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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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Fashion Photog Could Be Staring at Second Straight Hollywood Remake

Remember the 2010 Paul Haggis-Russell Crowe collaboration The Next Three Days? Turns out it was a remake of a much better reviewed 2008 French film, Pour Elle.

Now, Gallic director Fred Cavayé (pictured), a fashion photographer who embraced the movie end of the lens when he hit 40, says Hollywood is sniffing around his sophomore effort Point Blank. The $13 million thriller, which features manic Paris-shot chase scenes, opens Friday in LA. He tells LA Times writer Susan King that he took the failure of the English language version of his debut with a grain of “sel”:

“It was very flattering that my first film, which I wrote in my little apartment in Paris and two years later the man who is Clint Eastwood‘s scriptwriter is writing it and Crowe is starring in it,” said Cavayé. “I think the success of films is a very fragile thing. Every week you have very good films that come out that don’t really have much success at the box office. Then you have middling and not-so-good films that are enormously successful. It all depends on what viewers want to see.”

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Jackie Chan is Alive and Well

Action star Jackie Chan is the latest celebrity to fall victim to an online hoax reporting his death. ‘RIP Jackie Chan’ became a hot trending topic on Twitter, with some on social media sites going so far as to report the cause of death was a heart attack. Like Johnny Depp, Lindsay Lohan, and Russell Crowe before him, Chan had the opportunity to view the twittersphere mourn his passing while he was very much alive.

In order to reassure his fans, a message was posted on Chan’s Facebook page announcing his status among the living:

The lesson here is don’t believe everything you read — especially on Twitter.

Russell Crowe Gets Way Better Press Down Under

It seems rather strange that the latest Russell Crowe movie Three Days Later is only just now opening in Australia, two months after its U.S. bow and roll out in dozens of international territories.

To mark the occasion, Sydney Morning Herald reporter Greg Truman rounds up the North American media bashing the actor suffered in connection with the poor-performing Lionsgate thriller ($21 million domestic). There’s the insinuation in a Toronto newspaper that Crowe drove writer-director Paul Haggis back to chain smoking; a cantankerous New York City press conference during which Crowe dismissed one question with the reply, “Oh dude, c’mon.” And there’s the LA Times piece that unfavorably compared Crowe to the likes of Johnny Depp.

Don’t they get it? It’s Russell; our Russ. Actor, chameleon, action guy, footy lover, phone thrower, charitable fella, thoughtful father, Aussie bloke…

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Drew Barrymore, Girl Reporter

barrymore.jpgThe movies love the media industry. Just this year, we had Russell Crowe and Rachel McAdams playing investigative reporters in “State of Play,” Isla Fisher pratfalling in the office of a business mag for “Confessions of a Shopaholic” and Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds finding love at a publishing house in “The Proposal.”

Now, Drew Barrymore is returning to another role in journalism (remember she played a reporter in “Never Been Kissed”?) and she’s taking over the Associated Press‘ New York headquarters to do it.

This week, Barrymore is shooting scenes at the AP’s offices for her upcoming film “Going the Distance,” in which she plays an “older-than-usual newspaper intern” at the fictional New York Sentinel, the AP reported. The filming will also take place in the offices for The New York Daily News which is in the same building as the AP at 450 West 33rd St. The Daily News will serve as a rival paper.

The movie also features Barrymore flame Justin Long, Jason Sudeikis of “SNL” and Christina Applegate.

If you work for the AP or Daily News (or any other company in the building) and have any good stories about the stars’ taking over your stomping grounds, send us an email or leave a note in the comments.

(Photo by David Shankbone)

Trade Round-Up: Sept. 10, 2007

russell crowe.jpegYuma Scores at Boxoffice
James Mangold and producer Cathy Konrad‘s follow-up to their Walk the Line, the western 3:10 to Yuma starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, took top stop at the boxoffice over the weekend. Variety reports that it played on the high-end of expectations with Ben Fritz writing that it was moved up to “give it more breathing room” before the release of Brad Pitt’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Read about how the rest of the pics played here.

Cates to Produce Oscars, Again
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is standing by its lucky guy Gil Cates who has signed on to produce the Oscarcast again next year. It will be his 14th time driving the Oscar train, a job that in itself has garnered 99 Emmy nominations and 25 wins, Variety reports.

Variety on Blanchett, Elizabeth
On the heels of her best actress win at the Venice Film Festival, Cate Blanchett made her way overseas to Toronto to tout a return to the throne in Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Variety‘s Todd McCarthy is happy to see her reprise the role that made her famous, but that’s about it. “Without the pleasure of watching Cate Blanchett…there would be little to recommend this latest of many cinematic and television accounts of the celebrated monarch’s life…” If you care to read on, click here.

Penn to Go Gay for Gus
Gay helmer Gus Van Sant is pushing Sean Penn and Matt Damon for a biopic about openly gay politico Harvey Milk. Penn is attached to play Milk with Matt attached to play the assassin who guns him down, reports THR out of Toronto. Sideways Michael London is producing.

Lionsgate loves Mandate
In other Toronto news, Lionsgate said in THR Monday that it has made a buy to acquire Mandate Pictures for $56.3 million in cash and stock. The trade paper writes that the deal reunites Lionsgate with Joe Drake, who prior to launching Mandate served as head of Lionsgate’s international distribution. Since he left, he has been involved in Mandate pics like Stranger Than Fiction and the upcoming Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.

- CHRIS GARDNER

In the Trades: Remakes, Remakes, Remakes

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Russell Crowe will star as the not-as-bad-as-we’ve-been-led-to-believe Sheriff of Nottingham, based on a spec script from Ethan Reiff and Cyris Voris of Sleeper Cell. Imagine’s Brian Glazer will produce for Universal.

Jennifer Garner will star in a remake of the perfect-the-way-it-is-now, so-why-mess-it-up? 1945 film Christmas in Connecticut. Barbara Stanwyck was wonderful as the undomesticated magazine columnist forced to entertain a war hero at Christmas. No writer has been assigned and FBLA hopes this project dies a well-deserved death. Remakes suck.

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Speaking of remakes, Warner Bros. bought a Wonder Woman spec script, even though one they already have one from Joss Whedon. Joel Silver is producing the big-screen version, with Wheldon directing, and by buying the spec from new boys Matthew Jennison and Brent Strickland, a future legal problem is side-stepped.

Jordana Brewster will play Mrs. Smith for ABC in the pilot based on the Jolie-Pitt movie, to be directed by Doug Linman. Brewster was also courted by NBC for the Bionic Woman series. Is Brewster the new Linda Carter or the more accessible Angelina Jolie? Aren’t they all lesbian fantasy objects?