The Hollywood Reporter A former sitcom writer "kvells and kvetches" about The Guilt Trip and Parental Guidance starring Babs and Bette
PopWatch Mark Harris on Hollywood's love of gun violence. I highly recommend reading this but I highly caution NOT reading the comments because as per usual the gun crazies come out. They'd have us all packing and I so don't want to live in their preferred world.
Cinema Blend Katey & Eric on 12 Unfairly Overlooked Movies of 2012 from Hello I Must Be Going (Yay, Melanie!) through Cosmopolis
Awards Daily Whoa. Ann Dowd is footing the bill for her own Oscar campaign.
The Hollywood Reporter talks to Emayatzy Corinealdi on her breakthrough in Middle of Nowhere. You know. I've been trying not to talk about this because I can't figure out a way to say it that doesn't sound indelicate but in some ways I really hate falling in love with new black actresses in the same way that falling hard for new theater actors can be nerve-wracking. Chances are (unforgivably) strong that no one will give these gifted performers another plum opportunity after their breakthrough and that truly sucks. So I'm crossing my fingers for Corinealdi but I'm still waiting for something real to happen for Pariah star Adepero Oduye, last year's breakthrough actress of color. And I'm still trying to wrap my head around the non-career of the brilliant Kimberly Elise so...
The Carpetbagger on screenwriter Lucy Alibar's (Beasts of the Southern Wild) crash course in cinema
The Onion "Top Movies of 2012"
David Poland gives himself a new nickname. Or adopts one given.
Vanity Fair Barbra Streisand talks about her legendary duet with Judy Garland in the 60s. Really interesting comment from Babs I think.
MNPP joins the Zero Dark Thirty fan club
Oooh, look Quentin Tarantino pays tribute to Pedro Almodóvar saying that his filmography is "the one to beat" -damn straight! Nobody else in the modern era compares.
Finally, I want to extend my annual congratulations to the 25 films that are newly announced for preservation by the National Film Registry. They are:
- "3:10 to Yuma" (1957)
- "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959)
- "The Augustas" (1930s-1950s)
- "Born Yesterday" (1950)
- "Breakfast at Tiffany’s" (1961)
- "A Christmas Story" (1983)
- "The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Title Fight" (1897)
- "Dirty Harry" (1971)
- "Hours for Jerome: Parts 1 and 2" (1980-82)
- "The Kidnappers Foil" (1930s-1950s)
- "Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Tests" (1922)
- "A League of Their Own" (1992)
- "The Matrix" (1999)
- "The Middleton Family at the New York World’s Fair" (1939)
- "One Survivor Remembers" (1995)
- "Parable" (1964)
- "Samsara: Death and Rebirth in Cambodia" (1990)
- "Slacker" (1991)
- "Sons of the Desert" (1933)
- "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" (1973)
- "They Call It Pro Football" (1967)
- "The Times of Harvey Milk" (1984)
- "Two-Lane Blacktop" (1971)
- "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (1914)
- "The Wishing Ring; An Idyll of Old England" (1914)
As per usual that's a lot of titles that I know nothing about but I'm most thrilled by The Times of Harvey Milk which is one of the most moving and important documentaries ever made. And on a sillier note, can we talk about how ever-watchable the female baseball comedy A League of Their Own is? Sometimes I pine for the 1990s. It's tough to imagine that movie breaking $100 million now but the 90s were a good time for girlpower narratives.
If you're a fan of A League of Their Own (who isn't?) I want to know which scene just popped into your mind when you heard that it made the list!