Cinema of the United States

  1. Oscar Nominee Howard Delivers Debut Album

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's 6:30 p.m. on a Friday in Los Angeles. The car ferrying Academy Award-nominated thespian Terrence Howard has just left the landmark Orpheum Theatre, the downtown backdrop for such movies and TV shows as "Dreamgirls" and "Am ...

  2. Cheech & Chong Plan First Tour In 25 Years

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedy duo Cheech and Chong will reunite for their first tour in more than 25 years, beginning Sept. 12 at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. More than 20 dates have been confirmed for the Live Nation-produced U.S. trek, with more to be announced ...

  3. JCPenney Joins 'The Breakfast Club'

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT JCPenney doesn't want consumers to forget about it. As part of its recently launched back-to-school campaign from New York ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi, JCPenney is playing off the famous scenes in the 1985 film "The Breakfast Club.&quo ...

  4. Cherry Lane Continues Deal With Icon

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing is continuing its multi-year administration agreement with Mel Gibson's Icon Productions. Under the conditions of the agreement, Cherry Lane - which administrates publishing for film companies including DreamWorks ...

  5. JoJo To Star In Lifetime Original Movie

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Joanna "JoJo" Levesque will star in "True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet" on Lifetime. Levesque will play a 17-year-old actress who is sent to rehab after passing out on the red carpet at her movie premiere. She is eventual ...

  6. Goldenthal To Score 'Public Enemies'

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elliot Goldenthal will score "Public Enemies," teaming again with director Michael Mann after their collaboration on 1995's "Heat." "Enemies" stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in a retelling of the John Dillin ...

  7. Oscars Change Original Song Rules

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have made three changes to the rules for the Original Song category; starting with the Oscar ceremony that will be held in 2009, only two songs from any given film can now be nominat ...

  8. Woody Allen Drafts Little-Known Band For 'Barcelona'

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini is about what comes of chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one with the city itself. &qu ...

  9. 'American Teen' Soundtrack To Drop In July

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Columbia Records will release the soundtrack to 2008 Sundance fave "American Teen," a documentary about teenagers growing up in Warsaw, Ind., on July 15. Among the artists featured on the soundtrack are The Ting Tings, Black Kids, MGMT a ...

  10. Miley Cyrus To Host 'Teen Choice' Awards

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miley Cyrus will host Fox's "Teen Choice 2008" awards show on Fox, which will air in primetime on August 4. Among the musicians up for honors are Chris Brown, with nine nominations and Justin Timberlake with three. (Timberlake is th ...

  11. 'High School Musical' Winner To Receive Disney Deal

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The winner of the ABC summer reality series "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" will receive a recording contract for two singles with Walt Disney Records. One of those singles will be a version of the song from the artist's w ...

  12. Rhino Readies 'Stains' For DVD Release

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cult classic rock film "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains" will be released on DVD on September 16, thanks to Rhino's new Rock 'N' Roll Cinema Series. The 1981 film stars Diane Lane and Laura Dern as misfit teenage ...

  13. Lionsgate Promotes Ziecker To A&R Role

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lionsgate is expanding its creative team with the promotion of Russell Ziecker to the newly-created position of VP of TV Music and A&R. Ziecker, alongside Lionsgate Music president Jay Faires, will continue to head Lionsgate’s music operations ...

  14. Smokey Robinson, Denzel Honored By Apollo Theater

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B icon Smokey Robinson along with actor Denzel Washington and wife Pauletta celebrated their achievements at New York City's Apollo Theater Spring Benefit on Monday (June 2). The Apollo Theater Foundation inducted Robinson into the Apol ...

  15. 'Star Trek' Composer Courage Dies At 88

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alexander "Sandy" Courage, the composer of the original "Star Trek" theme, died May 15 in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 88. Besides creating the fanfare for the Starship Enterprise, Courage won an Emmy in 1988 as the princip ...

  16. Young, Townshend Among Those Honored By BMI

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Composer Christopher Young ("Ghost Rider," "The Grudge" and "The Exorcism of Emily Rose") received the Richard Kirk Award at BMI's Film & Television Awards held Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel i ...

  17. ASCAP Honors Alan And Marilyn Bergman

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriting team Alan and Marilyn Bergman was presented with the Founders Award at the 23rd annual Film & Television Music Awards, held this evening (May 6) by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Taking place at ...

  18. Wine Company Pairs Up With Music and Art Scene

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Black Swan, an Australian wine, will next week start hosting events around the U.S. where musicians perform and display their artwork. The wine maker will be running two events. The first, "Black Swan Wine Bar," will pair up fashion line ...

  19. Plugged and Unplugged: erockster, Madonna, Verizon

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged I have to admit, when I first read the details about Clear Channel's new erockster initiative I was skeptical. But after actually checking it out, I have to give props to what looks to be an excellent music resource. To be sure, it� ...

  20. Hutton's Program Pictures, Morgan Creek Ink First-Look Deal

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rap and R&B producer LT Hutton's film and TV production company, Program Pictures, has signed a first-look deal with Morgan Creek Productions. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, in general a first-look deal means that Morgan ...

  21. Stones Film Scores

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Martin Scorsese-directed Rolling Stones documentary "Shine A Light" tallied $1.5 million during its first weekend of release, a very respectable number for a non-"Hannah Montana" related concert film. Playing in 276 theater ...

  22. Adkins Heads To Hollywood For 'American Carol'

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After scoring a No. 1 on Hot Country Songs this week with "You're Gonna Miss This" and finishing second on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," country star Trace Adkins is joining the cast of director David Zucker's ne ...

  23. Rights Flap Jamming Bob Marley Film

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The family of Bob Marley has refused to license any of his music for a biopic that the Weinstein Co. is prepping -- despite the fact that his widow, Rita Marley, is its executive producer. The reason? There is a competing Martin Scorsese documenta ...

  24. Lieberberg Wins Big At Germany's LEA Event

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Marek Lieberberg has been awarded tour promoter of the year 2007 at the third annual Live Entertainment Awards (LEA), which took place Tuesday in Hamburg's Color Line Arena. Frankfurt-based Lieberberg, who promoted concerts during the year by ...

  25. Redford Hails Mobile At MWC

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Sundance Kid came calling on cellphones today, as film industry icon Robert Redford today hailed the phone as a new medium that could revive the film-short genre, despite current low-viewing figures. Appearing at the Mobile World Congress alon ...

  26. PBS To Produce Music Documentary Miniseries

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST PBS and Wildheart Entertainment are producing "On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives," an eight-hour miniseries that documents the history of recorded music and popular culture. "On Record" is scheduled to air in Fall 2010 on ...

  27. Ferrell's 'Sexy' Hits The Web

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST New Line Cinema has put "Love Me Sexy," a single from Will Ferrell's upcoming movie "Semi-Pro," for sale online a month before the movie premieres and the soundtrack drops. Available on iTunes, "Love Me Sexy" fea ...

  28. Redford Takes Spotlight At GSMA Congress

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Oscar winner and independent film stalwart Robert Redford will headline Mobile Backstage, a special one-day mobile entertainment conference produced by the GSM Association and The Nielsen Company, owner of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Red ...

  29. Writers Guild Might Picket Grammys

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST After steamrolling through the Golden Globes and threatening the Oscars, the Writers Guild of America strike also might deflate a third marquee award show: the Grammys. The 50th annual Grammy Awards are scheduled to air Feb. 10 on CBS live from St ...

  30. BMI Preps Sundance Events

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and Sundance will host the sixth annual Sundance Snowball showcase on Jan. 23 during the Sundance Film Festival. Set to perform are the Aggrolites, Nick Urata from DeVotchKa, Steve Smith from Dirty Vegas, and Cheb i Sab ...

  31. Ice Cube, DJ Pooh Back Interactive TV

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ice Cube and DJ Pooh have joined forces on an interactive streaming online TV network called UVNTV.com. The pair teamed with Microsoft for the technology behind the service, which remains in a pre-launch phase. Channels are expected to include Sno ...

  32. Vedder, Shakira Snag Golden Globe Music Nods

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Eddie Vedder, Shakira and Clint Eastwood and are among the nominees in music categories for the 65th annual Golden Globe awards. Vedder is nominated with Michael Brook and Kaki King for best original score for "Into the Wild," and his so ...

  33. Vedder, Shakira Snag Golden Globe Music Nods

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Eddie Vedder, Shakira and Clint Eastwood and are among the nominees in music categories for the 65th annual Golden Globe awards. Vedder is nominated with Michael Brook and Kaki King for best original score for "Into the Wild," and his so ...

  34. Ferrell Lines Up U.S. College Comedy Tour

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the weeks leading up to the debut of his new comedy film "Semi-Pro," Will Ferrell will perform stand-up at seven U.S. college campuses, beginning Feb. 4 at Kansas State University's Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan. Along with ...

  35. 'Repo!' Sews Together Pop, Metal, Rap, Horror

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST "Repo! The Genetic Opera" is "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" meets "Saw." A horror musical that is bound to become a cult classic, the trailer has had more than half a million views on YouTube in one month. The Twiste ...

  36. Live Nation Artists Acquires Merch Company Signatures

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Artists acquired merchandiser Signatures Network, Inc. for approximately $79 million in cash, stock and repayment of debt, before working capital adjustments. The transaction is expected to close later this year. Signatures Network ...

  37. Film & TV Conference: Bird, Giacchino Discuss 'Ratatouille'

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Directing and scoring a film about a French rat who wants to be a chef -- as Brad Bird and Michael Giacchino did on Disney's "Ratatouille" -- required mutual trust, a close match in the pacing of the scenes and the music, and a litt ...

  38. Film & TV Conference: Reilly Does Cox For 'Walk Hard'

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT John C. Reilly gives voice to 50 years worth of popular music in the upcoming film "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox," which was written and produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Jake Kasdan. It opens Dec. 21 in U.S. theaters. Reilly's to ...

  39. Film & TV Conference: Songwriters Reveal Soundtrack Process

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With film and television increasingly a source for musical discovery, songwriters Glen Ballard, Sondre Lerche and Jesse Harris are finding visual media an inspiring source of storytelling - not to mention work. The three songwriters, who have all ...

  40. Causing A Commotion

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If Madonna leaves Warner Bros. for an all-encompassing $120 million deal with Live Nation—which, it is important to note, Live Nation would not confirm—the maneuver at the very least heralds the most ambitious move yet for Live Nation and a signif ...

  41. Hispanic Women Power 25

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In selecting the 25 Hispanic Women in Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard focused exclusively on behind-the-scenes players within the film, TV and music industries and only included performers who are also active as producers, writ ...

  42. West, Winehouse, Rihanna Grab MOBOs

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last night's 12th Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards, which took place at London's O2 Arena, was filled with a number of twists including a winner's diatribe against urban-music lyrics and a surprise appearance by Amy Winehouse. Wi ...

  43. Boost Mobile Ramps Up New Anthem 2.0 Campaign

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Boost Mobile has enlisted Island Urban president and songwriter/producer Jermaine Dupri, Def Jam rapper Young Jeezy and Interscope rap/rock newcomer Mickey Avalon for the second installment of its Anthem campaign. Shot this week in Los Angeles by ...

  44. Timberlake, 'HSM' Cast Lead Teen Choice Awards

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake and the cast of "High School Musical 2" were the big music winners last night at the seventh Teen Choice Awards. Timberlake won for Choice Music: Male Artist, Choice Music: Payback Track for "What Goes Around ... C ...

  45. Madonna To Exit WMG For Live Nation?

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Speculation that Madonna is considering an exit from her Warner Music Group home continues to circulate. Most of the focus centers around a deal said to be in the works with Live Nation that would encompass recorded music, touring, merchandising, ...

  46. Brunman Joins Warner/Chappell As Exec VP

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Glen Brunman has been named executive VP and head of creative (U.S.) for Warner/Chappell Music. Brunman is based in Los Angeles and reports to Dave Johnson, chairman and CEO of the publisher. Prior to joining Warner/Chappell, Brunman spent more th ...

  47. Cherry Lane Signs 2929

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed a worldwide administration agreement with film production and finance company 2929 Productions. Among the 2929-owned copyrights that will be administered under the deal are music from the 2007 film "The ...

  48. 'Hairspray' Primping For Second Movie Date

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT I love "Hairspray." I loved John Waters' 1988 film. I loved the Broadway show. So I couldn't be happier that the first movie, which inspired the musical, has inspired another movie. The stage play and the upcoming film musical ...

  49. Netflix Teams With Actors For Concerts

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online movie rental service Netflix has revealed the lineup for three free summer concerts/film screenings that will feature music performances by Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, the Bacon Brothers (Kevin and Michael) and the Bruce Willis Blues Ban ...

  50. Prince In Hollywood?

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Prince will reportedly play a string of dates in June at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel in Los Angeles. A spokesperson for the hotel declined to officially confirm the dates, but told Billboard.biz a press release would be forthcoming. The Los Ange ...

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