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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

    - Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and subsequent sequels); the Swedish originals starred Noomi Rapace. And author Elizabeth Gilbert is days away from watching herself portrayed by Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

    Take Shyamalan's Name Off the Devil Trailer!

    M. Night's Shyamalan's The Last Airbender was slammed by critics: it earned an abysmal 8% on the Tomatometer. No question that since Shyamalan's strong breakout The Sixth Sense, followed by Unbreakable and Signs, his last features (The Village, Lady in the Water, and The Happening) are trending downward with both critics and more important, audiences. And movie sites have not hesitated to catalogue everything wrong with the director, and to offer constructive advice.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    book review: Three Chords For Beauty's Sake:

    The Life of Artie Shaw by Tom Nolan (Norton)

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  • Spout
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    On DVD: "The Living Wake"

    If you're not anywhere near a theater currently playing Aaron Schneider's acclaimed "Get Low," you can somewhat make due for now by renting the very slightly similar, less-known indie "The Living Wake," which is also about a man holding a kind of eulogy service for himself while still alive. Directed by Sol Tryon and originally released to the fest circuit in '07, the strange and dark comedy finally hit DVD yesterday courtesy of Breaking Glass Pictures. Having long seen and heard people like Stu VanAirsdale, Aaron Hillis and Cinematical's Erik Davis all rave about it, I figured I'd give it a try for this week's DVD spotlight. Especially since I haven't been able to make time for "Get Low" yet and thought this would tide me over.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    If Women Like It, It Must Be Stupid

    That is the title of the accompanying piece that talks to best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert in this week's Entertainment Weekly which has Julia Roberts and Eat Pray Love on the cover.

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    More: Sexism
  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'The Other Guys' Is Funny Enough To Give Your Copy Of 'Anchorman' A Break

    From its balls-out opening (narrated by Ice-T, of course), "The Other Guys" plays with testosterone-injected, action-movie tropes, speeding up the editing while slowing down the fight sequences. But as easily as director Adam McKay makes the transition to action, he never entirely leaves his comic roots behind. Filled with comedic heavyweights, "The Other Guys" is an even match for "The Expendables," going pound for pound with Sly Stallone's film in terms of star power. McKay sees you your Stallone, Willis, Li, Statham, et al., and he'll raise you Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Steve Coogan, and enough recognizable stars to challenge the SAG awards for wattage. By the time "Human Giant"'s Rob Huebel makes an appearance in the second act, you'll be tired of explaining to your less-educated movie mate who "that guy" is.Detectives Allen Gamble (Ferrell) and Terry Hoitz (Wahlberg) live at their desks, fading into the shadows of rock star cops Highsmith (Jackson) and Danson (Johnson). While those two are out saving the city (and leaving destruction and paperwork in their wake), the less exciting cops at the precinct — the men of the title — are left to deal with the mundane details of police work. Terry bristles at his partner's every twitch and hum, and he longs to get back into the action while Allen is content to remain desk-bound. They're the butt of jokes by their fellow officers (Rob Riggle and Damon Wayans Jr.) and a source of embarrassment for their captain (Keaton). However, when Allen's background as an accountant helps him uncover evil — or at least an unfiled scaffolding permit — they may finally have their chance at solving crime on the streets of New York.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Turner Classic Movies Plays Its Cards Right

    I don’t know how the folks at TCM keep topping themselves, but they do. For their annual Summer Under the Stars festival, featuring a different star for every day in August, they’ve hired graphic artist Michael Schwab to create a series of distinctive collector cards, depicting each star in an iconic role one can recognize even in silhouette. You can admire the whole series online HERE. These are not “virtual” creations, however: the network plans to give away 500 complete sets through a sweepstakes drawing you can read about at their site.

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    More: Journal
  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Media Watch: Deadline and PMK Add Segall and Koltai-Levine, Newsweek Sells, Forbes Loves Blogs

    It's a smart move for Mail.com CEO Jay Penske to bring on trade-savvy Lynne Segall as vice president/publisher, who was unaccountably let go by the LA Times, where she launched The Envelope, among other cash cows.

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  • Spout
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    Is "Inception" Based On a Comic Book? Film Blog Water Cooler 8/3/10

    Did Christopher Nolan spend too much time in the comic book store researching for his Batman films and accidentally pilfer a plot from an issue of "Uncle Scrooge"? That's the question of the day, which reminds me of the time the Internet thought too much about whether the Wayans brothers movie "Little Man" had ripped off a Bugs Bunny cartoon (specifically "Baby Buggy Bunny"). That one was more likely light theft due to certain precise similarities, while this whole idea that a Scrooge McDuck story inspired "Inception" is just a fun little coincidence. And a chance for people to read in full a Dan Rosa-penned comic.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Jon Stewart Disses Media Coverage of Chelsea's Wedding

    The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cWedding of the Decade of the Century of the Millenniumwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

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    More: Media, TV, Video