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The Newsdesk 01.13.10 – Vatican Criticizes Avatar; Sarsgaard Cast in Green Lantern

• Peter Sarsgaard has been cast as a villain in the Green Lantern movie. Sarsgaard will be playing Dr. Hector Hammond, a character from the comics who grows an enormous brain after being exposed to radiation. Is it us, or does he look a bit like Vincent Price as Egghead from the old Batman TV series?

• Cary Elwes and British comedian Peter Serafinowicz are among the actors cast as The Fab Four in Robert Zemeckis’ 3-D motion capture version of Yellow Submarine. Cary Elwes is back… in creepy CGI form!

Transformers 3 is set to be released in July of 2011 and could be in 3D. Because the first two weren’t already headache-inducing enough.

• The Vatican has criticized Avatar for promoting the worship of nature over religion. The Vatican newspaper went so far as to call James Cameron’s movie “bland.” Apparently, even God is a snarky critic these days.

Moon director Duncan Jones has lined up Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Michelle Monaghan for Source Code, his next scifi thriller. Could it be about a pair of sexy, yet resourceful computer coders?  

• French New Wave filmmaker Eric Rohmer (Claire’s Knee) passed away this week at the age of 89.


Scripps vs. Cablevision: What Will Carriage-Fee Battles Mean
for the Future of TV?

from Advertising Age – MediaWorks

— Cablevision’s fight with Scripps over carriage fees — how much it has to pay
Scripps to carry Food Network and HGTV — is driving plenty of viewers crazy,
but their distress would pale in comparison to the industry upheaval that could
follow if further battles renew talk of a la carte cable.

Veteran producers mulling film fund

from Hollywood Reporter by By Carl DiOrio

Despite ebbing interest on Wall Street for backing movies,
two of Hollywood’s veteran producers — Arnon Milchan and Terry Semel — are
mulling the launch of a $1 billion-plus fund to finance studio projects.


Sundance ’10 | “The Dry Land” Director Ryan Williams Focuses on

from indieWIRE News

“The Dry Land” is the feature debut of 28 year-old Ryan
Piers Williams, screening in Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Sundance ’10 | Chico Colvard Examines His Troubled Past in
“Family Affair”

from indieWIRE News

Chico Colvard makes his directorial debut with “Family
Affair,” an intensely personal documentary in which he examines his own
troubled family history.

Mary J. Blige to headline Essence fest

from The Hollywood Reporter – Music by Associated Press

R&B singer Mary J. Blige will headline this year’s Essence
Music Festival in New Orleans.


Paul McCartney, Harrison Ford bound for the Globes

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 …

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globes’ guest list includes a
former Beatle, an Oscar winner and Indiana Jones.

‘Locker,’ ‘Up’ win Golden Tomato awards

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (UPI) — Hollywood’s animated adventure
“Up” won the Golden Tomato award for best reviewed wide release film
of 2009, it was announced Tuesday.

Directors Guild nominates doc filmmakers

from Hollywood Reporter by By Gregg Kilday

Veteran filmmaker Agnes Varda is among the six directors
nominated for the Directors Guild of America’s best documentary award.

Films shortlisted for best makeup Oscar

from The Hollywood Reporter – Awards by By Gregg Kilday

Queen Victoria, Vulcans and the aliens of “District
9” all remain in contention for the Oscar for best makeup.


Daily Box Office: Monday, January 11, 2010

from Box Office Mojo – Current Box Office Results

Avatar tops Monday’s box office with $5.1 million


Vatican says ‘Avatar’ is no masterpiece

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

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican newspaper and radio station
have called the film “Avatar” simplistic, and criticized it for
flirting with modern doctrines that promote the worship of nature as a
substitute for religion.

What Comes After ‘Spider-Man’ For Tobey Maguire?

from MTV Movies Blog by Christopher Campbell

After he’s hung up those web shooters and says goodbye to
his role as Peter Parker, following the news that “Spider-Man 4” has been scrapped, what’s next for

Vin Diesel: Two ‘Fast & Furious’ sequels fueling

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Mandi Bierly

After a $71 million opening weekend last April, a sequel
to Fast & Furious, which went on to gross $343 million worldwide, was
feverishly greenlit. Vin Diesel has announced on his Facebook fan page that
he’s received two scripts.

Pattinson, Thurman to co-star in sexy film

from – Entertainment

Uma Thurman is set to help Robert Pattinson cut his teeth as
a bad-boy journalist in “Bel Ami,” which begins filming next month.

Next ‘Spider-Man’ film will be a gritty, contemporary reboot of
the franchise

from Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider by Nicole Sperling

The next Spider-Man film will be a reboot of the franchise,
not a continuation of series Sam Raimi created back in 2002 — in a move similar
to Batman Begins restarting the Batman franchise seven years after Batman and
Robin underwhelmed fans and critics.

‘Yellow Submarine’ remake casts its Beatles

from Entertainment Weekly’s News Briefs by Mandi Bierly

The Fab Four is set for writer-director Robert Zemeckis’
remake of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.

Is ‘Horrible Bosses’ going to be ‘Office Space’ redux?

from L.A. Times – Movie News

Anyone dreaming of doing unspeakable things to their bosses
(note to L.A. Times higher-ups: We never would) may be intrigued by a
long-gestating movie called “Horrible Bosses.”


Minnie Driver to appear on ‘Family’

from Entertainment News –

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) — British actress Minnie Driver
has signed up to guest star on the U.S. sit-com “Modern Family,” ABC
said Monday.

Matthew Perry project a go at ABC

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

ABC has formally greenlighted to pilot the Matthew Perry

O’Brien’s Out: Conan Quits ‘The Tonight Show’

from ABC News: Entertainment

In a statement, Conan O’Brien says he won’t do “The
Tonight Show” at later time.

Dana Delany storming ‘Castle’

from Today’s Latest Headlines by Michael Ausiello

Michael Ausiello confirms exclusively ”Housewives” star
will guest on Nathan Fillion series for two weeks

ABC renews ‘Modern Family,’ two others

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

ABC has handed out early renewals to its three promising
freshman comedy series, “Modern Family,” “Cougar Town” and
“The Middle.”

TV Land picks up Hamlin-Rinna series

from Hollywood Reporter by By Nellie Andreeva

TV Land has greenlighted “Harry Loves Lisa,” a
six-episode docusoap starring Lisa Rinna and husband Harry Hamlin.



2 of 3 Dixie Chicks returning with new music

from AP Top Entertainment News At 11:05 … by By CAITLIN R.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two members of the Dixie Chicks –
minus lead singer Natalie Maines – are preparing to release a new album this

Alice in Wonderland Soundtracks Revealed

from /Film by (
Buena Vista Records has announced they will release two albums for Tim Burton’s
Alice in Wonderland, one is a 16-song compilation featuring the end
credit track “Alice (Underground)” written by Avril Lavigne and produced by Butch
Walker, and the other is Danny Elfman’s original motion picture score.

Ring The Alarm: Beyonce’s Taking A Break

from Idolator: Music News, Reviews, And Gossip by Robbie Daw
After unleashing eight (!) singles off I Am… Sasha Fierce, Beyonce has
decided it’s time to have a little diva downtime in 2010.


Jared Leto, angry rock star

from – Entertainment

When Leto first caught the public eye in the ’90s, it was as
the brooding youth on the critically-acclaimed “My So-Called Life.”


Do-Gooders Biel and Hirsch Summit Kilimanjaro

from E! Online – Movie News

After riding out a potential Into Thin Air-esque
blizzard, Jessica Biel and Emile Hirsch are at the top of the world. Or at
least Africa.

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