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The Newsdesk 09.03.09 – Ritchie to Direct Lobo; YouTube to Offer Movie Rentals

• Why Tuesday? takes a look at how the new preferential voting system will work in the Oscar’s best picture category

• Tom Wilkinson and David Harbour have joined the cast of Green Hornet. Even more exciting, Nicolas Cage is in talks to play the villain.

Guy Ritchie will direct Lobo, a live-action adaptation of the DC Comics outer space bounty hunter. Oh, DC/Warner Bros. Focusing on second-tier characters isn’t going to make the new Disney/Marvel juggernaut not destroy you.

• YouTube is negotiating with several movie studios to offer a fee-based rental system on the video site. Because there’s nothing better than watching I Love You Man while 13-year-olds write nasty comments in the talkback.

• Michael Jackson’s Captain EO will be returning to the Disneyland theme park in 2010. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, and starring Angelica Huston and an alien named “Hooter,” EO is hardly the strangest movie Jackson produced. (That would be Moonwalker.)

• Antonio Banderas discussed Shrek Forever After and the Puss in Boots spin-off. “Forever after” is beginning to sound more like a threat than an actual title.  

• The first trailer for Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day has been released, and looks even more insane than the original. 


YouTube eyes streaming rental agreement

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

Google’s YouTube is in talks with Hollywood studios,
including Lionsgate Entertainment, Sony and Warner Bros., about allowing users
to stream movies on a rental basis

Movie release cutbacks: Less is more?

from Movies

By Owen Gleiberman
Owen Gleiberman on a report U.S. companies are planning to release 40 percent
fewer films from September to December than they did last year

Internet Ad Spending Declined in First Half of ’09

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Hampp)

NEW YORK ( — Surprise: The first half of 2009 was
rougher on media than anticipated.


‘Humpday’ opening Raindance festival

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Stuart Kemp

Lynn Shelton’s “Humpday” will kickstart this
year’s Raindance Film Festival, which includes an American Indie sidebar,
organizers said Monday.

Sundance unveils new Next section


Film News: Program spotlights low- and no-budget filmmaking
— The Sundance Film Festival has unveiled a new Next section with six to eight
films selected for their “innovative and original” work in low- and
no-budget filmmaking.

3-D gets respect from Venice film fest


Digital Cinema: New award part of Europe’s embrace of format
— The 66th Venice Film Festival is heralding the digital 3-D era with the
inception of the Persol 3D Award.


Daily Box Office: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Final Destination tops Tuesday’s box office with $2.2


The Set: Jennifer Garner’s ‘Invention Of Lying’

from Access Hollywood – Movies

Maria Menounos hit the Boston set of the new comedy, “The
Invention of Lying,” to find out what was Jennifer’s biggest lie she ever told.

Tom Cruise to narrate racecar doc

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

Tom Cruise will narrate an upcoming documentary about the
history of Hendrick Motorsports.

Guy Ritchie To Direct ‘Lobo’ Movie, Still Targeting PG-13

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Not to be outdone by Disney’s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics and
Warner Bros. are rolling out some major announcements of their own this week–the latest
involving the cigar-chomping, head-stomping antihero, Lobo
According to Variety, a “Lobo” movie is officially on the way
with “Sherlock Holmes” helmer Guy Ritchie
attached as director.


Kelly McGillis cast in vampire flick

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Kelly McGillis has joined the
cast of “Stake Land,” a vampire movie filming in New York and
Pennsylvania, the flick’s producers said Wednesday.


‘Star Trek’ gets Imax re-release

from – Film News

Film News: Run will last for two weeks starting Friday —
Paramount’s “Star Trek” will be re-released in nearly 100 Imax
locations on Friday.

Bringing ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ to the Big Screen

from NYT > Movies by By SAKI KNAFO

Though Spike Jonze is known for making videos and movies his
way — fast, cheap and dirty — adapting a classic picture book turned out to be
slow, expensive and very, very complicated.


Macintosh doc available on iTunes

from Hollywood Reporter by Staff report

“Welcome to Macintosh,” an independent documentary
about Apple’s history and fan following, is being offered for download on the
iTunes movie store, as well as on DVD, although the film was not authorized by

Twilight: New Moon Tickets Already on Sale

from News in Film by Jeff Leins
Tickets for The
Twilight Saga: New Moon
are already on sale two months before the November
20 release.

Exclusive ‘New Moon’ Trailer To Premiere At 2009 MTV Video
Music Awards

from MTV News

Cast — including Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor
Lautner — to appear on show.

Alien abduction thriller set in remote Alaska town

from Movies – Top Stories

Universal Pictures has said it will release an alien
abduction film this fall that plays off of decades of unexplained

First Look: SNL Spin-Off ‘MacGruber’

from News in Film by Jeff Leins

snapped these two pictures from the Albuquerque set of MacGruber just
yesterday, which means the “Saturday Night Live” spin-off is not only
happening… it’s already filming.

Documentary explores Hefner’s “serious” side

from Reuters: Entertainment News

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) – Hugh Hefner is bringing his
Playboy party to the Toronto International Film Festival.


Oprah Winfrey shuts down Michigan Avenue

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Jeff Labrecque

The premiere of Oprah Winfrey’s 24th season will shut down a
stretch of Chicago’s busy Magnificent Mile for more than two days.

Oprah Winfrey dedicating episode to Jackson

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

Talk show host Oprah Winfrey plans to dedicate an upcoming
episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to late pop singer Michael

Charlie Gibson Retires, Diane Sawyer to World News: What
Happens at GMA?

from TVNewser
With today’s stunner that Charlie
is retiring from ABC News and that Diane
will take over anchoring “World News”, a vacancy will be
created at the nation’s #2 morning broadcast, “Good Morning America.”

Heigl takes a 5-episode leave from ‘Grey’s’

from Television
The actress will be shooting the film “Life as We Know It,” and her break will
overlap with Ellen Pompeo’s maternity leave.


‘American Idol’ exclusive: Avril Lavigne joins Katy Perry as
guest judge in L.A.

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Michael Slezak

Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry will join the growing list of
singers and entertainers serving as guest judges on season 9 of American Idol, has learned exclusively.

Jerry Seinfeld talks about the ‘Seinfeld’ reunion on ‘Curb’

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Dan Snierson

The cast of Seinfeld is reuniting on Curb Your Enthusiasm
this fall? Giddyup!

Megan Mullally joins the ‘Party’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Emmy winner Megan Mullally has joined Starz’s original
comedy series “Party Down.”

‘SNL’ Adds Two Women to Its Cast

from The Wrap RSS by Adalian

“Saturday Night Live” is adding at least two new
female members to its cast this season: Nasim Pedrad and Jenny Slate.

Whitney Port Takes On New Job, New Guy, New Season Of ‘The City’

from MTV News

Trailer for season two shows Whit working for Kelly Cutrone,
Olivia working for Elle.

Tony Blair to make ‘Late Show’ debut

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) — Former British Prime Minister
Tony Blair has agreed to make his first visit to the “Late Show with David
Letterman,” CBS announced Wednesday.


On the Charts: Colbie Caillat Breaks Through to Number One

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

Colbie Caillat’s Breakthrough proved to be just that
as the “Fallin’ For You” singer’s second album became her first to debut atop
the Top 200, selling 106,000 copies.

Eminem, Mary J. to pay tribute to Def Jam Records

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Eminem was never a part of Def Jam Records,
but the rapper is going to be part of the celebration when the legendary label
is honored by VH1

LeAnn Rimes announces divorce on Web site

from – Entertainment

An announcement on singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes’ Web site
says she’s divorcing, but it misspelled her husband’s name.

Jackson Browne set for solo U.S. tour

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) — Singer-songwriter Jackson
Browne says he plans to close out 2009 with a solo acoustic tour in the United

Kurt Cobain in ‘Guitar Hero 5’: Horrifying

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser

The new Guitar Hero 5 features Kurt Cobain as an
unlockable character that can do many non-Kurtlike things.

Neil Young Announces Dreamin’ Man Release Date

from Paste Magazine

Mere months after releasing the monstrous Archives Vol. 1,
Neil Young is set to uncover yet another from his assemblage.

Jay-Z Talks Wedding Day, Drug-Dealing Past In O Interview

from MTV News

MC tells Oprah Winfrey how he and Beyoncé kept their
nuptials a secret.

Five for Fighting preps ‘Slice’ of tour

from Top Stories from

Five for
will launch a fall acoustic run through North America behind its
forthcoming release, “Slice.”


Freed reporters describe North Korea ordeal

from Hollywood Reporter by Associated Press

The two American television reporters imprisoned in North
Korea for 4 1/2 months have written an article describing the circumstances
surrounding their arrests and detention.

Britain to stage world’s first twitter opera

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by By Farah Master, Reuters

A twitter opera about nuns, demons and birds will be
performed in London this weekend after the Royal Opera House (ROH) composed a
libretto from the popular microblogging site.

Production On ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’ Musical Set To

from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Less than a month ago, producers on “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” confirmed to MTV News
that production had suspended for the time being, but insisted
that the show would go on for the planned February debut. But Bono and the Edge need not pack their instruments away just
yet–Spidey’s making a comeback.

Belinda Carlisle joins ‘Hairspray’


Legit News: SInger added to cast of London show — 1980s
popster Belinda Carlisle will join the London cast of “Hairspray”
this fall, playing the scheming Velma von Tussle in the West End production.

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