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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

    Bizness

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    'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway

    'The Book of Mormon' on Broadway

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  • The Playlist
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    Armie Hammer Signs On To 'The Brothers Grimm: Snow White,' Saoirse Ronan In Talks For Title Role

    As we're sure you're aware by now, there are three duelling projects retelling the tale of Snow White in development. One, Disney's "Snow and the Seven," is the furthest away -- while "Toy Story 3" writer Michael Arndt recently signed on to do a script polish, and director Francis Lawrence is still nominally attached, it has no star, and no start date. Another, Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman," was once leading the pack, and does have Kristen Stewart signed on in the title role, but seems to have hit problems in recent days -- Charlize Theron still hasn't signed on as the villain, and Viggo Mortensen's talks have apparently collapsed.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity Finds Prince Armie Hammer for Snow White

    Someday Snow White's prince will come, and it looks like it's The Social Network's Armie Hammer. Relativity has cast Hammer as Prince Andrew Alcott in its untitled adventure Snow White, a contemporary retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale to be directed by Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell). Hammer joins Julia Roberts as the evil Queen. Saoirse Ronan is in talks for the title role.

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  • The Playlist
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    Warren Beatty Wins Lawsuit Against Tribune Company For Rights To 'Dick Tracy,' "Major" Project Next

    Warren Beatty's original "Dick Tracy" (released in a Tommy-gun bullet hail of hype in the summer of 1990) is a tantalizing what-if scenario. Looking back on the film, it seems almost dreamily ahead of its time, with its primary color scheme and two-dimensional comic strip backdrops foreshadowing everything from Ang Lee's "Hulk" to Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's "Sin City." At the time, though, it was largely derided and flopped at the box office (most people remember it for including the Roger Rabbit short "Roller Coaster Rabbit," which was only stapled on to the film after initial box office returns proved dire.)

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  • The Playlist
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    Robert De Niro Is Going To Make Another Movie With 50 Cent For Some Reason

    Forest Whitaker Also Circling RoleFor the love of god Robert De Niro, fire your agent. The once-esteemed actor, who has spent the most part of the last decade or two slogging it out in one mediocre picture after another, apparently doesn't know a good movie anymore even if it walks up and bites him in the ass. The actor hemmed and hawed over the drama "Honeymoon With Harry" to the point where director Jonathan Demme gave up on the project. So what to do next? How about another shitty movie with 50 Cent!

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