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Hollywood Goes Yellow

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 20, 2009 at 1:00AM

Hollywood is in a mellow yellow mood.
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Hollywood is in a mellow yellow mood.

Disney is in negotiations for Bob Zemeckis to direct a remake of the Beatles' animated movie Yellow Submarine. The studio is trying to obtain rights to 16 songs. It makes sense: the Beatles are about to get hotter than ever thanks to the impending release of Beatles Rock Band. (I want it, I want it.)

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Besides, Zemeckis is always looking for good material for his performance capture movie deal at Disney. (Next up: the holiday movie A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey in five roles including Scrooge.) This could be an easy, easy sell. Especially with family animated movies, it's all about parents taking their kids, so boomers are a good target here. But will it be a good movie? That comes later. (Remember, the original Yellow Submarine was second tier Beatles music and movie.)

Today I heard good word on Disney's European vacation romantic comedy, When in Rome, directed by Mark Steven Johnson and starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel. It's the old coins in the fountain notion. She picks up coins, then she's chased by several ardent suitors. Not one I would have picked out of a hat. Just passing on the word--besides, there happens to be a catchy new poster hitting the net today. And it's yellow. It's set for January 29, 2010.

This article is related to: Genres, Studios, First Look, Romance, Disney

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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.