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The Newsdesk 08.10.09 – G.I. Joe Attacks the Box Office; Giamatti to Be a Stooge

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $56.2 million. Turns out not screening your movie for critics is the key to box office gold.

• Frank Langella has joined the cast of Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Is it too late to do something about that title? 

• Rumor has it Steven Spielberg could be developing the Halo movie now that Peter Jackson is too busy with The Hobbit. Hopefully it’ll stay with Spielberg now. If we’re not careful, it’ll end up in Michael Bay’s hands.

• Paul Giamatti is rumored to be taking over for Sean Penn in the Three Stooges movie. Word is Jim Carrey is no longer attached to the project. Giamatti was born to be Curly.

• The Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow will reteam with writer Mark Boal for action film Triple Frontier.

• Josh Hutcherson, Isabel Lucas, Edwin Hodge, and Connor Cruise are the leads for the upcoming Red Dawn remake. Sorry, but no one can replace Swayze, Sheen, and Thomas Howell. OK, maybe Thomas Howell.

• Taiwanese singer and actor Jay Chou will star opposite Seth Rogen in Green Hornet. Chou will be taking over the role for the departed Stephen Chow.



Film biz mulls mixed messages

from – Peter Bart

Peter Bart: Is it cash infusion, or confusion? — Several
sectors of our economy are showing signs of life these days, but here’s my forecast
for the entertainment business: There will be a significant recovery thanks to
increased spending, stepped-up production and an easing of the credit crunch.


North Carolina senate boosts film incentives

from – Film News

Film News: Legislation ups tax credit to 25% — North Carolina‘s state
senate has passed legislation boosting its refundable tax credit to filmmakers
from 15% to 25%.


Media stocks up; slow ad recovery expected

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Media and entertainment stocks rose sharply Friday on
bullish ad-market comments from CBS Corp. CEO
Leslie Moonves in his company’s late Thursday earnings conference call last

TV Upfront Tally Slips to $8 Billion as Networks Take Their
Chances on Scatter

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Steinberg)

NEW YORK ( — This
year’s upfront tally is estimated to be between $7.8 billion and $8.1 billion,
down from last year’s about $9.23 billion. And for that you can thank Mel


Nine compete for Venice 3-D prize

from – Film Festivals

Film Festivals: U.S.
pics dominate the field — The 66th Venice Film Festival has announced the nine
films in contention for the event’s first 3-D prize and all are from the U.S.


Weekend Box Office: August 7-9, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra tops the box office with an
estimated $56.2 million

‘G.I. Joe’ tops overseas boxoffice

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” the summer’s last big franchise title,
battled its way to the No. 1 spot on the foreign circuit over the weekend.

Open Wide: Spoon-Fed Cinema

from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT

Yes, it’s summer. But Hollywood‘s
current focus on eye candy suggests limited visions ahead.

EW Picks: ‘District 9’ looks like a winner

from – Entertainment

Three years ago, “Lord of the Rings” guru Peter
Jackson handpicked Neill Blomkamp, then a director of music videos and TV
commercials, to helm an adaptation of the video game Halo.

Universal has ‘Change Up’ with ‘Hangover’ writers

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Universal has acquired comedy script Change Up, written by
The Hangover’s team of Jon Lucas and Scott Moore.

Louis Leterrier Dreams Of Epic Avengers Quadrilogy, Released
Over One Summer

from /Film by
The Incredible Hulk
director Louis Leterrier recently told the Los Angeles Times his dream of collaborating on one part of
a quadrilogy of Avengers films for Marvel, which would be released over the
course of one Summer


Guillermo del Toro to produce Spanish thriller ‘Julia’s Eyes’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by John Young

As if Guillermo del Toro wasn’t busy enough (he’s currently
preparing to direct two Hobbit films), the Mexican filmmaker has added another
project to his already stuffed plate. Del Toro will be producing the Spanish-language
horror thriller Julia’s Eyes, according to Variety.

Gervais-Merchant: What’s next?

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Simon Vozick-Levinson

”Office”/”Extras” creators give Simon Vozick-Levinson
the scoop on their 2010 feature, ”Cemetary Junction”

Brad Pitt Will Narrate Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time Doc

from /Film by
The Playlist has been great about uncovering info about the
two upcoming Terrence Malick films, The Tree of Life and Voyage
of Time

Tara Reid makes ‘Last Call’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Tara Reid is joining the cast of the indie comedy “Last
Call.” The buddy film stars Travis Van Winkle and Ryan Hansen as cousins
forced to run a family pub.

Taking A Closer Look At The New ‘Where The Wild Things Are’

from MTV Movies Blog by Adam Rosenberg
So the new trailer for “Where
The Wild Things Are
” hit the Internet today. It’s freaking awesome.
Director Spike
might be messing around with Maurice
‘s original story, but the author has already admitted that he’s okay with it. If
he’s fine, then I’m fine. Especially with Spike at the helm.

Arts, Briefly: The Hornet’s New Kato

from NYT > Movies by Compiled by RACHEL LEE HARRIS

The Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou will be playing Kato to
Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet in Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the 1930s radio



“Mad Men” still spellbinding in Season 3

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Even with all the loose
ends left dangling in the finale last year, is there a “Mad Men” fan
in God’s creation that actually believes the show’s Season 3 premiere on AMC on Sunday, August 16 is going to tie each and
every one of them up in pretty bows?

Drama Confronts a Dramatic Decade

from NYT > Television by By FRED

Matthew Weiner, creator of “Mad Men,” which begins its third
season on AMC next Sunday, hopes
to guide his characters throughout a turbulent era that has always fascinated

Plethora of Promos Will Soon Mob Your TV Screen

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Steinberg)

( — The TV screen may be about to get it from all sides: TV networks
and advertisers are quietly testing whether consumers will respond to promos
and ads that run on the top and bottom sectors of the boob tube — while some
of their favorite programs are airing.

Rapid change in late-night viewing

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID BAUDER

NEW YORK (AP) — David
Letterman is king of late-night television again….

ABC Slams Katherine Heigl: Her Whining Is ‘Unfortunate’

from Entertainment on by The Huffington Post
News Team
ABC entertainment president Steve
McPherson responded to Katherine Heigl’s latest gripe about starring in a hit
TV show.

ABC Courts Laughs

from Media News by Lacey Rose

With ”Lost” set to end and ”Desperate Housewives” aging,
the network bets big on new comedies and pre-sold names.

‘Dancing with Stars’ role for Paula Abdul?

from Reality TV
Paula Abdul may be out of a job on “American Idol” but she could soon
be dancing with the stars on rival TV network ABC.

USA viewers take ‘Notice’

from – TV Ratings

TV Ratings: Season finale breaks network’s ratings records
— “Burn Notice” ended the first half of its third season run on
fire, with the USA Network skein’s Thursday night episode drawing the most
viewers for any telecast in the history of the cabler.


Dave Grohl’s new superband to perform its first show on Sunday

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by John Young

Them Crooked Vultures, the superband featuring Foo Fighters’
Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul
Jones, will play its first show Aug. 9 at Chicago’s Metro, the BBC reports.

Dance queen Lady GaGa fashions booming career

from Reuters: Entertainment News

(Billboard) – Sprawled on her bed in an Amsterdam
hotel, Lady GaGa is channeling Lady Godiva – sans the horse.


‘Dragnet’ stamp set for release

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 9 (UPI) — The U.S. Postal Service is
about to introduce a stamp honoring the classic TV police drama
“Dragnet,” officials say.

‘Oliver!’ star: I am father of Jackson kid

from Entertainment News –

Aug. 9 (UPI) — British actor Mark Lester, best known for starring in the
musical “Oliver!,” says he may be the biological father of singer
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris.

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