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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

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It's been ages since I had a moment for a link & news roundup so here you go. If you've already read some of these I apologize for my tardiness. If not, enjoy them.

Big Screen
Huffington Post I have to give Peggy Siegal's Oscar Diary pride of place because if you haven't yet read it -- it debuted a few days ago -- you must. Peggy is fabulous and after which movie stars show at her parties here in NYC the thing I'm always most intrigued to see is what she'll be wearing. 
MovieLine a sequel to The Host is now more than a little unlikely and it won't be the next Twilight. That's OK because we didn't want Saoirse tied up with a franchise for aeons. 
NPR Saoirse Ronan loves Clueless. See, she's just a regular teenager. (as if!)

Encore's World a fun appreciation of Anne Baxter in The Ten Commandments 
In Contention rule changes for the documentaries at the Oscars 
MNPP Gregory Peck Or... His Grandson? 
Deadline Sally Hawkins joins the cast of Godzilla in an apparently big role.
/Film ...reports the same news but oddly calls Sally Hawkins an Oscar Nominee. IF ONLY! 
Cinema Blend and a million other sites are breathlessly excited about the photo of Beast that Bryan Singer tweeted for X-Men Days of Future Past. Everyone is all "which actor is it????" but it seems pretty clear to me that that's a concept drawing and not Kelsey Grammar or Nicolas Hoult.
Nerd Approved Disney Princesses as Sith Lords?
Guardian can Josh Trank (Chronicle) save Fox's Fantastic Four franchise?
Empire Allison Janney may play Melissa McCarthy's mom in the comedy Tammy 

/Film alerted us to this Prada Candy commercial from Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola.


It's always nice to see Léa Seydoux -- love the shot of her munching on popcorn so cheekily -- and for directors to have a little fun paying homage to the classics. In this case that's Jules et Jim
i09 the 20 most epic beards and moustaches in the multiverse... a fun list given that hairy Game of Thrones has returned 
Gawker "what the hell is going on with Amanda Bynes: A treatise" 

Small Screen
PopWatch who will replace Matt Lauer and what was his television crime? Great piece by Mark Harris 
Variety TV's Hannibal didn't take much of a bite out of the ratings. But time will tell whether the latest movie to series effort becomes a hit. 
E.T.  Teen Wolf Season 3 Details. No Colton Hayne?
Uproxx Elisabeth Moss plays "fuck, marry, kill" with the men of Sterling Cooper and makes the correct choices with those Mad Men 

Ebert RIPs
Movie City News David Poland remembers his friends hosting passion and group nights out at Ebertfest
Press Play has a video tribute to Siskel & Ebert's sparring chemistry 

Roger's widow Chaz released a statement today which read in part:

I am devastated by the loss of my love, Roger -- my husband, my friend, my confidante and oh-so-brilliant partner of over 20 years. He fought a courageous fight. I've lost the love of my life and the world has lost a visionary and a creative and generous spirit who touched so many people all over the world. We had a lovely, lovely life together, more beautiful and epic than a movie. It had its highs and the lows, but was always experienced with good humor, grace and a deep abiding love for each other."

I love that line "more beautiful and epic than a movie" because I've always been curious what it was like for Chaz to be married to the movies; Roger Ebert had to have been a package deal since he was so synonymous with the cinema.

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Reader Comments (8)

am I the only bothered by the age differencesf the actresses in Tammi? Janney is only a decade older than McCarthy and a decade younger than Sarandon but they are playing daughter- mother-grandmother? Why????

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermurtada

The age gap between McCarthy and Janney is only 11 years. WHY is Janney playing her mother. Ugh, Hollywood...

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDamian

What are your opinions on McConaughey leading Nolan's next film. I really think ten years from now when the name McConaughey is said people will describe him as one of our greatest actors. Its by far my favorite career revival of all time.

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

Colton Haynes has joined the cast of Arrow full time for season 2. No more Teen Wolf.

April 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbrad

Oh Lea Seydoux. My crush goes ever ever on.

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTB

Josh- Personally, I think McConaughey is finally entering a phase where people realize he is our next Paul Newman. He always had it in him but that effortless charm was in movies where there was a perceived no effort. And unlike Clooney or even Pitt and Affleck, he is keeping everything just about acting and not be so image-conscious in balancing matinee idol with indie maverick.

My favorite Wes Anderson commercial is getting American Express do his Day for Night homage.

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

The piece on Anne Baxter's performance in “The Ten Commandments" is sheer brilliance. Her work in the movie has always been my favorite, and the writer breaks it down in such a way that finally makes me understand why.

April 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Thank for you sharing!

September 29, 2016 | Unregistered Commenternguyenan

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