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The Newsdesk 10.06.09 – Chris Rock to Be a Black Friend; Kevin Smith Wants to Hit Somebody

Chris Rock will star in Will You Be My Black Friend?, a comedy being developed by Lionsgate and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions. Our guess for who will play the white guy looking for a black friend: Kevin James.

• Disney has made the first five minutes of The Princess and the Frog available online. So it’ll end just as the first big musical number kicks in? Nice marketing there, Disney. That’s what people love most about your animated movies– the long set-ups before the musical number.

• Kevin Smith’s next movie will be a hockey movie called Hit Somebody, possibly starring Wil Wheaton. Nerds love Smith and Wheaton, but hate physical activity. This is a tough one to call.

• New photos from the period action movie Centurion have been released. Did you like 300? No? Well, that’s OK because…OK, it looks like 300.

• The first photo of Brad Pitt as Percy Fawcett in The Lost City of Z features Mr. Jolie rocking one serious goatee.

• Rich Ross has replaced Bob Iger as the chairman of the Walt Disney Company. Ross is responsible for turning Miley Cyrus and High School Musical into the ubiquitous brands we know today. So now you know who to blame. 

• The director of the buzzed about horror film Paranormal Activity is set to direct Area 51, The story follows three teenagers who try to find the infamous alien warehouse. The twist is… it’s filled with ghosts!


Universal Pictures management shake-up: marketing president
Adam Fogelson named Chairman

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling

Universal Pictures has finally announced the management
changes that have been rumored at the studio for months. Longtime studio
marketer Adam Fogelson has been named to the chairman role.

Celebrities face endorsement crackdown

from – Media

Advertisers and celebrities who endorse their services will
be liable for any untruthful statements made about products as part of a
crackdown by US regulators on a wide range of deceptive marketing practices.

Rich Ross named Disney Studios chairman

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Disney president and CEO Robert Iger has named Rich Ross,
president of Disney Channels Worldwide, as the new chairman of the Walt Disney


“Precious” Takes Manhattan

from indieWIRE News

Saturday night on the Upper West Side, “Precious” came home.


Brooks & Dunn, Chesney, Swift to perform at CMAs

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The 43rd annual Country Music
Association awards will offer fans one of the last chances to see Brooks &
Dunn before they split next year….


Stellan Skarsgard cast in ‘Thor’

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

Stellan Skarsgard has been cast in the Marvel comic-book
film Thor, according to reports from the Swedish media noted by It is unclear
what role the Swedish actor, father of True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard, will
play in the movie; Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek) stars as the title hero. Kenneth
Branagh is directing.

Liam Neeson joins Paul Haggis’ ‘Next Three Days’

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

Liam Neeson has joined the cast of The Next Three Days, a
thriller directed by Paul Haggis, Variety reports. The film stars Russell Crowe
as the husband of a woman (Elizabeth Banks) who is wrongly imprisoned for
murder; Neeson will play an ex-con who can help with an escape attempt. The
film is currently shooting.

‘Arrested Development’ writers working on movie script

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

Arrested Development creator Mitchell Hurwitz and
co-executive producer James Vallely are writing a script for a film based on
the cult TV comedy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Rumors of a big-screen
sequel have circulated since Arrested Development went off the air in 2006.

Tarantino Will Make Another Film Before Kill Bill 3; Perhaps a
Western or Gangster Picture

from /Film by (
Last week we heard that Quentin Tarantino would make another
installment in his Kill Bill series (which would seem to
necessitate a stretch in what the title means, since Bill is dead) but that
will likely be a few years down the road

Lionsgate to Develop Chris Rock as Your Black Friend

from /Film by (
In November 2008 GQ Magazine ran an article called Will You Be My Black
about author Devin Friedman’s lame attempts to make friends
with an African-American gent or two via his few black friends and Craigslist.

ArtsBeat: ‘Paranormal Activity’ to See More Activity at

from NYT > Movies by By DAVE ITZKOFF

Show business, take note: there just might be increased
demand for horror offerings in the weeks leading up to Halloween.


Ratings: Football rules, ‘Three Rivers’ tanks

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Jennifer

NBC dominated Sunday night’s ratings race thanks to its
Pittsburgh-San Diego football matchup, according to early Nielsen estimates.
Fox’s new fall addition The Cleveland Show dropped a standard 700,000 viewers
since its strong premiere last week, while The Simpsons actually ticked up 1.1
million viewers since the previous airing.

Letterman workplace rules probe unlikely

from TV

By Lynette Rice
”Dave is not in violation of our policy and no one has ever raised a complaint
against him,” a spokesperson for production company tells EW

Sony unveils ‘Fantasy Island’ reality show

from Hollywood Reporter by By Elizabeth Guider

The Aaron Spelling classic “Fantasy Island” is
being re-imagined as an hour-long competition-elimination reality show courtesy
of Sony Pictures TV and producer Mark Burnett.

‘Californication’ coming back for Season 4

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

Showtime has given an early fourth-season pickup to “Californication.”


Rapper Jim Jones pleads guilty to NYC assault

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Jim Jones has pleaded guilty to
assault in a scuffle with a friend of Ne-Yo’s as the R&B crooner looked on
at a Louis Vuitton store in New York City…

Method Man arrested on $33K tax charge

from – Entertainment

Rapper and actor Clifford Smith, better known to fans as Method
Man, was arrested Monday and faces charges of failing to pay taxes, the
district attorney in Richmond County, New York, said.

Beyonce Finally Comments On Kanye West’s VMA Antics

from MTV News

Though singer was mortified by stage-rush, she says Kanye
‘was standing up for art.’

Death Cab For Cutie Give Sneak Peek At ‘New Moon’ Video

from MTV News

Vampire-themed ‘Meet Me on the Equinox’ clip premieres


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