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Obit: Publicist Dale Olson Repped the Stars, from MacLaine to Hudson

Dale Olson, the veteran Hollywood publicist who convinced Rock Hudson to admit that he was dying of AIDS, died Thursday, August 9 at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer. Because the first victims of AIDS were homosexuals, AIDS was an unmentionable disease in 1985 when Olson persuaded the actor to go public and use his misfortune to educate people.
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  • August 10, 2012 5:40 PM
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Best of the Week: 'The Master' Arrives in Santa Monica, 'Bourne' Debuts, Plus Festivals, Interviews & More

This week on TOH, we eagerly anticipate the Toronto and Venice film fests, we review both "The Bourne Legacy" and the surprise screening of PTA's "The Master," we round up the best films of the year so far and more!
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  • August 10, 2012 4:25 PM
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First Look: Russell Crowe Bearded and Burly As 'Noah' in Aronofksy's Biblical Genesis Epic

Check out the first official photo of Russell Crowe as the titular ark captain in Darren Aronofsky's "Noah." (The first glimpse of the legendary ark can be seen here.) While the role had a few other prominent (and younger) names attach and then drop out of the project...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 10, 2012 3:58 PM
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Anderson's 'The Master' Showcased in Alamo Drafthouse Amazing Alamoscope 70mm Series

Alamo Drafthouse announces their new and ongoing programming series "Presented in Amazing Alamoscope: 70mm at the Ritz." Among the titles are Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" (starting September 21)...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 10, 2012 2:02 PM
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Movies We 'Like': New Feature Tracks Recent Films' Facebook Page Likes

Movies with Butter has launched a new feature called the "Popcorn Index," tracking and ranking how many "likes" a recent film's official Facebook page receives. The charts are sorted in a variety of ways, including daily likes, total likes, etc. So which films do we like the most?
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 10, 2012 2:01 PM
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In the Works: 'Magnificent Seven' Remake Names a Writer, Penn's 'Crazy for the Storm' & Ronan for 'Mary Queen of Scots'

-Saoirse Ronan is attached to play the ill-fated title role in "Mary Queen of Scots." Working Title is producing, with a script by Michael Hirst. Eighteen-year old Ronan may seem young to play a queen, but Mary was named Queen of Scotland when she was six days old...
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • August 10, 2012 12:52 PM
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American Cinematheque vs. American Film Institute: One's Young, the Other Isn't

Bravo to the American Cinematheque for singling out a comedian, Ben Stiller, for its 26th annual achievement award. He is more than worthy. But this choice does serve to highlight the growing gap between the Cinematheque tribute, which tends to veer toward stars in their moneymaking prime, and the American Film Institute achievement award, which often hits stars at the senior end of their career trajectory.
  • By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage
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  • August 9, 2012 5:02 PM
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Well This is Awkward: 'Twilight' Drama Takes the Lead in EW's Fall Movie Preview; Stewart Out of 'Cali'

No surprise here; EW features a cuddly Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on their Fall Movie Preview issue. "For better or worse," writes EW, "Stewart and Pattinson and their much speculated-upon romance have always been intertwined with the onscreen relationship of their fictional counterparts, Bella and Edward." Director Bill Condon reminds readers: "The fact is, these are actors playing parts. Maybe it’s not such a bad thing for people to be reminded of that.” Either way, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2" (November 16) and EW will continue to sell plenty of tickets and issues that capitalize on the actors' private lives. 'Twas ever thus. Variety confirms web chatter that Stewart has dropped out of "Cali," in which she was previously set to star alongside "Magic Mike"'s Alex Pettyfer. Talks of a replacement are premature.
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  • August 9, 2012 2:48 PM
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Robert Zemeckis's 'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington Will Close the New York Film Festival

Robert Zemeckis’s return to live-action filmmaking, the Denzel Washington mystery thriller "Flight," will world premiere as the Closing Night film for the upcoming 50th New York Film Festival (September 28 – October 14). The Paramount Pictures release is due in theaters on November 2. This NYFF berth suggests that Paramount harbors awards hopes for the movie, particularly Washington's performance.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 9, 2012 2:31 PM
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Casting Watch: Shia LaBeouf Might Get Naked Again for Lars Von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

Shia LaBeouf, nymphomaniac? Danish auteur Lars von Trier wants the "Transformers" star for his upcoming film, "Nymphomaniac." Set to shoot this September, the film already has Trier's muse, Charlotte Gainsbourg ("Antichrist," "Melancholia") on board to star as a woman whose erotic life is tracked from birth to age fifty, as told to her husband, to be played by Trier vet Stellan Skarsgard. Nicole Kidman may also appear in the film. Should LaBeouf's talks to join the film prove fruitful, he may get to strut his naked body on screen for the second time. He recently lent himself to an eight-plus minute Sigur Ros video, which you can watch below. Not a bad audition tape for a Trier film.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 9, 2012 2:00 PM
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