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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Brewer's Footloose Remake Finds Cast

    Writer-director Craig Brewer has landed his leads for his remake of Footloose, which is set for April 2011 Paramount release. Newcomer Kenny Wormald will play Ren (the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in the 1984 original), Julianne Hough (Dancing With The Stars) will play Ariel (the Lori Singer role), Dennis Quaid is Reverend Moore (John Lithgow) and Miles Teller is Willard (Chris Penn). Back to help with the remake are producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), who will produce with Brad Weston and Dylan Sellers.

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Exclusive 'Leverage' Look

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Pomp and Circumstance: Michael Koresky on "The Long Day Closes"

    Blasting drums and trumpets accompanied by enormous searchlights. A regally dressed torch-lady offering glorious, blinding fire. A snow-capped mountaintop surrounded by revolving stars. A fairy-tale castle emblazoned with light. A lion roar. These are some of the grandiose sights and sounds that have served as introductions to American films, the studio logos and musical themes that inform viewers that they’re not only about to enter the world of a movie, but that the movie is, no matter its address, an event. There is perhaps no clearer evocation of the lasting notion of film as spectacle than these brief preambles, which place every marked film on the same level playing ground. (The Warner Bros. logo, in all its permutations over the decades, has remained a consistently subtle rejoinder to the hyperbolic pronouncements from such outfits as Fox, Columbia, Paramount, Disney, and MGM.) The movie as monolith, even as holy entity: the opening moments, functioning like the glossy wrap on a present about to be opened, are sparkling enough to make one forget that we’re simply watching product branding.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Starz Seeks Next Sopranos, Shyamalan Circulates New Script, 3-D Decline, Jonah Hex Misfire

    - In a bid to compete with HBO and Showtime, Starz has acquired the U.S. rights to remake the successful and critically acclaimed Aussie drama Underbelly, based on a real life '70s crime family. Former HBO chief Chris Albrecht (who launched The Sopranos) took over as Starz CEO last December. Vulture reports that Underbelly, along with UK show Torchwood and a planned Camelot saga, spearhead Starz's latest programming push. While the crime theme underlines both The Sopranos and Underbelly, it is new for Albrecht to look outside for inspiration. During his twenty-plus years at HBO, he tended to create original programming in-house. Things have changed; old content finds sizable viewership on channels like AMC, and audiences' appeal can be targeted more globally than locally.

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    Variety: Ogilvie & Freccero Start CrowdStarter

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    Our Daily ISA (International Sales Agent) in Moscow: Corsan

    Singularity, an Indian-Belgian co-production directed by Palm d'or winner Roland Joffe, presented at Moscow Business Square. Watch for more on India and the BRIC nations in the next blog.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    secret's out: Art & Copy

    Art & Copy | Leonard Maltin | Leonard Maltin's Secret's Out | Movie TrailersAn excellent--and unsung--documentary now available on DVD.

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    Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast At Tiffany's, And The Dawn Of The Modern Woman

    by Sam Wasson (HarperStudio) This splendid new book is more than a mere “making-of” chronicle. It examines Breakfast at Tiffany’s in a variety of contexts, including the careers of its principals (Truman Capote, Audrey Hepburn, Blake Edwards, Henry Mancini, Edith Head, et al), the state of American mores in the early 1960s, society’s view of single women at that time, and the exigencies of the still-potent Production Code in Hollywood.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Helen Mirren Poses Nude for New York Magazine

    While she isn't Lindsay Lohan, Helen Mirren's bikini shot below got plenty of play, and now she's posing nude in a bathtub--on the stump for Love Ranch, directed by her husband Taylor Hackford. It's a far cry from The Queen.

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