Thompson on Hollywood

Upbeat Oscar blogger Pete Hammond wonders if Jim Sheridan's Brothers could be another contender for Lionsgate, which already has Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire well on its way.

And Fox 411 blogger Roger Friedman, who often praises Weinstein Co. movies, hearts Rob Marshall's Nine, which most of us will see at the end of November. The Vogue cover story promises more than it delivers, with only one Annie Leibovitz photo on the inside (on the jump, with the photo-shoot video) and a breathlessly gushy Shepperton-as-Cinecitta set feature by Plum Sykes.

I lost some faith in Chicago's Marshall after the inert and overwrought Memoirs of a Geisha. I never saw this musical on Broadway, and question how a $90-million movie can make its money back. But as an ardent fan of 8 1/2 and movie musicals, I am eager to see this.

Thompson on Hollywood

[Nine photos for Vogue by Annie Leibovitz]