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The Newsdesk 09.22.09 – Pitt in Talks for Sherlock Sequel; Enron: The Movie

John Malkovich will join the cast of Secretariat, a drama about the 1973 Triple Crown-winning horse. Malkovich will easily be the creepiest jockey of all time.

• Brad Pitt is reportedly in talks to play Moriarty in a Sherlock Holmes sequel. Yes, they’re already developing a sequel for a movie that isn’t out for three months.

• Darren Aronofsky is developing a movie off of the real life story of the world’s biggest heist. In Aronofsky’s hands, it’ll likely also be the world’s most grimly depressing heist.

• Columbia Pictures is developing an Enron movie based on a hit play about the corporation’s downfall. Who’s ready for some early ’00s nostalgia?

• The Coen brothers. have nixed rumors of a The Big Lebowski spin-off starring John Turturro’s bowling ball-licking character. Apparently you do fool with the Jesus. 

500 Days of Summer star Zooey Deschanel wed Death Cab for Cutie singer Ben Gibbard over the weekend. Hipsters of both sexes wept bitter tears. 


Toronto: The 5 biggest Oscar boosts

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

Now that the Toronto International Film Festival is
officially over, here are the five movies, actors, and filmmakers who got the
most potent shots of Oscar adrenaline from their time up north.

‘Get Low,’ ‘Lebanon’ land pickup deals

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Borys Kit

Sony Pictures Classics has made two pickups out of the Toronto
International Film Festival, acquiring North American rights to the Robert
Duvall-Bill Murray period comedy “Get Low” and the Israeli war pic


A Great Night for TV

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Rash)

— Accepting his second award of the night, and second straight Best Drama
Emmy, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner was a happy man, confidently
stating that today’s fractured and fragmented media landscape “means more
choice and entertainment.

Producers Guild to have 10 Best Picture nominees

from Entertainment Weekly’s Oscar Watch by Dave Karger

The Producers Guild Awards, long seen as a fairly accurate
predictor of Oscar nominees and winners, announced today that it’s also
increasing its Best Picture crop from five to 10 films.


Cook’s departure may sink ‘Pirates 4’

from Entertainment News –
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) — Johnny Depp says he may not star in a fourth
“Pirates of the Caribbean” film after all, now that Dick Cook is no
longer boss at Disney.

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Caine On ‘Batman 3’: ‘There Is No Johnny
Depp In This Batman’

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall

Ever since Michael Caine infamously name-checked Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman as potential cast
members for the next “Batman” movie
, he’s been on notice.

‘September Issue’: Wintour wonderland

from Movies
Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum on how filmmakers fashioned a hit from the
making of the biggest ”Vogue” issue of the year

Darren Aronofsky Developing World’s Biggest Heist Movie

from /Film by (
Darren Aronofsky is developing a gritty heist thriller based on “the daring
robbery of the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, a £53 Million Sterling score
(around $86 million US) thought to be masterminded by former mixed martial arts
fighter and UFC star ‘Lightning’ Lee Murray.”

Nigerian Information Minister Bans District 9

from /Film by (

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, seeing as one of
the loudest criticisms of District 9 was that it portrayed
Nigerians unfairly by depicting them as cannibalistic gangsters.

Sherlock Holmes on a new case

from Hollywood Reporter by By Steven Zeitchik and Jay A.

Three months before “Sherlock Holmes” opens, Warners
is developing a second movie, with Brad Pitt in discussions to star as Sherlock
nemesis Moriarty.


Slight ratings increase for the Emmy Awards

from Television
Neil Patrick Harris did for the Emmy Awards what he did for the Tonys earlier
this year: increase the award show’s audience over the previous year.


FX sets premiere date for ‘The League’

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd

FX announced its comedy scheduling plans, setting a release
date for its new ensemble series “The League.”

‘Glee’ picked up for a full season

from Hollywood Reporter by By James Hibberd and Nellie Andreeva

Fox’s musical comedy “Glee” is the first new show
of the fall to get a full-season order.

ABC cutting back on commercials for series premiere episodes

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

With eight new shows premiering this fall and seven in the
next few weeks, Walt Disney Co.’s ABC is taking a big risk.


Authorities taking their time in Jackson case

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

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s been almost three months since Michael
Jackson’s shocking death, and while Los Angeles police are close to wrapping up
their investigation, the decision on whether to bring criminal charges is at
least weeks and perhaps months away, legal experts say.

Jackson doc to play advance screenings

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Movie theaters will show the Michael Jackson musical
documentary “This Is It” as early as 9 p.m. PT on Oct. 27.

Thom Yorke, Bon Iver on ‘New Moon’ disc

from Hollywood Reporter by By Monica Herrera, Billboard

The soundtrack for “New Moon” — the second movie
installment of the “Twilight” vampire series — will feature songs by
Thom Yorke, Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver, Lykke Li and the Killers, according to an
official tracklist released Monday.

Justin Timberlake Talks About Rihanna’s New LP: ‘It’s A Little
More Grown-Up’

from MTV News

British duo Chase & Status also weigh in on tracks
they’ve recorded with ‘Disturbia’ singer.

Kris Allen Talks About His New Single, ‘Live Like We’re Dying’

from MTV News

‘American Idol’ champ says he ‘just fell in love’ with the
song, originally recorded by the Script.


Jury selected for Travolta extortion trial

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By JUAN McCARTNEY

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — A jury was selected Monday for a
trial that could see John Travolta take the stand against two people accused of
trying to extort $25 million from the movie star following his son’s death in
the Bahamas.

Khloe Kardashian to wed NBA player Sunday

from – Entertainment

Looks like Khloe Kardashian may be running down the aisle.

Pals worry about Jessica Simpson’s ‘tailspin’

from – Entertainment

After losing her beloved Maltipoo Daisy to a coyote attack, Jessica
Simpson may be at the lowest point of her life, friends fear.

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