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September Issues Star Women in 40s, Witherspoon's Peggy Lee Biopic, Casting Hunger Games Franchise

- On the covers of this year's top September issues--the fattest and most important fashion magazines of the year--are established actresses in their 40s, who editors are counting on to sell as many magazines as possible. These glamour icons are out-dressing and out-charming their twenty-something and thirty-something peers (one exception is Vanity Fair's Lady Gaga cover). September Vogue (whose cover models' age average over the past year is the highest at 34.5) features Halle Berry (44 this weekend); Harper's Bazaar went with Jennifer Aniston (41); and Elle boasts Julia Roberts (42).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 10, 2010 5:29 AM
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Super Hero Glut: Will Marvel and DC Projects Get Repetitive?

Super Hero Glut: Will Marvel and DC Projects Get Repetitive?
There are many many comics movies in our future. How many of them will moviegoers be able to ingest? How many will turn out to be any good? Will fatigue set in, as Matthew Vaughn, the director of X-Men: First Class, predicts?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 10, 2010 4:54 AM
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Vincent Cassel Talks Mesrine, Black Swan, Soderbergh and Cronenberg's Next

Vincent Cassel Talks Mesrine, Black Swan, Soderbergh and Cronenberg's Next
The winner of three César Awards including best actor for Vincent Cassel in the title role, Jean-Francois Richet's gangster biopic Mesrine: Killer Instinct, Part One played the Toronto Film festival two years ago. At the time, doomed distrib Senator was set to release the film as well as Part Two, Public Enemy Number 1. Now Music Box is finally releasing the two French hits, adapted by Richet and A Prophet writer Abdel Raouf Dafri from Jacques Mesrine's autobiography, stateside on August 27 and September 3, respectively. (UPDATE: Anthony Lane writes a lovely review.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2010 8:01 AM
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Get Low Producer Zanuck: Confessions of a Hollywood Scion

Get Low producer Dean Zanuck was raised by top Hollywood producer Richard Zanuck (Alice in Wonderland, Driving Miss Daisy), who was in turn the son of mighty Twentieth Century Fox mogul Darryl F. Zanuck. So it's not a huge surprise that young Zanuck should wind up in the family business. Happily, so far his genes and upbringing seem to be yielding good taste, from Road to Perdition to Get Low, which took eight long years to get made--even with the great Robert Duvall attached. Sony Pictures Classics acquired the $7-million indie at last year's Toronto Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2010 6:49 AM
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Directors Talk: Vaughn on Super-Hero Movies, Cameron on Avatar 2 and Oil, Murphy on Eat, Pray, Love

- Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass) tells Hero Complex that the quality control of super hero movies (which have been "mined to death") is "not what it's supposed to be." Vaughn jumped on the chance to do X-Men: First Class, because people are getting bored of the super-hero frenzy, which can't last forever. After producing, directing and co-writing Kick-Ass, a big budget superhero film is something Vaughn has always wanted to do - and an opportunity that may not be on offer again. He withdrew from the opportunity to direct the third X-Men installment (he didn't feel ready at the time), and it went to Brett Ratner. Now Vaughn says that he would have done a better job (100 times better to be exact). When X-Men: First Class comes out next summer, the box office will be crowded with protagonists in tights, like Captain America, Thor and Green Lantern - what Vaughn calls a too-crowded room.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 9, 2010 5:30 AM
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Oscar-Winner Patricia Neal Dies at 84 After a Tragic Life

Patricia Neal has died at her home on Martha's Vineyard, of lung cancer. She was 84. Neal started out strong as a Hollywood leading lady, a beautiful and powerful character actress in such films as The Fountainhead, co-starring her lover Gary Cooper, The Day the Earth Stood Still, A Face in the Crowd and Hud, for which she won the best actress Oscar in 1964.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2010 4:56 AM
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CBS Films Acquires Statham Actioner The Mechanic

Adding testosterone to its upcoming line-up, CBS Films has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Jason Statham actioner The Mechanic from Avi Lerner's Millenium Films (The Expendables). CBS plans a spring opening after the George Tillman, Jr. revenge thriller Faster, starring Dwayne Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton and Carla Gugino (November), and writer-director Daniel Barnz's Beastly, based on Alex Flinn's Beauty and the Beast-inspired novel, starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alex Pettyfer annd Mary-Kate Olsen (March 2011).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2010 4:39 AM
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TCA: HBO Unveils New Material from Scorsese, Lee, Mann, Haynes and Milch

Saturday's HBO panel at TCA was full of news on much-anticipated projects from Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Michael Mann, Todd Haynes and David Milch. Amy Dawes reports:A new slate heavy on cross-over cinema talent and enlivened by the antics of wild card talents like Carrie Fisher and Spike Lee was presented late Saturday by HBO, clearly the big dog at the cable portion of the TCA press tour, to finish out the biannual event.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • August 8, 2010 12:59 PM
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Salander Role Up for Grabs for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Everyone is waiting for the news to break on which of the young actresses in the wings will land the role of punk hacker Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's English-language film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. According to producer Scott Rudin, EW's story positing that Natalie Portman is back in the running because the studio is skittish about casting an unknown in such a pivotal recurring role is "not true."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 8, 2010 8:26 AM
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Weekend Boxoffice: Finally, The Other Guys Elbows Inception Out of Top Spot

Finally, the Inception juggernaut has slowed enough for a new comedy, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell's The Other Guys, to nab the number one slot at the weekend boxoffice. Anthony D'Alessandro reports. (UPDATED)
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 8, 2010 4:30 AM
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