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"All the King's Men"
Director: Steven Zaillian
Stars: Sean Penn, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Hopkins
What happened: I still remember an early Los Angeles screening of this crash-and-burn hopeful vividly. Folks like Dennis Hopper and James Carville were in attendance and a cocktail reception (perhaps mercifully held BEFORE the screening) was full of hope. After all, here was a remake of a Best Picture winner re-adapted from a classic novel by a hugely talented Oscar-winning writer/director. Then…the movie. It landed like a thud and the air seemed sucked out of the room.