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The Newsdesk 07.29.09 – Howard Joins Twilight; Toy Story 3D Trailer Debuts

• Universal is planning to turn the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax into a 3D CG feature. We can hear it now: “I am the Lorax, I speak with the voice of Steve Carell!”

• Bryce Dallas Howard is replacing Rachelle Lefevre in the cast of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. We’re sure Twilight fans will have no problem with this switch. It’s not like they’re obsessive or anything.

• The teaser trailer for the Toy Story and Toy Story 2 3D double feature has been released. It’s a sad commentary on the state of animation that a 14-year-old movie looks better than pretty much everything released today.

• Paramount is planning to make a live-action version of The Secret of NIMH. Yes, the movie that bummed you out on lazy Saturday afternoons is back.

• The first images of Mickey Rourke in The Expendables has surfaced. This disheveled mess will be certainly be different from Rourke’s other disheveled mess roles.

• Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant remake has been added to the Toronto Film Festival lineup. In a related story, the Toronto Film Festival just got 100% more insane.


Research IDs top 20 new shows

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

A New York-based research company already has a bead on
which new shows are likely to break out in 2009-10. Brings Programs to YouTube, Ads to ‘Channel Awesome’

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by
(Michael Learmonth)
NEW YORK ( — What does the TV network of the future look like? A
version of it is coming into focus at New York-based startup

Hollywood movie houses sue Pirate Bay operators

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A dozen Hollywood production companies
have filed a new lawsuit against file-sharing Web site The Pirate Bay….

Slump puts famous film props on the block

from – Entertainment

Harvey Schwartz spent the past 40 years collecting antiques,
art and odd items that he rented to TV and movie studios as props and set
decorations. But he must now sell everything at auction because of a dramatic
decline in Hollywood productions over the past year.

Calif. incentives program lands 25 projects

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Film
Commission on Monday announced the first 25 film and TV productions to qualify
for recently passed state tax credits. A handful of high-profile projects were
included, including DreamWorks’ Jay Roach-helmed comedy “Dinner for
Schmucks” and Sony’s Facebook saga “The Social Network.”

NBC’s new boss: No big changes afoot

from TV

Jeff Gaspin tells EW: ”We’re going to focus on ‘Jay Leno’
and launching the fall season. I don’t see any changes within that.”

DreamWorks Animation Revenue Drops 6%

from The Wrap RSS by Michael Speier

Company can’t make up for lack of “Kung Fu
Panda”-like smash.


Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant Added To Toronto Fest Lineup

from /Film by

We’ve been wondering when the hell we’d actually get to see Bad
, the non-remake of Abel Ferrara’s film directed by Werner Herzog
and starring Nicolas Cage (click here to see the Bad Lieutenant trailer). Now the Toronto
International Film Festival has announced that the film will screen as part of the ‘Special
Presentations’ slate.


‘Serious,’ ‘Whip It’ get Toronto premieres

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

The upcoming Coen brothers coming-of-age tale “A
Serious Man” from Focus Features and Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It” from Fox
Searchlight are set for world premiere launches at the upcoming Toronto
International Film Festival.

The Coens, Herzog and Michael Moore Heading To Toronto

from indieWIRE News

The Toronto International Film Festival has set ten more
films for its 34th edition, including new work from Michael Moore, Werner
Herzog, the Coen brothers, and Drew Barrymore.

18 World Premieres Added To Venice Fest

from indieWIRE News

The 66th Venice International Film Festival has announced
films screening its its Venice Days sidebar, consisting of 18 world premieres
from 12 nations. 


Daily Box Office: Monday, July 27, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

G-Force tops Monday’s box office with $4.2 million

Who’s rocketing, who’s sputtering this summer

from Life – Top Stories

The cutthroat summer season has the power to revive, tarnish
or launch a film career. Funny People, Julie & Julia and Inglourious …

Which stars are now in season, which are looking stale?

from Life – Top Stories

Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you should
simply burn all existing copies. With the summer movie season more …

$70 zombie movie hits the big screen

from – Entertainment

A zombie movie made using a camcorder for less then the
price of a DVD box set is set to be distributed in cinemas across the UK.

Terrorist threat to Sacha Baron Cohen over Brüno ridicule

from Film News from Times Online

Sacha Baron Cohen has stepped up his security after being threatened
by a militant Palestinian group angered at its portrayal in the film Brüno.

Diaz & James Marsden Talk ‘The Box’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Cameron Diaz and James Marsden talk with’s Laura Saltman about the plot for their movie, “The Box.”

ESPN, NFL score biopic

from – Film News

Film News: Duo pact to produce ‘Lombardi’ — ESPN and the
National Football League have expanded their relationship to include feature


Radnor finishes shooting 1st feature

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) — U.S. actor Josh Radnor has
completed principal photography on his feature film directorial debut,
“HappyThankYouMorePlease,” the movie’s producers said.

Oldman & Mila Kunis Talk ‘Extract’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis chat with’s
Laura Saltman about fan reception of their movie and Twitter. Plus, Gary talks
about the next Batman movie.

Sony gambles on Michael Jackson film

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Can the concert film possibly return Jackson to a state of

‘Moonlight’ to get December release

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) — The Wagner/Cuban Companies’
Magnolia Pictures said Tuesday it has acquired the North American rights to the
film “Serious Moonlight.”


Cameron Diaz Confirms ‘Green Hornet’ Role

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Cameron Diaz is in “Green Hornet” talks no longer — she’s
joined the cast of the movie.

Richard Linklater To Tackle Road Trip Movie Liars (A-E)

from /Film by

Well, looks like we’re really not getting that ‘spiritual
sequel’ to Dazed & Confused any time soon.

McAdams Talks ‘Sherlock Holmes’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Rachel McAdams talks with’s Laura
Saltman about shooting the “Sherlock Holmes” remake and what it was like
working with Robert Downey Jr. Plus, she reacts to the news of “The Notebook”
being turned into a Broadway musical.

Spike Jonze acquires rights to Shane Jones novel ‘Light Boxes’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Spike Jonze has purchased the rights to Shane Jones’ debut
novel Light Boxes, with Ray Trintori attached to direct, Variety reports.
Published this year by Genius Press, the book chronicles a town subjected to a
mysterious (and fatal) 1,000-day winter.


Downey Jr. Talks ‘Sherlock Holmes’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Did Robert find it difficult to be promoting both “Sherlock
Holmes” and “Iron Man 2” at this year’s Comic-Con? Plus, did Robert feel
pressure to make the movie feel smart and what was it like working with
director Guy Richie?

Jim Gaffigan, Jason Sudeikis in rom-com ‘Going the Distance’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Jim Gaffigan, Ron Livingston, Jason Sudeikis, and Rob Riggle
are joining the cast of the Drew Barrymore-Justin Long romantic comedy Going
the Distance, according to Variety.

Tim Burton explores ‘Alice in Wonderland’

from Movies
“Even though the books and the stories are iconic, I’ve never felt that there
was a film that really kind of made it a film, translated from the story to a
film,” says Burton


‘Bachelorette’: Big rating for season finale

from TV

Largest audience for the franchise in five years, based on
preliminary overnight ratings

USA tops TNT for ratings win

from Hollywood Reporter by By Anthony Crupi, Mediaweek

USA Network will wrap up July as cable’s most-watched
network, averaging 3.15 million total viewers in prime, while sweeping all
three major demos.

‘More to Love’

from L.A. Times – TV News

All dating shows exploit the tension between inner and outer
beauty, but two new ones make a point of it.

“Grey’s” Films George’s Funeral

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
Photographers snapped ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stars Patrick Dempsey, Ellen Pompeo,
Justin Chambers and Katherine Heigl dressed in black, filming what appears to
be the funeral of T.R. Knight’s character Dr. O’Malley.

Fox announces new fall premiere dates

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong

Fox has announced some changes to its previously released
fall premiere dates, so mark your calendars


Mariah Carey, Diddy, Lil Wayne albums delayed

from Reuters: Entertainment News

NEW YORK (Billboard) – Some of the most highly anticipated
albums of the summer have been delayed, including Mariah Carey’s “Memoirs
of an Imperfect Angel,” Sean “Diddy” Combs’ “Last Train to
Paris” and Lil Wayne’s rock and roll album “Rebirth.”

Backstreet Boys to release new CD

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, July 28 (UPI) — The U.S. pop group Backstreet
Boys is set to release their new album, “This is Us,” in October,
Jive Records announced Tuesday.

Coldplay to ‘appear’ on TV’s ‘Simpsons’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) — Coldplay’s publicist says
members of the British rock band have agreed to lend their voices and
likenesses to the animated U.S. series “The Simpsons.”

Police search home of Michael Jackson’s doctor

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Chris Nashawaty

DEA agents, Los Angeles police, and Las Vegas police entered
the home of Michael Jackson’s personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray on Tuesday,
according to

Avril Lavigne To Go Acoustic For New Album

from MTV News

‘It’s not a pop-rock record. This is more about emotion and
feeling,’ singer says of album slated for November.

Pixies Add U.S. Tour Dates to Doolittle Tour

from Paste Magazine

Earlier this month, we filled you in on the upcoming Pixies tour through
Europe to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their album Doolittle. But
Pixies fans who are trapped Stateside are now in luck: The band will bring its
“Doolittle Tour” to the U.S. in November.

Johansson, Yorn prepare for the ‘Break Up’

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Gary Graff, Billboard

An afternoon nap amidst a bout of insomnia about three years
ago was the impetus for “Break Up,” a new song cycle of duets by Pete
Yorn and actress Scarlett Johansson that’s due out Sept. 15.

Ray LaMontagne dishes more ‘Gossip’ this fall

from Top Stories from

Ray LaMontagne will make the road his home again this fall
when he sets out on a US tour that begins with two shows during which he’ll
team up with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.


Hulk Hogan, wife settle terms of divorce in Fla.

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Hulk Hogan and his wife have
finally reached a settlement in their divorce case….

Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush call it quits

from – Entertainment

Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend of two years, New Orleans Saints
running back Reggie Bush, are going their separate ways, the reality star’s rep
confirms to PEOPLE.

William Shatner Drops Some Awesome With Sarah Palin Poetry

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg

William Shatner is a weird, weird dude. I can’t say I blame
him. He’s been turned into a living god of sorts by “Star Trek” fans
who worship him. Sure, there are plenty of cast members from the original TV
series still around. Shatner’s just the one with the biggest ego. Again,
totally cool. I’m just saying.

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