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Weekly Wrap: Transformers Good News for 3-D, Oscar Lineup Shaping Up, Original Content in the Works

Weekly Wrap: Transformers Good News for 3-D, Oscar Lineup Shaping Up, Original Content in the Works

Thompson on Hollywood

BOX OFFICE

– Holiday Weekend Box Office Gets Off to Record-Setting Start with 3-D Transformers: Dark of the Moon; plus Transformers 3 Set to Slaughter 2-D Field; Plus Terri, Aurora, Perfect Host, Uninspired Larry Crowne; and Transformers: Dark of the Moon Reviews: 3-D Action Porn, Nostalgia for Megan Fox

– Screenwriters Talk A Better Life: From Capracorn and Social Realism to Weitz and Bichir.

– Last Weekend’s Box Office: Cars 2 Beats Critic Brickbats and Cars with $68 Million; Diaz Opens Bad Teacher

TRAILER WATCH

– Outer Space Horror in APOLLO 18, In Theaters September 2; Steven Spielberg’s War Horse Looks Like Oscar Bait; and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy Starring Oldman, Firth, Hardy, Strong.

IN THE WORKS

– First Look at The Raven: Cusack Frighteningly Passable as Edgar Allen Poe.

– Portman & Butler Win Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Poll for Scorsese’s Furious Love.

Place Beyond The Pines: Cast Gets Hotter, with Liotta Joining Gosling, Cooper, Mendes, Mendelsohn.

Next Coen Brothers’ Feature Goes Folk, Moverman Writes Brian Wilson Biopic.

– Emma Thompson to Adapt Annie for Will and Willow Smith and Jay-Z?

– Mandate Buys Diablo Cody Script Lamb of God for Her to Direct.

– Why Tragic Jeff Buckley Biopic Has Lured the Likes of Pitt, Maguire, Pattinson, and now Badgley.

– Franco Nero Talks Meeting Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained.

Johansson Sings, Cranston for Affleck’s Argo, Denzel Washington for Katrina Drama, Patel for Sorkin.

– Noomi Rapace & Husband Ola Rapace to Star in Hardwicke’s Lindblom/Högberg Love Story.

OSCAR WATCH & FESTIVALS

– Academy Moves Around Governors List, Adds Hurd, Bening, Mazursky.

– Oscar Watch: Skin I Live In Gets October Date; Carnage Goes to November, Holiday Sked Shapes Up.

– Oscar Watch: Weinstein Co. Adds Director Madonna’s Sophomore Film W.E. to Holiday Line-Up.

– Palm Springs International ShortFest: The Road to Hollywood, Oscar.

– LAFF Highlights: From Bernie to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Winners.

– AFI-Discovery Channel’s Silverdocs Fest Announces Audience Award Winners: Donor Unknown, Mr. Happy.

MEDIA

Hollywood Chases Bin Laden Capture.

– Media Watch: Wikipedia Love Button, Hearst Umbrella Campaign, Mind the Spending Gap.

– First Four MBA/MFA Students Graduate from NYU.

– Trade Watch: TheWrap Makes Changes, Adds Reuters, Schruers, Duralde, Willman.

– Media Watch: Selling MySpace for a Song, Tina Brown Defends Photoshopping Princess Diana

PLUS

– Long-Running Ron Meyer Wins Universal Game of Survivor; More Changes in Store?

– BAFTA LA’s Britannia Awards to Disney/Pixar’s John Lasseter, Harry Potter’s David Yates

– Last Chance to Celebrate LACMA Classic Cinema Favorites!

– Mickey Spillane’s Best Mike Hammer Hits Criterion via Kiss Me Deadly.

– EXCLUSIVE: Morgan Spurlock’s Greatest Movie Ever Sold on Blu-ray & DVD August 23.

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