News du Jour: 5/31/11

US Trailer: Don’t be Afraid of the Dark with Guy Pierce and Katie Holmes Your daily dose of movie news, nuggets and notables, updated throughout the day. Green band trailer: David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Ok, nevermind. Sony finally got around to pulling these down. I’m sure the real thing will be (read…)

Memorial Day Weekend

So what’s new? I know this is a movie blog and not a TV blog, but I have to get AMC’s The Killing off my chest. We’re 10 episodes in and I can’t recall a show going so quickly from very promising to very disappointing. At this point I’m just watching it to find out (read…)

The Hangover Part II (2011)

A monk, a monkey and three dumbasses walk into a monastery… Putting aside for a minute the fact its bad boy attitude was a total fraud, the problem with the first The Hangover (review) was that all of the laughs were contained in the numerous red and green band trailers that helped the movie become (read…)

News du Jour: Memorial Day Weekend edition

Red Band Trailer: David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I don’t expect much will be happening this weekend news-wise, but if it does, I’ll post it here: Badlands: an oral history GQ has spoken to a pile involved in the making of Terrence Malick’s first movie Badlands and dug up old interviews with (read…)

News du Jour: 5/27/11

Trailer: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in the indie comedy drama 50/50 Heading into the long weekend, it’s your daily dose of Hollywood news and notables, updated throughout the day. The latest video essay on Terrence Malick from Matt Zoller Seitz: The New World p.1 It was Matt’s frequent words about of The New World (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Tree of Hungover Pandas

Brad Pitt in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, your LiC Pick of the Week Sure, there are a couple of new summer wide releases this weekend that are going to clean up at the box office, but the real movie story is the limited release of Terrence Malick’s long-awaited The Tree of Life (LiC (read…)

News du Jour: 5/26/11

Teaser #2: The Muppets Your daily dose of all the movie news that fits, updated throughout the day: Trailer: Rachel Weisz is The Whistleblower (Apple) Zach Braff in “final talks” for Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful (Deadline) Virginia Madsen and SNL’s Kenan Thompson negotiating to join Reiner drama It’s called Summer at Dog Dave’s (read…)

News du jour: 5/25/11

Trailer: George Clooney in Alexander Payne’s The Descendants Hand selected by albino monks in the mountains of Peru, it’s your daily dose of Hollywood news and notables, updated throughout the day: Deadline steals Wrap’s R.I.P.D./Bridges thunder with a TOLDJA! Well, to the extent that there was thunder in the first place. Jesus. They’re not talking (read…)

News du jour: 5/24/11

Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear in Salvation Boulevard It’s your daily dose of movie headlines, updated as needed. Minority Report screenwriter to write Columbia’s Houdini pic His name is Scott Frank. (THR) Stephen Dorff replaces Matt Dillon, Ray Winston added to indie Boot Tracks They’ll be joining Michelle Monaghan on the revenge picture about an ex-con (read…)

News du Jour: 5/23/11

Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain in Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter Movie headlines, nuggets, nicknacks and assorted gewgaws updated throughout the day, all day… Vampires and zombies are huge so what the hell, let’s redo Frankenstein. Again. (Deadline) Is the bloom finally off the 3D rose? This analyst thinks it’s actually responsible for lower Pirates of (read…)

Midnight Watecooler in Paris – Live from Seattle

I know, I’m still going on about Midnight in Paris (review), but it fairly well kicked ass this weekend in limited release averaging around $96K per each of its 6 locations in NY and LA. That’s what you call a terrific debut. (See the release schedule here.) Also some good news for the other recent (read…)

News du Jour: Tree of Life wins Palme d’Or

A typically quiet weekend highlighted by the Cannes awards, plus a BS Aronofsky rumor and a bit more. Also be sure to check LiC’s roundups of the critical reactions to a pile of the this year’s Cannes competition films here, here, here and here. Cannes Winners: Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, U.S.) (read…)

Cannes roundup: Almodovar, Miike, Penn, Gosling

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) (Spain) Directed by Pedro Almodovar Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes Adapted from a novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, Pedro Almodovar’s latest reunites him with Antonio Banderas who plays a scientist perfecting an artificial skin using a woman he keeps prisoner in his home as (read…)

Happy Judgement Day!

If this screwball is right and the world ends today, then you’re probably not reading this. On the other hand, what better way to go out than with a Judy Garland tune? Please enjoy your last day on earth! Living in Cinema will continue, though the name might have to change to Living in Hell. (read…)

News du jour: Casual Friday

Sidney Bechet’s Si tu vois ma mère On a bit of a Midnight in Paris kick as you can see in the three posts below so, what the hell, let’s kick off this edition of News du Jour with the opening song used in the film. As always,combing the trades so you don’t have to. (read…)

Ye Olde Woody Allen Blogathon

Be sure to check out Cinema-Fantic’s Woody Allen Blogathon. Marya is good people. Being a movie hermit, I don’t like a lot of people, but I can vouch for Marya. Trust me.

LiC Roundtable Interview: Rachel McAdams – “Midnight in Paris”

Rachel McAdams, Owen Wilson and Woody Allen on the set of Midnight in Paris I have to admit I have a little bit of a crush on Rachel McAdams and I’m pleased to report that she’s as adorable in person as she is in all of her movies. One of the great things about Midnight (read…)

Weekend Forecast: The return of Woody Allen

Owen Wilson discovers the magic of Midnight in Paris, your LiC pick of the week Ok, so you’ve got your Pirate movie that will probably pull in $90 to $100 mil, but the big news around these parts is Woody Allen’s new comedy Midnight in Paris (review) which is opening in NY and LA. I (read…)

News du jour: 100% less Arnold and Lars (er, make that 97%)

Toy Shining (Click to enlarge) Combing the trades while (mostly) ignoring the Lars von Trier brouhaha and Arnold Schwartzenegger’s sex life. Updated throughout the day: Alec Baldwin also in (the possibly temporarily titled) Turkey Bowl with Wahlberg and Ferrell (EW) Holly Hunter signs for Still I Rise, in talks for Romeo and Juliet The LiC (read…)

Cannes Roundup: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia

L’Apollonide – Souvenirs de la maison close (House of Tolerance) (France) Directed by Bertrand Bonello Starring Noemie Lvovsky, Hafsia Herzi, Celine Sallette, Jasmine Trinca A look inside a French brothel in the twilight between the 19th and 20th centuries. This one has been picked up for US release by Sundance Selects Stephanie Zacharek, Movieline: “I (read…)

News du jour: 5/18/11

First look: Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games Combing the trades so you don’t have to. Updated throughout the day. Stephen Fry added to Hobbit cast He’ll play the Master of Laketown. (Facebook) Author Stephen Elliot to direct James Franco in indie drama Cherry The script is co-written by Elliot (The Adderall Diaries) (read…)

The Tree of Life (2011)

Well. That was something all right. In the spirit of the film itself, this is less a review and more an exploration of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life which is easily the furthest removed of all the director’s films from the conventions of a screen story. Looking at his career progression from 1974’s relatively (read…)

News du jour: 5/17/11

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (Euro trailer below) Edgerton edges Evans for Tom Buchanan role in Luhrmann’s 3D Gatsby Over the weekend it was reported that Animal Kingdom’s Joel Edgerton and Tamara Drewe’s Luke Evans had tested for the role. (Deadline) Keanu Reeves reportedly bails on the ill-advised live-action Akira Is (read…)

Cannes 2011: Malick, Hazanavicius and the Bros. Dardenne

The Tree of Life (USA) Directed by Terrence Malick Starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain. Above is the sum total of what I know about Terrence Malick’s latest film – oh there’s something about dinosaurs, but that’s it and that’s exactly the way I’ve wanted it until I see it for myself. That’s (read…)

News du jour: 5/16/11

Click to Enlarge Combing the trades so you don’t have to. Updated throughout the day: Summit grabs Dwayne Johnson thriller Snitch Based on an episode of Frontline about a father whose goes undercover to catch a high school drug dealer in order to reduce the mandatory minimum 10-year sentence his druggy son has received. (Deadline) (read…)

Bridesmaids is a hit

I’m glad that Bridesmaids did very well for itself at the box office. It was only #2 with a bit over $26 million, but that was better than most people predicted and really great for a movie that cost $32 million. It will hopefully prove to Hollywood that if they make good and funny comedies (read…)

News du jour: Lazy weekend edition

Combing the trades so you don’t have to… even on weekends: Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron board untitled Ramin Bahrani pic Let me repeat that and see if it sounds any more sensical: “Dennis Quaid and Zac Efron…” oh nevermind. Bahrani is an LiC favorite, but it’s a little odd to see this intimate filmmaker (read…)

Catching up with Cannes 2011

Midnight in Paris (Spain, USA) Directed by Woody Allen Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Michael Sheen It’s no secret I loved Woody’s latest and for the most part critics are positive on this Cannes opener with responses ranging from it being good minor Allen to a return to form to a masterpiece. (read…)

A Serbian Film (2011)

The controversial horror flick A Serbian Film lit up the festival circuit last year with shock and eww. It even led to charges of child pornography being brought against the director of Spain’s Sitges Film Festival just for showing it. So, me being me, I naturally had to see it for myself. I wanted to (read…)

Woody Allen on 60 minutes

“I strike out with a better class of women now.” – Woody Allen on the meaning of his fame in 1974 60 Minutes would like you to know they’ve been on board the Woody Allen bandwagon for a while now. I know this because they sent me an email saying so. Here are some 60 (read…)

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