The Dailies – August 7, 2008

Ledger-gate: A bizarre DEA power grab?Fresh from a heavy-handed raid on a Culver City medical marijuana clinic, the DEA declines to pursue a criminal investigation of Heath Ledger's accidental death, letting Mary-Kate Olsen off the hook from testifying.  But why such an unprecedented inquiry in the first place? What happened to Tom Cruise's career?Roger Friedman […]

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Ledger-gate: A bizarre DEA power grab?
Fresh from a heavy-handed raid on a Culver City medical marijuana clinic, the DEA declines to pursue a criminal investigation of Heath Ledger's accidental death, letting Mary-Kate Olsen off the hook from testifying.  But why such an unprecedented inquiry in the first place?

What happened to Tom Cruise's career?
Roger Friedman dishes out high praise for Tom Cruise's "Tropic Thunder" cameo, but who knew this would be Cruise's only appearance on film this year?  Fans, who last enjoyed him in "Lions for Lambs", will have to wait until February 2009 for the actor to plant a bomb (literally) in "Valkyrie."

James Cameron reveals "Avatar" tech details
With principal photography over, it's now all about CG production for the $200 million 3-D epic. Cameron calls "Avatar" "the most challenging film I've ever made."

– Tim Doyle