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    So, Shia LaBeouf & Marilyn Manson Collaborated On A Book & Short Film Titled 'Born Villain'

    When Shia LaBeouf isn't dodging Transformers, he's likes to exercise his artistic muse. Earlier this year, he directed a video for Kid Cudi and as he gears up to team with Robert Redford in "The Company You Keep," the young actor has taken another surprising detour, collaborating with former shock-rocker Marilyn Manson on a forthcoming book and short film entitled "Born Villain." Huh. The project will feature a book of photographs taken by LaBeouf and his girlfriend Karolyn Pho, accompanied by a short film starring Manson and directed by the LaBeouf. Any more details seem to be held up pretty tight, but here's LaBeouf's statement about the project:

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    Paul Dano Will Play A Young Karl Rove In Richard Linklater's 'College Republicans'

    Last fall, a project burbled up to the surface entitled "College Republicans." Penned by Wes Jones -- and making the 2010 Black List of best unproduced screenplays -- the project was gaining some heat with Richard Linklater rumored for the director's chair and Shia LaBeouf apparently sniffing around the lead role. Well, nearly a year has passed and the film is coming together with a few changes to the lineup.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Ralph Lauren Takes Over New York Times App, CNN Buys iPad Aggregator Zite

    Ralph Lauren has purchased solo sponsorship of New York Times iPad app for the month of September to celebrate his Fashion Week runway show September 15. Polo will provide free access to five sections (Fashion & Style, Travel, Home & Garden, T Magazine, and Sports) in order to run ads, including live video of the runway show. According to AdWeek, this is the first time that a single marketer has bought out the app, which usually holds space for six advertisers, or a buyer has been able to suspend the pay meter. This is part of a long history of Ralph Lauren making splashy advertisements with the NYT.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Sam Mendes Will Shoot New James Bond Film in India

    The Indian government has approved director Sam Mendes to film the latest James Bond feature in locations including Delhi, Goa and close to Ahmedabad, reports THR. The scene in Delhi, India's capital, is rumored to take place among the crowded bazaar Daryaganj and the famed flea market Sarojini Nagar. The Times of India reported that these areas were approved, excepting some railways because of concerns about security, but the Bond production team is talking with the Railway Ministry, because clearly Bond needs an action sequence on the rails.

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    The Grapes of Wrath

    In 1995, when Bruce Springsteen recorded the title song for his moody, introspective album, The Ghost of Tom Joad, he was not only thinking about the leading character of a famous John Steinbeck novel concerning the Depression plight of displaced Okies, but also of Henry Fonda’s unforgettable portrayal of this role in the celebrated 1940 John Ford film version of THE GRAPES OF WRATH (available on DVD). Bruce was wondering what exactly had become of Tom Joad’s ghost, the spirit of that archetypal American idealist who told his mother just before he left the family for good: “...Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there... Wherever there’s a fight so that hungry people can eat, I’ll be there...” Springsteen was lamenting the apparent loss of that special nature which galvanized us, took us to victory in the Second World War--that crusading indignation and anger at injustice. Indeed, it’s difficult to watch The Grapes of Wrath today without a heartsick feeling of nostalgia for the Roosevelt years that seemed to inspire such sentiments.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Trades Ramp Up Awards Season, THR Adds Oscar Blogger Feinberg

    As the award season looms, the trades who live and die on Oscar ads (and indieWIRE is no exception) are lining up their big guns. Nikki Finke's Deadline has lost ad sales juggernaut Lynne Segall, who is now throwing her muscle behind Janice Min's The Hollywood Reporter, which is heading into its second Oscar season with a renewed sense of purpose, as the weekly print edition has not yet yielded the levels of non-endemic advertising that they had hoped for. Thus THR is adding Oscar-blogger Scott Feinberg to their online ranks in time for the Oscar season. Segall worked with Feinberg ("The Feinberg Files") at LATimes.com's The Envelope.

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  • The Playlist
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    Dan Aykroyd Decides To Milk Another Franchise, 'Blues Brothers' To Become 'Glee'-Esque TV Series

    Well, since Bill Murray isn't returning his calls about "Ghostbusters 3," Dan Aykroyd is continuing to go all George Lucas in the second half of his career, and isn't content with shitting on the legacy of one just franchise. Nope, he's gonna now drag "The Blues Brothers" through the mud.

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  • Press Play
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    REVIEW: The Warped Worlds of Koreyoshi Kurahara

    By Simon AbramsPress Play Contributor

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Venice Film Festival, Day One: George Clooney's Ides of March is a Winner, Review and Fest Preview

    Venice Film Festival, Day One: George Clooney's Ides of March is a Winner, Review and Fest Preview

    The Venice Biennale got off to a strong start with The Ides of March, reports London-based TOH correspondent David Gritten:How perfect a choice was George Clooney’s The Ides of March to open the Venice Film Festival today? Let us count the ways. Firstly, this political thriller fits Venice like a silk glove. It’s smart, sophisticated and politically astute, written with a shrewd intelligence and featuring stars (Clooney himself, Ryan Gosling, Evan Rachel Wood and Marisa Tomei) who offer Hollywood glamour while engaging in work that’s more than a cut above routine Hollywood product. The Ides of March also offers two terrific supporting performances from Grade-A character actors (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giammatti), doing the kind of work that makes European critics and audiences sit up and take notice.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Samuel L. Jackson Sells Legal Drama To CBS

    Samuel L. Jackson has reportedly sold a new legal drama series to CBS, which, will center on a father and son, according to Deadline.

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