• The National Board of Review named Up in the Air the Best Film of the Year. Clint Eastwood scored a Best Director nod for Invictus, while Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Woody Harrelson (The Messenger) were nominated in the lead actor categories. Keep that in mind when the office Golden Globe and Oscar pools start.
• The Runaways, the rock and roll biopic starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, will premiere at Sundance. Hear that Twi-hards? Start camping out in Park City now.
• Johnny Depp may star as Pancho Villa in the biopic Seven Friends of Pancho Villa and the Woman with Six Fingers. Only Depp could get that title greenlit.
• The first (slightly NSFW) photos of Kristen Stewart as a stripper in Welcome to the Rileys have surfaced. Didn’t she learn anything from Lindsay Lohan in I Know Who Killed Me?
• More out-of-competition Sundance films have been announced, including the Ben Affleck corporate drama The Company Men, and the drama The Extra Man starring Katie Holmes.
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For weeks, there have been big rumblings about a potential buyout of NBC
Universal by the cable company you love to hate: Comcast. A deal was
consummated, though it remains pending regulatory approval.
from FT.com – Media
US lawmakers warned they would closely scrutinise Comcast’s
bid for control of NBC Universal, as the cable company sought to ease
regulatory and shareholder concerns
from L.A. Times – TV News
Programmers signal that they want upcoming contract talks
with cable and other distribution companies to involve cash.
Never bashful about his company’s prospects, DreamWorks
Animation SKG Chief Executive Jeffrey Katzenberg told analysts and investors
that next year would be the “biggest in the company’s history.”
from Hollywood Reporter by By Jay A. Fernandez
Sundance’s competition selections might demand that
audiences wear their serious caps. Not so for the noncompetition lineup.
Yesterday’s 2010 Sundance Film Festival lineup announcement came bundled with
one major change, and that’s that they’d forgo the tradition of an opening
night gala screening, to “instead focus on launching the total program:
one narrative film, one documentary and one shorts program will play the first
Thursday (January 21), beginning the roll out of the competitions,”
according to the press release.
Film-maker Norman Jewison is to be honoured with a lifetime
achievement award from the Directors Guild of America.
from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday
Jason Reitman’s “Up in the Air” has been named
best film of the year by the New York-based National Board of Review.
The newest members of New Jersey’s Hall of Fame include
actors Jack Nicholson and Danny DeVito
Film Festivals: Actor will receive Career Achievement Award
— Johnny Depp has been tapped to receive the Career Achievement Award at this
year’s Bahamas Film Festival.
The Blind Side tops Wednesday’s box office with $2.1 million
Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone is again taking on the
financial world in a sequel to 1987’s successful “Wall Street,” but this time
he said greed is not only good — it’s legal.
Director Steven Soderbergh says he is considering retirement
from film-making after finishing his upcoming projects.
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“There Will Be Blood” writer-director Paul Thomas
Anderson is working on his next project, a period drama to star Philip Seymour
Hoffman as a founder of a new religious organization in the 1950s.
from Splash Page by Josh Wigler
Director Peter Berg is still hoping to fly alongside “Hancock 2,” but
that plane isn’t ready for takeoff just yet.
from CLICK Stories Top 25 by AMIE PARNES
Oprah’s interview Thursday follows several visits to the White House, a weekend
at Camp David and dinner in Copenhagen
from L.A. Times – TV News
Languishing on Fridays, the comedy moves to Wednesdays on
Jan. 6. Its creator is ‘grateful to ABC.’
from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Adam Markovitz
Variety reports that Fox has picked up Inside Jokes, a
primetime sketch comedy show produced by Entourage star Kevin Connolly and Merv
Griffin Entertainment. Instead of long-form skits, the show will feature
rapid-fire comedy performed by a troupe of unknown actors.
from MSNBC.com: Reality TV
“The Hills” may have sloped in the ratings after the departure of Lauren Conrad,
but it has been picked up for a sixth season, Variety reported on Wednesday
from MSNBC.com: Television
Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox have reunited — but don’t expect them to be
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 3 (UPI) — Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’s “Empire
State of Mind” is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a third week,
Billboard.com reported Thursday.
R&B Singer apologizes and says he stil has ‘love for’
The country singer says her eight nominations were far
beyond her expectations
from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser
Canadian outfit Arcade Fire, whose Neon
Bible was SPIN’s No. 2 album of 2007, are aiming to release their third,
as-yet-untitled album in May 2010, according to a report by Billboard.