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    'Zombieland 2' Writer Rhett Reese Says Recent Cameo Appearance Rumors Are "False"

    Writer Debunks Rumors That Said Harrison Ford & Anthony Hopkins Were Being Sought For Zombie Celebrity CameosOne would assume or hope that the creators of "Zombieland" -- Sony's surprise 2009 hit written by Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and directed by Ruben Fleischer -- would know better than go to the well more than once. While Bill Murray's celebrity cameo in "Zombieland" was amusing (if overrated), one would presume the savvy filmmakers and writers would understand that contemporary audiences will be expecting another cameo, and trying to top the original surprise would be pointless (somehow the "Scream" filmmakers still think it's clever or any kind of surprise to include a celebrity death at the top of each film -- cue eyeroll).

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  • Spout
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    "Love and Other Drugs" is "The Social Network" for Old People

    Notes on "Love and Other Drugs," which may include SPOILERS, such as the fact that people with Parkinson's disease can laugh at themselves and look great naked. Also, we're quickly reminded that PD is only incurable, not terminal, so there's no reason to expect this is another "Love Story" wannabe.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Santa Barbara Film Fest Opens with "Sarah's Key"

    The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will open on January 27 with the stateside debut of Gilles Pacquet-Brenner's film fest veteran Sarah's Key, starring Kristin Scott Thomas.

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  • Peter Bogdanovich
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    One-Eyed Jacks

    People who used to do Marlon Brando impressions (I was one of them) always did him in his 1950’s pictures (Streetcar, Zapata, Caesar, Wild One, Waterfront, Guys and Dolls, Sayonara were the most prevalent) and, until The Godfather in 1972 replaced most of these, the last movie anyone imitated Brando from was the single one he also directed (and produced)—-that unsuccessful, but nevertheless memorably original 1961 Technicolor Western drama with the terrific title, ONE-EYED JACKS (available on DVD).

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: Kids Rule While Adult Fare Flops, Broken Record-Style

    One of the more foolproof strategies for releasing a massive blockbuster is to put the film out the weekend before a five-day period. That way, by the time Wednesday hits and people are planning their brief vacations, the pointlessly breathless press about how the film did boffo numbers will still be fresh in viewers’ minds. It’s why studios crave being number one, even if the film isn’t pulling in major dough: the casual moviegoer who hears “the number one movie in America!” on an ad is more inclined to wonder, hmm, maybe this movie IS worth seeing. Or, in this case, the press was saying, "Wow, this movie made more than Jesus!"

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    Stephen Dorff Writing And Developing Comedy Script As Starring Vehicle Alongside Jack Nicholson

    Sounds like Hollywood's latest comeback kid Stephen Dorff is planning to stick around long after his starring role in Sofia Coppola's "Somewhere" hits theaters later this year.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    The 10 Best Non-Disney Per-Theater-Averages of All Time

    In the wake of "The King's Speech" massive box office debut this weekend, here's a list of the 10 best per-theater-averages ever recorded, not including the 1990s-era Disney films that would debut in massive venues with huge ticket prices (though for the record, "The Lion King" remains the best overall PTA recorded, with an unbelieveable $793,377).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles

    Weekend Box Office: Families Gobble Up "Harry Potter" and "Tangled"; "Love & Other Drugs" Stumbles

    Families flocked to fantasy this record Thanksgiving holiday; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I (on its second weekend) and Disney animated fairy tale Tangled 3-D dominated the five day frame. On the indie side, indieWIRE reports that Tom Hooper's Oscar favorite The King's Speech enjoyed a very royal Thanksgiving, breaking the 2010 record for highest per-theater-average in its massive limited debut.

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    First Look: Kirsten Dunst & Brian Geraghty In Carlos Cuaron's 'The Second Bakery Attack'

    A Short Film Adaptation Of Haruki Murakami's Short Story Of The Same NameWith Tran Anh Hung's adaptation of Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood" debuting at the Venice Film Festival and a global release on the horizon, popular Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami might just find his catalogue the target of further adaptations in the filmmaking community future. Other than a few notable attempts by Kazuki Ōmori in 1981, Jun Ichikawa in 2005 and Robert Logevall in 2007, Murakami's enigmatic and beguiling work has -- for the most part -- evaded the Hollywood treatment. Though there is one upcoming project that has flown under the radar: an adaptation of his 1985 quirky short story "The Second Bakery Attack" by Mexican writer-director Carlos Cuarón, brother of course to "Children Of Men" and "Y Tu Mamá También" helmer Alfonso.

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