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Thursday
Aug082013

Stop Trying to Make Link Happen

Next Movie can you recite all of Mean Girls in half an hour? This guy in a pink shirt can. 
AV Club Netflix knows you're lying about all those highbrow films you claim you watch!
Pop Matters this is a pretty great interview with Courtney Love about her short but fascinating career as an actress with The People Vs Larry Flynt as its focus
The Playlist Woody Allen needs the right idea for his eventual "shot in Sweden" film -- he's already done his Bergman riff (Interiors) so what could he do? 
Dark Horizons on how they're filming Quicksilver (Evan Peters) super-speed for the new X-Men flick 

Playbill It looks like Clint Eastwood's A Star is Born has been shoved aside for a different musical he's interested in since he's set to start filming his take on Jersey Boys later this month. Several cast members have been plucked from the stage show including Tony winning John Lloyd Young
Empire a new Legolas still from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (I shudder every time I type that title. Such a horrible title) 
Esquire What I've Learned: Woody Allen Edition

YouTube you've heard that 8 year old Nicki Minaj-addict Sophia Rose Grace got the Little Red Riding Hood role in Into the Woods right? This furthers my wariness about the movie.  That's actually kind of a tricky part which is usually cast older since uh... her whole plot is kind of a sexual metaphor
Coming Soon filming began today on Black Sea, the latest from Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) an treasure-hunt thriller starring Jude Law
In Contention reminds that This is Martin Bonner comes out this week. I thought it was already out but no matter. Go see it. It's good.
MovieWeb a television series based on The Exorcist may be on the way. No word on what happened to the previous series based on The Exorcist (from Martha Marcy May Marlene's Sean Durkin) that was supposed to be heading our way.

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LMAO at Courtney's Winona Ryder story.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBia

Woody Allen center a movie around Dianne Wiest where she decides to become an expat in Sweden in her retirement years. While there she meets a mute homeless woman (Kathy Bates) where they form a bond over Wiest's acts of kindness. Later the local news reports that the mute homeless woman (Bates) was a victim of a violent assault. This prompts Wiest to take her in. What happens afterwards will alter them both. I can't decide if this is a comedy or Misery 2? Help me Mr Rogers.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

The Little Red news just turned me off the movie entirely. Not just because of her sub-plot but even if you strip it of the pervy song the whole Little Red Riding Hood metaphor has always contain crazy sexual subtext, exploited tremendously in various pieces of pop culture, because DUH, the Brothers Grimm were not aiming for rainbows. Even ignoring the age stuff, I just think there are so many talented childhood performers and unknowns (like the kid who played Toby in Sweeney Todd). Why get a novelty act?

Courtney was such a good actress. Also that Andy Kauffman movie that was oh so weird with people playing themselves when they were 25 years older hanging around Jim Carrey's Kauffman. I thought her performance was great and very against type.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Sophia Grace is far too young for the Little Red Riding Hood part while John Lloyd Young was far too old to play Frankie Valli even in 2005.

The only Sweden-set movie I need to see is a film adaptation of Sondheim's A Little Night Music.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Yes, the Sophia Grace news is terrible. I was wary of the film already - now it seems like Rob Marshall has no understanding of the show at all!

@Evan - there's already a film version of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076319/

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Gow

I hate to say it at this stage but I think it's officially time... Into The Woods is turning into a mess. Bizarre and totally uninspired casting choices does not a good movie make. CAN ANY OF THEM EVEN SING WHAT IS GOING ON.

Rob Marshall needs to fall down and smack his head on a toilet and discover good taste so that Audra, Sutton and Anika can become last-minute replacements for The Witch, The Baker's Wife and Cinderella, respectively. Also, Maisie Williams had this Lil Red role LOCKED UP, why didn't they go with her!? Le sigh.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark The First

Yeah, I'd think 13-17 as ideal. Chloe Moretz?

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'm still hoping this Sophia Grace thing is bullshit.

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKeith Gow

UGH with this latest Into the Woods casting announcement. I'm happy for her - she's adorable and her enthusiasm is contagious, and she has a great (if untrained) singing voice - but she does not fit the role of Little Red AT ALL. I can only imagine that this means they're cutting (or at the very least SIGNIFICANTLY altering) "Hello Little Girl" and "I Know Things Now", which sucks as they're two of the best songs in the show. And if they keep them?!? Dear sweet merciful GOD the creepiness! I'm even more worried about this one now, and that's saying something.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

denny -- agreed. both of those songs are just fabulous but they're also totally about sexual lust and the loss of innocence. I mean, with an 8 year old in the role?. JESUS. WHAT IS ROB MARSHALL DOING WITH THIS MUSICAL?

August 9, 2013 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I am assuming they are acting children in these roles because casting then as young adults on screen would not work? Hard singing Children will Listen to someone like Emma Stone ( who would have killed it in the Red Riding Hood Role? My guess is that the roles in the script have been altered? It is Disney after all and they are maybe attempting to make the show more family friendly than it may appear on stage....it may work? But it will not be the Into The Woods we know and love... But could it ever being reduced to 2 hours and trying to grab huge box office numbers?
Another thing... Ok... You want to cast children as Jack and Red ... Why Sophia Grace????

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Nathaniel - Thinking about this more, and given that it's Disney we're talking about here, I would NOT be surprised if they end up doing what is marketed as the "Junior" version of Into the Woods, which is really just Act One presented by itself. Why wouldn't this surprise me? Well, Into the Woods is a LONG show, with the first act being an acceptable feature length as is and the second act being too dark for kids. And Disney really likes those family dollars, after all!

SIGH. I wish...

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

Denny: the script was leaked online a few weeks back. Things have been tweaked but there is still an act 2

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

@Mark, great casting there. I'm not sure if Nathaniel voiced this choice a while back, but I also endorse Joe Wright for Marshall's replacement. This film seems to be headed where most everyone thought it would be...

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoel V

Joe Wright would be so good for a musical like this. Hanna is like a modern Grimm tale, especially in the third act imagery.

This is not even my favorite Sondheim and I am upset. If Rob Marshall is even on the short-list for a Follies adaptation- it'd be best to stay out of my way from a 50 yd. radius.

August 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

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