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    DreamWorks Tell-All Exposes Katzenberg Shrek Bail-Out

    Ex-Variety reporter Nicole LaPorte, now writing for The Daily Beast, shares some of what she went through to write her new book about DreamWorks, The Men Who Would Be King. The problem: Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen --three very powerful Hollywood moguls---actively worked ag...

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    Biskind Beatty Bio Bombs: Why?

    Imagine spending years on writing a book, frustrated by the in-and-out, push-pull participation of your subject, and when it's done and published and in the world: nobody cares. Peter Biskind went through the same tortures of the damned suffered by everyone who ever works with Warren Beatty on a pro...

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    Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms Heads for Fox Searchlight?

    During his Sunday LAT Fest of Books Q & A, Bret Easton Ellis talked candidly about Hollywood with music journo Erik Himmelsbach, reports Cameron Carlson:

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    Hollywood Loves Brand Names Like Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

    One producer pal is shopping a commercial adventure that happens to be an original script. And nobody's biting, because these days Hollywood is terrified of the original screenplay. Even though Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time, at this point you have to be James Cameron or Steven Spi...

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    Millenium Trilogy Sequels will open in U.S. in 2010

    Chicago indie distrib Music Box will open the two sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in current release) this summer. Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy kept me up late many nights in a row. So even though the first Swedish film adaptation disappointed me--it's a by-the-numbers thriller--I am still eager to see The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is the strongest of the three books, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is a tough political attack on Swedish Intelligence. The three Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist as bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander and muckraking journalist Mikael Blomqvist are huge ...

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    Could Catcher in the Rye Movie Happen?

    Now that author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91, it's possible that the movie adaptation he so passionately opposed of The Catcher in the Rye could finally happen. He turned against Hollywood in 1949 after My Foolish Heart, adapted from his short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," was badly pann...

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    Beatty Bio Unauthorized?

    I'm reading (and enjoying) Peter Biskind's long-awaited Warren Beatty bio, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America.

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    Bendinger Launches Screenwriting Contest

    Screenwriter Jessica Bendinger (Bring it On) is going interactive to promote the November 24 release of her Simon & Schuster novel The Seven Rays. She's inviting aspiring screenwriters to adapt any portion of the book into a 2-5 page screenplay in order to win an in-depth consultation with her.

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    Must-Own Film Books

    We all have lists of must-own film books. Mine goes like this:

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    Clooney Wants to Play Clancy's Jack Ryan

    Buried in this Kim Masters story about Sony bringing over George Clooney's production deal is a juicy nugget: Clooney wants to take over playing Jack Ryan in the Tom Clancy franchise. That is, if Paramount ever gets its act together and puts the next movie back on the front burner. It's been years s...

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