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Weekend Recap: TWC Acquires Vampire Franchise, Hathaway Wants More Musicals, Diablo Cody Talks Stripping Double Standard

Weekend Recap: TWC Acquires Vampire Franchise, Hathaway Wants More Musicals, Diablo Cody Talks Stripping Double Standard

Martin Scorsese has signed on to executive produce Europa producer-filmmaker Luc Besson’s “Malavita.” Besson, known for his direction of “The Fifth Element” and “The Professional,” has cast Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D’Leo in his film.

– The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights for “Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy,” the first movie adaptation of the successful YA series. Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”) will direct, using a screenplay from Dan Waters (no relation, “Batman Returns,” “Heathers”) adapted from author Richelle Mead’s books.

– The 55th Annual Grammys honored Mumford and Sons with Album of the Year, Kelly Clarkson with Pop Vocal Album, Gotye’s “Somebody I Used to Know” with record of the year, and fun. received Best New Artist.  Full list of winners here.

– The tastemakers have been anointed: “Girls” now sells more music than “Glee.” Billboard’s Hot 100 has shown a boost of 75% for “Wonderwall” after last week’s episode,  Icona Pop’s “I Love It” leaped to No. 69, after being featured on Dunham’s show, and Grammy winner fun. was prominently featured on the show.  Now, Billboard reports, “Glee” covers are barely charting.

EW’s Popwatch has an opinion regarding the type of roles “Bridesmaid” actress Melissa McCarthy should take.  They suggest the actress should free herself from the “loud, crass, and obnoxious” roles of late, to take on a broader range, perhaps revisiting the sweeter days of her “Gilmore Girls” character.  

Anne Hathaway says that she wants more musicals in her future, after her Oscar-nominated performance in “Les Miserables.”  She did make it clear that while she’d be happy to do more musical roles, she has no plans to launch a singing career.

Diablo Cody, who is co-chairing the third year of the Athena Film Festival, has spoken out on the Channing Tatum stripping double standard – in a mature and measured way, I might add:

“I find it very interesting that a man can be a stripper, talk about it openly, go on SNL and parody it in several sketches, and nobody accuses him of leveraging his sexuality to get ahead. They applaud it. And he did make a quality film, and it obviously did really well, and it had a certain pedigree – it wasn’t trashy – but I do not think a woman would be treated the same way. I’m living proof of that. A woman’s sexuality is dangerous and threatening and dirty, and for Channing, it’s a charming tool in his arsenal. And I love “Magic Mike.” I love Channing. This is in no way a diss on him.”

– Head here for some radio perspective on Hollywood. “House of Cards” showrunner Beau Willimon talks Netflix’s big experiment, while Oscar-nominated costume designer Paco Delgado talks about “Les Miserables” costumes. Available for streaming download here.

– In related “House of Cards” news, Reuters’ Felix Salmon argues that the quants will never take over Hollywood.  It’s comes down to Netflix’s ability to mine its data to produce winning shows with its audience.  Read Salmon’s brilliant analysis here.

– The Wall Street Journal has published an exploration on Truman Capote’s masterwork, “In Cold Blood,” and long-lost files that tarnish its reputation as “immaculately factual” (Capote’s words).  Read the long-form expose at WSJ.

– Want to hear about Sundance in the glory days?  Robert Redford and Michelle Satter talk about “the Sundance Story” in this clip here or below.

Film.com has posted a “Pyramid of Movie Kids” starting with completely adorable and moving into… possessed territory.  It gets much more difficult to scroll, but serves as a test of your horror movie knowledge as you continue down the pyramid.

– Roman Coppola takes the seat in one of my favorite film radio series, “Movies I’ve Seen A Million Times.”  Coppola, who has directed “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” has named Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories” as the movie he could watch over and over.  Coppola says, “The film is filled with references and inside jokes that pertain to [Woody Allen’s] body of work and other films that he admires, and it’s all played for laughs but the humor is rather tied to the vest so the things that I find to be very hilarious are hilarious in a very subtle way.”

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