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Lists and Miscellania
Comics Alliance 50 comic book characters that resonate with LGBT audiences. Very few of them have made the trek to the movies. Just sayin'. Hopefully some day some of them will.
The Wrap wonders if Beasts of the Southern Wild can become a commercial hit. 
Hollywood Elsewhere on the Philistines who aren't into Magic Mike
Tom Shone on Brave Pro: the hair; Con: bear slapstick. Awww, I loved the bear slapstick.  
Thelma Adams interviews Michelle Williams on Take This Waltz 
Pajiba "Love is Dead Forever!" because the only appropriate response to the impending Tom Cruise / Katie Holmes divorce is total hysteria.
Scene Stealers  the ten most deliciously awkward moments in Wes Anderson's filmography? Written pre Moonrise Kingdom obviously because that's loaded with them.

Into the Future
/Film Screenwriter Hossein Amini (Drive) will direct his first feature, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's The Two Faces of January with Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac. I have actually read this novel which is a rare thing when we're talking up "future movies". Sadly I don't remember it at all so I can't comment on the casting other than that I find that either of those faces is good for any month.
First Showing Luc Besson may follow up the De Niro / Pfeiffer Malavita with the adaptation of sci-fi French comic book Valerian

My Favorite Reviews / Essays o' The Moment
Wesley Morris on Moonrise Kingdom -Wes Anderson finally comes through
Norman Buckley on Birth like Vertigo, it will only gain in stature

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Reader Comments (11)

Let me see if you're right. Expecting a fantastic performance from Katie Holmes in her next movie.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

Look what it did for Nicole Kidman!! Now quick, where is Katie Holmes' "Moulin Rouge!" ???? :)

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDavid

Katie has served her purpose as did Mimi Rogers and Kidman.... hehas to be straight if he has been married 3 times ... he must think everyone is as stupid as he is ... also, his Scientology buddy, Travolta, should now leave and the two of them can marry...

I am way more for their marriage than I am for the evil, money-making, cult called Scientology.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrick

"... Birth like Vertigo, it will only gain in stature..."

Ummm I don't think so.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatryk

That essay on "Birth" is a great read! I'm still sour about its initial reception (especially that ridiculous controversy over the bathtub scene), but it really does seem to be growing in reputation. I keep hoping The Criterion Collection will pick it up and re-release it on DVD/Blu-ray so that more people can know about it, it seems to be right up their alley.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

I always recommend Birth to anyone who will listen. It still pisses me off how misunderstood and hated it was upon its release. The vitriol thrown at it then really turns some people off of it, because they go to Rotten Tomatoes, see the score, and run in the other direction. Sigh. It's a masterpiece and the most underrated film of the 00s in my opinion. I'm glad that things have been turning around for it in recent years.

That essay is perfect and states so eloquently why I love it so much.

July 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjamie

You know what I just realized... we had been talking recently about how amazing Tom Cruise's girlfriends/wives were once he left them, and I was like "hah, that'll never happen with Katie" but here we are, they happen to be getting a divorce. What if the Dawson's Creek secret amazingness was not only hidden in Michelle Williams? What if all of a sudden Katie Holmes, free of Tom Cruise's scientology leash, turns out an amazing performance?

LOL... joke

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

What annoys me most about the Cruise-Holmes thing is the pretension that it's a confrontational divorce to hide the fact that most people think it was planned and arranged. An agreed divorce would've only added in the direction of an arranged and agreed upon married and divorce. In this way Holmes becomes some kind of heroine (!) when she has benefitted economically, at least of the whole thing for years. It sickens me. But no more than Cruise himself, honestly.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

"Birth" will be hailed as a masterpiece one day. Ya know, when people actually see it.

July 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGlenn

Gorgeous essay on Birth, thank you! Its one of my favorite films and my appreciate for it climbs steadily with time; on some level the movie continues to haunt me.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Thanks for the link about Birth. I love this film. The opening sequence alone is brilliant, the music, the tracking shot, just brilliant.

July 4, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersuzysue
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