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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

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The Film Doctor 10 questions regarding 127 Hours
Cinebeats Tura Satana (RIP)
Slant  new book on Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing.
Latino Review EEEeeeee. "Ursa" could be the villainess of the rebooted Superman. Good luck trying to top Sarah Douglas's bitchery in Superman II (1980). Although, I'm heartened that Rosamund Pike is in the running. She deserves a big high profile movie star breakthrough.

Ursa (Sarah Douglas) and Zod (Terence Stamp) in Superman II

Go Fug Yourself reveals their SAG best & worst dressed from their substantial readership polling. Was I supposed to know that Rooney Mara was Kate Mara's sister? The things that slip by you...
Pajiba "Top 5" Stars Unworthy of Their Status
Cinema Blend wonders if James Franco isn't spreading himself dangerously thin. He might be Oz: The Great and Powerful now in addition to nine other projects.
Pop Matters reviews the box set "The Films of Rita Hayworth". Ugh, why didn't I get a copy for review? Incidentally, if you ever happen to see Tonight and Every Night (1945) you'll feel a strange sense of deja vu. It's the same story as Oscar nominee Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) albeit told in a different tone and from a different angle.

Finally, be very afraid: Finding Neverland The Musical is heading your way soon. I'm only joking about being afraid. The songwriting team employed here did the enchanting music to Grey Gardens and Peter Pan is a long time stage tradition so why stop now? Plus, if you think about it certain gaggy, twee or pushily sentimental projects could (hypothetically) work much better with the distance from reality that song and dance can provide in much the same way that animation lowers our guard to things we'd think weren't soggy with sentiment in live action. I actually think that The King's Speech, which I think is a good film but no "best", would make a fine musical; the King doesn't stutter when he sings so right there embedded in your concept is the opportunities to show songs as transcendent rescue from daily troubles.  Sounds perfect for a movie musical... though you'd have to have had a different cast. I'm not sure anyone would have wanted to see/hear Colin Firth (Mamma Mia) or Helena Bonham-Carter (Sweeney Todd) singing again, now would they?

P.S. Unrelated: Pixar's 25th anniversary was just a few days back. Some words coming up this week.

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Reader Comments (9)

I would LOVE to hear Colin Firth sing again.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

Nathaniel you should do a list like that of your top 10 worst actors/actresses. I am sure it would be intresting.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermonkey

So much of that Top 5 Actor/Actress list is spot-on, especially about Kate Beckinsale and Matthew McConaughey. They both have decent-to-good early performances ("Emma" and "Cold Comfort Farm" for her and "A Time to Kill" and "Lone Star" for him), but then it's like they both actively decided to focus almost exclusively on crap. Bizarre.

My friend once asked me if I thought Josh Duhamel was aware that there was a more talented and similar-but-better-looking version of himself out there (Timothy Olyphant).

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLiz N.

This is a bit unfair. Should be really be wasting good talent on dreck like The Ugly Truth? (Speaking of, Katherine Heigl is missing from this list.)

And I totally wouldn't mind Helena Bonham-Carter singing again. Her voice wasn't half-bad, and she least understood the acting half of singing in musicals.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJake D

Much thanks for the link, Nathaniel.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterfilmdr

YES PLZ @ a Nathaniel list of his worst actors/actresses!

Also, yes @ Katherine Heigl is soo missing from that list.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

Timothy Olyphant looks more like Billy Zane to my eyes (also someone who is a disappointment).

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

I will always forgive Jessica Biel for her great work in Easy Virtue. But of course, I also am a fan of Channing Tatum and ScarJo, and I think Jennifer Love is well aware of her strengths and plays to them. And how come there are ten on that list of five?

Jake D is right, too: as much as I didn't care for Helena's somewhat weak vocals in Sweeney Todd, she was the best part of the film because she remembered to ACT. Can Geoffrey Rush sing? I didn't see Bran Nue Dae so I have no idea.

February 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

It's Tura Satana. [insert Carlos Santana joke here]

And isn't it somewhat odd how the lead actresses of 'The Last Tango on Paris', 'I Am Curious (Yellow)' and 'Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!' all die within two days? Three very different once-in-a-lifetime performances in three very different films, all of them exploring their lead characters' sexuality in very different ways...

February 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrW
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