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Sheen Heads for Jail, Fuqua Biopics Shakur, Anderson Casts Scientology Film, Boardwalk Empire Pops

Charlie Sheen is choosing 30 days of jail time over probation, which was too risky, reports TMZ. In a plea bargain, Sheen will plead no contest to third-degree misdemeanor assault for hitting his wife Brooke Mueller on Christmas Day and immediately start to serve what will likely amount to 17 days in jail in Aspen, Colorado. He has to complete 36 hours of anger management before the hearing June 7. Mueller and Sheen both went into rehab following the incident, and Sheen took off time from his hit TV show Two and a Half Men. He'll get his time out of the way before filming begins in early August. The show has been renewed for two seasons; Sheen now earns a reported $2 million an episode.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 1, 2010 4:04 AM
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Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min Hires Kim Masters as Editor-at-Large

When Kim Masters covered the TV up-fronts for The Hollywood Reporter last week, it was a sign that THR was on the move. Sure enough, new THR editorial director Janice Min has hired Masters--a veteran of NPR, Premiere, The Washington Post, Time, Esquire and Vanity Fair--to be editor-at-large at the venerable trade. She starts July 1, reporting to Min.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2010 3:24 AM
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More: News, Media

Trailer Watch: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World vs. Jonah Hex

The studios are so in love with comic-book movies that they're digging into material most of us have never read.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2010 9:22 AM
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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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More: Video, Obit

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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