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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Vincent Cassel Talks Mesrine, Black Swan, Soderbergh and Cronenberg's Next

    Vincent Cassel Talks Mesrine, Black Swan, Soderbergh and Cronenberg's Next

    The winner of three César Awards including best actor for Vincent Cassel in the title role, Jean-Francois Richet's gangster biopic Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Part One played the Toronto Film festival two years ago. At the time, doomed distrib Senator was set to release the film as well as Part Two, Public Enemy Number 1. Now Music Box is finally releasing the two French hits, adapted by Richet and A Prophet writer Abdel Raouf Dafri from Jacques Mesrine's autobiography, stateside on August 27 and September 3, respectively. (UPDATE: Anthony Lane writes a lovely review.)

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  • Matt Dentler's Blog
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    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

    Five New Albums Worth Your Dime

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Get Low Producer Zanuck: Confessions of a Hollywood Scion

    Get Low producer Dean Zanuck was raised by top Hollywood producer Richard Zanuck (Alice in Wonderland, Driving Miss Daisy), who was in turn the son of mighty Twentieth Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck. So it's not a huge surprise that young Zanuck should wind up in the family business. Happily, so far his genes and upbringing seem to be yielding good taste, from Road to Perdition to Get Low, which took eight long years to get made--even with the great Robert Duvall attached. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the $7-million indie at last year's Toronto Film Festival.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    The Palin Inception

    The Palin Inception

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  • SydneysBuzz
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    Friends in the Biz: Craig A. Emanuel, Esq.

    We are featuring this interview with Craig Emanuel, Partner and Chair, Los Angeles Entertainment Department, Loeb & Loeb. He is one of the most recognizable players on the indie circuit. His resume is impressive and worth reading, so here we go:

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Directors Talk: Vaughn on Super-Hero Movies, Cameron on Avatar 2 and Oil, Murphy on Eat, Pray, Love

    - Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) tells Hero Complex that the quality control of super hero movies (which have been "mined to death") is "not what it's supposed to be." Vaughn jumped on the chance to do X-Men: First Class, because people are getting bored of the super-hero frenzy, which can't last forever. After producing, directing and co-writing Kick-Ass, a big budget superhero film is something Vaughn has always wanted to do - and an opportunity that may not be on offer again. He withdrew from the opportunity to direct the third X-Men installment (he didn't feel ready at the time), and it went to Brett Ratner. Now Vaughn says that he would have done a better job (100 times better to be exact). When X-Men: First Class comes out next summer, the box office will be crowded with protagonists in tights, like Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern - what Vaughn calls a too-crowded room.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Oscar-Winner Patricia Neal Dies at 84 After a Tragic Life

    Patricia Neal has died at her home on Martha's Vineyard, of lung cancer. She was 84. Neal started out strong as a Hollywood leading lady, a beautiful and powerful character actress in such films as The Fountainhead, co-starring her lover Gary Cooper, The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crowd and Hud, for which she won the best actress Oscar in 1964.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    CBS Films Acquires Statham Actioner The Mechanic

    Adding testosterone to its upcoming line-up, CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Jason Statham actioner The Mechanic from Avi Lerner's Millenium Films (The Expendables). CBS plans a spring opening after the George Tillman, Jr. revenge thriller Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino (November), and writer-director Daniel Barnz's Beastly, based on Alex Flinn's Beauty and the Beast-inspired novel, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer annd Mary-Kate Olsen (March 2011).

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    Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Coming to HBO

    Carrie Fisher's "Wishful Drinking" Coming to HBO

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  • Spout
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    Michael Cera Says He's Sh*tty Enough for "Scott Pilgrim"

    For a diminutive guy, Michael Cera knows how make an entrance. Kicking off the "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" Q&A at New York's SoHo Apple Store, Cera blurted "Fuck PC's!" into the mike, causing the crowd to erupt into fits of laughter. The fangirls seemed to emit a collective sigh.

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