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James Franco, Neve Campbell, ...

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Robert Altman wasn’t concerned about following up his acclaimed ”Gosford Park” with another hit. ”If I took that stuff seriously, I’d have been out of business 25 years ago,” he says. ”What interests me [is] jumping into the fog, doing something I’ve never done before.” Like an ensemble picture about a ballet company. Neve Campbell, a dancer from the age of 6, had longed to make a serious dance picture but struggled to find a director comfortable with her not hogging the spotlight. ?I didn?t want to play the prima ballerina,? says the actress, who triple-duties as costar, producer, and story cowriter. ?I wanted the movie to be about a company, because most dancers don’t feel there’s ever been a film [about] their world.? But don’t expect much of a story – not even in Campbell’s romance with James Franco, who plays a chef. ”I don’t care for plotty things,” says Altman. ”We took all the words out of the love story and did it like a ballet.”

The Killer Moment Campbell dances a strangely beautiful modern ballet called Blue Snake.