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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Cronenberg's Dangerous Method

    Ahead of an expected fall fest circuit run for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired US rights from UK foreign sales company Hanway Films. Produced by Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor), the film, which is in post-production, stars Viggo Mortenson as Sigmund Freud and Keira Knightley as the unbalanced patient of Freud's protege, ambitious young psychiatrist Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender). Vincent Cassel co-stars as another patient who pushes the rival shrinks apart.

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  • Caryn James
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    Anthony Weiner, Reality TV and the Culture of No-Privacy

    When Congressman Anthony Weiner resigned on camera – flags to his right and left and pinned to his lapel, his wife still nowhere in sight – he became the ultimate example of how the reality-TV and web-driven assumption of no-privacy dominates the culture. Shows like Jersey Shore, all the Real Housewives, and Big Brother – with its night-vision cameras in the bedrooms – have created the expectation that any private moment deserves to be on screen. No matter that the producers of Real Housewives and other shows dream up scenarios to create maximum conflict; the more we see cameras supposedly chronicling “real life” the more normal it seems to jump in and share intimate scenes.

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  • The Playlist
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    Andrew Stanton Says No 'John Carter' At Comic-Con, Says Film Will "Gain Nothing" By Showing Early

    So are studios now backing away from showing off their goods very early at Comic-Con? That seems to be the way the tide is shifting. Just a couple of days ago it was revealed that Warner Bros, DreamWorks, The Weinstein Company and Disney were going to be no shows this year in San Diego. While Jon Favreau will give fans "Cowboys & Aliens" a week before it hits theaters by premiering it at the geek convention, it seems studios are cooling on the idea of sneaking their movies six months or more before they hit screens. "Sucker Punch" and "Tron: Legacy" are probably the two biggest recent examples of films that got big Comic-Con hype only to fizzle or underperform at the box office (and yes, we know a sequel is in the works but you can bet Disney was expecting bigger numbers for a movie they started hustling two years before it came out). And it's not just studio honchos who are wary of questionable impact Comic-Con has on a movie.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Hamm & McCarthy for Feig/Apatow Comedy, Thornton Casts Jayne Mansfield's Car, Casting Misfires

    - With Universal's Bridesmaids sitting at $126.8 million worldwide, the studio is wasting little time inking their next project with director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow. While the story is yet to be named, reportedly the film will follow a man who is obsessed with a woman. The leads would be Bridesmaids' comedic standouts Jon Hamm and Melissa McCarthy. While their respective TV shows, Mad Men and Mike & Molly, couldn't be more tonally different, their opposing senses of humor could be a recipe for success.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch "Luther" Season 2 Episode 1 Now!

    This was inevitable... :)

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  • The Playlist
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    Interview: 'Page One' Helmer Andrew Rossi Says David Carr Turned Down Solo Doc Opportunity & More

    Opening this weekend, Andrew Rossi's eye-opening and entertaining "Page One: Inside the New York Times" is a peek behind the curtain at the last bastion of serious news journalism, in an age as tumultuous and violent as anything conjured up in the Hollywood blockbusters storming the multiplexes. We saw the film back at SXSW and were taken with the amount of stories that the documentary covers – everything from the Times' evolving relationship with the internet (including the introduction of the pay wall, implemented this spring) to its coverage of similar media institutions (like the titanic Tribune Company) falling by the wayside. It will also introduce many to one of the year's great superheroes – journalist David Carr, whose gravelly voice and no-nonsense attitude (watch as he gives the hipsters at Vice Magazine a verbal smack-down!) makes him seem both heroically resolute as the tide shifts, and hopelessly anachronistic. Either way, you want to be his best friend (and as you'll see, we nearly got a standalone movie about the man himself).

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Zoe Saldana In Talks To Star Opposite Mark Ruffalo In Marital Drama "Infinitely Polar Bear"

    And the beat goes on for Ms Zoe Saldana... Seems like she's signing up for a new project every month.

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  • The Playlist
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    Mark Ruffalo & Zoe Saldana Will Get Depressed In J.J. Abrams-Produced 'Infinitely Polar Bear'

    With Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana getting set to flex their action chops in "The Avengers" and "Colombiana" respectively, don't worry about them leaving more serious fare behind as the duo are looking to team up on what sounds like a pretty grim drama.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fox Searchlight Uses Director Cred to Sell The Tree of Life

    In the old days, testimonial spots were shot outside movie theaters, with moviegoers saying how much they like a picture, and put on TV. This is the first time I've seen two top Hollywood directors with huge film fan cred lend their support via online video for a movie. Fox Searchlight got David Fincher and Christopher Nolan--two directors at the top of the Hollywood food chain--to explain why they admire Terrence Malick and his The Tree of Life. The movie has to be a must-see for any film buff, but Searchlight is pushing to get smart cinephile fans of Inception and The Social Network to give it a whirl.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Blair Underwood To Make Broadway Debut In Revival Of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

    The rumor last year was that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith had been approached to play Stanley and Stella Kowalski, in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' landmark, Pulitzer Prize-winning play, A Streetcar Named Desire, which was supposedly set to open early this year. That obviously didn't happen, because, well, it simply wasn't true.

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