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Adrien Brody in 'American Heist,' 'American Grafitti' screens and more movie buzz

Pictured here is Ron Howard in American Graffiti,a

Pictured here is Ron Howard in American Graffiti,a 1973 coming of age film directed and co-written by George Lucas. Photo Credit: Vince Kish

WHO Adrien Brody

THE MOVIE "American Heist"

THE DEAL The Oscar-winning actor is joining Hayden Christensen in this indie crime film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It's a remake of the 1959 Steve McQueen vehicle "The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery" and tells the story of two brothers drawn into a gang of dangerous criminals. Also newly added to the cast are Jordana Brewster ("Fast & Furious") and the singer Akon. The movie was scheduled to begin production earlier this week.

WHO Amber Heard

THE MOVIE "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane"

THE DEAL The 2006 horror movie should have been a breakout for the actress, who later appeared in "Zombieland," and for director Jonathan Levine, now known for "Warm Bodies." But the film being released through RADiUS-TWC, about a pretty outsider who joins a group of high schoolers for a secluded weekend vacation, never received a proper U.S. release due to studio shuffling and rights issues. According to the Los Angeles Times, it is set to arrive via video on demand Sept. 6 and in theaters Oct. 11, seven years after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

THE MOVIE "American Graffiti"

THE DEAL George Lucas' nostalgic look at teens on the brink of adulthood in 1962 kicks off a three-film series titled "Drive! Car Culture on Film," co-presented by the Heckscher Museum and Cinema Arts Centre. Amityville photographer Joseph Szabo, known for his books "Almost Grown" and "Teenage," will speak at the screening. Film critic Michael Atkinson presents David Cronenberg's "Crash" July 9, and the author of this column hosts Alex Cox's "Repo Man" July 11.


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