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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Legacy Watch: Dragon Tattoo vs. Dragon Tattoo, John Cazale's Five Perfect Career Choices

    - Sweden's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo director Niels Arden Oplev protests against David Fincher's remake and another actress playing the Lisbeth Salander role--"highly unfair because Noomi [Rapace] has captured this part and it should always be all her," he told Random House's Word & Film site. He goes on to compare the below-par American remake of Luc Besson's La Femme Nikita to Fincher's remake (Heat Vision attacks this argument). But Besson wrote and directed the original La Femme Nikita - it was his. Oplev was directing a screenplay adaptation of Stieg Larsson's book. If Columbia and Fincher have rights to the same story, it's fair game. Not to mention the countless Americans who have the original book on their nightstands, many of whom are yet to see the Swedish trilogy on screen. They're waiting for most worthwhile and accessible version, and that could well be Fincher's. Here's The Playlist's take on the Oplev's comments: the original Dragon Tattoo film was fairly shite anyway.

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  • Spout
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    Robert De Niro and Edward Norton Star in One of the Best Sci-Fi Movies of 2010?

    "It out incepted 'Inception' which makes it one of the best science fiction films of the year so far."

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  • The Playlist
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    Found Footage Alien Pic 'Dark Moon' Dropped By Warner Bros., Picked Up By Dark Castle

    And Will End Up Being Released By Warner Bros. AnywayAs an example of how fickle, fleeting and ultimately ridiculous Hollywood can get, following the plug being pulled on Roland Emmerich's low budget, found footage project "The Zone" yesterday, Warner Bros. followed suit, putting into turnaround the found footage spec script "Dark Moon" they picked up only a couple of weeks ago for six figures. The twist? They're gonna end up releasing it anyway.

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  • The Playlist
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    'The Fighter' Premieres At AFI, Early Reviews Peg Film As Mainstream Crowdpleaser & Actors' Showcase

    David O. Russell's "The Fighter" is one of the year's awards horses that is yet to screen for critics, but last night, Paramount pulled a last minute, stealth premiere screening at the AFI Fest. Tickets were on a first come, first served basis, and there was a limited press allocation as well. Mark Wahlberg was on hand to introduce the film and told the audience, "....and if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t like it I will come to your house and do hard labor." And it looks like he doesn't have to worry about raking leaves in someone's backyard.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Feign of Terror: Chris Morris's "Four Lions"

    One could have been forgiven for flippantly wondering, when George W. Bush announced in November 2001 that any country harboring terrorists would be held accountable, which British city might be first on the list for U.S. air strikes. Manchester, perhaps? Bradford? Birmingham? Nine U.K. citizens in total have been held at Guantanamo Bay, a fact that, with apologies to Michael Winterbottom and his 2006 documentary Road to Guantanamo, was largely overlooked in the U.K. until the suicide-bomb attacks on London by four British Muslims on July 7, 2005. Without name-checking these events, Four Lions clearly takes its inspiration from the 7/7 bombings and emerges as a ruthless and thought-provoking exposure of British jihadism.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Orchestra Plays Indiana Jones in the Amazon.

    Orchestra Plays Indiana Jones in the Amazon.

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  • The Playlist
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    Rachel McAdams Still Unsure If She's Returning To 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

    Anatomy of a Hollywood tentpole: though "Sherlock Holmes 2" is deep into production, apparently some of the ideas within are still "in the process."

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Women to Blog About: Ronna B. Wallace, A Very Singular Woman

    By guest blogger Peter BelsitoRONNA B. WALLACEA Very Singular Woman ‘In the Biz’Ronna has been our friend, in and out of the business, for many years. When we see each other now out in ‘the wild’ (Toronto, Berlin, Cannes, Sundance) we ask about each other’s families and all of our many mutual friends. Ronna is one of those people whose connection with us makes doing what we do especially worthwhile. Her company at the time was the very first subscriber to FilmFinders!!!The story of her career is interesting and revealing.For the past eight years, Ronna has been a full time feature film producer's representative, basing her work on clients’ films on her extensive prior experience and massive contacts in the industry. Her company is called Eastgate Pictures and is located in New York.She comes from Pittsburgh and went to Boston University where she studied film and video. She went to Santa Cruz, got married, had a baby and then worked for five years helping build KUSP-FM, a non commercial radio station while being a political activist on the side. Her hippy days behind her, Ronna then went to NYC to seek her fortune. Her first job there was as of one of the original waiters at the Tavern On the Green on the day it first opened. From there, due to a lucky conversation with a diner, she got her first real ‘biz job’ at Warner’s QUBE interactive Premium Pay service, hired as a researcher, but soon made it to the Director of Programming. She was then offered a job in home video and joined one of the first companies to distribute home video, even before the studios had their films out. After that she joined MGM / CBS video which handled all MGM/ UA films, as Senior Vice President and from there went to help start Live Entertainment with the fabled (and ultimately tragic) Jose Menendez, where Ronna went on to executive produce Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino), Bad Lieutenant (Abel Ferrara), Light Sleeper (Paul Schrader), Bob Roberts (Tim Robbins) as well as first features from directors James Gray, Betty Thomas and Stephan Elliot - amongst many others. She then went to Samuel Goldwyn where she became Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and her last executive position was with Carl Icahn’s Stratosphere in New York City.The interview with Ronna follows.

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  • The Playlist
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    Ralph Fiennes Eyeing John Henry Butterworth's Adaptation Of George Orwell's 'Burmese Days'

    Looking To Bring 'Morning Glory' Helmer Roger Mitchell On BoardFresh from his behind-the-camera debut with a modern reimagining of William Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," Ralph Fiennes is reportedly already circling his next project, an adaptation of George Orwell's "Burmese Days." The actor, though, is presumably eyeing it as a starring vehicle rather than a directing gig as he is also looking to bring "Morning Glory" helmer Roger Michell on board the project, which is being produced by Avram Ludwig with a script by "Fair Game" scribe John Henry Butterworth.

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  • Spout
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    Video: "Harry Potter" Battle in NYC's Grand Central Station

    I thought that this "Harry Potter" invasion of Grand Central Station was another Improv Everywhere stunt, but as far as I can tell they aren't (yet) taking credit for it. And they probably won't, because as annoying and unfunny as they are, Improv Everywhere is still better than this. They appropriately send Ghostbusters into the old NYC Public Library building and somewhat wittingly reenact Princess Leia's capture by Darth Vader in a subway car (they also do many non-movie-related flashmob events). Their version of this sort of incident would likely be better placed within the Grand Concourse, I think. Or, if they were going to bother with something at Grand Central, I would really hope they'd go with a more appropriate ballroom dance flash mob inspired by "The Fisher King." By the way, what occurs in this video is not a flash mob, as much as it's being called that around the web. A handful of Death Eaters does not constitute a mob. Sorry.

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