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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Superman News: Amy Adams Lands Lois Lane Opposite Henry Cavill's Man of Steel

    Zack Snyder, whose Sucker Punch disappointed at the weekend box office, called Amy Adams Sunday from Paris with the news that she has landed the role of Metropolis newspaper reporter Lois Lane in the latest reboot of Superman, reports the LAT's Hero Complex. While Adams, 36, earned her third Oscar nomination for The Fighter (TOH interview here), this marks her first major studio franchise. She will star opposite Henry Cavill as fellow reporter Clark Kent and love interest the Man of Steel; Diane Lane and Kevin Costner will play the Krypton superhero's adoptive parents. Snyder told the LAT:“There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Zack Snyder & Warners Get 'Sucker Punch' From 'Wimpy Kid'

    Demographics matter. You want to say, well, screw the numbers, let’s just make a movie for everyone! But considering the multiple sources of entertainment in our multimedia worlds, whatever doesn’t automatically turn us on will turn us off. Because of this, Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” turned people off. It was an action fantasia, a genre normally attractive to teenage boys, but it featured only girls, an immediate turnoff for that demographic. And it didn’t appeal to women, who noticed the marketing campaign centered around cacophonous violence and mayhem, not usually a drawing point for females. It wasn’t made for kids, but the heavily-CGI’d special effects made it look like a candy-coated kids’ entertainment to adults. Four quadrants, all disinterested.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Wimpy Kid Steals Sucker Punch's Lunch

    Weekend Box Office: Wimpy Kid Steals Sucker Punch's Lunch

    The weekend started out strong for Zack Snyder's much-anticipated Sucker Punch, but ended better for family sequel Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Roderick Rules, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:Talk about the boys stealing the girls’ lunch: Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules was the big man at the box office bullying the No. 1 spot away with $24.4 million from Warner Bros.’ kewpie dolls action flick Sucker Punch, which fell wounded in second with $19 million. Although Sucker Punch ruled Friday with $8 million, fanboys turned their backs on the film Saturday with a day-to-day drop of 17%.  Meanwhile, Rodrick Rules rallied a 39% spike Saturday thanks to family matinees. The weekend box office illustrates that a robust film campaign for an original title (Warners' Sucker Punch) is no match for a pre-sold brand (Fox's kid lit franchise Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  See Box Office Chart, film details, review links and trailers below.

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  • Hope for Film
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    My Personal Apologies For Falling Off The Grid

    I am thrilled to be the only active filmmaker with a regular column on one of the film industry trades -- well, not really thrilled, more disappointed, but if there is only going to be one, I am glad I can belong to the club. You know what I mean, right?

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    Opening Night

    Early in 1977, John Cassavetes called me, both of us living in Los Angeles. He was shooting a picture in some legitimate theater down on Wilshire; it was supposed to be a Broadway opening night, and he needed a few celebrity faces, so Peter Falk was going to come down as an extra—-could I? “Anything for you, John,” I said and meant it, because in a town of artists of all sorts, Cassavetes was the rare real thing. The picture, he said, was about theater people bringing a new play to New York, and was called Opening Night (available on DVD). John financed it entirely from his own pocket, starring his brilliant wife and partner, Gena Rowlands, as the play’s star on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and Ben Gazzara as the director, Joan Blondell as the playwright, Paul Stewart as the producer, Zohra Lampert as the director’s wife, and Cassavetes himself as a totally self-absorbed actor.

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  • Caryn James
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    Video: New Sneak Peak at Tonight's Stunning "Mildred Pierce"

    Kate Winslet gives an amazing performance in Todd Haynes' Mildred Pierce as a woman who uses her mind, indulges her sexual desires, yet can't begin to cope with her venal, betraying daughter.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Outsourced: The Film and now the TV Series

    We were lucky to have worked with producers David Skinner and Tom Gorai on the film Outsourced and thrilled when it was turned into a TV series by NBC. Below the jump is a recent article from the editorial secton of the L.A. Times which is worth reading. Outsourced Episode 17 NBC

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  • Spout
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    SXSW Docs and Shorts and Remembering Liz Taylor and Ricky Leacock. Offsite Spouting

    This week I recouped from two weeks away and then my annual day of mourning for my disappearing youth (aka my birthday). I'd like to thank Daniel Walber for all the great posts he contributed in order to compensate for any slack on my part. I did have a few offsite things, too, primarily some wrap-ups of coverage of SXSW at Cinematical. Here's an excerpt from my roundup of favorite documentaries seen in Austin last week:

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Bizness

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway

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