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Bloggy Action: Sea of Linkage

MNPP Gratuitous Douglas Booth, your new Romeo (of the forthcoming Romeo and Juliet)
PopWatch cute comic strips on the making of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
In Contention a new possible awards player this November: The Book Thief, a Holocaust drama with Emily Watson and Geoffrey Rush
Natasha VC likes plus size Twilight art
Comic Book Movie even though I'm sick of the X-Men, I keep posting about the new stills. It's a sickness! I blame Hugh Jackman who looks pretty great in 70s pants. 

Pajiba shares a sweet vid of Idina Menzel & Taye Diggs singing a Wicked tune for fans while trying not to wake the baby. I've never liked Idina more!
/Film on the Orca doc Blackfish and the trouble it's causing the Nemo sequel Finding Dory
Towleroad Laverne Cox speaks out about her life as a transactress on Orange is the New Black 

Weekend Must Read
Film School Rejects "But why can't I urinate in my seat at the movies?" Scott Beggs one-ups the Onion with this hilarious self-righteous bit o' satire about the collapsing social etiquette of moviegoing. Everyone I know was tweeting this the past couple of days and with good reason. If by chance you haven't read it, go now.

Broken Record
Cinema Blend on the cast of Expendables 3. I don't understand big movie site headlines anymore. First "exclusive" lost all its meaning. Now "Confirmed". The title reads that Mel Gibson is confirmed and the text says he is "in talks". These are not the same things.

Anyway, I won't be interested in this franchise until they include more women or start mixing it up director-wise like the James Bond films for some extra flair. Many people are quick to say that there just aren't that many female action stars but these manys are just not paying attention. There are plenty who are in the huge age range these movies employ (anywhere between 23 and 67!!!) and who have fuller or more accomplished action roles than, say, Kellan Lutz (who will be in film 3) or Liam Hemsworth (who was in film 2). We did a Cast This once about this and the possibilities are endless: Pam Grier, Carrie-Anne Moss, Uma Thurman, Sandahl Bergman, Daryl Hannah, Michelle Yeoh, Linda Hamilton, Brigitte Nielsen, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Rebecca Romijn. You could go on and on. My dream cast would also include statuesque Sandahl Bergman (Conan The Barbarian, All That Jazz, numerous B movies) since I'm betting you she can still high-kick at 62 (dancers' bodies, y'know) and she hasn't acted in a really long time.

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I went to Imdb for further details on The Book Thief and got amused by the fact the once again Anna Sheppard is costuming a WWII drama. Comfort zone.

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercal roth

There was an Expendabelles (ugh!) in development but the screenwriters were a duo whose track-record was horrific rom-coms.

All I can say is, Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez, please.

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

I remember responding to the "cast this" post a long time ago with some skepticism towards the entire idea of a female Expendables, concerned that the basis of the Expendables' existence was in shameless machismo and a female version would fail by that token, or worse, be patronizing to the female audience

My brother recently proclaimed his excitement at the news of Harrison Ford's involvement, and I couldn't help but think, why be exited? These movies aren't what we wanted them to be and that won't change until real creative talent steps in to write and direct? Let's not pretend we're excited. Obviously I'm wounded about these movies' failure to give me the legendary action mash up I wanted, haha.

Point is, I'll officially meet you half way and say if Gina Carano and Michelle Yeoh popped up to kick some ass next time around this franchise would finally have some sort of injection of life.

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCasey Fiore

I have high "The Book Thief" hopes and "Appropriate Adult" a couple of years ago reminded me why Emily Watson is a genius.

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

Who else didn't know Idina Menzel & Taye Diggs were a couple?! I did not!

August 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Mai

And she may not have been a "movie star", but I doubt anyone would question the action credentials of a Lucy Lawless.

August 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKBJr.

Anthony - whaaaaat, where have you been hahah

August 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

My introduction to Douglas Booth was in "Christopher and His Kind", so it will be interesting to see how he plays in R&J. Interestingly enough, in some of those photos he reminds me a little of Olivia Hussey who played Juliet in the late sixties version. Yes, he is VERY nice to look at. :-)

August 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel V

Love is heavy and light, bright and dark, hot and cold, sick and healthy, asleep and awake- its everything except what it is! My favorite Act 1, scene 1 at Romeo and Juliet. Excellent post, thank you.

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPauline Dellinger

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