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Power Pair Roberts and Murphy, Bardem and Cruz Wed, Forster's Heretics, Mozart Opera Hits Cinemas

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 14, 2010 at 5:33AM

- While the b.o. fate of the movie based on the global bestseller Eat Pray Love won't be determined until the peripatetic romance opens August 13, in-demand writer-director Ryan Murphy (also Glee's co-creator/exec-producer) has won not only Sony's vote of confidence, but star Julia Roberts is also happy to pair up with him again. Murphy just signed on to write and direct an original romantic comedy for Roberts, reports Deadline. The high concept: working woman loses job, switches roles with stay-at-home husband, and must adjust to newfound motherhood. Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce with Murphy, as it did with Eat Pray Love. Murphy is also on the shortlist for the film adaptation of the musical Wicked.
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- While the b.o. fate of the movie based on the global bestseller Eat Pray Love won't be determined until the peripatetic romance opens August 13, in-demand writer-director Ryan Murphy (also Glee's co-creator/exec-producer) has won not only Sony's vote of confidence, but star Julia Roberts is also happy to pair up with him again. Murphy just signed on to write and direct an original romantic comedy for Roberts, reports Deadline. The high concept: working woman loses job, switches roles with stay-at-home husband, and must adjust to newfound motherhood. Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce with Murphy, as it did with Eat Pray Love. Murphy is also on the shortlist for the film adaptation of the musical Wicked.

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- An episode of Public Radio show This American Life is the inspiration for Heretics, based on a true story about rising evangelical star Carlton Pearson, who was labeled a heretic and ostracized by his Church when he preached that there is no Hell.

Behind the project are Endgame Entertainment and This American Life host/writer/producer Ira Glass and his producing partner Alissa Shipp. Marc Forster's Apparatus is to produce, and Forster may also direct the script by Marcus Hinchey (the upcoming All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst and Ryan Gosling). "At its heart, it's a classic old-fashioned movie plot," states Glass. "A man who stands up for what he believes and loses everything because of it.” Look at Carlton Pearson's story below.

- It has been hard enough to accept that Angelina Jolie is happily unmarried-but-bound-by-offspring-and-love to Brad Pitt (though she "needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle"). Now Penelope Cruz is officially off the market. Congratulations, Javier Bardem. The duo wed in early July in the Bahamas, a spokesperson confirmed.

You can move on with your life by seeing Mozart's opera The Abduction from the Seraglio at a cinema near you (it starts at the Laemmle in Los Angeles on the 18th).

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, Stuck In Love, Daily Read, Exhibition, Summer, Biopics, Books, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics, Screenwriters


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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.