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Raimi Goes to Oz, Jesus Henry Christ, Feds Approve Box Office Trading, Somewhere Trailer

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 15, 2010 at 3:53AM

- The acting power house duo of Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, the under-appreciated The Damned United) and Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine) is joining Dennis Lee's Jesus Henry Christ, reports Variety. The comedy is based on Lee's 2003 Oscar-winning student film of the same name, but as The Playlist points out, its plot resembles Sundance hit The Kids are All Right, which boasts its own power house trio (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo): children search for biological truth. With Lee's lack of hits (his first feature Fireflies in the Garden hasn't been released, and Rotten Tomatoes 25% isn't a good sign), and The Kids are All Right's high profile, this feature needs Sheen and Collette to reinvent the wheel.
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- The acting power house duo of Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, the under-appreciated The Damned United) and Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine) is joining Dennis Lee's Jesus Henry Christ, reports Variety. The comedy is based on Lee's 2003 Oscar-winning student film of the same name, but as The Playlist points out, its plot resembles Sundance hit The Kids are All Right, which boasts its own power house trio (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo): children search for biological truth. With Lee's lack of hits (his first feature Fireflies in the Garden hasn't been released, and Rotten Tomatoes 25% isn't a good sign), and The Kids are All Right's high profile, this feature needs Sheen and Collette to reinvent the wheel.

- Oz: The Great And Powerful has a director, and it's Sam Raimi, confirms Deadline. Robert Downey Jr. will play the circus wrangler turned mysterious and omniscient Oz in the would-be tentpole (ie: Alice In Wonderland). Raimi directed the first three Spider-Man films, needless to say.

- The LAT reports that federal regulators voted yesterday to allow professional traders to bet on ticket sales for movies' opening weekends. Hollywood opposition has been led by the Motion Picture Assn. of America, who fear trading could hurt box office performance and add to a film's vulnerability. Veriana, the company that suggested the trading, is critical of Hollywood complaints - their CEO Rob Swagger claims: "This is probably the best handout that members of Congress have given to Hollywood in years...It reeks of special interest."

- Brittany Murphy's "last" film, Abandoned has gone straight to DVD, although Something Wicked is also listed as being in post-production on IMDb, with no release date specified.

- Focus has released the trailer for Sofia Coppola's new film, Somewhere, starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, which will debut at the Venice Film Festival:

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Daily Read, Exhibition, Sofia Coppola, Tim Burton, Spider-Man, Remake, comedy, Robert Downey, Jr. , 3D


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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.