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Halle Berry Does Comedy, Bill Murray Speaks

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 22, 2010 at 5:00AM

- Though she has several projects in the pipeline, Halle Berry has been absent from the big screen for a few years. Her last movie was 2007's largely unnoticed, yet well-reviewed Things We Lost In The Fire, from Danish director Susanne Bier (Brodre). Berry played a grieving widow drawn to her late husband's drug addict friend, played sympathetically by Benicio del Toro.
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- Though she has several projects in the pipeline, Halle Berry has been absent from the big screen for a few years. Her last movie was 2007's largely unnoticed, yet well-reviewed Things We Lost In The Fire, from Danish director Susanne Bier (Brodre). Berry played a grieving widow drawn to her late husband's drug addict friend, played sympathetically by Benicio del Toro.

Now, Berry will star in an adaptation of Beth Harbison's bestselling novel Shoe Addicts Anonymous, reports Deadline. This is an addiction comedy, not drama, and it screams chick flick. The other three female shoe addicts are yet to be cast. Berry hasn't done comedy since Bulworth, but with a script from the writers of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Kristen Buckley & Brian Regan, there is promise. After this detour into comedy, Berry will star on Broadway in The Mountaintop, to be directed by Fences' Kenny Leon.

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- GQ grabbed a rare Bill Murray interview. In the past ten years he's given four. Dan Fierman writes at the Murray-determined end of the interview: "Bill Murray doesn't need you to be in on his joke. His life is all one performance-art piece—and he does everything for an audience of one."

This summer he'll have a larger audience for Aaron Schneider's indie pic Get Low, in which he plays a wry operator out of his league with an aging Robert Duvall. In GQ Murray talks about his infamous 800 number; "I don't want to have a relationship with someone if I'm not going to work with them. If you're talking about business, let's talk about business, but I don't want to hang out and bullshit"; his several retirements - "people will actually believe that you've retired"; on what he'll do if Ghostbusters 3 doesn't happen - a Mitch Glazer screenplay with Mickey Rourke that is "such a long shot." Adds Murray: "I live to go down with those guys that have no fuckin' chance. It's like that Tim Robbins movie I did. What was it called?"

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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.