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Dennis Hopper on Natalie Wood, Elvis Presley, Michelle Phillips and Apocalypse Lost

Tim Appelo dug into his Dennis Hopper files and found the late actor talking about Natalie Wood’s orgy error, Elvis Presley's sex and acting lesson, Michelle Phillips’ D.H. Lawrence collaboration, and the lost Apocalypse Now scene he’d most like to see:
  • By Tim Appelo
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  • May 31, 2010 8:14 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Family-Friendly Shrek 4 Overtakes Wimpy Prince of Persia and Sex and the City 2

Holdover family film Shrek 4 carried the anemic four-day Memorial Day Weekend holiday; its estimated $55.7 million gross bested two weak openers in the high-to-low $37-million range, Disney's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and R-rated Sex and the City 2, reports Anthony D'Alessandro:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 31, 2010 4:46 AM
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Who Will Direct The Hobbit, With Del Toro Moving On? Not Jackson, for Now

Soon after revealing that he was waiting for the dust to clear at MGM so he could get on with The Hobbit, Guillermo del Toro, one of Hollywood's hottest directors after Pan's Labyrinth and Hell Boy 2, is quitting The Hobbit because he can't keep his career on hold any longer; he's already been on the project for two years. He and The Hobbit co-writer-executive producer Peter Jackson made the announcement on May 30 at Theonering.net.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2010 12:35 PM
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Dennis Hopper Dies of Prostate Cancer at 74; Obits and Clips

Dennis Hopper died on Saturday morning May 29 of complications from advanced prostate cancer; he was 74. When the young Kansan came to Hollywood in the 50s, he was mentored by James Dean, who brought him in to star in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant. Hopper chafed under the constraints of the old studio system, where such directors as Henry Hathaway tried to tell him how to do his job on From Hell to Texas, The Sons of Katie Elder and True Grit.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2010 10:09 AM
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Why a Crappy Sequel Chick Flick Hit is Better than a Flop

Why a Crappy Sequel Chick Flick Hit is Better than a Flop
Women will flock to see Sex and the City 2--no matter how dismissive its reviews--because they're starving for content aimed at them. (The pic grossed $14.2 million on Thursday.) They're fond of the four characters, and want to check out their over-the-top Patricia Field costumes. They may be disappointed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2010 12:34 PM
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What Went Wrong with Prince of Persia

What Went Wrong with Prince of Persia
I'd rather be watching HBO. That's my new T-shirt mantra. This holiday weekend I'll lay odds, sight unseen, that watching the third installment (HBO Saturday 9 PM) of writer Peter Morgan's Tony Blair trilogy, The Special Relationship, about the British ex-prime minister's relationship with then-president Bill Clinton (Dennis Quaid) will prove more satisfying than the miscast, over-wrought $200-million Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time or the shoddily written and executed Sex and the City 2, which hordes of women will flock to see, nasty reviews be damned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2010 11:33 AM
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Jean Seberg Talks Breathless--Back in 1968

Back in 1968, veteran Hollywood publicist Harry Clein recalls, he visited the set of big-budget musical Paint Your Wagon to interview young actress Jean Seberg (star of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, which is being reissued). A transcript follows, including a visit from her co-stars, Lee Marvin and Clint Eastwood (with whom Seberg denied having an affair).
  • By Harry Clein
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  • May 28, 2010 8:30 AM
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The Hobbit and Next James Bond Await MGM Picks to Run Studio

With MGM creditors calling the shots and debating the future of the studio with MGM management, the cold reality is that no one is going to buy MGM at the valuation the studio needs as it copes with its $3.7 billion debt load. Thus the next phase of MGM's reorganization will likely involve bringing in some entity to exchange some debt for equity and run the studio. Top of the list of possible partners are Spyglass, Summit and the guy who thought up this solution, Amir Malin of Qualia Capital, a private media and entertainment equity fund. He made an offer to infuse MGM with some $500 million to run a lean operation in hopes that the economy and Wall Street would eventually improve.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 28, 2010 6:22 AM
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McAvoy Joins X-Men, Polley's Take This Waltz, Newsweek's New Look

- Director Matthew Vaughn has cast Wanted star James McAvoy to play the role of the young Charles Xavier (created by Patrick Stewart) in Fox's next X-Men installment, the origin story X-Men: First Class. We like The Playlist's casting suggestion of Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) to play Xavier's evil opposition, Magneto (originally Ian McKellen).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 28, 2010 4:12 AM
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Fox Launches Snarky "Don't F**K My Mom" Cyrus Campaign

Hand it to Fox Searchlight. They know how to get a movie attention.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2010 9:50 AM
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