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Tuesday
Dec182012

(Tap) Dancing With the Links

The Mary Sue Cupcakes in case you'd like to eat The Hobbit or his dwarf friends!
Towleroad the 50 most powerful 'coming outs' of the year
Atlantic the review of Les Miserables that I wish I'd written. Just beautiful
Gawker That guy who cyberstalks actresses is sentenced to a whole bunch of prison time. Somewhere ScarJo is smiling
MTV Jamie Foxx on Electro in Spider-Man 2 (the second one... so I guess Spider-Man 5?). I hate the pride that the costume will be sleek black. Electro has a dumb costume but sleek black Matrix wear for superhero movies is SO dull and overused now.

Carpetbagger Eddie Redmayne is Hollywood's new crush ... and an Oscar contender?
The L Magazine chooses the top 25 films of the year from Looper through Magic Mike and Lincoln
David Poland what the hell as GQ done to Channing Tatum?
Awards Daily Sasha shares the figures of AMPAS branches

The Black List is out. The annual list of well liked unproduced screenplays. See any synopsis that make you restless to be watching an actual film?
In Contention
Kris Tapley's top ten list. Amour and Moonrise Kingdom do make a fine double, don't they?
Next Projectio
n on ten favorite scenes of the year from Haywire to Holy Motors
Slate
on Dexter. I made the mistake of tuning in to this last episode after having finally given up the series earlier this year and found it so reprehensible that I wish I hadn't accidentally tuned in. Used to be a good show. Now I'm just embarrassed for the actors ...especially Jennifer Carpenter who has tried so valiantly to make sense of a now nonsensical character.

Finally... have you read Reese Witherspoon's tribute to Naomi Watts in The Impossible? She really goes all out with the praise name-checking Meryl Streep's Sophie's Choice and Sally Field's Norma Rae. But this is my favorite part:

If I have anything to do with it (and I will literally tap dance on Sunset Boulevard for you!), you will be holding every beautiful statue that exists by the end of February."

OMG. Do it, Reese, do it.


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I speak for everyone when I say WHERE'S THE NICOLE?

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Nat: Yes, translating the costume Electro has in the comics to live-action film would be stupid with a capital S, even though I actually like it. However: Overplayed sleek black over the AWESOME multi-tinted green containment suit of the Spectacular Spider-Man animated show? (If you haven't seen the show, look up "electro spectacular spider-man" and you'll see images at least.) Even cursory research on the character should have turned that up, so not going with it is LAZY.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Does she say anything about being a mom and therefore emotionally engaged with Watts's epic? If she does, I'll barf.

PS Who's left to come out?

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Well, less lazy than "Black = Badass."

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

The Dexter finally made me angry.
I know that they wanted Deb to be effected and changed a bit throughout the season, but now I feel like her character has been completely destroyed.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

I liked Reese in her younger days, when she was a bit edgier and didn't have the overdone southern accent. Freeway, Cruel Intentions, Election, Pleasantville.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

That's supposed to read "finale." The Dexter FINALE.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSean

Sorry, I meant: Going with a live-action version of the Spectacular Spider-Man costume would be less lazy than "Black = Badass." You still need to acknowledge the BASE of iconography to make GREAT costumes, especially when it comes to villains. I get that Spider-Man fighting a lot of villains coloured green could make it easy for things to blur together at least a bit (8 of his villains have green as their primary aesthetic profile, most of those forming Spidey's top 11 villains), but that's what you're stuck with, iconography wise.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Richard Lawson (the Atlantic reviewer) is da bomb and a brilliant writer. Has anyone read his parody recaps of Gossip Girl on Gawker? Art. Sheer works of art. If I make it to be an unbelievably old and crusty and stimuli-deprived woman, i hope I can remember the existence of those recaps, read them, and then have a good cry from laughing so hard.

December 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranon

Would that Reese (whom I love) could put as much energy/enthusiasm into her own film career. I'm really nervous for her. Especially with a new baby on the way, I wonder what we're going to be getting from her as her priorities and availability shifts. Girlfriend needs someone tap dancing on Sunset for her. With decent scripts (ones that don't involve elephants) in each hand.

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThe Pretentious Know it All

Nathaniel, you read my mind. I was just wondering yesterday when the Black List comes out. And voila-- from my head to your blog! Do you have any favorites from the list?

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Also, in looking at old editions of The Black List, I noticed that The Impossible was once on the list, but at that point was about a tsunami in Japan. I wonder who re-tinkered that one!?

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Hold On To Me sounds intriguing on The Black List, then I saw that Carey Mulligan is attached to it...she has such good taste. Also, Rodham sounds totally Oscar ready for the right actress.

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Ummm, I don't think Reese Witherspoon wrote that. That reads like PR spin if I ever read it. And they're both repped by the same agency, so there smells like some fishiness there to me.

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudd

Yes where is Nicole?

We need you to continue this moment while oscar ballot is on the work...

December 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNic

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