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Public Enemies' Marion Cotillard Ramps Up

It's rare for a European actress to carve out a career in Hollywood. But honing her English with rounds of Berlitz and winning both the best actress Oscar and Cesar awards for La Vie en Rose have spun Marion Cotillard into a whirlwind of film roles. First, she went to Chicago to shoot Michael Mann's Public Enemies, playing moll Billie Frechette to Johnny Depp's gangster John Dillinger (July 1).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 31, 2009 6:31 AM
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Scorsese's Shutter Island Poster

Here's a teaser poster for Martin Scorsese and Laeta Kalogridis' adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. Here's the official website. Paramount is set to open the film October 2.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 28, 2009 6:47 AM
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Twitter Must-Follows

The LAT picks its top 25 must-follows on Twitter and runs it as a celeb photo gallery. Kids in my USC class admit they get a kick out of getting tweets from celebs. It's the most direct, uncluttered version of fan communication there is. Stars and fans 1.0: responding to fan mail. 2.0: Twitter. Safe, no intermediary. Fans follow you but you don't have to deal with them. It's a one-way street.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2009 7:03 AM
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Where the Wild Things Are: Trailer and Photos

Warner Bros. is putting the trailer for Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers' adaptation of Maurice Sendak's children's classic Where the Wild Things Are in front of Monsters vs. Aliens this weekend. Here's an advance peek at the trailer for the troubled Playtone Production which has long been in post-production. Max Records stars as Max. The movie finally opens October 16.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 25, 2009 7:00 AM
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Netflix and Facebook Are Friends

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  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2009 8:39 AM
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Monsters vs. Aliens Brings 3-D Invasion

One of the surprises of the year so far is how well Henry Selick’s 3-D animated gothic fairy tale Coraline lasted at the b.o.; this weekend brings DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens and a spate of 3-D offerings are on the way. Even the venerable Cannes Film Festival, which has made an annual tradition of unveiling the latest animated fare, will for the first time open the 62nd fest on May 13 with not only an animated movie but Disney/Pixar’s 3-D balloon adventure Up, which opens May 29.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2009 7:11 AM
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Twilight Sells 3 Million DVDs

The Twilight DVD sold more than 3 million units when it was released March 21, which lands it in the top five best first day DVD releases over the past two years.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 23, 2009 8:48 AM
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Bound for Glory's Carradine Sings, Attacks Wexler, Talks Cocaine

My old EW colleague Chris Willman posted a long detailed account on Facebook of a night at the Aero in Santa Monica with Bound for Glory cinematographer Haskell Wexler and stars David Carradine and Ronny Cox. The Depression era movie marks one of Carradine's best performances, as Woody Guthrie; he appears to have been quite feisty at the Q & A session, to say the least.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 21, 2009 8:55 AM
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More: Obit, Celebs

Twilight's Hardwicke Stays with Summit

There's been a good deal of speculation and spin surrounding why Catherine Hardwicke--who by any measure delivered the goods on Twilight, the first installment of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling vampire series--did not return for the sequel, New Moon. Summit hired Chris Weitz (Golden Compass) instead. The truth is, Hardwicke's reps were negotiating a deal with Summit. The deal fell apart over the return of Hardwicke's first assistant director boyfriend to the picture. Summit wasn't willing to commit to him. That, coupled with other issues having to do with time and money--Hardwicke was burned out and wanted more time to prep the script and the movie--dive-bombed her shot at directing the sequel. (Hardwicke was not available to comment on this.) Nonetheless, Summit is making nice with Hardwicke, confirming that she's directing another young femme-targeted book adaptation, Gayle Forman's If I Stay, set to be published this spring.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 20, 2009 9:05 AM
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Links: Richardson, NY Fests, Katzenberg, Flip-Cam Sale, Cinephile Fare, Newspaper Death Rattle

Back from SXSW, I've been playing catch-up. For much of the news media, Natasha Richardson was the sad, sad story of the week.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2009 9:16 AM
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