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Worthington Heads Home, Hurt Locker Reality Show, Brolin Talks

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 24, 2010 at 5:30AM

- Sam Worthington is heading home to Perth, Australia to shoot surfing drama Drift, in which he plays a photographic journalist who helped to turn surfing into a worldwide industry. After several big-budget Hollywood films, the actor is excited to be involved in this $11-million project, he says, to "put something back into my home town...There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script." (There was also something pure about his performance to in 2004's Somersault opposite Abbie Cornish). This may be the perfect project for him to rediscover the satisfaction of low-budget acting away from the blue-screen razzle-dazzle of Avatar, Clash of the Titans and Terminator: Salvation.
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- Sam Worthington is heading home to Perth, Australia to shoot surfing drama Drift, in which he plays a photographic journalist who helped to turn surfing into a worldwide industry. After several big-budget Hollywood films, the actor is excited to be involved in this $11-million project, he says, to "put something back into my home town...There's something pure and true about surfing, and there is something pure and true about this script." (There was also something pure about his performance to in 2004's Somersault opposite Abbie Cornish). This may be the perfect project for him to rediscover the satisfaction of low-budget acting away from the blue-screen razzle-dazzle of Avatar, Clash of the Titans and Terminator: Salvation.

- New York Mag interviews Josh Brolin, the man who soon appears in two "unavoidable films," You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (September 22nd) and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (September 24th). Writer Kevin Gray notes Brolin's ugly smoking habit, his joyfully busy life and "nervous-energy monologue." The actor didn't like his selfish character in Tall Dark Stranger because of what it told him about himself: "And that’s too bad, because if it seems organic, then that means it exists in me. And I just wanted to slap myself. It’s pathetic."

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- A real-life Hurt Locker series has been put into motion for Comcast's G4 channel, entitled Bomb Patrol: Afghanistan. A special agreement allows the series to follow a Navy EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) unit from training through deployment in Afghanistan. There is no overlap of people behind the Oscar-winning film and the upcoming reality show, although the film was G4 president Neal Tiles' "favorite" of last year. He told THR: “This is a rare opportunity to showcase the work of the courageous men and women on the front lines and share with our viewers all the real-life drama, teamwork, danger and triumph that goes along with this specialized job.” G4's demographic is predominantly young men, and both the channel and the U.S. Navy "like this for the same reason," says Tiles. All the better to recruit them with. Our guess is that for G4 and the Navy, bombs and glory are the marketable elements here.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Daily Read, Production , Kathryn Bigelow, Woody Allen, Avatar, Terminator, Period, Action, Foreign


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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.