News du Jour: 8/31/11

Don Murphy can only dream his live-action Captain Planet will be this good Tech nerd dream girl Olivia Munn joins Soderbergh’s Magic Mike The lovely TV personality made her bones (no pun intended… well maybe a little) co-hosting G4’s tech/video game program Attack of the Show! (Deadline) Paul Dano to play Karl Rove in Richard (read…)

News du Jour: 8/30/11

Trailer: Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In News, nuggets and notables. Updated as needed: Teaser: Alps from Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos I wanted to love Dogtooth like nobody’s business, but it never quite lived up to the high expectations I put on it. I think it would’ve been better if I’d gone in not (read…)

News du Jour: 8/29/11

Poster: Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In Click to Enlarge News, nuggets and notables, updated as needed: [Update: 3:05 pm PT] George Clooney pulling out of Steven Soderbergh’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I’d actually forgotten they were working on this. Clooney is an all to obvious choice so this is probably for the better. (read…)

City of Angels

LiC Photo of the Week: City of Angels #1 “They call Los Angeles ‘The City of Angels.’ I didn’t find it to be that exactly, but I’ll allow there are some nice folks there. ‘Course I can’t say I’ve seen London, and I ain’t never been to France, and I ain’t never seen no queen (read…)

Return of the 3-Way Moviegasm Podcast

It’s back! I don’t know if this is a one shot, or if we’re ready to get back in a regular swing or what, but I sat down with Sasha and Ryan of Awards Daily the other night mostly to argue about the feelgood movie of summer, The Help. We also each throw in our (read…)

News du Jour Weekend: 8/27 – 8/28

Trailer: Julia Roberts, Willem Dafoe, Ryan Reynolds in Fireflies in the Garden The weekend’s news, nuggets and notables updated as needed: Martin Scorsese and William Monahan developing remake of The Gambler And naturally they want Leonardo DiCaprio to star. I’m fine with the James Caan original, but whatever Scorsese wants to do, sign me up. (read…)

News du Jour: 8/26/11

Trailer: Johnny Depp in Hunter S. Thompson’s Rum Diary UK Trailer: Lars von Trier’s Melancholia (Playlist) Natalie Portman turns down indie drama Adaline She got the offer for the role previously vacated by Katherine Heigl a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn’t take Heigl’s sloppy seconds either. (EW) Tom Cruise’s Horizons looks for a female (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Putting a nail in summer’s coffin

Vera Farmiga directs Vera Farmiga and John Hawkes in Higher Ground Higher Ground. We already know Vera Farmiga can act, but apparently she’s got a knack for directing too. Higher Ground got great reviews when it debuted at Sundance back in January. Set amid the social revolution of the 1960s, it tells the story of (read…)

News du Jour: 8/25/11

Trailer: Moving Afghan war doc Where Soldiers Come From News, nuggets and notables: (above) Trailer: Moving Afghan war doc Where Soldiers Come From I loved this documentary about a group of teens from northern Michigan who join the National Guard and get carted off to Afghanistan to hunt for IEDs and I’m glad it’s getting (read…)

News du Jour: 8/24/11

Trailer: Sam Shepard in Butch Cassidy flick Blackthorn News, nuggets and notables: (above) Trailer: Sam Shepard in Butch Cassidy flick Blackthorn Sam Shepard + Western + Pretty Bolivian Scenery = Craig is There. This movie supposes that Butch Cassidy lived, changed his name to Blackthorn and lived out his days quietly as a rancher in (read…)

News du Jour: 8/23/11

French Trailer: Frederick Wiseman’s Crazy Horse The noted documentarian (Titticut Follies, Hospital) turns his lens on the famed Parisian cabaret club as a new nude revue (not to be confused with The New Zoo Review) is whipped into shape. Don’t watch the trailer if you’re allergic to boobs. (Playlist) Rufus Sewell in negotiations for Alex (read…)

News du Jour: 8/22/11

Trailer: Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World (preceded by an annoying advert) The day’s news, nuggets and notables. Updated as needed: [Update: 3:45 pm PT] Hilary Duff no longer a part of The Story of Bonnie and Clyde You may remember way back in January of 2009, the former Disney pop-tart was (read…)


LiC Photo of the Week: Late Night Tacos Well, I’ll think twice next time before word of mouth convinces me to see a movie I’d been skeptical about. I take that back. I’d have seen The Help (**)  anyway because I like to keep on top of movies that become a part of the wider (read…)

The Help (2011)

Having stomached the middle-of-the-road, crowd pleasing feel-goodery of The Blind Side in 2009, I figured I’d be able to swallow The Help even though the mushy marketing set off alarm bells early on. It turns out the marketing only told half the story. Far worse than simply being manipulative, The Help is sort of loathsome. (read…)

News du Jour Weekend: 8/20 – 8/21

Mike Medavoy to produce adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine A semi-autobiographical collection of stories inspired by the author’s youth. (Deadline) Atom Egoyan to direct West Memphis Three film The entertainment media has been abuzz the last couple of days with the release of the West Memphis Three after 18 years in prison and it (read…)

News du Jour: 8/19/11

Venice Trailer: Roman Polanski’s Carnage The day’s news, nuggets and notables: Christian Bale reportedly cast in yet another Terrence Malick film This is one after the next one which still doesn’t have a title but stars Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz. Mind you, this is a guy who only directed 4 (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Mi Amigo

John Sayles’ Phiippine-American War drama Amigo Amigo. John Sayles rounds up Chris Cooper (Lone Star, Adaptation), Garrett Dillahunt (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, No Country For Old Men) and Filipino star Joel Torre for his story set during the little-remembered Philippine-American War around the turn of the 20th Century. Torre (read…)

News du Jour: Ridley the Recycler

The day’s news, nuggets and notables: [Update: 8:10 pm PT] Another U.S.S. Indianapolis flick in the works Looks like the Robert Downey film (below) has some competition. If I were a betting man (and I am), I’d guess Downey’s film makes it while this one rots (Variety) Tony Scott wants to butcher The Wild Bunch (read…)

News du Jour: 8/17/11

Trailer: Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black News, nuggets and notables: Nifty poster for Ralph Fiennes’ Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus (THR) Sony Pictures Classics to go wide with Midnight in Paris a second time (Deadline) Jonah Hill in talks for Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn’s Neighborhood Watch (Vulture) Commercial guy Michael Gracey gets The Greatest (read…)

News du Jour: 8/16/11

TIFF Trailer: Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hysteria Hollywood continues its vacation, but here are your day’s news, nuggets and notables such as they are: (above) TIFF Trailer: Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hysteria Behold: The Victorian vibrator comedy. (YouTube) Steve McQueen to direct Chiwetel Ejiofor in true story 12 Years (read…)

News du Jour: 8/15/11

The day’s news, nuggets and notables: [Update: 7:00 pm PT] Bradley Cooper exits The Crow remake The old scheduling conflicts get the blame. Whispers of Channing Tatum or Mark Wahlberg as possible replacements. (THR) Natalie Portman offered lead in indie drama Adaline (Wrap) Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy team up for comedy ID Theft So, (read…)

Bellflower, Books and Candids

LiC Photo of the Week: Self Portrait #1 I read James Sallis’ slim novel Drive this afternoon. It’s the basis of the upcoming Ryan Gosling film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, the reigning Danish king of style over substance, and I have to say I think now I like the movie even less than I (read…)

News du Jour: Hi, no Silver!

Disney pulls plug on Johnny Depp’s The Lone Ranger How does a western cost $250 million dollars?  Some say the budget was closer to $275 million. This combines two current Hollywood trends in one story: the appalling lack of imagination that leads studios to turn any brand name they can find into a feature film (read…)

Weekend Forecast: Dog days of summer

LiC’s pick of the week: Senna Senna. This festival favorite documentary tells the story of Brazilian Formula One racer Ayrton Senna who won the world championship three times in a decade-long career that ended when he died in a crash at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. You have to figure a documentary that gets (read…)

News du Jour: 8/11/11

News, nuggets and notables: Scott Glenn joins Matthew McConaughey in The Paperboy then returns for The Bourne Legacy The Paperboy is the Lee Daniels flick about a newspaper reporter (McConaughey) investigating a death row inmate (John Cusack). Glenn will play the paper’s editor. (Variety – firewall) Snippet: Trent Reznor’s score for The Girl With the (read…)

News du Jour: 8/10/11

Today’s news, nuggets and notables: Claude Laydu, Actor: 1927 – 2011 He died July 29, but his performance as the troubled, sickly priest in Robert Bresson’s arthouse favorite The Diary of a Country Priest ensures his cinematic immortality. (Guardian) UK Trailer: Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus The ad-free version at The Playlist (read…)

News du Jour: 8/9/11

Trailer: Johnny To’s Life Without Principle Well, it looks like we’re back after having server issues all day. Here are your news, nuggets and notables: John C. McGinley joins Tyler Perry’s I, Alex Cross And Variety uses the word “badass” in a headline. If you can’t beat the fanboys, join ’em I guess. (Variety) Mireille (read…)

News du Jour: 8/8/11

News, nuggets and notables. Updated as needed. Kenny Ortega to direct Dirty Dancing remake Because nobody puts Baby in a corner, it was only a matter of time before someone decided to tap into affection for Dirty Dancing. Kenny Ortega was the original film’s choreographer and more recently the director of High School Musical. The (read…)

Payback x 2

LiC Photo of the Week: Ventura Boulevard (Click to Enlarge) I think I’ve got summer movie fatigue. I’ve seen more this year probably than any previous year I’ve been blogging and I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm for Rise of the Planet of the Apes despite positive reviews and higher than predicted box office. Instead, (read…)

Lucille Ball’s 100th Birthday

This is a bad, bad trailer for The Long, Long Trailer. It’s not exactly a film classic, but couldn’t Desi Arnaz have read his voiceover with a little bit of enthusiasm as though he wasn’t just reading a recipe for chocolate chip cookies? Ah well, Lucy will always be best remembered for TV anyway.

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