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Against all odds, the novelization trudges on.

Five years ago, Grady Hendrix posed a valid question at Slate: could the novelization -- that shoddy paperback staple in which underpaid writers struggle to turn the early draft of a screenplay into a tie-in paperback -- survive into the DVD era? After all, novelizations were all about sparking memories of a film fondly remembered, not one you have sitting on your shelf. Would there still be a demand for these most ephemeral pieces of cultural detritus? Well, it's 2010 and good news (I guess...

Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe, collaborators in anger.

Some actor-director pairings are legendary: Anthony Mann and James Stewart, François Truffaut and Jean-Pierre Léaud, Federico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng. To that illustrious list, we have lately been invited to add another pair: Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe. At first, the idea seems too spurious to even think about. And yet... To date, Scott and Crowe have collaborated five times: "Gladiator...

Giving the people what they want -- whatever that might be.

Every year, the Los Angeles Times' Patrick gathers an informal teen focus group to go over the summer's trailers and offer their thoughts. Goldstein notes that this isn't precisely scientific -- his past samplings, largely made up of private school kids ,were objected to by marketers as "not representative of typical American teenagers." So this year he got public schoolers from Orange County and ran the tests. (Aside: is Orange County -- home of Disneyland, scrupulous political...