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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Tarantino Hawks Japanese Dog Speakers

    Dōmo arigatō, Quentin Tarantino, for my biggest laugh of the morning. He hawks Japanese doggie cell-phone speakers in this Soft Bank Mobile commercial:

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  • Leonard Maltin
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  • Leonard Maltin
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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Stamp of Approval

    For the fifteenth in a series of Hollywood Legend stamps, the U.S. Postal Service chose to honor Gary Cooper, and I was privileged to host the first day of issue ceremony held, appropriately enough, at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Cooper didn’t just make Westerns, of course, but I reckon if you asked most people to instantly name one Gary Cooper movie the answer you’d get most often would be High Noon. The actor’s charming daughter, Maria Cooper Janis, was the morning’s guest of honor. She has kept her father’s memory alive in many ways; she compiled a lovely picture-and-text book, Gary Cooper Off-Camera: A Daughter Remembers, in 1999, and narrated a warm profile of him that airs periodically on Turner Classic Movies. She is currently working on a feature-length...

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Overture Acquires Stone, Starring De Niro, Norton

    After the underwhelming Everybody's Fine , one star in need of a strong role that connects with audiences is Robert De Niro. Maybe Stone will do it. Overture Films has picked up U.S. distribution rights to John Curran's dramatic thriller, starring De Niro as a parole officer and Edward Norton as an arsonist who tempts him with his wife (Milla Jovovich). Norton starred in Curran's The Painted Veil.

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  • iW NOW
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    "Tales from the Script" Finds U.S. Home

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    Overture Takes U.S. Rights to "Stone"

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Streaming for the Holidays: Gifts for You or Others

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Crazy Schedule

    Crazy Schedule

    I'm in Las Vegas at the International Film Festival Summit. Over the weekend I went to producer Jason Blum's celebratory party for Paranormal Activity at his super-moderne house up above Sunset Plaza. It boasts a huge view of the city and great art and an angled pool that looks like you'd swim off the edge if you weren't careful. Filmmaker Oren Peli, actors Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani, CAA's Bryan Lourd, The Daily Beast's Kim Masters, DreamWorks' Chip Sullivan, New Regency's Amy Israel, attorney Linda Lichter and ICM's Ron Bernstein were among the revelers.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The Hobo Tour Hits The Middle East!

    1 year, 3 months, 7 days a hobo, I'm taking my tired charade overseas again, this time to the Dubai International Film Festival, where in addition to filmgoing, I'll be skiing on the world's largest indoor ski hill, buying lattes at the world's largest Starbucks, getting vertigo atop the world's tallest building (take that, CN Tower), buying Christmas gifts in the world's largest mall, and taking photos in front of world's largest falafel. All the while I'll be fooling police units with specific intentions of entrapping pesky gays by wearing my trusty "no one knows I'm gay" t-shirt. Wish me luck.

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