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Bryan Singer Abuses His Twitter Privileges

So what happens the next time director Bryan Singer tweets out some major casting news, as he has been known to do every once in a while. Will the media ignore the “scoop”?

Entertainment reporters around town are generally being sympathetic to Variety film writer Justin Kroll for rushing first to what turned out to be an erroneous quick-post about Lady Gaga joining the cast of the next X-Men film. That’s because they know it could just as easily have been one of them.

The Singer-Gaga April Fool’s tweet, as you can see, had no clue to help unravel the joke. There was also no quick follow-up “gotcha!” tweet from the filmmaker’s end, which would have still allowed him to have his fun while sparing the likes of Kroll.

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Todd McCarthy Uncorks the Mother of All Rhetorical Questions

We agree with Variety film editor Josh Dickey. The opening sentence of THR critic Todd McCarthy’s review of the Warner Bros. fantasy film Jack the Giant Slayer is one for the ages:

When will all the dead-serious $200 million battle-centered giant-infested similarly cast rousingly scored fabulously rendered 3D fairy-tale reimaginings all finally merge together into one enormous Anglophilic fantasmagoria of monarchical order and virtue so we can all be done with this for the time being?

We’re talking: 44 glorious words, four of them hyphenated; a French-leaning spelling of phantasmagoria (for le extra oomph?); and an audacious disregard of the comma. In this brief moment, McCarthy has recast himself as Todd the Run-On Sentence Slayer. Bravo.

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Bryan Singer Reacts, Live, to Some YouTube Parodies

Here’s a wonderful bit of video from Shira Lazar’s weekly Web talk show What’s Trending.

She had writer-director Bryan Singer on as a guest and cued up some of the parodies of his feature film work populating YouTube. Then, she threw up his live reactions to what he was seeing, picture-in-picture:

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Laemmle Sunset 5 Theatre To Close

After nearly 20 years in business, the Laemmle Sunset 5 movie theatre is closing its doors. Once the city’s preferred destination for independent cinema, business has faded, and the Laemmle chain now deems it financially prudent to allocate resources elsewhere. From the press release:

A mainstay of the Los Angeles exhibition scene since its opening in 1992, the Sunset 5, was vitally important in launching a wave of new directors. Filmmakers such as Todd Haynes (SAFE), Lisa Cholodenko (HIGH ART), Doug Liman (SWINGERS), Catherine Hardwicke (THIRTEEN), Bryan Singer (THE USUAL SUSPECTS), Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE), and Bill Condon (GODS & MONSTERS) saw their films premiere to sell-out crowds at the Sunset.

This fishie recalls seeing a few of those movies at the Sunset 5, not to mention several awesome film festivals and events. It was more than a movie theater, it was a cultural destination, and it’s sad to see it go. It seems likely that the demise of the Sunset 5 was helped along by the closing of once thriving businesses in the same shopping complex, including the Virgin MegaStore and the Wolfgang Puck Cafe.

Subsequently on FishbowlLA:
Robert Redford Rides Into Laemmle’s Sunset 5

More Power To The Bloggers: Is ‘Valkyrie’ A Bust?

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Tom Cruise‘s new film, “Valkyrie,” has been the target (subject) of an onslaught of media reports. “It’s too late in opening.” “It can’t qualify for Oscars.” “It will never make any money.” And on and on and on.

But best is saved for the blogger universe with Newark Star-Ledger film blogger Stephen Whitty and Hollywood Elsewhere creator Jeff Wells leading the hunt.

An MGM exec responded to Whitty’s piece, saying: “Stephen, sorry to read your post below, as I do not feel it reflects our feelings on Valkyrie at all. If you personally want to see the film, we will set something for you pronto. We have a great, strong, commercial movie and are quite proud of it. It is also the type of movie that will be deserved of intelligent critical analysis.”

Wells picked it up and put in his own two cents.

It’s a feeding frenzy and Cruise and the Bryan Singer-directed “Valkyrie” is most assuredly the target.

Warner Takes A Dive Into Internet Territory

sing.jpgWarner Premiere, the production arm of Warner Home Video, is branching out into live-action webisodes with some help from “Superman Returns” director Bryan Singer, the Hollywood Reporter proclaims.

Premiere is in discussions with the helmer’s Bad Hat Harry Prods. to develop the apocalyptic sci-fi thriller “H+,” with the intent to supplement Premiere’s roster of direct-to-DVD titles with a slate of original programs intended for digital platforms.

While Premiere’s previous efforts on DVD and digital are mostly based on existing intellectual property, “H+” represents an opportunity to introduce new material.

“We knew from the beginning of setting up Warner Premiere that digital would be a big emphasis for us,” Premiere president Diane Nelson said. “The best way to get learnings for the studio to act on in the future is to dabble in a lot of different things now.”

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Tom Cruise and ‘Valkyrie’: Not Exactly Stellar Reports

valkyrie2.jpgTom Cruise and his Hitler knock-off “Valkyrie” aren’t exactly inspiring confidence from MGM studios or from ever-perspicacious test audiences, MSNBC says.

The film, led by “Usual Suspects” director Bryan Singer, has been bounced around the MGM schedule for the last few months and looked like it might be shelved, despite its star.

Trying to save face, MGM’s marketing strategy is obviously now avoiding Cruise and his Scientological bent and rather focuses on Singer. To see a trailer, click here.

Cruise’s ‘Valkyrie’ Turns Into An Xmas Pic — Break Out The Mistletoe!

valkyrie.jpgTom Cruise‘s embattled film “Valkyrie” was just shifted by MGM to a Dec. 26 release date, moved up from the Feb. 13, 2009 that was originally planned.
The film has had nothing but controversy, but MGM and parent Sony are probably hoping first, to have the film considered for Oscar potential for Cruise and director Bryan Singer and second, to take advantage for the good cheer that good Nazi killing films always stimulate.
This is the second United Artists-driven story today. Earlier, partner Paula Wagner said she’s leaving.
FBLA tends to doubt if Wagner’s move was reflective of the fear surrounding “Valkyrie.”

Trade Round-Up: August 20, 2007

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THR reports that Fox has again gone to its go-to guy for live broadcasts, Ryan Seacrest, signing the American Idol host to emcee the network’s Sept. 16 telecast of the 59th annual Emmy Awards. Reporter Nellie Andreeva writes that while Seacrest is a “logical” choice for Fox, he is a “somewhat unorthodox pick for the Emmy Awards ceremony which are usually fronted by a comedian.” To be fair though, Seacrest does have his share of funny moments on Idol. But instead of traditional jokes, they’re usually in the form of jabs at Simon Cowell. Wonder what he’ll do without having the razor-tongue Brit to rely on? Well, he could always request a front-row seat for Paula Abdul.

Judd Apatow continued his summer reign at the box-office with his latest pic, Superbad, opening superhuge at No. 1 with a $31.2 million take. The Superbad bow comes on the heels of Apatow’s earlier summer comedy Knocked Up which is currently pushing towards the $150 million mark. Hollywood officially has its new golden boy while a previous golden girl, Nicole Kidman, had a steep fall from grace after her latest pic, the sci-fi remake Invasion, couldn’t invade the top three spots, settling for a No. 5 debut with a paltry $6 million.

Speaking of Kidman, the poor showing of her latest pic hasn’t hindered her career prospects, reports Var’s Michael Fleming. The Oscar-winner has signed on to star opposite Ralph Fiennes in the love story, The Reader, for the Weinstein Co. Stephen Daldry directs based on a novel by German scribe Bernhard Schlink. Reader reunites the Aussie actress with her Cold Mountain producers Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack.

Meanwhile, Kidman’s ex Tom Cruise has been busy himself, shooting the Bryan Singer-directed Valkyrie in Germany. However, filming hit a bit of a speed bump on Sunday night when 11 people were injured when they fell off the back of a truck in Berlin. THR reports that a side panel burst open when a truck drove around a corner, seriously injuring one cast member.

Disney’s squeaky-clean teen smash High School Musical dirtied up the record books over the weekend when the sequel premiered on Friday night. Var reports that the telefilm averaged 17.2 million viewers for the premiere, making it “the most-watched basic-cable telecast on record. It’s also the largest aud for any television program on any net in about three months.”
– CHRIS GARDNER

In The Trades: All Bucked Up!

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CMT’s must-see TeeVee:Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge. CMT has ordered up 6 episodes for an August premiere. The show follows 8 celebrities as they attempt the wild world of bull riding. Who’ll get bucked first?

Tom Cruise loves to dress up in uniform, and thus will star in a film directed by Bryan Singer about a plot to assassinate Hitler.

CNBCgoes for CEO Dad as a animated series, based on the comic strip drawn by Tom Stern.

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From Michael Schneider, the hardest working man at Variety:
George Foreman joins American Inventor as a judge.
FOX renews Prison Break.
CBS orders gameshow pilot Power of 10, where contestants can will up to $10 million.

The Bay City Rollers are suing Arista Records, claiming they’re owed millions in back royalties. No mention if Maria Bartiromo is being sued for use of Money Honey.