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Universal Trims La Toya Jackson from Bruno

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2009 at 1:32AM

The day that Michael Jackson died, Universal execs realized that they had to make a change in Bruno. Fast. They called writer-producer-star Sacha Baron Cohen, who instantly agreed that a short scene with Michael Jackson's sister, La Toya, was no longer going to play. Not that night.
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The day that Michael Jackson died, Universal execs realized that they had to make a change in Bruno. Fast. They called writer-producer-star Sacha Baron Cohen, who instantly agreed that a short scene with Michael Jackson's sister, La Toya, was no longer going to play. Not that night.

So director Larry Charles snipped the scene in which Bruno asks Jackson for her brother's phone number. When the movie unspooled to a celebrity-studded crowd Thursday night at Hollywood Boulevard's Mann's Chinese, La Toya Jackson was not in the movie. Universal execs say they will "reassess" whether to keep the scene--they have two weeks before they will strike prints for the film's national release.


UPDATE: The filmmakers have decided to permanently delete the scene from the film.


originally posted at Variety.com

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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.