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Trailer Watch: HBO's Temple Grandin Stars Claire Danes

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 20, 2010 at 8:07AM

At the jam-packed Paramount pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont, I was talking with Jodie Foster, who is editing her Summit drama The Beaver, starring old pal Mel Gibson--"you've never seen him like this before," she promised. She also insisted that she will never change the title, which refers to a Beaver hand puppet who tells the Gibson character what to do.
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At the jam-packed Paramount pre-Golden Globes party at the Chateau Marmont, I was talking with Jodie Foster, who is editing her Summit drama The Beaver, starring old pal Mel Gibson--"you've never seen him like this before," she promised. She also insisted that she will never change the title, which refers to a Beaver hand puppet who tells the Gibson character what to do.

At the party, Star Trek's Anton Yelchin stepped up, who stars in The Beaver, followed by Claire Danes (she starred in Foster's Home for the Holidays, and took a break from her acting career in 1998 to attend Yale at Foster's behest). Foster asked Danes about her recent marriage in France to Hugh Dancy, and Danes giggled with delight, sounding like any recent bride who hopes the blurred rite-of-passage she just endured worked for all concerned.

I've been hearing good word on Danes' new HBO movie Temple Grandin, based on a a true story by Oliver Sachs I read in The New Yorker, about an autistic woman who revolutionized the design of cattle chutes.

Here's the trailer. Temple Grandin debuts February 6. Speaking of autism, Charlie Rose had expert Gerald Fischbach on his show Tuesday night, who was more informed about the explosive growth (one in 100 people are born with it now) and causes (it's genetic, due to multiple evolutionary mutations) for autism than anyone I've yet heard.

This article is related to: Headliners, Independents, TV, Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Summit, HBO


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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.