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Daily Mail the rumors are heating up yet again that Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood are tying the knot. Remember when he was a little boy dancer (Billy Elliott) and she was a little girl anorexic (Once and Again)?!? If they have a baby soon I will officially feel as old as Luise Rainer who turns 102 this week! OMG. 
The Playlist Steven Soderbergh's The Side Effects will star Blake Lively (yes, they're still trying to make her happen), Jude Law and Channing Tatum. Funny how Soderbergh is more prolific than ever despite all that "retirement announcement" nonsense.
La Daily Musto hears a crazy story I've never heard about Rosemary's Baby. 

MUBI details the current controversy about The Artist appropriating a piece of Vertigo's score. Kim Novak is really really upset about it.
THR ...thinks she's taking her complaints way too far. 
The Playlist Yay. Katee Sackhoff, who we're always rooting for since she has more charisma than many whole casts combined, gets a big movie role... albeit in a tired franchise. Ready for another Riddick movie?
Scene Stealers Kansas City critics pick The Descendants as best picture (yes, I'm done writing up critics awards. Sorry!) and the NSFC may have given them the courage to go with Kirsten Dunst as Best Actress for Melancholia. I don't mean to suggest that smaller critics groups can't find their own courage but it seems fairly obvious on a year to year basis that a win for an off kilter choice from one of the three biggies (NYFCC, NSFC, or LAFCA) can often result in a chain link of appreciation. It's just too bad that Dunst's heat came so very late in the game.

I can't believe this is online but this is my favorite 2 and a ½ minutes of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ... the film that may finally cause all Oscar pundits, professional and amateur, to accept that Oscar is no longer wary of remakes, even instantaneous ones that no one has any excuse for making but for money.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Opening Titles from Onur Senturk on Vimeo.


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Tech Crunch more web-only TV series with bigger stars are coming.
Insider Chris Colfer and Lea Michele will stay on Glee somehow. I'd say "uh oh" but for the continual shark jumping of that show. It defies the very notion of shark jumping since there are sharks in each episode and this season... "Sharks" with "Jets". [groan. sorry]
Broadway Buzz Alan Cumming gets remarried to his man. Tells Rick Santorum to eat it. 

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A second Riddick sequel? WHY!? I get that Riddick is Vin Diesel's passion project, but if he wants it to continue, why not try to give another video game studio a crack at it!?

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

A friend of mine was at a lesbian bar and met ERW, who told her that she was gay but her manager didn't want her to come out. I think she came out as bi though... Anyway, let's just say I don't exactly buy the legitimacy of this engagement.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

You might want to reread your Dunst comment, Nate

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

What Dominique said. But doubled, I'm guessing.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNick Davis

When she was dating Marilyn Manson, her wardrobe was a gruesome reflection of that. Now she dresses exactly the same as Jamie Bell.

January 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Unless I'm forgetting something big, those Dragon Tattoo opening titles were by far the best of the year. SICK.

Katee Sackhoff's effing awesome so I guess this is better than nothing. Why Hollywood didn't come calling immediately after BSG with at least some high-profile action movies I'll never know. Nate, I agree, she's got charisma to spare!

Cannot believe Soderbergh's wasting his time and energy on Blake Lively. >_>

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Guess Evan Rachel Wood isn't a lesbian anymore. But any relationship with Marilyn Manson would eff a girl up.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

@dominique@Joel@anon.....Evan is not dressing like Jamie....she just went back to her old blue jean style. It's not abnormal....she's young. She has talked a bit recently about her experimenting and her rebelling in the last few years., I'd like it if you'd cut her some slack for growing up in the public eye re: MM, and youthful behavior you may not think was kosher. You know, she came out as bi-sexual.And if she thought she might be gay, or told someone she was....haven't any of you ever had doubt over the fact that you weren't straight and been confused about your sexual orientation? If you're bi-sexual, you probably have. You probably wondered where you belonged. Remember life is hard enough....let's not be so quick to judge.
I can assure you, this is a real relationship between two amazing people who are deeply in love. Thanks. :)

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPepe

"If they have a baby soon I will officially feel as old as Luise Rainer" best line of the year so far!
By the way, in that picture they just look like Sean Penn and Madonna in the 80s

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

While I know it's more popular to hate on Lively, I'm really getting sick of Hollywood forcing Tatum down my throat. Ohh, that sounded dirty, keeping it.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDrewB

One thing I'll mention is that Steve Soderbergh got career best performances from Andie McDowall and Jennifer Lopez, career high performances from Clooney, Roberts, del Toro and Damon, and is far more interested in different talent than most Hollywood directors (Grey, Carano). So lets give him the benefit of the doubt.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

Arkaan -- agreed. but it's kind of like "please use your powers for good!" even if he can get Oscar caliber work from her there are far worthier actresses who could use the career boost. ah well...

January 10, 2012 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

In fairness, Hermann borrowed from Wanger (specifically, "Liebestod" from "Tristan und Isolde") in his score for Vertigo--and you can definitely hear the influence of Wagner-by-way-of-Hermann in the piece of music Novak is calling "rape."

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael F

Fincher's VFX, commercial, and music video background are wholly responsible for that openning.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter//3|RT

//3IRT - I had the same immediate reaction re: Fincher and the opening, which is amazing. that and "if Nat says this is the best part of the film I think I'll pass. Thanks!"

My other reaction to it was that it reminded me of some of the luxury automobile commericals I remember seeing on TV in the '90s. Of course movies and commericals have been stealing for one another since the beginning. (Sergei Eisenstein has probably turned in his grave on a daily basis knowing that the techniques he espoused for making "anti-capitalist" films are used daily in commercials. Oh the irony.)

Re: Novak, Scott Feinstein is absolutely right here. She sounds like a crazy and cranky old lady and I have a very hard time imagining this will hurt "The Artist" (unless Novak has a whole contingent of old friends and collegues in AMPAS to side with her.) As I started reading the articles "Moulin Rouge" popped into my head, and sure enough Feinstein refers to it. Again, films have been borrowing since the beginning - when films were "silent" popular and classical music was played to accompany them, first live and then on recorded disks.

And -"rape"? Really, Ms Novak? Let's not belittle the experience of people who have actually been raped/violated and use the term for something so trivial as this. Nothing and no one is being hurt here; especially as proper credit has been given, which means the filmmaker had to get permission to use the song first.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Glad Kiki is getting notice. I have a feeling Olsen or Dunst can surprise.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchand

Nat: Agreed. There's surely hundreds of fairly young and talented female actresses who could use the boost of being in a Soderbergh actioner. And he goes with the MMA star. Tarantino makes some odd choices in regards to the actors he chooses, but he's the one time he didn't choose someone known first as an actor was a crime novelist playing Mr. Blue in Reservoir Dogs. Soderbergh has given a tournament fighter a serious shot at acting instead of asking a desperate actress if they can, "beef it up a bit, just for this".

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I heard Kim Novak interviewed on the BBC earlier today, and she really did sound like a bitter old lady. So sad!

And...you remember that they did a variation on part of the "Vertigo" soundtrack in the soundtrack for "A Single Man"...so where was Kim then?

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBill_the_Bear

@Pepe, I see what you're saying, but she's 24 which I don't exactly consider "young" anymore, but... Come to think of it, 24 is young to be getting married. So if anything, this smells of a publicity stunt, whether it has to do with the sexuality of ERW and Jamie Bell or not.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

@Dominique I think the point was she just turned 24, the years behind her were, I believe what were being referred to. I can tell you from personal knowledge this is no publicity stunt.....really neither of them care a toot about publicity and have not been walking carpets together or talking publicly about their relationship. So, huh? Publicity stunt? They are absolutely crazy in love.

January 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSBG
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