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Trailer Watch: Eat Pray Love and Salt Star Roberts and Jolie

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2010 at 9:15AM

Two leading ladies, two very different films. One puts Angelina Jolie through an identity crisis in Salt's neo-cold war atmosphere, the other stars Julia Roberts in a big-budget adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love. Jolie and Roberts are two of the highest-earning, name-brand A-listers in the business. See the trailers below for these summer movies. Eat Pray Love could prove welcome summer programming for adults, especially women, while Jolie could inject an element of the unexpected in Salt, which was originally set to star Tom Cruise.
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

Two leading ladies, two very different films. One puts Angelina Jolie through an identity crisis in Salt's neo-cold war atmosphere, the other stars Julia Roberts in a big-budget adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller, Eat, Pray, Love. Jolie and Roberts are two of the highest-earning, name-brand A-listers in the business. See the trailers below for these summer movies. Eat Pray Love could prove welcome summer programming for adults, especially women, while Jolie could inject an element of the unexpected in Salt, which was originally set to star Tom Cruise.

Roberts plays a woman who, unhappy with her marriage and cookie-cutter existence, leaves socioeconomic security behind on a journey of spiritual and gastronomical self-discovery in Italy, India and Bali. Javier Bardem and James Franco co-star as her love interests.

Both films star skinny women traveling under emotional duress. But Salt looks like a formula studio action thriller. Director Phil Noyce was pleased enough that Russian agents have infiltrated college communities and suburban book clubs in Cambridge, MA that he emailed the NYT story to press as evidence that the Cold War hasn't ended.

Real world developments and a strong showing by Salt at the box office could also spur on that long-awaited big-screen adaptation, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.


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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.