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Wednesday
Feb052014

Link Mommy, Link!

Vanity Fair interviews director John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Road) on his controversial Superbowl ad for Coke. I personally loved it. The right-wingers hate its reminder of America as melting pot.
NPR Jehane Noujaim's The Square, nominated for Best Documentary, is having trouble getting screened at home in Egypt 
Theater Mania interviews the great Charles Busch (Die Mommy, Die!) about his career and new play "The Tribute Artist" in which he does impressions of Marilyn, Bette Davis, and Katharine Hepburn among others. (I met Mr Busch at the anniversary Cabaret screening last year and he was so sweet)

Gothamist Alfonso Cuarón's Oscar campaign hits Lincoln Center soon for screenings and discussions of Children of Men and Gravity here in NYC. Ah c'mon Lincoln Center. Throw in Y Tu Mama Tambíen (still his best picture) and we'll totally be talking!
Pajiba on the whitewashing of Egyptian mythology on screen. Why not cast people of color. Joel Edgerton as Ramses? Gerard Butler as an Egyptian god? Ummmm
LA Times Spike Jonze acceptance speech at the WGA's for Her 

Coming Soon.
Mookie provides us with a list of the most exciting Chinese films coming this year. Lots of auteur epics and stars: Chang Chen, Tang Wei, Gong Li, and Takeshi Kaneshiro
Empire Russell Crowe's next drama Fathers and Daughters is from Italian director Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness) is loading up on starpower.Also cast: Amanda Seyfried, Aaron Paul, Quvenzhane Wallis, Octavia Spencer and Diane Kruger. 
THR Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe will costar in Gus Van Sant's Sea of Trees about two suicidal men
Empire Alicia Vikander (yaaaasss) and Kit Harrington (well, he pretty) to co-star in World War I drama The Testament of Youth directed by James Kent. Incidentally Kent has had a long career in TV films but this will be his first feature.
Deadline an update on Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth) and his third film The Lobster 

 Finally...
You have undoubtedly read in several places that Jonah Hill & Leonardo DiCaprio are both now attached to a film about the Olympics bombings of 1996. This time Hill will play Lead and Leo supports. It's based on this Vanity Fair article American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell so we assume it will be called American Nightmare in release (or something else) since that's more generic and that they'll pretend it's not based on anything if the Original Screenplay category looks like an easy get in 2015. (Why am I so cynical?). Certainly the two worked well together in WoWS. Can they recapture the magic and double Oscar nods again? The Wire wonders which movie duo they're aiming to be. 

And in case you missed it at Funny or Die... here is "Jesse Eisenberg's" leaked audition tape for Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman. I LOL'ed the most at the little pantomime of breaking Batma... well, I'll let you watch it.  

 

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I lived through Richard Jewell. I really don't need to see the Jonah Hill version.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I kinda wanted Jonah and Leo reuniting for a comedy. I'd love if they went for a Martin-Lewis combo.

But I am sort of relieved DiCaprio is not doing a shattered method character and rather than play Jewell, that I think 9/10 people would think given his attachment to the project, play the lawyer.

I really want a good director on this, one that also is doing some stretching. David Gordon Green? Is Bennett Miller too obvious?

On the Exodus casting. I love me some Joel Edgerton (easily one of the more realistic SEALs portrayals that I have seen- sorry, Lone Survivor guys) but yeah, that feels messed up. I can think of several actors from Kiarostami and Farhadi films who could be in those roles.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCMG

Great. Now I want to watch Die, Mommie, Die! again and it is, sadly, not available for streaming, digital rental, or digital purchase. Oh well. At least we can all watch Charles Busch perform Why Not Me thanks to the wonders of YouTube.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert G

What do people make of Kristin Scott Thomas's claim that she will stop making films?

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2014/jan/31/kristin-scott-thomas-interview

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike M.

Nat, if The Tribute Artist does well enough to justify an extension and you haven't seen it before April, let's go together when I come to NYC around Tax Day. My best friend (a Busch regular) is in it.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Mike M -- god. i keep forgetting to write about that.

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The Richard Jewell story is harrowing (Talk about a lack of "Innocent until proven guilty" and how the accusation ruined his life, even if he was eventually found to be innocent.) I'm not sure I'm ready to go through that again either. It was a very dark day for American justice. A lot depends on who the director is and treatment is before I'll be eager to see it.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

I don't know what is worse--Jonah Hill as Richard Jewell or Lindsay Lohan as Liz Taylor. Think I'll go with Lohan.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I coulda sworn upon first glance that the picture on the left was Kathleen Turner.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Well it's not like casting black actors (like Chadwick Boseman) would be any less historically inaccurate.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterOrange

Orange -- i didn't say that she cast black actors but it seems really silly that they're always going so white with it.

Jeff -- no but i bet Charles Busch could do a mean Kathleen Turner too :)

February 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

My first exposure to Charles Busch came when he played a female owner of a modeling agency on my soap One Life To Live. It was pretty cool. He played it straight, no pun intended. There was nothing gimmicky or flamboyant or sensationalistic about it. He was simply a man playing a woman--a very low-key, direct, demure role. Though it was obvious he was a man in women's clothes, nothing in the storyline commented on that. I thought it was so great. LOL

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

McConaughey does no wrong right now. Can't wait for this one. Sound so interesting. I was scared he was going to do another big blockbuster but I love him in indies

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJosh

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