Idle Speculation: Rupert Grint as Mick Jagger? Why not!?

The Sun quotes one Martin Scorsese as being a fan of Rupert Grint of Harry Potter fame: “I would be very interested in working with him. I would have no issues in casting him as a gangster. He is a very talented young man.” This is meaninglessness incarnate, but let me be the first to (read…)

Bobcat Goldthwait’s Kinks musical still on tap

10 months ago, CHUD’s Devin Faraci reported on Bobcat Goldthwait’s plans to turn The Kinks’ album Schoolboys In Disgrace into a musical. Apparently it wasn’t just wishful thinking on the part of Mr. Goldthwait either as THR reports today that the team behind Last Chance Harvey and Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad will be producing and (read…)

Trailer: Johnny Depp voices Verbinski’s animated ‘Rango’

The willfully inscrutable teaser for Rango didn’t move the needle on my interest-meter at all a couple of weeks ago and the name Gore Verbinski does nothing to inspire confidence around these parts, but I have to admit the latest trailer for this one looks fresh and clever. It’s not a sequel and it’s not (read…)

American Cinematographer readers vote for Amelie

I suppose it’s a more select body of voters than “People Who Read TMZ,” but this list of the 50 best photographed films of the decade spanning 1998 – 2008 according to the readers of American Cinematographer feels a little dubious to me. Either way, the #1 choice of Amélie (2001) as photographed by Bruno (read…)

Trailer: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen

If you’re not a martial arts nerd raised on Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater, then the name Chen Zhen probably won’t mean much to you. Suffice it to say that a panoply of martial arts greats from Bruce Lee to Jet Li have played versions of the character and now Donnie Yen is trying him (read…)

Future Oscar Controversy: By Virtue Fall

I was just skimming the news out of Hollywood this morning as I’m wont to do and this little EXCLUSIVE! from Mike Fleming caught my eye. It seems producer Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures is producing the indie drama By Virtue Fall, the directorial debut of Sheldon Turner. Names sound familiar? Yeah, Chartier was the insouciant (read…)

Happy 90th Birthday Ray Harryhausen

You can keep your fancy CGI special effects, I’ll take models and stop-motion animation any day. Happy birthday to the king of stop-motion creature effects, Ray Harryhausen.

EXCLUSIVE! It doesn’t really matter if Peter Jackson directs ‘The Hobbit’ or not. TOLDJA!

The internet collectively shit itself last week over a Deadline Hollywood report that Peter Jackson had agreed to step in as director of The Hobbit after Guillermo del Toro bailed. Then on Sunday, one Harry Knowles splashed some cold water on the whole idea when he spoke to Jackson himself who acknowledged that he’d always (read…)

The Watercooler: Let’s hear it for the Toys

First let me say that any cynicism I may have expressed here or elsewhere about the Pixar folks’ ability to color within the lines of Sequelized Disney Branded Entertainment™ and still deliver an engaging piece full of originality, humor and heart was unfounded. I finally caught up with Toy Story 3 this weekend and, despite (read…)

Trailer: Aussie family crime drama ‘Animal Kingdom’

“You’ve done some bad things, sweetie.” Here’s another one you’re going to want to keep an eye out for. It’s one of those handfuls of festival films that the fanboy set latches on to. Last year it was the grossly overrated Bronson, but this time they’re actually on to something. Animal Kingdom is pretty good (read…)

Teaser: David Fincher’s ‘The Social Network’

Nothing says snoozeworthy like a drama about over-privileged Harvard dorks inventing Facebook, but it’s written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher so it requires my attention. Jesse Eisenberg is Mark Zuckerberg. The film lands sometime in October. My job here is done. via: Mashable by way of First Showing

47% Funnier if you have World Cup Fever like I do

The part with the well got me. Go Team USA! via: Poland

Weekend Forecast: Restrepo, Dogtooth and the new Resnais

Outpost (“OP”) Restrepo. Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan. 2008. A film still from the documentary Restrepo by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger. Image © Outpost Films Behold. Your new releases this weekend: Restrepo (****). Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger spent a year documenting life in and around a remote US outpost in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley, (read…)

US Trailer: Life During Wartime

I guess a US poster wouldn’t be complete with out the US trailer though this has apparently been on YouTube since around the same time I posted the French trailer. This looks exactly the same at first glance minus the French subtitles.

Poster: Life During Wartime

Click for largeness via Vulture I thought we’d already seen the poster for Todd Solondz’s quasi-Happiness sequel, but maybe that was just the international version. This US version runs with the same idea, but makes it even  creepier with the stylized art brut rendering. Still coming July 23.

Trailer: The Tillman Story

If you’ve had your head buried in the sand for the last decade and don’t know The Tillman Story, this trailer does an excellent job of giving you the basics. I regret already not seeing it at LAFF, but I wanted to take a crack at things I might not get a chance to see (read…)

Ladies and gentlemen… the first expensive bomb of 2011

I like to think if Hollywood keeps striking out with expensive movies designed to stroke the fanboy set that they’ll stop making them and start making movies for people who’ve left puberty far behind, but I’m kidding myself, aren’t I? I wasn’t going to post this at all, but it’s Michel Gondry who is often (read…)

Scorsese vs. Kubrick

The guy who did Tarantino vs. Coen is at it again with two more beloved filmmakers. As before, it doesn’t really add anything new to either artist, but it’s a fun collection of memorable scenes. The most overtly clever bit is the start of the second sequence with Peter Sellers and Joe Pesci. via: Vulture

The Watercooler: Where does he get such wonderful toys?

Toy Story 3 brought some much-needed excitement to the summer movie season and it raked in an estimated $109 million at the box office for the trouble. That’s less than Alice in Wonderland made in its opening weekend, so it remains to be seen if the Pixar film will be able to knock Alice off (read…)

Fox Searchlight Presents: Oscar Bait!

A late start to my day and poor time management have left me with little time for a post in between LAFF screenings. Because kittens will die if I don’t post something everyday, please enjoy this hastily assembled bit of filler hand crafted from some left over trailers I should’ve posted days ago but didn’t (read…)

Weekend Forecast: The Killer Inside Me, I Am Love and Cyrus

The Killer Inside Me and I Am Love: LiC’s picks of the week Behold: the weekend’s new releases. Limited openings: The Killer Inside Me (*** 1/2). Based on Jim Thomspon’s novel, Michael Winterbottom’s The Killer Inside Me is a sickening spin on pulp noir. Like Thompson before him, Winterbottom puts you into the mind of (read…)

The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival

Iran’s Dog Sweat, one of nine films in LAFF’s narrative competition this year The 2010 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off tonight with Lisa Cholodenko’s highly buzzed Sundance favorite The Kids are All Right. It’s not exactly an exciting choice, but it’s fitting since it was filmed in LA, has a little bit of star (read…)

Real or Fake? The Polish Brothers’ ‘Oz’

From out of nowhere, this teaser shows up on YouTube. No one seems to know if it’s genuine, but I think most of the confusion stems from the fact that no one knew about it in the first place and it’s from the guys who did Twin Falls Idaho. Still. Why the hell not? I (read…)

The 4th Annual White Elephant Blogathon

Back on April Fools Day 2007, the White Elephant Blogathon was born over at Lucid Screening. Each blogger submitted a film and one of the other bloggers was assigned the task of reviewing it. As with White Elephant gift exchanges, sometimes one man’s garbage is another man’s gold. Other times it’s still  just garbage, but (read…)

UK Trailer: Sylvain Chomet’s ‘The Illusionist’

In April, I passed along news that Sony Pictures Classics had picked up Sylvain (Triplets of Belleville) Chomet’s Jacques Tati-scripted The Illusionist for US distribution. No release date has been set and no US trailer has been prepared, but our friends in the UK are a little ahead of the curve. This isn’t the first (read…)

Trailer: Sofia Coppola’s ‘Somewhere’

Apple has the trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. I haven’t decided if I want to watch it any more carefully than I did to get this screen grab. This is one of those pre-sold deals even though I’m skeptical of the basic plot as I said when I posted (read…)

Trailer: Michael Fassbender and Dominic West in ‘Centurion’

Any movie these days with lots of grimy people shouting and swinging swords around is probably going to draw comparisons to Gladiator and/or 300. I’m going to avoid the temptation for Centurion because I like Michael Fassbender (Hunger, Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds) and Dominic West (300, HBO’s The Wire). Plus, although I wasn’t as crazy (read…)

UK Trailer: Melanie Laurent in ‘The Concert’

Optimum Releasing has debuted the UK trailer for Radhu Mihaileanu’s The Concert, the charming 6-time Cesar nominee (and 2-time winner for original music and sound) about a once-proud Bolshoi conductor forced to work as a janitor after running afoul of the Communist party.  One day long after the fall of communism, Andrei Filipov is cleaning (read…)

The Watercooler: Karate Kid waxes on, A-Team whacks off

By most accounts, The Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan was a solid family film and families, normally left to starve in a genre ghetto (Furry Vengeance anyone?), responded to the surprising tune of $56 million estimated. At the other end of the spectrum is the $110 million The A-Team. 10 years (read…)

What did we learn this week? A whole lot of nothing

Read on for a lot of hot air about Jason Bourne, Spider-Man, Sandra Bullock, Indiana Jones, Red Dawn and more.





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