• Marvel and Paramount could be releasing Iron Man 2 in digital 3D. Mickey Rourke’s mug is going to be a scarier 3D effect than anything in The Final Destination.
• Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. will team up on the comic book adaptation Cowboys & Aliens. The scifi western mixes (you guessed it!) cowboys and alien invaders.
• Dakota Fanning will not star in Todd MacFarlane’s Wizard of Oz remake. Perhaps Fanning realized she was starring in a remake of a cinematic classic from the guy who created Spawn.
• The first photos from MacGruber, based on the Saturday Night Live sketch, have been released. Yep, it’s actually happening.
• A serious documentary about Hugh Hefner will play at the Toronto Film Festival. It’s for people who still buy the magazine for the articles.
• Resident Evil director Paul W.S. Anderson will tackle a 3D Three Musketeers movie. This time D’Artagnan is a zombie. (Hopefully.)
from Forbes.com: Media News by Lacey Rose
Cable television is the only winner as everything from
network television to newspapers slides again.
from FT.com – Media
New data show intense pressure on media owners and ad
agencies as they search for other business models
Music News: Scratch-off tickets will promote label’s artists
— Demonstrating the lengths to which labels will go to secure attention for
their artists, Warner Bros. Records has pacted with the California Lottery to
sell scratch-off tickets promoting singer Seal, singer-songwriter Michelle
Branch, and rock bands Goo Goo Dolls and Taking Back Sunday.
from indieWIRE News
The kick-off of the Venice Film Festival tomorrow marks the
annual turning point for the fall awards season. Over the next 19 or so
days, Venice, Telluride this weekend and Toronto next week will offer both
industry, and in Toronto’s case the public, a glance at dozens of films that
may or may not factor into this year’s big race.
VENICE (Reuters) – The Venice film festival opens on
Wednesday with Italian movie “Baaria,” an epic Sicilian drama taking
in Fascism, World War Two and Communism and billed as one of the country’s
biggest movies ever.
from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Etan Vlessing
Cannes regular Hugh Hefner is bringing his Playboy party to
the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Final Destination tops Monday’s box office with $2.2
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jennifer Armstrong
Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder) and Naturi Naughton
(Fame) have joined the cast of the Bow Wow/Ice Cube comedy Lottery Ticket, with
shooting set to begin in October in Atlanta, Variety reports.
from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report
Film Movement has acquired North American rights to
“Mine,” Geralyn Pezanoski’s documentary about pets abandoned during
from Hollywood Reporter
Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. are bringing their
iron-clad collaboration to another comic-book property: “Cowboys &
from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik
Rashida Jones and Chris Messina will topline
“Monogamy,” an indie romantic comedy that marks the scripted-feature
debut of “Murderball” co-director Dana Adam Shapiro.
from MTV Movies Blog by Larry Carroll
Milk may have been a bad choice for Ron Burgundy, but it was
a very, very good decision by longtime comedy partners Will Ferrell
McKay to collaborate in 2004 on “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”
from Defamer by Richard Rushfield
You want serious critics?! You sure you want ’em? How bad do you want ’em? We
rose up against the frivolity of Bens Mankiewicz and Lyons. And now meet the
This-Is-Cinema dream team — A.O. Scott and Michael Phillips.
from L.A. Times – TV News
County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich says the stations
did not provide comprehensive coverage.
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) — U.S. actor, writer and
director Tyler Perry is set to star in “The Tyler Perry Show,” a
one-hour special about his film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” TBS said.
from MTV News
Video shows Kristin dating Justin Bobby, while Spencer and
Heidi talk babies.
NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (UPI) — Former New York Mayor and Republican
presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has agreed to be a guest on the Sept. 11
edition of TV’s “The View,” ABC said Monday.
from Entertainment on HuffingtonPost.com by The Huffington Post
AMC announced that Mad Men, now three episodes into Season 3, has been renewed
for a fourth season.
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Lynette Rice
HBO has ordered 11 episodes of Boardwalk Empire, a period drama
starring Steve Buscemi and Dabney Coleman that’s executive produced by Martin
Scorsese, Mark Wahlberg, and Terence Winter.
from mediabistro.com: TVNewser
In August, Fox News was again in the top three for primetime in all of cable,
which is seven of eight months this year. FNC was also in the top five in total
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell
MTV’s revamped Teen Wolf series has gained momentum, with
The Hollywood Reporter confirming that MTV will present the pilot.
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell
The L Word will be back on Showtime after a reality
makeover, Variety reports.
from EW.com: Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello
Michael Ausiello exclusive: See who’ll be playing the mother
of the bride at next season’s big wedding
NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins
and Elvis Presley – together again. On Broadway.
Regardless of this lackluster effort, nothing can alter
Jay-Z’s place as one of the greatest rappers of all time.
Members of The Script struggled for years, but when success
did strike, it struck hard and relatively quickly.
from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Maura
Madonna’s video for her greatest-hits package’s lead single
“Celebration” was released today, and it’ll be available as a free download via
iTunes through Thursday.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – The late Tammy Wynette will
be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame at a formal ceremony on
October 18, officials said on Tuesday.
The Manchester band’s debut album is remastered in various
editions that capture its best moments on the British rock scene.
NEW YORK (Billboard) – “Super poppy.” “Just
plain fun.” “Surprisingly optimistic.” “Catchy as
hell.” These are not phrases often used to describe Pearl Jam, the 30
million-selling purveyor of angst-ridden guitar rock now approaching its 19th
year of existence.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on
National Themes” will fly again in New York – off-Broadway.