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Steve Martin's Letter to Eddie; Paramount's $700 Million Revamp; Dragon Tattoo Preview Reaction

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 21, 2011 at 5:28AM

Paramount Picture's planned $700-million upgrade to its Hollywood lot will add new sound stages as well as offices and create an estimated 7,300 jobs during the construction period, reports the LA Times. The project will develop the Melrose Avenue headquarters and potentially some nearby properties as well, over the next twenty years. An expanded studio will allow Paramount to accommodate 500 more employees, up to 5,500 people on the lot.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Paramount Picture's planned $700-million upgrade to its Hollywood lot will add new sound stages as well as offices and create an estimated 7,300 jobs during the construction period, reports the LA Times. The project will develop the Melrose Avenue headquarters and potentially some nearby properties as well, over the next twenty years. An expanded studio will allow Paramount to accommodate 500 more employees, up to 5,500 people on the lot.

Steve Martin penned an open, perhaps unsolicited, but totally charming letter to new Oscar host Eddie Murphy. Martin included some sage advice about hosting, including these highlights:

The losers can feel very sad, so when you're backstage with them, pat their backs, then shake your head sadly. It's a blast! If you feel tired midway through, give Neil Patrick Harris a Red Bull and throw some sheet music at him.

The reaction to a ten-minute preview of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was far from enthused. Responses included "easily forgettable," "very boring," "ugh," as reported on HSX Forum.

This article is related to: Awards, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Hollywood, Studios, Daily Read, Media, Career Watch, Oscars, David Fincher, Girl with Dragon Tattoo, comedy, Action, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS


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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.