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Emanuel Brothers do Charlie Rose

This fascinating Charlie Rose interview with the three amazing brothers Emanuel--doctor Ezekiel, who has written a radical book on healthcare, Democratic congressional powerhouse Rahm, and Ari, the hard-charging, politically-passionate head of Hollywood agency-on-the-rise Endeavor--reveals that Ari, who is the model for Ari Gold on HBO's Entourage, is sweet and respectful to his impressive siblings. The three were raised with high standards in Chicago by demanding Jewish parents, who asked them to argue their cases at the dinner table with bravado and authority, and sent them to Israel every summer. Our children should all do so well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2008 3:04 AM
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Wanted Leads Off LAFF

The LA Film Fest opened with the premiere Thursday night of Universal's Wanted, followed by a Westwood block party. Spirits were high, because the smart director's showcase played.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 20, 2008 6:16 AM
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Incredible Hulk: Setting the Record Straight

The real question when looking at The Incredible Hulk--given all the sturm-and-drang in the media about Edward Norton--is what did he contribute to this movie?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2008 5:53 AM
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AFI Tributes Beatty; Clinton, Fonda and Nicholson Show

Yes, Jack Nicholson showed up after the Laker game, slightly hoarse, to honor his bud, Warren Beatty, at the 36th annual AFI Life Achievement fete. Count on Beatty, 71, to attract smarter-than-average tributes. "You drag me in with all these politicos," said Nicholson, who earned an Oscar nomination for Beatty's historic drama Reds. "I'm representing all the fair-weather friends you have in the city who went to the Lakers game."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2008 5:47 AM
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Incredible Hulk: Let's Set Record Straight

The real question when looking at The Incredible Hulk--given all the sturm-and-drang in the media about Edward Norton--is what did he contribute to this movie?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2008 1:31 AM
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Knightley Starring in My Fair Lady Remake?

As far as I'm concerned, the 1938 Pygmalion starring Wendy Hiller and Leslie Howard is far better than the terrible 1964 My Fair Lady movie adaptation of the Lerner and Loewe Broadway smash musical. The movie got by on Rex Harrison and the great music, barely. It was one of those cases where Hollywood insisted on casting a star--Audrey Hepburn, who was voiced by Marnie Nixon--instead of Broadway sensation Julie Andrews, who went on to score in the blockbuster movie musicals Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music instead!
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2008 7:32 AM
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Femme Comedies: From Sex and the City to He's Just Not That Into You

In the wake of the Sex and the City boxoffice juggernaut, a lot of people are going to be speculating about which upcoming chick flicks are going to ride a new wave of interest in women's pics.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 2, 2008 5:27 AM
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Weekend Boxoffice: Sex and the City Shows Femme Power

HBO series-turned-movie Sex and the City demonstrated the power of a femme-driven brand this weekend, scoring an amazing $26.9 million on Friday and an estimated $55.7 million for the weekend, despite middling reviews. Here's Variety's weekend b.o. report, and review. And Carina Chocano's spot-on review in the LAT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 1, 2008 5:13 AM
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Obit: Sydney Pollack Dies; One of Hollywood Greats

Director Sydney Pollack died in Los Angeles Monday after a long bout with cancer. He was 73.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 27, 2008 5:11 AM
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Cannes Update: Tarantino, Soderbergh's Che, Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Egoyan's Adoration, Hame

At the Adoration dinner-party on the roof of the Palais Thursday night, Sony Pictures Classics execs were huddling in the corner talking deals. But producer Robert Lantos and Cinetic Media's John Sloss were relaxed and enjoying the balmy moonlit evening.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 23, 2008 4:44 AM
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