Movie/TV news recap: Chipmunks get earlier US release

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The movie and TV news recap for November 10 features Comedy Central Studios Arabia and Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Alvin and the Chipmunks to release earlier in the US
The "Squeakeal" to the Alvin and the Chipmunks movie has now been pushed up to December 23 instead of Christmas day in the US, reported
20th Century Fox announced the change in release dates to cater to school kids in the US who will go on holiday on the Wednesday before Christmas. The much awaited sequel to the animation film has Anna Faris and Justin Long as voices as well as Christina Applegate.

Comedy Central to launch TV content in the Middle East
MTV Networks International and TwoFour54 in Abu Dhabi have signed a deal to start Comedy Central Studios Arabia, which will develop and produce content to be distributed in the Middle East and North Africa.

Since English-language content is already broadcast and distributed in the region, the deal will focus on increased content in Arabic and developing Arabic comedy talent, in various platforms including stand-up and long and short-form programming.

Twofour54's chief executive Tony Orsten said, "There is a large appetite for comedy content in this region. We want to create a production industry based on it and find opportunities to find new talent."

With the new studio completely dedicated to programming in Arabic, Comedy Central Studios Arabia will focus on becoming a central hub for comic talent in the Middle East and North Africa.

Monday's news:
Eminem in new 3D horror film

Rapper Eminem will return to movie screens with a new 3D movie Shady Talez. Co-producing the movie with him are John Davis (I, Robot) and Dallas Jackson.
The film is also scheduled to be released as a four-issue comic book series due in 2010, under the Marvel Icons name. Shady Talez will be the singer's first release since 8 Mile back in 2002.