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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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Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia

Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia
For the first time ever, this Memorial Day Weekend could mark the first-ever number one chick flick, predicts TOH box-office numbers cruncher Anthony D'Alessandro, who interviews distribution chiefs from Warners and Disney about their expectations for the four-day holiday.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 27, 2010 2:47 AM
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Latest Inception Trailer

For your delectation, the most recent Inception trailer. I cannot wait to see this mind-bending Chris Nolan movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page (now added to the cast of HBO's upcoming Hollywood blogger series Tilda) which opens July 16. UPDATE: Check out these character posters.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2010 7:04 AM
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Woody Allen vs. Mike Leigh: One Hires Stars, Other Makes Them

Woody Allen vs. Mike Leigh: One Hires Stars, Other Makes Them
At this stage of the game, there's no point in interviewing Woody Allen (age 74) or Mike Leigh (age 67) about their movies, because we know exactly what they're doing.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2010 6:37 AM
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Us Weekly Ex-Editor Janice Min Is Hollywood Reporter's Editorial Director

Tichi Wilkerson Kassel is spinning in her grave.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 26, 2010 4:08 AM
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Alice To Pass $1 Billion, Hollywood for Sale, Bale Talking Hillcoat Flick

-Disney's Alice in Wonderland will cross the $1 billion worldwide box-office threshold tomorrow, marking the sixth movie to do so and a record for a springtime release. With over $332 million domestic and $667 million foreign, Alice in Wonderland is Disney's second-highest grosser behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.07 billion worldwide).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 26, 2010 3:25 AM
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