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Media Watch: Hello Slake, Waters Has Bestseller, Florio Exits Conde Nast, LAT's Ulin Reviews Books

Ex-LA Weekly editor Laurie Ochoa still believes in print and has started her own alternative paper, damn it. It's a quarterly (for now) called Slake. And needless to say her husband, food critic Jonathan Gold, is in the first issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 10:20 AM
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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Debuts This Fall on PBS

Classics crooner Michael Feinstein will make legions of music lovers happy this fall when he premieres a three-part series exploring the history of American popular music. The American Songbook will air October 6, 13 and 20 at 8 PM on PBS. This is my idea of heaven.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 8:01 AM
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This Means War Casting Saga, WGA vs. IMDb, Boyle directs Olympics, Fairy Tales are New Vampires

- McG can't make up his mind on casting vidgame-to-film This Means War. While Reese Witherspoon is set to play the femme at the center of a dispute between two spies--best friends turned enemies in this action-comedy--the two male leads are up in the air. In-demand Bradley Cooper has bailed on the role originally intended for Martin Lawrence, while Seth Rogen and Chris Pine were both reported as attached at some point. Now Vulture asserts that McG has offered his Terminator Salvation star Sam Worthington the lead. The Playlist, which has been tracking the This Means War casting saga, writes that Justin Timberlake was being considered for the film, and filmmakers may go to Colin Farrell if Worthington is a no-go.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 17, 2010 3:40 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works
No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 3:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is by far my favorite of C.S. Lewis's Narnia books. I read it over and over. A trailer is scheduled to run before Toy Story 3 on June 18. This foreign one does not show Eustace, a great surly character who falls into a picture and accidentally joins Lucy and Edmund Pevensie on a sea journey to the edge of the world. Along the way Eustace has a character-changing encounter with a dragon. I have not been a fan of these movies, but I have a good feeling about this one--because it's a rip-roaring adventure yarn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 2:48 AM
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Trailer Watch: Luke Wilson Porn Dramedy Middle Men Opens August 6

Paramount picked up George Gallo's internet porn origin story Middle Men after the hard-R film closed February's Santa Barbara Film Festival--but the filmmakers had to supply their own prints and ads (the new norm). The movie follows the meteoric ascendency of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) after he realizes that people will pay for online porn. The movie's winding narrative is populated by Russian mobsters, a porn star love interest, and James Caan as a conniving lawyer. Here's Variety:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 16, 2010 8:54 AM
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Where Are CAA's Next Young Turks?

The film industry is in disarray. MGM is undergoing restructuring, Overture and Miramax are on the block, the studios are on the run during a tough summer, and too many agents are chasing too few deals as talent turns to television.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2010 7:07 AM
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Film Scholar Brunette Dies at Taormina

Film academic and critic Peter Brunette died of a sudden heart attack at age 66 Wednesday morning at the Taormina Film Festival. I knew him well. We'd do round tables together at Cannes, share post-screening takes standing by our mail boxes at the Palais, or hang in line at Telluride. He was an infectious film enthusiast, and a canny film writer. He paid for his festival jaunts with freelance income. During the year he was a full-time professor at Wake Forest University, where he was director of their film studies program and published several film books, on Michael Haneke and Wong Kar Wai, among others. I will sorely miss him.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2010 5:17 AM
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Crowe Equalizes, Cage and Kidman Trespass, Tempest First Look

- Russell Crowe is set to play Robert McCall in The Equalizer, the mysterious vigilante agent made famous by Edward Woodward in the 1980s TV show, reports the LAT. Crowe is also attached to Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days, in which his character's wife is wrongly accused of murder. Clearly, Crowe is drawn to characters that have something to fight for, with a few rough edges. The Equalizer currently lacks both a shooting script and a studio, so Crowe has time to brood over this character.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 16, 2010 2:35 AM
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Lost in Translation: Lasse Hallstrom to Direct Tom's Dad

Many directors who come to Hollywood from overseas manage to make the shift from more personal low-budget local films to less personal big-budget studio fare aimed at a worldwide audience. It's tough to pull off the push-pull of studio interference. Filmmakers love playing with a richer tool kit and great actors, but it's hard to hang on to your own voice and steer clear of mass-market blandness.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 16, 2010 2:17 AM
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