• James McAvoy will join Seth Rogen in the comedy I’m With Cancer. Did Funny People open the floodgates for hilarious cancer comedy?
• Robert Redford will direct The Conspirator, the story of Mary Surratt, one of the alleged conspirators in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln.
• New photos of Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page in Inception have been released. The scifi thriller is Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight.
• Demand for Friday’s 15-minute preview of Avatar has caused the ticketing website to crash. Just wait until the actual trailer comes out. The Internet may collapse in on itself.
• Warner Bros. is remaking the Richard Pryor comedy Brewster’s Millions. It’s only a matter of time before they get to The Toy.
• The first trailer for the Kristen Bell romantic comedy When in Rome has surfaced. Beware: Josh Duhamel and Danny DeVito mugging ahead.
Financing for Steven Spielberg’s partnership with one of
India’s richest men was finalized Monday, giving the legendary Hollywood
director money to resume making movies.
from indieWIRE News
National Geographic Entertainment has acquired the North
American rights to Lu Chaun’s “City of Life and Death” ahead of its
international premiere at next month’s Toronto International Film
Festival. The film is an “epic tale” of the defiance of citizens who survive
the 1937 Japanese occupation of China’s capital, Nanjing.
from Tribeca Film Festival 2008 by Kristin McCracken
It’s only August, and the new year seems ages away, but it
will be here before we know it! Tribeca has announced key dates for the 2010
Tribeca Film Festival.
Film Festivals: Festival to bow on Sept. 23 — The Rupert
Grint starrer “Cherrybomb” will bow Stateside at the LA’s Irish Film
Fest, Sept. 23-27.
from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
I’m going to keep this short, since the text isn’t why
you’re here. This is a fascinating trailer for “New Moon“;
I’m not sure I’ve seen anything like it billed as a trailer. You all
know this already because of the leak last week, but I hadn’t watched
‘Ice Age 3’ has become an international phenomenon, taking
in more than $600 million in overseas ticket sales.
The scene was like something out of a movie — except it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans seeking free tickets to a
sneak-peek at the 3D sci-fi adventure “Avatar” have crashed the Web
site for the upcoming James Cameron film.
Film News: Nicole Holofcener to helm Reiser adaptation —
James McAvoy has checked into Mandate Pictures’ comedic adaptation of the Will
Reiser novel “I’m With Cancer.” Nicole Holofcener will direct, and
the pic will co-star Seth Rogen, who is also producing.
After a private Mediterranean cruise with 12 pals that
sailed from August 12 through 16 along the French Riviera, Leonardo DiCaprio
got an early jump on Labor Day by going back to work Monday in Paris for his
latest movie, “Inception,” directed by “Dark Knight’s”
Christopher Nolan and which started shooting in London last month.
GLENDALE, Calif., Aug. 17 (UPI) — U.S. actor Will Ferrell
has signed on to star in the movie “Oobermind” after Robert Downey
Jr. dropped out, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. announced Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — AMC network says “Mad Men” logged
a one-third boost in viewers for its season premiere Sunday, over last year’s
premiere of the much acclaimed drama.
Men may rule the roost in AMC’s hit drama “Mad
Men,” but behind the guys are a group of women whose lives shape the
from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing
Canadians looking to view the third season of AMC’s
“Mad Men” will need their iPod.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Todd Wasserman, Brandweek
It turns out AMC’s hit drama “Mad Men,” about
fictional 1960s advertising agency Sterling Cooper, uses product placements as
part its own advertising strategy.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steve McClellan
Twitter’s effectiveness as a marketing tool remains up for
debate, but don’t tell that to Homer Simpson or Jay Leno.
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam B. Vary
EW has confirmed that country music superstar Shania Twain
will be the next guest judge on American Idol, after Victoria Beckham and Mary
from MSNBC.com: Gossip
Now that the “Dancing With the Stars” cast has been announced, and Paula
Abdul’s name is not on the list, negotiations between Abdul and Fox for her
return to “American Idol” have become more intense.
NEW YORK (AP) — ABC says comedian Steve Harvey is joining
“Good Morning America” for reports on family and relationship topics.
In recent seasons, “Dancing With the Stars” has
given exposure to such unlikely dancers as magician Penn Jillette and
Oscar-winning octogenarian actress Cloris Leachman. But Tom DeLay? Along with
Kathy Ireland and Michael Irvin, he’s one of the new season’s contestants.
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson
NBC has picked up a live-action television series based on
the comic-book series Midnight, Mass., according to The Hollywood Reporter.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit
Comedian Patton Oswalt is joining the cast of Syfy’s
upcoming drama series “Caprica” as a recurring.
from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
The hit fashion reality show will have a new setting (Los Angeles), a new
network (Lifetime), and a special guest judge (Lindsay Lohan), when it debuts
its sixth season.
NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is being embraced with a Kiss.
from MTV News
The limited-edition issue of the magazine hits newsstands
French DJ/producer/recording artist David Guetta is hardly a
household name in the USA.
Pop megastar Lady Gaga says she is toning down her
provocative image during her first trip to Israel
from MTV News
Mixtape from Diddy’s ‘dance music alter ego’ ‘Lectro Black
features throbbing club beats.
from Paste Magazine
It’s official. Radiohead
has released a new song.
from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
When one listens closely to the shoegaze-laced noise-pop of Denmark’s
Raveonettes, typically bands like the Jesus and Mary Chain or the Velvet
Underground come to mind — with a tinge of classic ’50s rock’n’roll tossed in
for good measure. But according to the duo’s guitarist Sune Rose Wagner, their
influences extend a bit further than meets the ear.
The newly named lawyer for Michael Jackson’s children makes
her first court appearance Monday as a judge decides if he’ll approve a
contract between Jackson’s estate and concert promoter AEG Live.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Michael Jackson’s father, Joe,
says the late pop star will be buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles on
what would have been his 51st birthday.