show In a precedent-setting move
for American music festivals, ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL
organizers have just confirmed the U.S. festival debut of JAY-Z.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince tops Wednesday’s box
office with $7.5 million
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By MIN LEE
HONG KONG (AP) — “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless
Mind” director Michel Gondry has replaced Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow
as director of the Columbia Pictures adaptation of the TV series “The
Green Hornet,” a studio spokesman said Thursday….
In “Julie & Julia,” Amy Adams plays a blogger who cooks
through the recipes of Julia Child – and it was a role she could really bite
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeff Bridges promises the new
“TRON” is just as groundbreaking as the 27-year-old original….
from Entertainment News – UPI.com
NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — Comedy Central says production has begun on
“The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie,” the big-screen adaptation of
its U.S. animated “reality” series.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A concert version of “Star
Wars”, featuring a live symphony orchestra, huge screens, film clips and a
traveling exhibit, will kick off a North American tour in October with plans to
go global in 2010, organizers said on Thursday.
from indieWIRE News
Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S distribution rights
to Sebastian Gutierrez’s “Women in Trouble.”
from MTV Movies Blog by MTV Movies Team
Filmmaker Robert Zemeckis showed off Disney’s new 3-D motion capture
technology that will be used in November’s release of “A
Christmas Carol” starring Jim Carrey.
from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT
“In the Loop” is a sharply written, fast-talking, almost
dementedly articulate satire on modern statecraft.
from NYT > Movies by By STEPHEN HOLDEN
Like smog settling over Los Angeles, a creeping sense of
anomie haunts the Hollywood power players and parasites sidling nervously through
from The Live Feed by hollywoodreporter
President Obama’s fourth primetime press conference since
taking office drew 24.7 million viewers across 11…
from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd and Nellie Andreeva
Fox benefited from declining to air President Barack Obama’s
news conference Wednesday night, with “So You Think You Can Dance”
rising to top the night in the adults 18-49 demographic.
from EW.com: TV
By Adam Markovitz
That’s what an unscientific online poll from Time says; he gets Adam
Markovitz’s vote — how about yours?
Fans were shocked when T.R. Knight made the surprising
decision to leave “Grey’s Anatomy,” the hit medical drama that
launched him to fame.
NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow have
agreed to make their first appearance on the U.S. daytime chat show “The
View,” ABC announced.
NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — U.S. hip-hop impresario Sean
“Diddy” Combs is set to star in the new reality series “Making
His Band,” MTV announced.
from MTV News
The ‘Hills’ star and aspiring singer is set to perform at
the competition, which airs August 23 on NBC.
LOS ANGELES, July 23 (UPI) — The Black Eyed Peas’s “I
Gotta Feeling” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart, Billboard.com reported
from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Indie supergroup Monsters of Folk has announced plans for a fall tour, kicking
off October 13 in Vancouver, BC, before hitting 16 cities across the U.S.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has approved a deal that will
bring Michael Jackson’s autobiography, “Moonwalk,” back to store
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By ANTHONY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge has ordered Nas to pay Kelis
nearly $44,000 in monthly support for the near future, a day after the
“Milkshake” singer gave birth to the divorcing couple’s baby boy….
Singer Amy Winehouse went on trial Thursday on charges that
she assaulted a woman at a London charity ball last year.
from MTV News
‘I love his writing and I think he’s an amazing player,’
Swift says of wanting to work with the White Stripes frontman on her next
from MTV News
Singer was happy just being a mom when Davis suggested new
album, I Look to You.
from Paste Magazine
Lil Wayne’s previous performances with Kid Rock at the VMAs and CMAs must have been an enlightening experience for
both. Kid Rock is calling on Weezy again for another collaboration, this time
one that will appear on the former’s album, Billboard says.
Over four days next week, Vanity Fair intern Thomas
Kaplan will be subjected by his bosses to 32 hours of cable news
viewing in a small room. Each day, as a “cunning” form of
“torture,” he will watch a full slate of CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, or Fox
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by Ted Johnson
Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation is among a consortium applying for federal
stimulus money that could expand his effort to rebuild homes in New Orleans and
also launch a project in Newark, N.J.
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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — As actors such as Ashton Kutcher use their production
companies to experiment with branded entertainment in front of the camera,
others, including Milo Ventimiglia, are looking to go one step further by
developing original web content with brands in mind.
BAGHDAD (AP) — Angelina Jolie on Thursday visited a settlement
for displaced Iraqis in northwest Baghdad in her role as a goodwill ambassador
Tyler Perry is known today as the first African-American to
own a major film and TV studio. He’s a pioneer whose own life story reads like
a screenplay. Now a writer, actor, director and producer — Perry’s success
grew out of a troubled home in a poor neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana.
NEW YORK, July 23 (UPI) — “The Addams Family,” a
new stage musical starring Bebe Neuwirth and Nathan Lane, is scheduled to open
on Broadway next April, show representatives said.