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Monday movie news tidbits: wimpy American actors, putting the tits back in ‘Titanic,’ more

American actors officially wimps; manliness moves overseas.

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John Garfield and James Cagney might have played the Caffee boys [of Providence, Rhode Island] 60 years ago, yet creator Blake Masters turned to [Englishman Jason] Isaacs and [Jason] Clarke, an Australian, when he realized he couldn’t find what he needed in the U.S. “If you want an actor who comes onscreen and feels like they’ve had a full life experience and is an adult, you won’t find that in an American. It’s been lost,” Masters explains. “I’d much rather have cast two guys from Boston, but I couldn’t find that rugged masculinity in an adult form. Most of the guys who become actors here are pretty boys.”

Film-scrubbing prudes take a lashing from the courts.

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Editing movies to delete objectionable language, sex and violence is an “illegitimate business” that hurts Hollywood studios and directors who own the movie rights, said U.S District Judge Richard P. Matsch in a decision released Thursday in Denver.

“Their (studios and directors) objective . . . is to stop the infringement because of its irreparable injury to the creative artistic expression in the copyrighted movies,” the judge wrote. “There is a public interest in providing such protection.”

New book about M. Night Shyamalan apparently Funniest. Read. Ever.

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“The Man Who Heard Voices” isn’t really the filmmaker’s fault. His only serious misstep was allowing it to happen. It was Mr. Bamberger who met the auteur at a dinner party (“Night’s shirt was half open — Tom Jones in his prime”), became awestruck (“What kind of power could he have over me?”) and started taking deeply embarrassing notes.

How could Mr. Shyamalan have known that his Boswell would place him in a biblical light? The book finds some relevance for Night (as Mr. Bamberger calls him) in the fact that the word night, like the word day, shows up early in the Book of Genesis. It also describes an actress in Night’s presence as “like Moses before the burning bush.”

J-horror cult fave ‘Battle Royale’ to be mangled by Hollywood.

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Online fans have criticized not only the remake plans but also the American film industry and American film fans, considered too lazy to read subtitles…

Anne Vatnedalen, the creator of the Fight4Survival fan site, is trying to remain hopeful but is “worried it will just be made into a typical American teenage slasher movie,” she said. ” ‘Battle Royale’ is about so much more than the violence in itself.”

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