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NBC/Universal on Roof, Downey Likely Harvey Star, Movie Sound Cliches

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 30, 2009 at 12:17PM

It looks like GE is in serious talks with Comcast to buy NBC Universal, reports Sharon Waxman. As Vivendi looks to sell its 20 % stake in the company, which has suffered a tough year, Comacast may step into the breach. UPDATE: Here's the LAT.
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Thompson on Hollywood

It looks like GE is in serious talks with Comcast to buy NBC Universal, reports Sharon Waxman. As Vivendi looks to sell its 20 % stake in the company, which has suffered a tough year, Comacast may step into the breach. UPDATE: Here's the LAT.

More and more, under pressure from the internet, news is being reported before it's official. Like this LATimes.com story about Robert Downey, Jr. starring in Steven Spielberg's remake of Harvey. Downey's a brilliant choice. (On the plane back from NY last night I was watching The Soloist without sound and remembering how good Downey was in an overwrought, inauthentic, misguided movie.)

Alcon Entertainment sent out a press release that Antoine Fuqua is in "final negotiations" to direct Prisoners for Warner Bros.:

Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day,” “King Arthur”) is in final negotiations to helm Warner Bros-based Alcon Entertainment’s “PRISONERS,” it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEO’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.

Written by newcomer Aaron Guzikowski, PRISONERS centers on a small-town carpenter whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, the man takes the law into his own hands, but in the process runs up against the big city detective assigned to the case.

Kosove and Johnson are producing, along with 8:38’s Kira Davis and Madhouse Entertainment’s Adam Kolbrenner. Robyn Meisinger and Edward McDonnell will executive produce. The filmmakers are currently meeting with potential lead actors.

Navigating when where and how to release such info will be Lisa Fung, the new LATimes.com entertainment czar, although the reality of how the print and online editions coordinate is still to be determined. On the other hand, Calendar and Business are working together more felicitously now under entertainment editor Sally Hofmeister, so anything's possible. But until now, print and online have been polarized.

How many times have you heard that same phone ring in a movie? Check out the top ten movie sound cliches.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Daily Read, Steven Spielberg, Remake, Robert Downey, Jr. , Universal/Focus Features


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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.