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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    TCM Promos Seven-Part Moguls & Movie Stars with Five City Exhibit/Tour

    Turner Classic Movies is launching a five city multimedia, interactive, exhibit tour featuring Hollywood memorabilia from TCM’s original seven-part documentary series, Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood, which premieres November 1 at 8 PM (ET). The series delves into an in-depth history of Hollywood from its start in 1890 through 1970, including interviews with critics, filmmakers and film historians (Sidney Lumet, Richard Zanuck, Samuel Goldwyn Jr., Peter Bogdanovich, Gore Vidal, Robert Osborne and Molly Haskell), the children of Hollywood's Golden Age, film clips and rare footage.

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    The Great Gatsby: Pitt vs. Pitt, Mulligan vs. Portman, Casting Poll

    - The rumored Great Gatsby remake isn't that far along, it seems. While Deadline sets the record straight on the project's future--the remake might be Baz Luhrmann's next picture, but so might an original musical at Media Rights Capital--the movie does inspire juicy casting ideas.

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  • The Playlist
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    Tony Gilroy To Direct 'The Bourne Legacy'

    “Those works were never meant to be filmed,” Tony Gilroy once said dismissively about the "The Bourne Identity" novels which he eventually turned into a script for director Doug Liman. “They weren’t about human behavior. They were about running to airports."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Be a Douchebag With Your iPhone

    Drake Doremus' low-brow Sundance comedy Douchebag, which opened in New York over the weekend, is about two brothers, one on the verge of marriage, who go on a wild goose chase to find the other's fifth grade girlfriend. While some big studio films (Tron: Legacy comes to mind) have developed iPhone apps, this is one of the first little-known indies to try to build a following with a free iTunes iPhone app, available for free download at the Apple app store. (Let us know if there are others.)

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    The Social Network's Treatment of Women, Winterbottom's Kercher Murder Mystery to Star Firth

    -It's no surprise that David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network is getting Oscar-buzz, zeitgeist hype and debates about what is fact and fiction. Now the role of women in the film is kicking up controversy. The Daily Beast's Rebecca Davis O'Brien argues that the femme roles are props in a film that "not only reflects its era, but will shape it." Stephen Colbert declares that there are no women of substance in the movie except for the small roles of lawyer Rashida Jones and Zuckerberg's scorning girlfriend Rooney Mara. The women in the movie are seen as liabilities, writes Jezebel, if not woefully disrespected.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    SXSW Unveils Panel First Wave

    SXSW Unveils Panel First Wave

    Among the first wave of twenty South by Southwest panels---there will be over 80 panels and workshops–taking place in Austin, Texas between March 11-19, 2011 are:

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    More: Festivals, SXSW
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boardwalk Empire Episode 3 Recap: Things Get Pissy

    Boardwalk Empire Episode 3 Recap: Things Get Pissy

    Things get nasty in Boardwalk Empire Episode Three, writes Tim Appelo in this spoiler-filled recap/review:Boardwalk Empire haters, quit yer bitchin.’ Like the train Jimmy hops in the last scene, the story builds up steam and gets rolling in Ep. 3, “Broadway Limited” (penned by Margaret Nagle with the period verve that earned her HBO FDR show Warm Springs 16 Emmy noms and 5 wins). It helps that the episode’s scariest, most lawless place isn’t some back alley or speakeasy -- it’s the doc’s office. First, the gangster too fat to die from bullets in the premiere Scorsese episode’s massacre scene gets smothered in hospital by a pillow wielded by Eli (Shea Whigham), the sheriff brother of top mobster Nucky (Steve Buscemi). Nobody wants the fat man to finger Jimmy (Michael Pitt) for the shootout.

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    More: Reviews, TV, HBO
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    Trailer Watch: True Grit Long Version

    Paramount tacked the long True Grit trailer in front of The Social Network this weekend. Now I know more than I want to know, typically. Instead of wondering if Josh Brolin and Matt Damon are both bad guys, we see that Damon plays a Texas Ranger helping Bridges' U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn on a two-man job to track 14-year-old Mattie Ross's target: Tom Chaney (Brolin), the man who killed her father. And we get more glimpses of banter among the group tracking Brolin.

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Current Press Releases from Abroad

    Lots of interesting news is coming from offshore and so I am starting my own "wire service". When I get the news, I'll post a line and the link for those who are interested in following the links. This one I particularly like because I like the film so much and it came to U.S. via COLCOA where Overbrook made a remake deal with Danny Boon, the same director, for a the English language remake to be released 2013. Welcome to the Sticks, the French comedy about a postal civil servant in France being relocated to the North of France, to "the sticks" has been remade by the Italians as Benvenuti al sud (Welcome the The South) by Cattleya in which Universal has a 20% share. Remaking titles from Universal’s library is easier than trying to remake something from scratch. It opened in Italy October 1 and is opening in France this month as well.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Noam Chomsky Conference In Iceland

    As you can tell, I haven't exactly been posting like crazy since my arrival here in Reykjavik, mostly because it's just been too amazing here to hinder by holing up with a laptop. I'll have a bunch of musings to post tomorrow as I make my Icelandic exit, but for now here's video from an inspiring conference late last week at the festival with Noam Chomsky that is most definitely worth 50 minutes of your spare time:

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