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The Newsdesk 10.26.09 – Paranormal Activity Tops Box Office; Jones Joins Unknown White Male

• The buzz-y horror flick Paranormal Activity topped Saw VI at the box office, taking in an estimated $22 million. Will this be the end of the Saw series? And the beginning of an endless Paranormal Activity franchise?

Mad Men‘s January Jones and Diane Kruger of Inglourious Basterds fame have joined the cast of Unknown White Male, a thriller starring Liam Neeson. We liked Kruger in Basterds, but we love Jones in Mad Men. Call us biased, but we think you’d agree.  

• Mitchell Hurwitz discussed his plans for the Arrested Development movie, and gave updates on the state of the script. Do they still have to wait for Michael Cera to stop being the “flavor of the moment” before they start production?

Mad Max 4 will commence production in Australia next year. Original writer/director George Miller will return, but no word on whether Mel Gibson is back. It’s safe to say that Mel’s career could use the movie, however. 

• Ron Livingston (Office Space, The Time Traveler’s Wife) has joined the cast of Jay Roach’s comedy, Dinner for Schmucks. Hopefully his presence will make up for that terrible title.  


Disney boss tells Hollywood to rewrite script

from – Media

Bob Iger, the Walt Disney chief executive, has issued a
stark warning to Hollywood, saying the film business is “changing right
before our eyes” after a turbulent year in which studios have been forced
to re-examine their business models


‘Sunday Night Football’ Remains Costliest TV Show

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Steinberg)

( — NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” continues its reign as
the most-expensive fall program for advertisers, with a 30-second ad commanding
an average of $339,700, according to an Advertising Age survey of media-buying

Scene Stealer: The Skinnier Look of Studio Management

from NYT > Movies by By MICHAEL CIEPLY

As Hollywood
cuts costs by thinning its executive ranks, will the remaining managers be less
inclined to take risks?


Weekend Box Office: October 23-25, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Paranormal Activity tops the box office with an estimated
$22.0 million

Box Office: “Antichrist” Scares Up Mild Numbers

from indieWIRE News

Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” finally got a chance to
disturb the American moviegoing audience this weekend, and while it managed
consistent sell-outs in New York City,
its overall six-market debut fell somewhat below expectations.

Overseas boxoffice still high on ‘Up’

from Hollywood Reporter by By Frank Segers

The generally listless pre-holiday season overseas wound
down over the weekend with “Up” claiming the No. 1 spot on the
foreign circuit for a fifth time this year.

Paramount considers ‘Paranormal Activity’ sequel

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

With low-budget horror hit Paranormal Activity now at the
top of the box office, Paramount
is eyeing a sequel, the Los Angeles Times reports. “We have the rights on a
worldwide basis to do Paranormal 2 and we’re looking to see if that makes some
sense,” Paramount Chairman Brad Grey told the Times.

Kenny Ortega won’t direct ‘Footloose’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Kenny Ortega is no longer on board to direct the Footloose
remake, Variety reports. Ortega reportedly left the project over creative and
budgetary issues with Paramount Pictures. Sources said that Ortega wanted to
make a music-heavy $30 million project, while Paramount was pushing for an edgier drama
coming in at $25 million.

Keira Knightley and Joe Wright Reteaming For My Fair Lady

from /Film by
Keira Knightley has been informally linked to a remake of My Fair Lady
for some time now.


Morrissey out of hospital after collapse

from Entertainment News –

SWINDON, England, Oct. 25 (UPI) — Singer Morrissey is out
of the hospital after collapsing on stage in Swindon, England, a hospital
spokeswoman said Sunday.


Singer Love relocates to NYC amid raids

from Entertainment News –

Oct. 25 (UPI) — Rock singer Courtney Love says she has fled the Los Angeles area to New
after being the target of bogus raids by
off-duty police hired by her employees.

Garth Brooks sells out first 20 Las Vegas gigs in 5 hours

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Garth Brooks’ first 20 gigs scheduled in Las Vegas sold out in less than five hours,
the AP reports. He comes out of semi-retirement to play the shows at the Wynn
Las Vegas resort starting Dec. 11.

Bridge benefit: No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani tears up; Neil Young
wraps up

from Los Angeles Times – Celebrity News

Gwen Stefani had to reach for a tissue after singing
“Simple Kind of Life,” the song she wrote shortly before having the
first of her two kids with husband Gavin Rossdale

Rapper Kanye West cleared in airport scuffle

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge on Friday cleared rapper
Kanye West of criminal charges following a scuffle with paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport
last year, pending his completion of community service, a spokesman for the Los
Angeles City Attorney said.



Composer Webber diagnosed with cancer

from Entertainment News –

Oct. 25 (UPI) — British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has been diagnosed with
prostate cancer, his spokesman said in a statement.

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