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The Newsdesk 08.21.09 – Avatar Trailer Debuts; Twilight Helmer Tackles Riding Hood

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will tackle a Gothic retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood story. In her version, the Big Bad Wolf sparkles.

• Reaction to the first trailer for James Cameron’s Avatar has been mixed. It seems no one expected the “King of the World” would give us a cross between Dancing with Wolves and Delgo.

• The first trailer for Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story has surfaced.

Billy Bob Thornton will star in the boxing drama Pound for Pound, based on a book by the author of Million Dollar Baby. Will The Boxmasters sign on to score?

• The Michael Jackson concert film This Is It will be released for a two-week limited engagement on October 28. Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) has signed on to direct a documentary about Jackson.

• The first trailer The Wolf-Man, starring Benicio Del Toro, has hit the ‘Net. Best wolf movie since Wolf?


Toronto rounds out final selections

from Hollywood Reporter by By Etan Vlessing

The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday (August
20) unveiled its final selections, including international premieres for South
Korean director Lee Hey-jun’s “Castaway on the Moon” and Mike
Sandejas’ “If I Knew What You Said,” from the Philippines.

Von Trier, Ozon, Haneke, and Denis Help Complete Toronto Lineup

from indieWIRE News

The Toronto International Film Festival rounded out its 2009
schedule today with the announcement of films for a number of programmes,
bringing the festival’s total to 271 features and 64 shorts from 64 countries.
That marks 22 more feature films than last year.

Toronto festival completes lineup

from – Film News

Film News: Clooney, Cruz, Farrell likely to attend —
Toronto Film Festival completes its 2009 slate Thursday, adding 45 titles to
various programs.

Stars to shine at Toronto Film Festival

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and Mariah Carey are among
A-listers scheduled to attend.

Free and Fresh Downloads from Bumbershoot

from Music Festival Junkies

The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival not only puts on a
great show, they write a terrific blog. Part music news, festival updates, and
artist information are just a few of the highlights of Bumbershoot Fresh. The
big score for us readers: they have tons of free downloads.

CMJ 2009 Initial Lineup Announced

from Paste Magazine

New York City is about to once again be devoured by one of
the world’s largest music showcases, and it must be used to it by now.


Daily Box Office: Wednesday, August 19, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

District 9 tops Wednesday’s box office with $3.9 million

Penelope Cruz: I owe my career to Pedro Almodovar

from Film News from Times Online

The rumours of Penélope Cruz’s pregnancy had yet to surface
when we met. It was the end of a day of endless interviews in an airless hotel
room; she was sitting gloomily glued to a chair.

Who to Blame When Your Terrible Movie Flops? Twitter.

from Defamer by Ryan Tate
Hollywood studios failed to hoodwink the moviegoing public into seeing recent
stinkers like G.I. Joe and Brüno. But don’t blame overpaid movie
executives. Blame Twitter! The microblogging startup is apparently breaking the
entire celebrity-industrial complex over its knee like particleboard.

Fuqua mob drama in hot water

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Matthew

An Antoine Fuqua-Nicolas Pileggi mob drama finds itself at
the center of a legal controversy after a real-life informant filed lawsuit
seeking damages as well as an injunction that would stop the release of a
potential movie.

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story Movie Trailer

from /Film by (
Overture Films has finally released the first real movie trailer for
documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s new film, Capitalism: A Love Story.
It shows you actual footage from the movie, unlike the previously released
“Save The CEOs” teaser trailer Moore released in June.

Oscar winner to adapt ‘Resurrection’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik

Oscar-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin has been hired
to write the DreamWorks adaptation of the Japanese cult hit


Rules At ‘The September Issue’ NY Premiere (August 19, 2009)

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Sienna Miller and Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour hit the
red carpet at The Museum of Modern Art, but did Anna feel that she was well
represented in the film? Plus, Diddy and Trump discuss a softer side of Anna
that most people don’t know.

`Avatar’ trailer debuts online to mixed response

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Social networking sites are abuzz over
an online trailer for “Avatar,” a day before more than 15 minutes of
James Cameron’s anticipated 3D sci-fi adventure was to screen in theaters….

Villain steals ‘Inglourious Basterds’

from – Entertainment

Brad Pitt gets top billing in Quentin Tarantino’s
“Inglourious Basterds,” but Austrian actor Christoph Waltz may have
turned in the most memorable performance as a Nazi “Jew Hunter.”

Lionsgate Remaking ‘Dirty Dancing’

from News in Film by Jeff Leins
Lionsgate is developing a remake of 1987’s Dirty Dancing
with writer Julia
(Uptown Girls).  There aren’t many details yet as this
wasn’t an official studio announcement, but rather a Tweet from Production


Relatable characters help fill television’s generation gap

from Television – Top Stories

The exchange took place a lifetime ago. But Peter Horton can
rewind right to it with the speed and precision of a DVR.

FX adds two new comedy series

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam Markovitz

FX has ordered freshman seasons of two half-hour comedy
series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The League follows the members of
a fantasy football league, while Louie centers on the comedy of stand-up Louis
CK. Both shows are produced in-house by FX.

Ausiello: ‘Ugly Betty’ meets ‘Sopranos’?

from TV

By Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello on casting notice for a ”sexy, masculine male” who ”works
for the family business” as Ana Ortiz’s love interest.

‘Scrubs’ taps two, rounding out cast

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Michael Mosley and up-and-comer Kerry Bishe have landed the
remaining two new starring roles on ABC’s “Scrubs.”

Leno reveals more show details

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

Jay Leno revealed more elements of his new primetime comedy
show Wednesday, including the addition of comedians Liz Feldman and Mikey Day
to his corespondents team.

‘Project Runway,’ ‘Rachel Zoe’ return

from L.A. Times – TV News

And guess which fashion show is more fun to watch?

Skater Brian Boitano is now a TV chef

from L.A. Times – TV News

‘What Would Brian Boitano Make?’ premieres Sunday on the
Food Network. ‘It’s a natural thing for me,’ he says.

‘Factor’ Has Best Demo Broadcast of the Year – Again

from TVNewser

posted 1.10M viewers in the A25-54 demographic and 3.70M Total
Viewers. This was the biggest showing the in demo all year for O’Reilly, a
benchmark he’s set three times this month.


‘Feeling’ still No. 1 on U.S. record chart

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) — The Black Eyed Peas’s “I
Gotta Feeling” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart this week,
reported Thursday.


Michael Jackson’s burial postponed

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 20 (UPI) — Michael Jackson’s father, Joe,
says the U.S. pop star’s burial in California has been postponed two days.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” Musical: Meet the Rocker Cast

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Erica Futterman
The American Idiot musical is set to begin previews on September 4th in
Berkeley, California, and prep for the Green Day-inspired production is kicking
into high gear: tickets for the limited run (scheduled through October 11th)
are selling quickly, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre blogged a sneak peek at the show’s stage (revealing the set
required extra support to accommodate its size and its massive walls will
be covered
in rock posters) and the show’s lead, John Gallagher, Jr. tweeted the cast
had its first full-band rehearsal last night.

Norah Jones & Ryan Adams Cowrite on New Album

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
After three wildly successful albums that sold some 36 million copies
worldwide, singer/songwriter Norah Jones will shake up her winning formula on
her as-yet-untitled fourth effort, which is due for a November release.

Pearl Jam adds shows to in-progress trek

from Top Stories from

Alt-rockers Pearl Jam [ tickets
] have added a handful of concerts to their in-progress summer-and-fall
itinerary behind “Backspacer,” the band’s long-awaited new album.


Fogelberg’s last album set for release

from Entertainment News –

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 20 (UPI) — The late U.S.
singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg’s final album, “Love in Time,” is set
for release on CD next month, Universal Music Enterprises said.

Katy Perry vs. Lady Gaga: Who’s calling who ‘calculated’?

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

The Lady Gaga is transgendered story? It got more awesome.

A Warped Tour for the elders makes its L.A. debut

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Screeching Weasel, the Dead Milkmen, Naked Raygun and more
lead Riot Fest West.

Leona Lewis, Justin Timberlake Song Leak Under Investigation

from MTV News

Simon Cowell’s record label, SyCo, suspects computer hackers
snagged ‘Don’t Let Me Down.’

The Bravery finish new album, plot fall tour

from Top Stories from

Alt-rockers The Bravery [ tickets
] have emerged from the recording studio with a brand new album in their hands
and a slate of fall headlining dates.

Bon Jovi unleashes new single

from Top Stories from

For the first time in two years, Bon Jovi [ tickets
] has unveiled a new single, “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” the lead
track from the band’s forthcoming album.


Stephenie Meyer sued over ‘Breaking Dawn’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

A woman who wrote an obscure vampire book as a
teenager has sued “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, accusing her of
stealing ideas from the work for the fourth book in her vampire series,
“Breaking Dawn.”

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