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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Fifth Dragon Tattoo Actress is Seydoux; Fincher Goes Goony at Con

    The mystery French actress who is one of the five contenders for the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is rising starlet Lea Seydoux. European is good--she may be more fearless about showing her body.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Indies at Comic-Con: Eisner's A Contract with God

    Indies at Comic-Con: Eisner's A Contract with God

    At Comic-Con's Eisner Awards Friday night, writer-producer Darren Dean announced that he is adapting Will Eisner's graphic novel A Contract with God into an omnibus movie to be directed by four rising indie directors: San Francisco's Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy), New Yorkers Tze Chun (Children of Invention) and Alex Rivera (Sleep Dealer) and bi-coastal Sean Baker (Prince of Broadway, which he co-wrote with Dean).

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Relativity Media's Kavanaugh Takes Over Overture, Becomes Studio Boss

    Skeptics of Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh will have to admit that the aggressively ambitious 35-year-old Hollywood upstart is serious about turning his financing operation (he puts up the money for three-quarters of the movies made by Sony and Universal) into a real studio. After six years, the red-haired Wall street operator, who lost his venture capital firm during the 2001 market bust, has earned mogul status with the purchase from Starz of the distribution and marketing staff of Overture Films, which had been on the sales block and recently lost its top two execs, Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Celebrating Glorious Gloria

    Gloria Stuart joined by fellow actresses Carla Laemmle and Pauline Wagner, all of whom are centenarians, at the "Academy's Centennial Celebration with Gloria Stuart." (photo courtesy of AMPAS)

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Brief Thoughts on "Salt."

    Brief Thoughts on "Salt."

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Comic-Con: Video and Art Round Up, Del Toro's Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

    Check out some of new trailers and teaser clips revealed at the Con. Here's a compilation of visuals for Tron: Legacy, Megamind, RED, Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Johnnie Depp made an amusing video appearance at the Disney panel Thursday, promoing the 3-D pursuit of the Fountain of Youth.

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  • Jared Moshé's Blog
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    Hate Church or Booth Babe

    Hate Church or Booth Babe

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    A Man and a Woman: Sally Potter's "Orlando"

    It isn’t surprising that filmmakers have largely avoided adapting Virginia Woolf’s novels. The ellipses and fragmentary perspectives that characterize masterworks like To the Lighthouse and The Waves might lend them a certain “cinematic” quality—at the level of narrative structure, they are suggestive of montage—but the books resolutely foreground interiority while eliding incident. Her plots are often banal or hopelessly obscure, but the thoughts and feelings of Woolf’s characters, conveyed in stream-of-consciousness prose, reflect and sometimes critique their social, political, cultural, and historical circumstances. Her books are journeys of the mind particularly unsuited to the very literal medium of narrative cinema, which tends to reveal psychology through event (Woolf usually travels in the other direction). Marleen Gorris’s 1997 film version of Mrs. Dalloway, from a script by Eileen Atkins, is a perfect case in point: Vanessa Redgrave conveys warmth and a gentle weariness in the title role, but her knowing smiles and heavy sighs alone can’t make us care about her aging socialite or her over-planned evening party, nor does Gorris manage to bring the book’s disparate threads together into something that feels monumental rather than mundane.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Bombs Away: Lucy Walker's "Countdown to Zero"

    This August 6 will mark the 65th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima by the American Air Force in an effort to end the Second World War in one fell swoop. The bomb not only eviscerated Hiroshima—where as many as 200,000 people eventually died—but disturbingly symbolized man’s entrance into the atomic age, where he now possessed the ability to “become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

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  • The Playlist
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    Exclusive: Evan Goldberg Announces 'Sausage Party' Starring Seth Rogen & Jonah Hill

    Playlist correspondent Drew Morton had a chance to sit down with "The Green Hornet" co-scribe and Seth Rogen writing partner Evan Goldberg in San Diego during Comic-Con 2010. The writer of films like "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" was not only friendly and personable, but extremely forthcoming about all his upcoming projects, some of them with and without Rogen.

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