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Tuesday
Oct152013

12 Links Today

Cinema Blend 50 Shades of Grey might go with Alexander Skarsgård (and a new screenplay)  now that it lost its leading man. Skarsgård has to be anxious for True Blood to wrap given the movie offers coming his way.
Ultra Culture the exhaustive list of Xavier Dolan's credits... in his own movies.
Xavier Dolan ...oh and he's started film #5
Pajiba has an awesome take down of the recent resurgence of "boohoo it's hard to do female characters" quotes and articles -- I can't even with those comments from the animators of Frozen!

Popcorn Taxi Tom Hiddleston doing Owen Wilson doing Loki. wtf? (and also LOL)
Coming Soon Netflix has ordered a new family secrets thriller series from the creators of Damages
Variety Paul Rudd and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are said to be Marvel's top choices for upcoming superhero flick Ant-Man
Variety Weird. Susan Sarandon and Eva Amurri may star in a mother/daughter sitcom. I can't say I predicted a sitcom for Sarandon and isn't "Mom" already on TV?
i09 the weirdest vampire movies ever made
The Playlist new images and clip from 12 Years a Slave 
MNPP 250 words or less on Captain Phillips 

my favorite Best Actress win of the 1970sFinally...
Movie Mezzanine seemingly asked everyone but me to compile their "top ten" of the 1970s without commentary. I dont know why lists without commentary are fun to read but they are. It's fun to see which movies dominated their massive roundup (The Godfather is the expected winner, topping 6 lists and it's nearest rivals - more interesting -- are tied for 3 #1 ranks each:Annie Hall, Days of Heaven and Taxi Driver). I've already done this particular top ten in an earlier post but if I were to redo it it'd maybe look like so. And weirdly no one they polled had my #1 as #1 though it appears on a few lists. 

1) Manhattan 2) Nashville 3) Cabaret 4) Apocalypse Now
5) Network 6) All That Jazz 7) Carrie 8) Taxi Driver 9) Annie Hall
10) Dog Day Afternoon 11) Cries and Whispers 12) The Conversation
13) Three Women 14) Jaws 15) The Godfather 16) The Way We Were
17) Klute 18) McCabe and Mrs Miller 19) Star Wars
and 20) Grease (for the nostalgia. shut it)

Okay I cheated with a top twenty but the astonishing thing about that decade is that everyone's lists look completely reasonable because great films can be seen wherever you choose to look in your 70s film education. You know? 

Exit Music
How about a little "Chopsticks" with Oscar bound (again) mega-stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock? So crazy that today's new adults (Happy 18th, 1995 babies!) were born into a world where Hanks and Bullock were ruling the box office and today here we are again. Talk about legs (and I don't mean Bullock's literal ones but wow those gams)

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On the Ant-Man casting: If they're really doing Pym...those choices are TERRIBLE. They'd be great for Scott Lang, but if they're trusting Pym with his own franchise, he really needs someone...pricklier. There's a reason I keep saying, "Y'know who'd be a great Hank Pym? Aaron Paul."

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I am surprised Eva is not a bigger deal. I thought she was cool in Saved but that was like a decade ago. She is good as Schmidt's office nemesis on New Girl so sitcom does not surprise me. And Sarandon may either be doing her a favor or just wants to get a steady check.

But this news does ruin my actual dream of Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon being on Season 4 of American Horror Story. Did it involve vampires? Yes.

I like Xavier Dolan. He's arrogant and ambitious but his filmography backs it up, for me at least. He gets lifetime passes for Heartbeats and Laurence Anyways.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

I have to admit, I am sad to see Susan doing a sitcom. If it were a cable drama series I'd be enthused, but so few sitcoms are watchable.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I would like Susan to keep doing the important to the story supporting roles like Arbitrage,jjeff who lives at home and in the valley of elah although I am sure she has one more LOUISE in her.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermark

"HIT LIST" will debut in nyc! lol (it's a small event, but still)

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarcelo

Nate - your reference to isn't Mom already on tv - Sarandon new sit on.

What exactly does thus mean?

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Jane's Oscar win for Klute has to be my favorite ever as she gives my favorite performance of all-time. :)

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdinasztie

Speaking of daughters (Eva) of famous people getting roles because of their parents, didn't Dakota Johnson get the role opposite Charlie Hunnam because of their "amazing chemistry?" So if Charlie is dropping out, is Dakota getting the boot? And isn't this all just a convoluted way to get the Director's husband into his skivvies?

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

mark -- there's a sitcom called "Mom" starring Allison Janney which just came out

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNathanielR

Xavier Dolan and Shohreh Aghdashloo should do a movie together. Not only do they share a resemblance but their voices sound quite similar.

They should ask Goldie Hawn to come out of the retirement and turn The Banger Sisters into a sitcom.

October 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdela

Interesting Top 10 lists for the best movies of the seventies. I agree with a lot of them but I noticed not much love for Best Picture winners - Patton, The Sting, Rocky (rightly so), Deer Hunter and the highly overrated Kramer vs Kramer.

And if you wanna know the Best Performance by a female in the 70s?

No contest - Miss Sally Field in 'Norma Rae'. An absolute gem of a movie. Love love love it.

October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBette Streep

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