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Robert Altman's ''The Player''

Robert Altman’s ”The Player” — The director’s latest black comedy is all the rage in L.A.

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The Player, director Robert Altman’s new black comedy about the film industry, is all the rage of L.A.’s advance-screening circuit. Last month nearly every | studio bid for the distribution rights; the victor was New Line Cinema, which will release the movie in New York and L.A. on April 24. ”This is Bob’s best film since Nashville,” said TriStar Pictures chairman Mike Medavoy, and similar comments were widely heard. The Player, starring Tim Robbins (Jacob’s Ladder) as a paranoid film executive who’s stalked by a resentful screenwriter, offers the largest assembly of star cameos (more than 50, including Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts) in film history.