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The Link Menagerie

Stale Popcorn defines "Xanadusiasm" and we're all about it. Make it official, Websters.
Towleroad in which I make New Year's Resolutions for Hollywood since they keep having dumb ideas like remaking Carrie (1976) of all things. Just... NO.
Observer Rex Reed laments the many cultural departures of 2011 from La Liz to another Oz Munchkin.
Best Week Ever who knew that Michael Shannon had this much adorable cuteness in him?

THR Jessica Chastain coming to Broadway in 2012. I guess she wants the EGOT by 2017 or something. Over Achiever!
Some Came Running Glenn Kenny has a J. Hoberman top ten to mark the Village Voice's strange decision to dump their famous critic. 
Cinephilia & Sass has a letter to the fading James McAvoy... who does need his "Here I Am!" role surely. 
Acidemic If I were a TCM programmer... 

Your Movie Buddy shares his Oscar ballot. Kurt is also busy over at...
The House Next Door ...offering up Oscar prospects for The Tree of Life
Super Punch why your clothes don't look as good as in magazines (illustrated by Antonio Banderas)
Tom Shone wonders why Best Picture so rarely lands a Leading Acting Oscar to go with it anymore. Oddly, he seems to be complaining about it. Me, I love the spreading of wealth at the Oscars since the best film of any given year rarely has the best everything. 

This week's most actressy event -- other than my interview with Charlize ;) -- is Nicks Flick Picks announcement of a Best Actress Birthday Party project. Here's the calendar and the first birthday party favor: Jane Wyman in The Glass Menagerie. Nick's been busy! In related news it's also Annie Hall's birthday today. Ms Diane Keaton turns 66. I'm itching for her to be in a good movie again so here's hoping one of her recently completed pictures works. It's not that she doesn't work.

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Reader Comments (9)

This year Total Recall the remake will be released. Remake Carrie. It doesn't matter anymore.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter//3|RT

It's "xanadusiasm", like enthusiasm. Gawd, GETITRIGHT! :)

James McAvoy is a bit at sea, isn't he?

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

Re: Carrie remake-
Did anyone in Hollywood pay attention to the 2011 grosses of Footloose, Conan the Barbarian, Arthur, Straw Dogs, The Thing and The Mechanic?
I guess they're all just hoping for another The Karate Kid (2010) success.

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterYonatan

Nice article. You have described very well. Thank you for the information you provide. Really descriptive post you have shared with us. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Your Towleroad article was a great read.
I totally agree on the distribution issue and I also worry about the general trend to cast the same actor in every single role that is available. I don't want anyone to grow tired of Fassy by 2014!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

it's interesting to find Viola Davis in the supporting field...

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMirko

A link and a headline pun. Thanks!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

Is Michael Shannon stoned or is he just that good of an actor?

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterK

Thanks very much for the link love, Nat. Especially for including the TREE OF LIFE piece, which became a kind of addendum to my ballot article. I will humbly admit that that film is one I really wish I'd watched again before compiling all my year-end stuff. I'm not sure if anything would have changed necessarily, but it was such a richer experience for me in round 2, and movies like that are the ones that end up sticking with me for the long haul.

January 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKurtis O
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