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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Movie Monsters and Screenwriting Perspectives at Academy

    Heading toward Halloween, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will celebrate the evolution of creature technology on October 21 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. "Monsters in the Movies" will include an on-stage discussion with industry technical experts plus film clips tracing technological progress from 1933's King Kong to 1993's Jurassic Park and beyond. A display of monster movie artifacts will welcome guests in the lobby. Click here for tickets and info.

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    Reliance backs Mumbai with Film Bazaar and All-Woman Jury ♀

    Reliance Big Picture, the company behind Dreamworks and IM Global is backing its home festival, the 12th Mumbai Film Festival (October 21-28) along with a film bazaar with 25 top international buyers and sellers. Screen's Udit Jhunjhunwala reports that 200 films from 58 countries will screen and an all-woman jury ♀ will be led by Jane Campion.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Production News: The Secret in Their Eyes Remake, Downey/McQueen's Yucatan, Gravity, The Hobbit

    - When a foreign film earns both critical and audience support (think Let the Right One In and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) --not to mention a Best Foreign Language film Oscar --the remake question comes up. Juan Jose Campanella's Argentine The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto De Sus Ojos) may flicker again as an English language remake at Warner Bros. The studio is in final talks for remake rights and have lined up Billy Ray (director of Shattered Glass and Breach, writer of Flightplan) to write and direct, and producer-writer-director-editor Campanella to produce. The thriller traces an ex-federal justice agent's relationship to an old murder case that haunts him and his romantic feelings for his former boss, with many flashbacks to 1974. Where and when the remake will be set is pending, but the fundamental reasons to remake this film will hopefully stay true: a gripping story with characters we care about.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Down Terrace

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  • THE BACK ROW MANIFESTO by Tom Hall
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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    McCarthy Moves to THR; TOH Stays Put

    Todd McCarthy is going to Janice Min's new iteration of The Hollywood Reporter as their new lead film reviewer. I am happy for him. He's a great critic, but making the adjustment from 30 years of working with a Variety support system to the independence of a blog was tough for him. I look forward to reading his THR reviews. Kirk Honeycutt, who has served as THR critic for decades, is being redefined as the trade's international critic.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Lesley Manville!

    Today I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Ms. Leslie Manville, one of Mike Leigh's favourite actresses and increasingly one of mine. Her work in "Another Year" is a strong contender for my "performance of the year" designation, and in a lovely development, she's also in contention for one of my favourite interviews. Sincere and warm, she made my jet-lagged morning.

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    Weekly Prediction Update: Oscars 06/10/10

    To supplement each Wednesday's Oscar column (which today offers 10 "underdog actresses" worthy of consideration), I'm going to start doing a weekly update of Oscar predictions with 8 of the major categories ranked in order of personal preference of probability (more categories will be added through the weeks). This'll go on between now and nomination morning. Obviously, some weeks will have very little to offer in terms of how much really changes, particularly between now and December. But for what it's worth, here's what I think is gonna go down, with the predicted nominees in bold.. and note that #1 is not necessarily the predicted winner, just the most likely to get a nomination.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Casting Watch: Nicholson & Cruise Reunite; Bigelow Woos Depp and Hanks; Handler Goes to War

    -Jack "You can't handle the truth!" Nicholson and Tom Cruise may reunite for El Presidente, an action comedy about a secret service agent (Cruise) and a former US President (Nicholson) - both on the same side - after a threat is made on his life. While it's hard to imagine the pair being as entertaining playing pals as they were playing enemies shoved into a courtroom face-off in A Few Good Men, this one will still get plenty of attention if it goes ahead (Cruise is attached, an offer is out to Nicholson).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Needham Talks IMDb 20th Year Overhaul, Top 20 Lists

    Needham Talks IMDb 20th Year Overhaul, Top 20 Lists

    As someone who turns to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) every hour, much less every day, I can't believe that the popular movie buff destination is celebrating its 20th anniversary on October 17.

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