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Marc Malkin Disputes THR’s Kristen Stewart-Snow White Item*

Just a few hours tonight after Kim Masters and Borys Kit filed a story for The Hollywood Reporter indicating that Kristen Stewart has been dropped from Universal’s Snow White and the Hunstman sequel plans, Marc Malkin over at E! News begs to differ.

Tying to an earlier item he wrote about Stewart in late May, Malkin insists the actress was never contractually committed to a SWATH sequel. Therefore, he argues, she cannot be “dropped” from the nascent follow-up:

Contrary to a report, Stewart has not been dropped from Universal’s planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel because the concept is being retooled to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman.

Rather, she was never officially attached to one to begin with. (And, for that matter, neither is Hemsworth, as yet.) What’s true is that a new writer is being brought in to replace the first film’s scribe, David Koepp, sources confirmed to E! News Tuesday.

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Teen Fashion Journo Tavi Gevinson Lands Starring Film Role

Groundbreaking style blogger and online teen magazine editor Tavi Gevinson can add a new credit to her burgeoning resume: Actress. The 16-year-old has signed on to star in writer-director Nicole Holofcener‘s new film, an as-yet-untitled project from Fox Searchlight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gevinson will play the character of Chloe, “an only child who never received much attention from her parents, forcing her to grow up faster than her peers.”

Gevinson’s co-stars in the film include Hollywood heavyweights Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. This may represent a new career focus for Tavi: the Chicago native recently told Bust magazine she plans to move to Los Angeles once she graduates high school.

But the teen journalist isn’t neglecting her editorial duties. She recently wrapped the first print edition of her online teen magazine, titled Rookie Yearbook One. The roundup of the mag’s first year is being published by Drawn & Quarterly and is due out September 4.

Photo via The Style Rookie.

Matthew Modine Unleashes Full Metal Jacket iPad App

First came the movie, in 1987. Then, two decades later, it was time for a limited edition book. Now, to mark Full Metal Jacket’s 25th anniversary, the film’s star Matthew Modine has turned that 2005 personal production diary into a $14.99 iPad app.

In a guest blog post for Ted Hope’s filmmaking website, Modine explained how the latest incarnation evolved:

The first edition of FMJ Diary [in 2005] was limited to only 20,000 laser-etched numbered copies and featured, literally, a metal book jacket. Upon release, it was well reviewed, awarded a prize for its design, and sold out rather quickly.

For years now, fans of the film and of Kubrick have been asking when a paperback edition might be released. The fact is, I wanted the 20,000 copies to be collector’s items and I never intended to publish a paperback version…

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That Time Gore Vidal Made Ben-Hur a Gay Movie

As a script doctor for the 1959 film Ben-Hur, Gore Vidal felt politics was an insufficient reason to explain a central plot point, the acrimonious falling out between dear boyhood friends, Judah Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messala (Stephen Boyd). So Vidal created a back story, a teenage love affair between the two, one that Messala was keen to rekindle and Ben-Hur was not.

The film’s director, William Wyler, approved the story, and Boyd used the homosexual history to inform his acting, but it was agreed that Heston would not be told about any of it. That little bit of gay subtext wasn’t revealed till 1995, when Vidal was interviewed for the documentary The Celluloid Closet. In the clip below you can see parts of a scene written by Vidal that include the homosexual plot line. You can also see Portuguese subtitles, and we’re working on that.

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Today’s Egregious Movie Blurb Critic: Joel Amos

When we read the words – “The Best Comic Cast Ever” – we think perhaps of a Billy Wilder classic or something more recent like Tootsie. Never in a million years would FishbowlLA connect that sentence to a new release arriving on the weekend of July 27, 2012.

Which separates us from LA-based moviefanatic.com contributor Joel Amos. On page D2 of today’s LA Times Calendar section, in large white font against blue background, those credited words of flattery adorn the top of a two-thirds-of-a-page sized ad for the Ben Stiller-Vince Vaughn offering The Watch.

As is so often the case with this sort of hyperbolic praise, 20th Century Fox has taken some creative license. What Amos wrote in his original review was that “It [The Watch] is close to being the best comic cast ever.”

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Itemizing The Bourne Legacy’s Filipino Connections

Taking advantage of a rare bit of geographical synchronicity, HFPA member Ruben Nepales was able to make his native country the focus of a dispatch about the upcoming sequel The Bourne Legacy (Universal Pictures/August 10).

The final 40 minutes of the film takes place in Manila and other parts of the Philippines. Writer-director Tony Gilroy explains that it took ten weeks of first and second unit work to film a motorcycle chase involving the characters played by Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. He also acknowledges the value of a versatile local acting community:

“I wish we had more for both of them to do.,” he said. “I really do. We take a great deal of pride in casting great actors in small parts. In the Philippines, it was just an embarrassment of riches… You’re taking these stars and saying, ‘Will you come and do bit parts in our film?’ But for us, it was a big advantage because everybody was so talented…”

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Who Brings a Three-Month-Old to a Midnight Screening? Kevin Smith, for One.

During the latest episode of Kevin Smith’s Hulu show Spoilers, he and the gathered group of moviegoers somberly discussed the Aurora, CO tragedy.

At one point however, the host lightened things up a tiny bit when he chose to comment on the media backlash aimed at one couple that brought a three-month old:

“I took my daughter to see Fight Club when she was three months old. It was me and the wife and the kid in the stroller. There were only two other people in the movie theater. My kid never talked once or cried or anything.”

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Report: Warner Bros. Cancels Remainder of TDKR International Press Tour

Having quickly scuttled today’s scheduled Paris press conference and evening red carpet premiere for The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. appears to have now also wisely decided to end all remaining international press activities associated with the summer blockbuster.

According to a report in the LA Times by Nicole Sperling, which the studio did not confirm, the decision will affect two other major international capitals:

The Burbank studio has scrapped its premieres and press junkets in Mexico City and Tokyo, which were scheduled for next week.

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Marshall Fine and the TDRK Review Heard Around the Internet

Veteran film critic Marshall Fine’s personal website is cleverly titled Hollywood & Fine. But this week, as has now been famously documented, he was also placed at the intersection of passion & anonymity after posting to Rotten Tomatoes the first negative review of The Dark Knight Rises.

Matt Singer caught up with Fine today for an IndieWire “Critic Watch” Q&A. Fine was once fired by a Mississippi newspaper for panning an Anita Bryant concert performance, so the wrath of RT commenters pales in comparison. Nevertheless, Fine is to be commended for remaining so even-tempered about it all:

“I guess to me it [reader anger] crosses a line if someone shows up on my front step. Otherwise everyone’s entitled to their opinion. People have strong feelings about this stuff.”

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Sparkle Producer T.D. Jakes: Whitney Houston Was ‘Swinging Upward’

As a producer of the upcoming Sparkle, T.D. Jakes was one of the last to work with Whitney Houston before her untimely death. In his Mediabistro So What Do You Do? interview, the pastor and bestselling author said the star was nothing but professional on set and delivered “a very believable performance” as the mother to the main character.

“I can say that the impression she left with me is that she was swinging upward, regaining her sense of who she was, that she was trying to really get her life back together and I, like many Americans, was rooting for her, that she would be able to do that,” Jakes said. “My personal thought was that Sparkle would be the beginning of many more films and opportunities for her to come, because I thought she was really rebounding, and I was shocked and hurt and disappointed that her life was cut away so soon.”

Jakes also discussed what role race plays in Hollywood, the controversy over Tyler Perry films, and how aspiring screenwriters can sell their first script.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Bishop T.D. Jakes?

Andrea Hackett

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