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    True True Grit

    True True Grit

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Yes it's True: Roadside Picks Up Biutiful Before Toronto

    It's official. As I reported here, Lionsgate subsid Roadside is releasing Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Cannes entry Biutiful. They are partnering with Liddell Entertainment, which is supplying P & A, on a planned December opening. I knew the announcement had to be made before Toronto! Javier Bardem, who nabbed a best actor prize in Cannes, has a shot at an Oscar nomination if they all play their cards right. CAA, which reps Inarritu, orchestrated this hybrid deal. As I reported, ex-Lionsgate exec Tom Ortenberg is officially consulting on the film, Roadside and producer Jon Kilik confirm.

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    Alternate Endings for "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World": Which Would You Have Preferred?

    Those few of you who've seen "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," did you like how the film ends? It's not quite the same as the comic book, partly because the adaptation was scripted before Brian Lee O'Malley released the final volume of his "Scott Pilgrim" graphic novels ("Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour"). But there could have been other ways to conclude the story of Pilgrim (Michael Cera) battling seven evil exes to win the heart of dream girl Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), and in fact one was even shot.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Boardwalk Empire: New Making-Of Promo

    This HBO making-of promo for Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire (September 19) is tantalizing to say the least. The featurette includes interviews with Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Scorsese, and each of the leads, as well as more reveals on the story.

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  • iW NOW
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    Lightning to Sell Ku's "Beautiful Boy" to Around the World

    Lightning to Sell Ku's "Beautiful Boy" to Around the World

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    Tribeca Names 2011 Dates

    Tribeca Names 2011 Dates

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Miss Universe vs. Men in Lipstick, Cassavetes' Blonde Cast, Mackie for Mission: Impossible 4

    Inspired by Louis Bayard of Salon, who argues the death of the beauty pageant, we have a treat for you after the jump. "Even as a gay man," writes Bayard, "I couldn't find joy or fun in last night's monument to wax figurines and Donald Trump." He's referring to the Miss Universe Pageant, which has remained about skin and double-sided tape despite (for-appearances-only?) attempts to refocus the criteria on some kind of merit. Bayard argues that this "carnal philosophy has reaped its reward. Miss Universe is in the pink: stinking with ad revenue, sprawling across a two-hour expanse of network television. The whole enterprise should be neon with triumph, and yet it's every bit as gray as an annual report. For that's exactly what it is. A celebration of a company and the man behind it."

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    Hollow Man: Jean-François Richet’s "Mesrine"

    Rumor has it that the film rights to the life story of Jacques Mesrine, France’s most notorious and popular tabloid criminal, were first offered to Jean-Luc Godard, shortly after the subject’s violent death in 1979. Godard supposedly didn’t want to make a film about Mesrine, but rather one about an actor who wanted to play Mesrine. In a typically Godardian flight of fancy he had envisaged Jean-Paul Belmondo sitting in a chair reading Mesrine’s autobiography out loud to the camera and . . . well, not much else. Belmondo, unsurprisingly, told him to forget it.

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    Eli Roth to Bang Out "Thanksgiving" Script This Fall

    It's not news that Eli Roth is planning a feature-length horror film based on his satirical trailer from "Grindhouse," titled "Thanksgiving," but while another such spin-off/adaptation is about to hit theaters -- Robert Rodriguez's "Machete" -- it's the perfect time for an update on the status of the proposed holiday-themed slasher flick. While talking to Cinema Blend in part to promote "The Last Exorcism," he confirmed that it's still happening, though after a year it's still in the early scripting stage:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Academy To Award Thalberg to Coppola, Honorary Oscars to Brownlow, Godard, Wallach

    Academy To Award Thalberg to Coppola, Honorary Oscars to Brownlow, Godard, Wallach

    The Motion Picture Academy's board of governors took a vote Tuesday night on this year's honorary Oscar winners, and came up with a remarkable list.

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