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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

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IndieWire ABC may forge a miniseries out of Oscar nominated AIDS doc How to Survive a Plague
Hollywood who said it: The Pope or "Fifty Shades of Grey"?
MNPP ways not to die celebrates King Kong for his 80th anniversary 
The Advocate interesting take on Seth MacFarlane's Oscar night hosting gig, in which the author believes his entire performance was satire of sexism. I think that's an optimistic forgiving stretch but more power to you for enjoying the show so much! 

Clothes on Film the shoes in Stoker
Empire Emma Watson may play Cinderella
French Films about Trains points to 14 directors whose films are worth obsessing about in advance  
/Film Whoa. They're STILL trying to get Pride & Prejudice & Zombies made? You'd think Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter's fate and the free zombies on TV would have finally decapitated that project.
The Talks with Brian de Palma on violence in cinema and the staying power of Scarface
Unreality a pitch to Netflix. If you're going to revive beloved series, why not Firefly?
The Credits talked to Gavin Bocquet production designer for Jack the Giant Slayer about his work and the new visual fx demands of Production Design:

...if we were around during the Gone With The Wind time, you know the production designers job was more or less the same, you still had to create what you wanted to be the image, and then you broke it down into how you produced it. So the process is the same for the production designer, but the tools and the palette are a lot more variable in terms of what you can do, and also at times much more expensive. 

Weekend Must Watch
Brava to Chelsea Davison for this incredible mimicry job & spoof: here's "Lena Dunham" auditioning for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. So funny.

So... you know this silence is literally torturing me. And yes I do realize now that in this situation that choice of words might have been a little inappropriate. But, you know, it makes *me* feel like an asshole that I have to threaten to torture you every day. So... if you could just tell me I'd really appreciate it and we wouldn't have to keep doing this"


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Reader Comments (7)

Obviously, fairy tales are timeless stories that anyone has the right to remake. But isn't anyone in the film industry noticing that modern filmmaking techniques have ONLY butchered the classics? The best an Emma Watson Cinderella could hope for is just-decent box office and unfavorable comparisons to the Disney movie.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHayden W

Branagh out of Shakespeare, shadowing Olivier mode is not really the Branagh that I want. I thought Thor was barely competent and at times looked every much like this was by a director doing action genre for the first time. That said, maybe because it's period it could work.

As somebody who remembers watching the entire series of Firefly (or at least the Firefly episodes shown on Fox), I have to say that is playing with fire. Their fan base is crazed beyond belief, even more than Buffy fans or just general Whedonites. These are people who will play down any sci-fi that proceeded Firefly.

And I am cautiously optimistic about HTSAP as a mini-series. They better get some talent behind that. Would Tony Kushner consider penning the adaptation?

And MacFarlane was just so disarming in everything he said. Didn't matter if it was satire. Either you go big or go home with that satire like Colbert does or just make that one little part of your repertoire for the night rather than every facet of the evening.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

That video is genius. So, so funny.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

Seth MacFarlane constantly satirizes everything else about Hollywood in his three TV shows. Why is it such a stretch to believe that he was commenting on sexism and bringing to life the boogeyman critics immediately seized on when he was announced as host? The only jokes that fell flat in the auditorium where the John Wilkes Booth joke and the Mel Gibson joke. Everything else got big laughs. I think with fewer cutaways to the audience response we would have seen Seth break character a whole lot more throughout the night, making the purpose of his approach to the ceremony clear.

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

The whole ceremony included Captain Kirk and Mark Wahlberg calling Seth McFarlane an idiot. What does everyone else want?

And the Lena Dunham video is one lip quiver away from being perfect.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

That miniseries is good news considering Ryan Murphy is going to slaughter The Normal Heart.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Oh, I was hoping Alicia Vikander would score the Cinderella role.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

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