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The Newsdesk 08.24.09 – Inglourious Has Glorious Weekend; Shutter Island Delayed

28 Weeks Later director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is in talks to direct Bioshock, Universal’s adaptation of the hit video game. It’s safe to say there will be zombies.

Inglourious Basterds scored $37.6 million at the box office to take the top spot over the weekend. Nazis, aliens, and G.I. Joe in the top three spots—what a weird weekend.

David Fincher is slated to direct The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin’s script about the formation of Facebook, as his next project. Update your Twitter accordingly.

• The first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Inception has been released. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, it looks intriguingly trippy, but still no Batman 3.

Sixteen minutes of James Cameron’s Avatar screened in over 100 IMAX theaters on Friday. Turns out “Avatar Day” was the day everyone made fun of the film’s hideous blue aliens.

• Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island has been pushed back from October 2 to February 19. The Leonardo DiCaprio thriller is reportedly being delayed due to Paramount not being able to afford a proper Oscar marketing campaign.


Could Twitter Destroy Hollywood’s Marketing Magic?

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by (Simon Dumenco)
Did you see Michael Sragow’s article “Twitter Effect rattles Hollywood”
in the Baltimore Sun?


Director to be at Toronto fest via video

from Entertainment News –

TORONTO, Aug. 22 (UPI) — A spokesman for the Toronto
International Film Festival says Danish director Lars von Trier will appear via
a video link to speak about his movie “Antichrist.”


Imagen Awards names ‘Chihuahua’ top film

from Entertainment News –

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 22 (UPI) — Imagen Awards
officials said “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” earned top feature movie
honors at this year’s awards ceremony in Beverly Hills, Calif.


Weekend Box Office: August 21-23, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Inglourious Basterds tops the box office with an estimated
$37.6 million

Tarantino has best career opening with ‘Basterds’

from Movies – Top Stories

Inglourious Basterds stormed theaters this weekend and
claimed an easy victory at the box office

‘Shutter Island’ pushed to February 2010

from Movies

By Mike Bruno
Deadline Hollywood Daily: Move tied to concerns financing isn’t available to
market the film the way the studio wants to

Ian McKellen Gives Report On Hobbit Casting and Other Progress

from /Film by (
Last night saw a special marathon screening of the extended editions of all
three Lord of the Rings films at London’s BFI IMAX cinema, which is
where where I caught the Avatar Day footage as it happens. Ian McKellen
was present in person to intro the screenings, and while he only spoke for a
very short time, he managed to get the crowd into something of a frenzy.

Turn On, Tune In, Turn Back the Clock

from NYT > Movies by By KAREN SCHOEMER

The making of “Taking Woodstock” involved taking over an
entire town.

Website Launched for Nolan’s Inception

from News in Film by Jeff Leins
Warner Bros has launched the official website for Christopher Nolan’s mysterious
film, Inception.


Zach Galifianakis sits down with ‘Schmucks’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

Zach Galifianakis is negotiating to join Steve Carell and Paul
Rudd in the comedy “Dinner for Schmucks.”

Imbedded at Vogue, Trying a Charm Offensive

from NYT > Movies by By ERIC KONIGSBERG

With “The September Issue,” the director R. J. Cutler
learned how to film a fashion editor whose first words are “Go away.”

‘Little Fockers’ Director Says Twins Are In, Streisand/Hoffman
Might Not Be, Release Date Is News To Him

from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
A few days ago, Universal Pictures announced a
release date of
July 30, 2010 for “Little
,” the third movie in the Ben StillerRobert De
“Meet the Parents” comedy soon-to-be-trilogy. The only problem is,
somebody forgot to tell the director.



Killing Raises New Reality TV Concerns

from NYT > Television by By BRIAN STELTER

VH1 canceled one reality television show and put another
under review this week amid charges that a cast member had killed his ex-wife
and fled to Canada.

VH1 cancels series with murder suspect

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

No decision yet on second series featuring fugitive

VH1’s ‘I Love Money 3’ may not air

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DERRIK J. LANG

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The future of a VH1 reality show
featuring a man charged with murder in his ex-wife’s death remains unclear….

Megan Fox To Host SNL Season Premiere

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
Saturday night is about to get a whole lot foxier!

Heather Locklear May Move Back To ‘Melrose Place’

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
Looks like “Melrose Place’s” biggest meanie may be back.

‘Project Runway’ season six premiere boasts record ratings

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Missy Schwartz

The Lifetime-Project Runway marriage is off to a promising

‘thirtysomething’ twentysomething years later

from L.A. Times – TV News

ABC’s 1987-91 drama, finally coming to DVD, didn’t revolve
around a hospital or a squad room — but it captured an era. Creators Edward
Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz look back at their groundbreaker.


Nephew: Michael joined family weeks before death

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By LINDA DEUTSCH

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A nephew of Michael Jackson says his
uncle joined a large family dinner a few weeks before he died, and talked
openly about his creative plans beyond the 50-date concert stint in London….

Jackson burial moved to September 3

from – Entertainment

The date of the funeral for pop legend Michael Jackson has
been changed to September 3, the singer’s spokesman said Friday.

Weezer to release new studio album

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) — Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of the
rock band Weezer, says his U.S. group will release its seventh studio album,
“Raditude,” this fall.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Feel “Major Enthusiasm” Heading Into

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Shirley Halperin

While the Red Hot Chili Peppers slumbered, the band’s
members have been keeping busy these last couple of years, what with drummer Chad
Smith joining all-star group Chickenfoot, frontman Anthony Kiedis developing a
series for HBO and bassist Flea enrolling at USC to study music theory.

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