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The Newsdesk 10.27.09 – Damon and Brolin Join Coens’ True Grit; Carell Hits the Links

Steve Carell is attached to the golfing comedy Missing Links, based on the book by ESPN’s Rick Reilly. Carell is great, but it’ll need a fantastic Kenny Loggins hit if it hopes to compete with Caddyshack.

• The major film studios are considering a plan to delay the rental release time for films coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray in order to drive up home entertainment sales.

• Matt Damon and Josh Brolin have joined the cast of Joel and Ethan Coen’s remake of the 1969 western True Grit. Call it “Yes Country for These Men.” Goodnight, folks!

• The director of Paul Blart: Mall Cop will helm the Short Circuit remake. Kevin James had better not voice Johnny 5.

Rumors of a seventh Rocky movie are proving to be premature. Stallone can only handle one franchise he should have hung up years ago at a time.


Crowded Theaters Build Momentum for 3-D at Home

from ABC News: Entertainment

As theatrical runs for 3-D movies gets shorter, pressure
builds to develop home video systems

Pulling the TV cord yet staying plugged in

from L.A. Times – TV News

A small but apparently growing number of people are cutting
the television service connections from cable satellite and telephone companies
in favor of viewing their picks over the computer.

Studios’ Quest for Life After DVDs

from NYT > Movies by By BROOKS BARNES

Hollywood used to keep quiet about digital video, for fear
of angering DVD retailers like Wal-Mart. The silence is over, and the
innovations are rolling out.

What NBC Gave Up in Ad Pricing for ‘Leno’ Prime-Time Show

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks by Steinberg)

NEW YORK ( — Nothing may illustrate the risk
inherent in NBC’s much-scrutinized launch of “The Jay Leno Show” than
a hard look at the drop in ad prices the General Electric network managed to
get in the program’s time slot this season.


Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globe Awards

from Movies
British comedian will host the 67th Annual Golden Globes in January, PEOPLE has
confirmed exclusively. This marks the first time that the telecast has had a
host since 1995.

“Fish Tank,” “Moon” Lead British Indie Award Nods

from indieWIRE News

Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank” led the 12th annual British
Independent Film Award nominations, which were announced today at Soho House in


Ron Livingston joins ‘Dinner With Schmucks’ cast

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Ron Livingston has joined the cast of Dinner With Schmucks,
a Jay Roach-directed comedy based on French film Le Dîner de Cons, Variety reports.
Steve Carell and Paul Rudd are slated to star.

Damon, Brolin in ‘True Grit’ talks

from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez and Steven

Matt Damon is in discussions to star in Ethan and Joel
Coen’s remake of “True Grit.” Josh Brolin, who starred in the
brothers’ “No Country for Old Men,” is also in talks for a major

Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis Finally Unite for Their
Expendables Scene

from /Film by (

Oh, the irony! The three biggest action stars of the ’80s — Sylvester
Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis — finally shot a scene
together last weekend, for Stallone’s film The Expendables.

Woody Allen’s Next Has a Title: You Will Meet a Tall Dark

from /Film by (
Sounds like the punchline to a joke about a carnival fortune teller. Woody
Allen has been quietly making his next film, and as per usual we’ve known
almost nothing about it up until now.

Mitch Hurwitz Confirms Director Role On ‘Arrested Development,’
Reveals Jail-Heavy Plot

from MTV Movies Blog by Josh Wigler
You can’t go a month in the movie industry without hearing scuttlebutt of the legendary “Arrested Development” movie — an
oft-discussed project, yes, but elusive and viewed with some skepticism all the


Who Is Dying on ‘Desperate Housewives?’

from ABC News: Entertainment

Mid-season cliffhanger includes possible Oceanic plane crash,
death and mayhem.

‘Cash Cab’ steers toward syndication

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Discovery Channel’s “Cash Cab” is heading to
broadcast television. MGM Domestic Television has acquired the U.S. broadcast
syndication rights to the game show for a fall 2010 launch.

NBC takes on two new shows, ‘Nola Rising’ and ‘Ordinary People’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC is developing two
new projects — Nola Rising from producer Teri Weinberg and Ordinary People from
producer Scott Stuber.

CNN Now Fourth In Prime Time

from The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan by Andrew Sullivan

In a sign that all cable news is becoming talk radio, CNN slips behind even its own HLN in peak hours.

Bravo plans sweet spinoff ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Bravo is planning a new Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef: Just
Desserts, Variety reports. Casting will start this week for pastry chefs to
join the show, which will premiere in 2010.

Fox News relishes Obama administration scorn

from L.A. Times – TV News

‘This is tremendous fodder for us,’ the cable channel’s Brit
Hume says of the White House’s salvos.

TV Land Understands Your Dream of Leaving the Big City, Dying
Slowly With Your Parents

from Movieline
In an attempt to become a parent-friendly, mall-brand version of AMC, the
rerun-contingent TV Land network has given pilot orders to two original
sitcoms: Hot in Cleveland, a project from Sean Hayes’s production
company about women from LA who crash-land in Cleveland and start their lives
anew, and Retired at 35, about a man who quits life in New York to move
in with his parents at a Florida retirement community.


Jay-Z, Alicia Keys To Perform At World Series’ Opening Game

from MTV News

Pair will perform ‘Empire State of Mind’ at Yankee Stadium
on Wednesday.

Casablancas Says Strokes Are Divided Over Progress of Fourth LP

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Daniel Kreps

The Strokes have reportedly run into a “disagreement” while
working on new tracks for their fourth album, the follow-up to 2006’s First Impressions of Earth.

Kris Allen Album Won’t Include Chris Daughtry, Mat Kearney

from MTV News

‘American Idol’ winner debuts three new songs at Miami
Dolphins tailgate concert

Hear Them Crooked Vultures’ First Single, “New Fang”

from Paste Magazine

Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme walk into a
bar… At first, the lineup of Them Crooked Vultures sounded so good it just
had to be a joke, but there’s no doubting it anymore: The new supergroup most
likely to create something new and nostalgia-free just released its first

Mixed signals for Michael Jackson album sales

from Reuters: Entertainment News

LONDON (Reuters) – The new Michael Jackson record “This
Is It” hits stores around the world on Monday, kicking off a week of
money-spinning events dedicated to the “king of pop,” but the outlook
for the two-disc album is decidedly mixed.


Paul Haggis quits Scientology: Reports

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Simon Vozick-Levinson

Filmmaker Paul Haggis (Crash) has reportedly resigned his
membership in the Church of Scientology over the church’s support of
California’s controversial anti-gay ballot initiative Proposition 8.

Celebs Hit by ‘Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch’

from ABC News: Entertainment

Tinseltown teens suspected of nabbing millions in cash,
jewelry from celebs.

Sean Hayes, Kristin Chenoweth to star in Broadway revival of
‘Promises, Promises’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Tanner Stransky

Emmy-winning Will & Grace star Sean Hayes and Emmy- and
Tony-winning star of stage (Wicked) and television (Pushing Daisies) Kristen
Chenoweth will star in the Broadway revival of musical Promises, Promises, it
was announced via a press release today.


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