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Roger Friedman Suffers Through The Fault in Our Stars

FaultInOurStarsCoverThe early Rotten Tomatoes line on The Fault in Our Stars is pretty good – 90% from critics, 96% from the public.

Then there’s Roger Friedman‘s take. The Showbiz 411 columnist does not link his stuff through RT. If he did, and if RT was still allowing reader comments on individual reviews, the teen Multiplex crowd would be all over him for his slam of Hollywood’s adaptation of John Green‘s bestselling tearjerker:

Just as the Beebs hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber, Green picks the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam as the spot where his romantic (and cancer stricken) teen couple can make out. This is followed by slow clapping from the other tourists visiting the most famous spot in the world where Jews hid from the Nazis. Why not?…

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Who Should Oliver Stone Cast as Edward Snowden?

ShutterstockEdNortonOliver Stone calls the narrative at the center of Guardian journalist Luke Harding‘s tome The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man “one of the greatest stories of our time.” With the announcement that Stone will work closely with the British newspaper to adapt the book into a big-budget Hollywood movie, the next question becomes our headline.

The first name that popped to mind for FishbowlNY is Edward Norton, and not just because he shares the same first name. Yes, Norton is considerably older than the 30-year-old Snowden, but this terrific, fiercely intellectual actor could easily handle that challenge and certainly wouldn’t be the first thespian to portray someone younger on screen. Norton previously starred in Stone’s 1996 drama The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt Blur the Premiere Lines

London; Paris; New York. That’s the schedule today for Edge of Tomorrow co-stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, beginning – so as to pull it off – with an unusually early premiere in Leicester Square.

Ahead of today’s rainy UK first leg, Blunt told Hello! magazine she had no doubt whose idea the trifecta was:

“When I heard about the premiere idea of three in one day I just said, ‘That’s Tom’s idea,’ I knew it,” said Emily in the lead-up to the challenge. “It had to be Tom Cruise’s idea.”

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Guardian Dudette Salutes Bill & Ted’s Excellent Anniversary

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Guardian writer Hadley Freeman was a tweenager when Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure forever in 1989 altered the course of time-travel-movies history. Twenty-five years later, in a newspaper telescoped forward by its own paradigm-challenging male duo (Glenn Greenwald, Edward Snowden), she recalls how she was smitten from the start:

I first came across the movie in 1990, when my mother rented it for me after I announced to her that I was deeply in love with Keanu Reeves and so would probably marry him (it was the early 90s, when it was the law for every heterosexual female under 35 to be in love with Reeves.)

My mother was extremely supportive of my new relationship (my father, on the other hand, never quite mastered the pronunciation of my fiance’s first name), so when I informed her that a mere rental was an insufficient token of my new relationship, she bought the video for me for the commitment-sealing sum of £9.99. My little sister and I duly watched that tape to ribbons.

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A Surprise Marlon Brando Birthday Gift

LIFELogoTomorrow would have been Marlon Brando‘s 90th birthday. To mark the occasion, Time has raided the Life magazine vaults to showcase 15 bonus photos of the actor.

The photos are from a 1949 Life shoot done in Los Angeles by Ed Clark, during the making of The Men. The best shots are the ones of Brando in Eagle Rock, in and around the bungalow owned by his aunt Betty Lindemeyer. In some of the photos, Brando is joined by his maternal grandmother and her pooch. From the text by life.com editor Ben Cosgrove:

“She [his grandmother] was quite abashed because Clark took pictures of Marlon in a bathrobe, which happens to be hers,” reported a production assistant in notes found in Life’s archives. Grandma Myers was also apologetic about the barbaric way her gandson ate: “Bud doesn’t bring the food to his face,” she told Life, using Brando’s nickname. “He brings his face to the food.”

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After Long Wait, Captain America Fans Watch as Tickets Are Torn Up

ChrisEvansCaptainAmericaBleeding Cool editor-in-chief Hannah Means-Shannon attended a special sneak preview of Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night at the AMC Loews Lincoln Center. She was accompanied by her senior cosplay correspondent Ian Mageto.

Before the lights went down, Means-Shannon witnessed some behavior that Marvel Entertainment and Disney will no doubt soon be apologizing for. It involved people who had in some cases traveled far and queued three hours ahead of the 7:30 p.m. scheduled start time:

They had joined the end of the massive line, trundling up with their precious tickets (though they were free, they were difficult to get and extremely limited), and been asked by the attendants to show their tickets in order to take their place. When they did so, the attendants then asked to take their tickets, so they dutifully handed them over.

And then, without prior explanation, the attendants proceeded to tear up their tickets before their very eyes and inform them that they would not be viewing Captain America that evening. While they stood in stunned silence, they were handed other tickets and told to come back in a week’s time.

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Manohla Dargis Hypes Iran’s Fish & Cat

Let’s start with the synopsis. Fish and Cat, North American premiering next week as part of the annual New Directors/New Films festival at MoMa and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is picking up where films like Rope and Timecode left off:

A bold experiment in perpetual motion with an enigmatic time-warp narrative, Fish & Cat plays out as one continuous shot, with the camera moving among a host of characters at a remote forest and a nearby lake. Gradually subverting a gruesome premise drawn from a real-life case of a backwoods restaurant that served human flesh, the film builds an atmosphere of tension as a menacing pair descend on a campsite where a group of college kids have gathered for a kite-flying festival…

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Kermit the Frog Answers Daily News Reader Questions

His beauty secret involves green pond scum; his relationship with the “high maintenance” Miss Piggy sounds somewhat open; and there is apparently “quite a bit” of prejudice against frogs in Hollywood.

These are just a few of the revelations to come out of Kermit the Frog’s gracious answering on Tuesday of New York Daily News reader video questions. The Muppets Most Wanted star’s ad libbing skills remain second-to-frog-none.

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Paramount Denial Leads to Immaculate Re-Conception of Variety Headline

ShutterstockRussellCroweHWoF_FeaturedIt’s one of the oldest tricks in the digital journalism playbook. Adjust the headline without letting readers know that such an adjustment has been made.

At press time, there is no Editor’s Note or Correction to indicate that a March 17 item by Variety New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh was originally headlined “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE).” From a related report in The Hollywood Reporter:

Although Crowe had hoped to meet Pope Francis at the Pontiff’s weekly gathering in St. Peter’s Square, Paramount Pictures is denying a report that the Vatican canceled a planned meeting.

“A meeting was never scheduled,” a Paramount spokesman said. A story posted today by Variety ran under the headline: “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe.” The original headline did not include the word “Tentative,” which was added after the studio objected.

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Anchorman 2 Spawns a Food Truck

The endless Paramount PR campaign for Anchorman 2 began with promo appearances by Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy on just about every news show imaginable. Then, a few weeks ago, there was the limited theatrical release of a second, alternate version of the movie featuring “763 new gags.”

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Now comes word via Home Media magazine senior reporter Chris Tribbey of an Anchorman food truck. “AnchorVan” is being launched today at SXSW to support the upcoming DVD release of the sequel and will wind its way to NYC for a close-out appearance on April Fools Day:

The “AnchorVan” will offer free chicken (Champ Kind’s Whammy! Chicken, of course) and give Ron Burgundy fans a chance to go on-camera to test their teleprompter reading skills.

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