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Weekly Wrap: Summer Box Office Lacks Class, Oscar Watch Begins, Bridesmaids, Top Actresses & More

by Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
July 8, 2011 8:25 AM
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OSCAR WATCH


- Oscar Talk Mid-Summer Outlook: New Rules, Midnight in Paris, Streep vs. Close.

- Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking Starring Oscar Hopeful Christian Bale Wraps, Will Sell at Toronto.

- Plus Horse Whisperer Brannaman Talks Crying at Buck, Reuniting with Redford.

-And Meryl Streep Keeps Pearls in Iron Lady Teaser: Faces New Oscar Rival.

IN THE WORKS

- Dueling Snow Whites: Huntsman Set as Trilogy; Character Details for Stewart, Theron and Hemsworth.

- Paramount’s Grey Gets Tough with DreamWorks Animation’s Katzenberg, Launches Paramount Animation.

- Five Things We Learn from Esquire on Daniel Craig: Dragon Tattoo Violence, Tintin Leotard.

- Gods Behaving Badly Starts New York Shoot with Silverstone, Falco, Stone, Turturro, Walken.

BOX OFFICE & UPCOMING

- Weekend Preview: Will Transformers 3-D Make Room for Crass Horrible Bosses, Dopey Zookeeper or Quality Indie Fare?

- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Early Reviews Debate Franchise Ending.

- Bridesmaids Breaks Records But Can’t Escape Femme Sub-Genre.

- Horrible Bosses Early Reviews: Lazy, Comic Escapism, Middling TV, Sexist, Raunchy, Dark Fun, Mess.

- Captain America Changes Title Abroad, HBO to Skinny Dip, Spike Lee Might Remake Oldboy

- New Dirty Girl Edit Hits U.S. October 7, Stars Dark Knight Rises’ Juno Temple

- Micro-Indie Myth of the American Sleepover Intros New Director, Actress.

- Last Weekend's Box Office: 3-D Transformers 3 Breaks Records, Larry Crowne Fizzles.

MEDIA

- Mogul Wives Murdoch and Sloan Produce Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.

- Spike Lee Can’t Get Funding, Ashton Kutcher vs. Village Voice in Social Media Brawl

- Vogue Sells, Netflix Streams Southward, StumbleUpon Challenges Facebook’s Media Command.

PLUS

- This is What Money Looks Like: Hollywood’s Highest Paid Actresses…Is There A Magic Formula?

- Ten Films to Compete for LUX Prize.

- HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel’s Division in Strauss-Kahn Case.

- Malcolm McDowell Talks Lindsay Anderson, A Clockwork Orange, Gets Maine Fest Career Award.

- Silent Masterpiece Sunrise Boasts New Score: For a Single Guitar.

- Dardennes’ Cannes Grand Prix Winner The Kid with a Bike Nabs More Awards.

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