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Biskind Beatty Bio Bombs: Why?

Imagine spending years on writing a book, frustrated by the in-and-out, push-pull participation of your subject, and when it's done and published and in the world: nobody cares. Peter Biskind went through the same tortures of the damned suffered by everyone who ever works with Warren Beatty on a project. It lasts for years, you're never sure where you stand, and most of the time, it wasn't worth it.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2010 6:46 AM
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Bret Easton Ellis's Imperial Bedrooms Heads for Fox Searchlight?

During his Sunday LAT Fest of Books Q & A, Bret Easton Ellis talked candidly about Hollywood with music journo Erik Himmelsbach, reports Cameron Carlson:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • April 26, 2010 1:45 AM
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Hollywood Loves Brand Names Like Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

One producer pal is shopping a commercial adventure that happens to be an original script. And nobody's biting, because these days Hollywood is terrified of the original screenplay. Even though Avatar is the highest-grossing movie of all time, at this point you have to be James Cameron or Steven Spielberg to greenlight an original--unless it's a low-budget comedy. That's the last refuge of the original idea, because laughs always sell.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2010 2:27 AM
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Millenium Trilogy Sequels will open in U.S. in 2010

Chicago indie distrib Music Box will open the two sequels to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (in current release) this summer. Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy kept me up late many nights in a row. So even though the first Swedish film adaptation disappointed me--it's a by-the-numbers thriller--I am still eager to see The Girl Who Played with Fire, which is the strongest of the three books, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, which is a tough political attack on Swedish Intelligence. The three Swedish films starring Noomi Rapace and Mikael Nyqvist as bisexual hacker Lisbeth Salander and muckraking journalist Mikael Blomqvist are huge hits all over the world. And the first two books are also bestsellers stateside; the third one, which I purchased in London, is set for U.S. publication in May. (Trailers on jump.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2010 6:11 AM
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Could Catcher in the Rye Movie Happen?

Now that author J.D. Salinger has died at age 91, it's possible that the movie adaptation he so passionately opposed of The Catcher in the Rye could finally happen. He turned against Hollywood in 1949 after My Foolish Heart, adapted from his short story "Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut," was badly panned.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 29, 2010 10:24 AM
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Beatty Bio Unauthorized?

I'm reading (and enjoying) Peter Biskind's long-awaited Warren Beatty bio, Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 4, 2010 1:07 AM
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More: Books

Bendinger Launches Screenwriting Contest

Screenwriter Jessica Bendinger (Bring it On) is going interactive to promote the November 24 release of her Simon & Schuster novel The Seven Rays. She's inviting aspiring screenwriters to adapt any portion of the book into a 2-5 page screenplay in order to win an in-depth consultation with her.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 20, 2009 3:58 AM
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Must-Own Film Books

We all have lists of must-own film books. Mine goes like this:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 5, 2009 2:18 AM
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Clooney Wants to Play Clancy's Jack Ryan

Buried in this Kim Masters story about Sony bringing over George Clooney's production deal is a juicy nugget: Clooney wants to take over playing Jack Ryan in the Tom Clancy franchise. That is, if Paramount ever gets its act together and puts the next movie back on the front burner. It's been years since Ben Affleck took over from Harrison Ford as a younger Ryan, and acquitted himself well in The Sum of All Fears, which grossed $193 million worldwide in 2002.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 7, 2009 4:16 AM
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John Carter of Mars' Stars, James Bond's Writers

Pixar writer-director Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo, Wall-E) is moving forward at Disney with his live-action debut John Carter of Mars, which he adapted from the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian novels. The materials I've seen on James Cameron's Avatar remind me of this alternate world set on another planet. And in both stories, an American visits this faraway place full of strange creatures.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 11, 2009 6:15 AM
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