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J.J. Abrams's ‘Cloverfield’: The Trades and the Blogs Investigate

Yesterday we told you about the trailer for the new J.J. Abrams–produced monster movie, which features shaky camera-phone footage of the Statue of Liberty's head getting blown off. (Maybe the monster is some kind of enormous John Rambo!) Today the trades jump on the story, with few results, while the movie blogs continue their yeoman's work of digging into Cloverfield's viral marketing campaign.


Brett Ratner Finally Talks His Way Into the Playboy Mansion

Ratner on Hef: Director Brett Ratner will direct Playboy, a biopic of Hugh Hefner, for Universal. Brian Grazer's Imagine will produce, and John Hoffman is writing. Ratner's first-ever visit to the Playboy Mansion last week convinced the aging Hef that the auteur behind Rush Hour was the man to tell the story of Playboy's part in the cultural revolutions of the sixties. We just hope Ratner remembers to put boobs in it! [Variety]