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Hollywood Mogul Robert Evans Inspires Broadway Show

It's no surprise that gravel-voiced Hollywood mogul Robert Evans--a one-time actor, studio head, memoirist and documentary subject--should inspire a stage play. Famed West End, opera and film director Sir Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) is directing the Broadway production, which will be adapted from Evans' memoirs The Kid Stays in the Picture and The Fat Lady Sang by Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire). Smuggler Films has acquired the live stage rights.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 10, 2010 8:05 AM
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Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow

Oscar Phase Two: Bullock vs. Streep, Renner vs. Bridges, Cameron vs. Bigelow
Nothing is certain until it's over. And that's especially true for the Oscar race.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 11:16 AM
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Google Buzz Video

These days, keeping up with Twitter, email, Facebook, Linkedin (I abandoned myspace long ago) is almost more than a single person can sustain, much less reading something of any length or, God Forbid, thinking or doing any work.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 10:46 AM
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Santa Barbara Film Fest Panels, Up in the Air Wins Scripter Award

Santa Barbara Film Fest Panels, Up in the Air Wins Scripter Award
Sometimes I find myself covering so many things that I don't write about them right away. A case in point: my weekend trip to Santa Barbara. I'm still writing up the Sandra Bullock tribute and haven't transcribed my writers panel, which went well even without Quentin Tarantino, who did turn up the following day for Peter Bart's director's panel (clips below).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 9, 2010 2:14 AM
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Films of the 2000s

What's lovely about this seven-minute montage of films of the 2000s is the way the editor uses music to link images by mood; it's astonishing how haunting a moment can be, from Jack Nicholson in About Schmidt to Haley Joel Osment in A.I. .
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 11:30 AM
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Oscar Duel: Has Quentin Tarantino Produced a Legacy of Greatness?

Oscar Duel: Has Quentin Tarantino Produced a Legacy of Greatness?
During a public appearance in London last month, Quentin Tarantino told the audience that with Inglourious Basterds, he is now an auteur; he has established a body of work that can be analyzed as a whole and as a product of his unique vision. Recalling his experiences watching the films of Howard Hawks, he said: "My aim is that some kid in 50 years time has the same experience with me and my films." In this dueling blog, Moviefone's Jack Mathews and I debate whether QT's films actually form a body of work or remain a work in progress. 


  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 7:20 AM
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Oscar Watch: Tomm Moore Talks The Secret of Kells

Oscar Watch: Tomm Moore Talks The Secret of Kells
It was a ten-year journey for animator Tomm Moore, who was as shocked as anyone when, after submitting his first feature The Secret of Kells at the last possible minute, the 95% hand-drawn film earned an Annie nomination (the only indie film to do so) followed by an Oscar nomination for best animated feature (beating out movies from Disney, Fox, Sony and DreamWorks).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 4:28 AM
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Super Bowl Movie Ads: Pick Movies You Want to See

Which of the movies advertised on Super Bowl Sunday convinced you to see them? Vote in this poll. My guess before anyone starts voting? Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland wowed the most eyeballs. Am I right?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 2:31 AM
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#Super Bowl Ads: The Harry Potter Universal Orlando Ride

Video: Universal Orlando: Harry Potter
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 2:19 AM
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More: Marketing, TV, Video

#Super Bowl Ads: Google Spot

  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2010 2:05 AM
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