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Weekend Recap: TWC Acquires Vampire Franchise, Hathaway Wants More Musicals, Diablo Cody Talks Stripping Double Standard

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood February 11, 2013 at 12:11PM

Check out our weekend Hollywood breaking news wrap on what you need to know: stories about Martin Scorsese, Robert Redford, Roman Coppola's love affair with Woody Allen, Diablo Cody on the gender double standard on stripping, Netflix's House of Cards, Anne Hathaway and Melissa McCarthy's future plans, Pyramid of Movie Kids, and more.
Anne Hathaway

- Martin Scorsese has signed on to executive produce Europa producer-filmmaker Luc Besson's "Malavita." Besson, known for his direction of "The Fifth Element" and "The Professional," has cast Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, and John D'Leo in his film.

Vampire Academy

- The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights for "Blood Sisters: Vampire Academy," the first movie adaptation of the successful YA series. Mark Waters ("Mean Girls") will direct, using a screenplay from Dan Waters (no relation, "Batman Returns," "Heathers") adapted from author Richelle Mead's books.

- The 55th Annual Grammys honored Mumford and Sons with Album of the Year, Kelly Clarkson with Pop Vocal Album, Gotye's "Somebody I Used to Know" with record of the year, and fun. received Best New Artist.  Full list of winners here.

- The tastemakers have been anointed: "Girls" now sells more music than "Glee." Billboard's Hot 100 has shown a boost of 75% for "Wonderwall" after last week's episode,  Icona Pop's "I Love It" leaped to No. 69, after being featured on Dunham's show, and Grammy winner fun. was prominently featured on the show.  Now, Billboard reports, "Glee" covers are barely charting.

Girls - Icona Pop

- EW's Popwatch has an opinion regarding the type of roles "Bridesmaid" actress Melissa McCarthy should take.  They suggest the actress should free herself from the "loud, crass, and obnoxious" roles of late, to take on a broader range, perhaps revisiting the sweeter days of her "Gilmore Girls" character.  

- Anne Hathaway says that she wants more musicals in her future, after her Oscar-nominated performance in "Les Miserables."  She did make it clear that while she'd be happy to do more musical roles, she has no plans to launch a singing career.

- Diablo Cody, who is co-chairing the third year of the Athena Film Festival, has spoken out on the Channing Tatum stripping double standard - in a mature and measured way, I might add:

Diablo Cody

"I find it very interesting that a man can be a stripper, talk about it openly, go on SNL and parody it in several sketches, and nobody accuses him of leveraging his sexuality to get ahead. They applaud it. And he did make a quality film, and it obviously did really well, and it had a certain pedigree - it wasn't trashy - but I do not think a woman would be treated the same way. I'm living proof of that. A woman's sexuality is dangerous and threatening and dirty, and for Channing, it's a charming tool in his arsenal. And I love "Magic Mike." I love Channing. This is in no way a diss on him."

- Head here for some radio perspective on Hollywood. "House of Cards" showrunner Beau Willimon talks Netflix's big experiment, while Oscar-nominated costume designer Paco Delgado talks about "Les Miserables" costumes. Available for streaming download here.

- In related "House of Cards" news, Reuters' Felix Salmon argues that the quants will never take over Hollywood.  It's comes down to Netflix's ability to mine its data to produce winning shows with its audience.  Read Salmon's brilliant analysis here.

House of Cards

- The Wall Street Journal has published an exploration on Truman Capote's masterwork, "In Cold Blood," and long-lost files that tarnish its reputation as "immaculately factual" (Capote's words).  Read the long-form expose at WSJ.

- Want to hear about Sundance in the glory days?  Robert Redford and Michelle Satter talk about "the Sundance Story" in this clip here or below.

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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.