The Ugly Truth: 26, Land of the Lost 32.

Did someone turn the clock back to the 1950s when I wasn’t looking? I’m sure Kevin Smith and The Weinstein Co. were expecting a little controversy over Smith’s romantic comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno — indeed they were probably hoping for it — but who’d have thought that TV stations and newspapers would (read…)

Some people are so blind, they can’t see a metaphor even when it’s right in front of them. I thought the protests over Tropic Thunder were the silliest ever, but now blind activists are planning on picketing the release of Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, a film about society crumbling when it’s hit by an epidemic of sightlessness. (read…)

I’ve been slacking on the loose ends lately. Some of these are like week-old cheese. Enjoy. Rachel McAdams will play love interest Irene Adler and Jude Law will play Watson opposite Robert Downey, Jr.‘s Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie‘s big screen treatment of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Mark Strong (RocknRolla) will play the (read…)

Variety reported back in May that George Clooney will produce and star in a film called The Men Who Stare at Goats based upon the book by UK journalist Jon Ronson. The Hollywood Reporter updated the story last Thursday with a report that Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey and Jeff Bridges were in talks to join (read…)

Here’s what’s been cooking in the trades the last couple of days: Adam Arkin joins Richard Kind and Michael Stuhlbarg in Joel and Ethan Coen’s upcoming dark comedy A Serious Man now shooting in Minnesota. Variety Steven Soderbergh is apparently developing a film on the life of flamboyant pianist Liberace starring Michael Douglas. Richard LaGravanese (read…)

Neil Jordan has put together financing for his self-scripted film Ondine in which Colin Farrell plays a fisherman in southwest Ireland who reels in a sea nymph played by Alicja Bachleda (Trade). The film begins shooting in mid-July. Meanwhile, Cameron Crowe is stirring up an as-yet-untitled romantic comedy starring Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon. Scott (read…)

Though Universal has said nothing irreplaceable was lost in the studio fire on Sunday, according to Anne Thompson, a memo from NBC Universal Distribution vice president Paul Ginsburg went out Monday to those who book classic films saying that nearly 100% of the archive prints kept on the lot were destroyed. In the short term, (read…)

For a guy who didn’t set out to be an actor, who’s never been to an audition and who doesn’t have a head shot, Danny McBride is doing pretty well for himself lately. He stars in The Foot Fist Way which opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday. Before that he was in David Gordon (read…)

…to form a production company? Two if they’re Mark and Michael Polish, the identical twin writing-directing-producing (and sometimes starring) brother team behind such enigmatic films as Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork and the more recent (and more mainstream) The Astronaut Farmer. According to Variety’s Michael Flemming, the two have formed Prohibition Pictures with the aim of (read…)

According to Variety’s Pamela McClintock and Anne Thompson, Michael Moore is going to make a sequel to Farenheit 9/11 which will be released next year. Though the original was the highest grossing documentary ever in the United States with $119.1 million and an additional $100 million overseas, Moore’s most recent film Sicko only pulled in $24.5 (read…)

  Joel passed along some great news for all you early-adopting AV nerds who actually like movies (no, I’m not talking about the ones who bought the Superbit version of Bad Boys II back in the day). According to their newsletter, The Criterion Collection (every movie lover’s friend) has finally announced they’re going to start rolling out (read…)

Miramax has acquired the worldwide rights to the remake of the 2007 Israeli psychological thriller The Debt being written by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) and Jane Goldman. The story begins 20 years after WWII when three Mossad agents track down and kill the Nazi war criminal known as “The Surgeon of Birkenau.” 30 years later, an (read…)

“There’s a whole ocean of oil underneath our feet. No one can get at it except for me.” I feel like I haven’t strung the words There, Will, Be and Blood together since the Oscars so here’s a thinly disguised excuse to do just that. For the 17% of you who care about such things, Paramount is (read…)

  MTV apparently talked to Uma Thurman who dropped hints about an upcoming DVD re-release of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Says the ridiculously beautiful actress, “Right now he’s putting the two films together with an intermission with an added anime sequence he had already written.” She goes on to say “It has nothing to do with (read…)

According to Variety, Phoenix Pictures and the Gold Co. are joining forces to bring you Amish Gone Wild, a comedy about two Amish teens who go to Las Vegas as part of the Amish “rumspringa” ritual where teens experience the outside world before deciding whether to adhere to the strict Amish way of life. This (read…)

What happens when a young boy growing up without television in a conservative religious community in rural England is exposed to a pirated copy of First Blood? He and his friend decide to make their own low budget sequel, of course. We’ll finally be able to see how it all turns out now that the (read…)

“This is the last time I go to Supercuts.”  According to Reuters, though the police in Myanmar have ordered DVD sellers not to carry the new Rambo movie, pirated copies of the film are easily available throughout the country. This probably doesn’t sit well with the ruling military government which is the personification of evil (read…)

Don’t worry. Spoiler free. This scene was trimmed from the film. Charlie Rose and Terry Gross after the jump

Speaking at the Pusan International Film Festival, controversial director Peter Greenaway has declared the death of cinema. According to Variety, he calls the time of death 1983, the year television remote controls became popular in homes. He went on to say that video artist Bill Viola was “worth 10 Martin Scorseses” calling his fellow director old-fashioned (read…)

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