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Avatar Day, Sony Acquires Parnassus, Tarantino, Screwball Ladies

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 13, 2009 at 6:52AM

We've been tracking news that Sony Pictures Classics would release The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus this fall. But as the NY-based specialty division rigorously refuses to confirm these talks, the rumors spread around the internet until Variety figured out a way to write the story so that Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group "is in advanced talks" to acquire the movie for SPC to release. It's easy to run a rumor, harder to run it down.
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We've been tracking news that Sony Pictures Classics would release The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus this fall. But as the NY-based specialty division rigorously refuses to confirm these talks, the rumors spread around the internet until Variety figured out a way to write the story so that Sony Worldwide Acquisitions Group "is in advanced talks" to acquire the movie for SPC to release. It's easy to run a rumor, harder to run it down.

The folks at Fox are working overtime to pull off the unprecedented free showing of 16 minutes of James Cameron's Avatar on Avatar day, August 21 on about 100 global IMAX 3-D screens as part of a worldwide trailer launch in all formats. (Ubisoft and Mattel will also promo the Avatar videogame and action figures, respectively.) Tickets for two evening shows go online at Avatarmovie.com on Monday August 17 at noon PST. Showing the folks what the movie is should help to counteract some of the early folderal that "it looks animated" or "it's too sci-fi." The PR attached to the expected frenzy for tickets should pay off in serious media buzz, too.

Quentin Tarantino talks Inglourious Basterds to Timeout NY. Here's the Print Mafia poster for the Inglourious Basterds August 15 showing in Austin.

In case you missed this, the NYT's Dave Kehr writes up the First Ladies of Screwball Comedy, coming out on DVD. And NPR bewails the loss of old behind-the-scenes Hollywood.

This article is related to: DVDs, Daily Read, Directors, Franchises, Quentin Tarantino, James Cameron, Avatar


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.