• 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.
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.
Film News: Legislation ups tax credit to 25% —
senate has passed legislation boosting its refundable tax credit to filmmakers
from 15% to 25%.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai
Media and entertainment stocks rose sharply Friday on
bullish ad-market comments from CBS Corp.
Leslie Moonves in his company’s late Thursday earnings conference call last
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
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
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra tops the box office with an
estimated $56.2 million
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.
from NYT > Movies by By A. O. SCOTT
Yes, it’s summer. But
current focus on eye candy suggests limited visions ahead.
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.
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.
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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
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.
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Simon Vozick-Levinson
”Office”/”Extras” creators give Simon Vozick-Levinson
the scoop on their 2010 feature, ”Cemetary Junction”
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.
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.
Jonze might be messing around with Maurice
Sendak‘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.
from NYT > Movies by Compiled by RACHEL
The Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou will be playing Kato to
Seth Rogen’s Green Hornet in Columbia Pictures’ adaptation of the 1930s radio
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
every one of them up in pretty bows?
from NYT > Television by By
Matthew Weiner, creator of “Mad Men,” which begins its third
to guide his characters throughout a turbulent era that has always fascinated
(AdAge.com) — 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.
from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By DAVID BAUDER
Letterman is king of late-night television again….
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
McPherson responded to Katherine Heigl’s latest gripe about starring in a hit
from Forbes.com: 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.
from MSNBC.com: 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
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.
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.
(Billboard) – Sprawled on her bed in an
hotel, Lady GaGa is channeling Lady Godiva – sans the horse.
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.
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.