National Society of Film Critics: Melancholia, Malick, Pitt, Dunst

From the NSFC website: The National Society of Film Critics (NSFC) on Saturday, January 7th, 2012, chose Melancholia as Best Picture of the Year 2011. Kirsten Dunst was named best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s film, and Brad Pitt was named best actor for his work in Moneyball and The Tree of Life. (read…)

Poster/Trailer: Malick’s Tree of Life

Click to enlarge Apple’s got the official, non-crappy bootleg version of the trailer for Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life. I’d give you my thoughts on it, but I haven’t watched it and won’t for as long as I can avoid it. I haven’t read any plot synopses even so all I really know about it (read…)

‘Capote’ director Miller to manage ‘Moneyball’

Moneyball finds a director. I could barely care less.

BS Watch: My Fair Lady – Pick a star, start a rumor

The real question is, who HASN’T been lined up to direct or star in the rumored My Fair Lady remake?

No ‘Tree of Life’ for Christmas

We’ve been following release date roulette with Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life for some time now, but today Anne Thompson reports that the film starring Sean Penn and Brad Pitt won’t be ready for a 2009 release. Bob Berney, the head of Apparition which is releasing the film says he hasn’t seen it and he (read…)

Review: Inglourious Basterds (2009) **** 1/2

Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France… Inglourious Basterds is a rambunctious, revenge fueled, “what if” rewrite of history that could only have been made by a cinematic savant like Quentin Tarantino. Here is a man who views the world through a camera lens winning World War II with the power of sound and (read…)

‘Glourious’ Friday

I’m still mulling over Inglourious Basterds, but the good news is that it’s terrific. It’s much slower, talkier and in a way more serious than I expected, but damnit it works. I haven’t dug into the negative reviews yet, but its safe to say a certain movie blogger who was morally outraged by the movie (read…)

Is 2009 an Apparition for Malick’s Tree of Life?

Variety seems to think Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life is coming in time for the holidays.

Moneyball: The Pascal Version

Patrick Goldstein talks to Amy Pascal about why she pulled the plug on Steven Soderbergh’s Moneyball

International Trailer: Inglourious Basterds

Does the international trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds misrepresent the film?

Weinstein on 40-minute ‘Basterds’ trim: “That is nuts”

In an interview in GQ, Harvey Weinstein says rumors that he was pushing Tarantino to cut 40 minutes from Inglourious Basterds are incorrect.

Trailer #2: Inglourious Basterds

Glouriously 100% free of Entertainment Tonight douchebaggery, as always. Unclick the HD button for faster streamage. Opens 8/21/09

Columbia no longer playing Soderbergh/Pitt’s ‘Moneyball’

I was never too keen on the subject matter – The Oakland A’s general manager who turned a small market baseball team into a winner by bucking conventional wisdom with statistical analysis – but I’m surprised to hear that Columbia Pictures has put Steven Soderbergh’s Brad Pitt starring Moneyball into limited turnaround. This means Columbia (read…)

B.S. Tarantino Rumor of the Month:
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Thompson on Hollywood took the bait on a one-sentence nugget from a Times of London story about an estate dispute between family members of Stieg Larsson and the deceased Swedish author’s common-law wife. Near the end of the piece the family is quoted as claiming that Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt are interested in purchasing (read…)

Poster: Inglourious Basterds

Click the image to embigify and de-basterdize Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds starring Brad Pitt will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and open in theaters on August 21. Via: AICN Update: Here’s the one for Eli Roth.

Production Notes: 2/6/09

Once again it’s time for LiC’s weekly survey of production news. Keep reading for updates on Martin Scorsese, Julia Roberts, Julian Schnabel, Aaron Sorkin, Dev Patel, Al Pacino, Barry Levinson, Sally Hawkins, Steven Soderbergh, Brad Pitt and more… Silence! The biggest item since the last edition of Production Notes is news that Martin Scorsese’s Silence (read…)

Pitt and Fincher talk ‘Button’ with Charlie Rose

I just finished watching the day-after rerun of this episode of Charlie Rose which originally aired Christmas night. Charlie has an unfortunate habit of dropping plot spoilers willy nilly and, though he’s not as bad here as he was on two episodes about The Reader (author Bernhard Schlink one night and Kate Winslet, David Kross, (read…)

Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) **** 1/2

Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button It is said that youth is wasted on the young, but in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the title character is blessed – and cursed – to live life the other way around. Born a frail, infant-sized old man with cataracts and (read…)

The Return of Loose Ends: 10/17/08

I’ve deliberately been avoiding my newsfeed for the last week or so. Random news items were a logical source of filler when I first decided to start posting daily, but it turns out news can be all consuming. I could spend all of my limited blogging time simply combing the feeds for nuggets of information, (read…)

Trailer #2: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

I caved in and watched the teaser trailer for David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton, but I’m drawing the line on this one. Nothing could make me want to see the movie more, so why risk ruining it before I see it? Anyway, I’m a (read…)

Review: Burn After Reading (2008) ****

John Malkovich dictates his ‘memwahs’ in Burn After Reading They are two brothers who have a knack for combining genres and styles into hybrids that can only be described by using their last name as an adjective. Their films are set in a recognizable approximation of reality, but certain elements have been tweaked and exaggerated. (read…)

Weekend Forecast: 9/11/08

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Mr. Angelina Jolie on the set of Burn After Reading Open wide and say “Burn!” Burn After Reading. Anyone who has read LiC for any length of time knows I’m completely in the tank for the Coen Brothers. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that I loved this movie. It’s (read…)

Karina Longworth on ‘Benjamin Button’ preview

Judging an entire movie by 20 minutes is madness, but SpoutBlog’s Karina Longworth has seen the preview of David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Telluride and she liked it. In my book, she’s kind of an anti-fanboy and also one of the sharper characters out there when it comes to indie films (read…)

‘Burn After’ Reviewing

It seems perfectly foolish to link to a review that I’m not going to read and this probably isn’t even the first official review of Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, but it’s the first one that’s come across my newsfeeds and this is how I roll when it comes to the Brothers Coen. (read…)

LiC 2008 Fall Forecast: September

George Clooney and Frances McDormand in Burn After Reading You can almost hear the air being let out of the summer movie season. Overall it was a pretty decent four months of movies, but I for one am glad to see it coming to an end. Now it’s time to look forward to the last (read…)

The ‘Benjamin Button is too long’ meme begins

All it took is one clown spouting off about a friggin’ test screening at AICN and suddenly the idea that David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is too long is on its way to becoming conventional wisdom. Next Anne Thompson rings in. I don’t know if she’s referring to the AICN piece which (read…)

International ‘Burn After Reading’ Poster

JoBlo has the international one-sheet for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading. It’s obviously very similar to the US poster with the addition of the figures at the bottom. I like it, but then it’s widely known I’m in the tank for all things Coen.

‘Burn After Reading’ Featurettes

According to Cinematical, these don’t offer much more than the teaser or red-band trailers for Burn After Reading, but we’re spiritually obligated to run all things Coen. As always, I’m not watching, but don’t let that stop you. Here’s George: Brad after the jump:

Brad Pitt: Actor, Father, ‘Bastard’

It’s official: Brad Pitt is a Bastard. According to Variety, the actor has signed on the dotted line to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film Inglorious Bastards as a Tennessee hillbilly who leads a team of eight Jewish soldiers in fighting the Nazis during WWII. You may remember I resisted this news all along while (read…)

‘Burn After Reading’ Poster

This one requires no comment from me. Click to enlarge. Source: Cinematical (who were kind enough not to crap it up with a watermark)

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