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The Newsdesk 12.11.09 – Portman Joins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Cameron Will Take Fantastic Voyage

• James Cameron will produce a 3D version of Fantastic Voyage, a remake of the 1965 scifi classic about an intrepid team of scientists who are miniaturized and injected into the human body. Frankly, it’s surprising Cameron hasn’t tried that one on himself by this point.

• Natalie Portman will star in and produce the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie. Portman will play the book’s famous heroine Elizabeth Bennet, who finds herself fighting zombies while falling for the smug Mr. Darcy. Now someone get Kate Winslet to star in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters

Early reviews for Avatar have started to come in, and they’re surprisingly positive. Didn’t see that one coming, what with the creepy blue aliens and all.

• The Jonah Hex movie is getting reshoots from I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence. (So if Josh Brolin’s scarred cowboy starts fighting bloodthirsty vampire zombies, you’ll know who to blame.) Also, the director of Horton Hears a Who! can’t handle an action movie? Didn’t see that one coming. 

• Mickey Rourke’s villainous Whiplash is prominently featured in the latest Iron Man 2 poster. Or it could just be Rourke after a late-night bender and a visit to the leather emporium. 


Universal hires production president

from Hollywood Reporter by By Borys Kit

Universal has made it official: Debbie Liebling has been
hired as president of production for the studio.

Hollywood expecting record $10 bil year

from Hollywood Reporter by By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters

Film boxoffices were poised on Wednesday to eclipse 2007’s
record $9.68 billion in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales with Hollywood eyeing
more than $10 billion this year as audiences flocked to theaters during the

Cable TV bucks downward ad trend

from Hollywood Reporter by By Georg Szalai

U.S. advertising spending fell 11.5% to $83.4 billion in the
first three quarters of 2009, The Nielsen Co. said Thursday in a report that
once again highlighted that the cable TV ad market has held up better than
other parts of the media business.


Affleck, Stewart films taking Sundance road trip

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Sundance Film Festival will take to
the road with films featuring Ben Affleck, Kristen Stewart, Kevin Kline and
other stars screening around the country.

Lilith Fair Returning in 2010 With Blige, Crow, Tegan and Sara

from Rolling Stone : Rock and Roll Daily by Chris Harris
It’s been more than 10 years since Sarah McLachlan’s lady-friendly Lilith Fair
went the way of the dodo after three successful, successive summers, and for
months now, we’ve been hearing rumors that the fest would be back in ’10, with
McLachlan once again anchoring the bill.

Slamdance Unveils 2010 Lineup

from indieWIRE News

The 2010 Slamdance Film Festival has released its lineup for
its sixteenth installment.


Miley Cyrus Song Pulled From Grammy Nomination

from Entertainment Awards: News & Videos about Entertainment
Awards –

The singer’s “The Climb” will be replaced by Karen
O’s “All Is Love”

Cornish and Foster win WFCC awards

from Entertainment News –

NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) — Abbie Cornish and Ben Foster were
named the best actress and actor of 2009 by the Women Film Critics Circle in
New York Wednesday.

Film critics pick outstanding male actors of 2009

from Film Journal by Simi Horwitz

According to our panel of critics, the awards-season
competition among actors is not all that exciting–especially, several critics
assert, in the leading-actor category.


Daily Box Office: Wednesday, December 9, 2009

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

The Blind Side tops Wednesday’s box office with $1.4 million

Alternate World, Alternate Technology

from NYT > Movies by By JOHN ANDERSON

Will the technology in “Avatar” redefine how movies are
made? it’s a $230 million question.


Cast of ‘Nine’ Dishes on Backstage Scene

from ABC News: Entertainment

“Nightline” convened all-star cast at Plaza for
feisty, intimate conversation.

For Your Consideration: How Much Does Oscar Love a Musical?

from indieWIRE News

Next week’s release of Rob Marshall’s “Nine” will cap off
what is surely one of this decade’s most notable cinematic trends: The return
of the movie musical.

New ‘Iron Man 2’ Poster Featuring Mickey Rourke As Whiplash!

from Splash Page by Rick Marshall
has been the focus of much “Iron Man 2” discussion lately, but today’s
release of a new poster from the much-anticipated 2010 blockbuster serves as a
reminder that ol’ James “Rhodey” Rhodes isn’t the only one getting
his armor on next year.


‘Invictus’ hero recalls historic day

from – Entertainment

Francois Pienaar was the “big blonde son of
apartheid,” a white South African who grew up dreaming of glory on the
rugby field.

Peter Jackson Reveals Returning Actors for The Hobbit

from Paste Magazine

Amidst all the rumors surrouding Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit,
the producer is finally offering some concrete details for the next saga of
Middle Earth.

Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ has premiere in London

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By SYLVIA HUI

LONDON (AP) — James Cameron’s sci-fi extravaganza
“Avatar” was getting its public premiere in London Thursday, and the
movie industry is watching intently to see whether it will match the success of
the director’s blockbuster “Titanic.”

Sex and the City 2 Teaser Poster Revealed!

from E! Online – Movie News
Ah, nothing like a glamorous movie one-sheet to actually get us excited about a
film that doesn’t feature a brooding vampire.


Alfre Woodard joins TNT pilot ‘Delta Blues’

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Wendy Mitchell

Alfre Woodard will co-star in the TNT drama pilot Delta
Blues, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Jason Lee and Celia Weston will
also star in the Memphis-set project from executive producer George Clooney.

Chris Cuomo joining Vargas as ’20/20′ co-host

from Reality TV
ABC says Chris Cuomo is leaving “Good Morning America” to co-host the
newsmagazine “20/20.”

Our Towns: New Jersey, as Real as It Gets

from NYT > Television by By PETER APPLEBOME

The MTV show “Jersey Shore” has cemented a defining truism
of modern culture: In a reality TV world, no place is deemed more real than New


Billboard names Taylor, Kanye among year’s best

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

NEW YORK (AP) — They gave us the most memorable music
moment of 2009, so it’s only fitting that Kanye West and Taylor Swift have been
named the king and queen of the charts

Conquering pop

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

Dizzee Rascal on making his ‘modern age’ album

Alicia Keys launches latest album

from BBC News | Entertainment | World Edition

R&B singer Alicia Keys attracts a host of stars from the
music world to the launch of her new album in London.

Lady Gaga Says Her Dad Thought She Was ‘Mentally Unstable’

from MTV News

‘We didn’t talk for months after the first time he saw me
play,’ singer told Barbara Walters about her father’s reaction to her
performance style.

Portishead Release Stunning New Song

from Spin magazine’s Daily Noise by Matt Kiser

Since they broke through in 1994 with Dummy (No. 74
on SPIN’s list of 100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005), pioneering trip-hop act Portishead
has been notoriously reclusive, dropping just two more studio albums over the
ensuing 15 years.


Man charged with stealing ‘Catwoman’ jewelry

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say they have charged a man
suspected of stealing $25,000 in jewelry from Julie Newmar.

Will Smith, Wyclef Jean at ceremony

from CLICK Stories Top 25 by AMIE PARNES

Some A-list celebrities make an appearance at Obama’s Nobel
Prize ceremony

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