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Months of Meryl: THE RIVER WILD

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Linkomaniac Pt. 1

The Daily Beast talks to Uma Thurman about Lars von Trier and gender politics
Five Thirty Eight parses Shakespeare and finds that Romeo & Juliet have a relationship that's not totally based on getting to know one another. Duh!
The Wire reviews Doll & Em, a new miniseries starring Emily Mortimer 

Playbill Katharine McPhee has landed a series lead gig in a CBS show called Scorpion. (I guess they never saw Smash?)
Salon on the eve of the release of Divergent, a reminder that not every YA best-seller aiming for Hunger Games phenom status succeeds: Beautiful Creatures, City of Ember, The Host and more...
The Guardian Brittany Murphy's final film, Something Wicked, is completed four years after her death
Vulture 294 "issues" Glee has addressed in its first 99 episodes
Variety they went really young casting Peter Pan for that self proclaimed "international" and "diverse" Pan film which keeps casting white people in all the roles (so I guess what they mean by diverse is international and all ages). The boy's name is Levi Miller

Today's Long Read
The complete short story "The Birds" which inspired Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic and will inspire the remake (argh) which might star Naomi Watts and be directed by Diederik Van Rooijen -- which I keep hoping will be cancelled -- is available online if you've never read it. It's from Daphne du Maurier who Hitchcock obviously liked as she also wrote Rebecca. (Thanks to Sasha for pointing it out.)

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Reader Comments (10)

From the Variety story on the casting of "Pan": "The world being created is international — and with a very different title character than previously imagined."

International being Europe I suppose and based on who they cast as Pan I doubt I can say he is very different than what I have previously imagined.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRaul

I unapologetically love Beautiful Creatures. It has everything I want from a campy Southern gothic: bad accents, a confused plot, fantastic costumes, Viola Davis arguing with Jeremy Irons, and Emma Thompson chewing the scenery like it's made of goddamn bubble gum.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

I'm guessing that if McPhee is starring in a series called Scorpion, it's one with no sting, no bite, and one when seen stirs nary a second look.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

DAMMIT, Karen wins again! I mean how has McPhee gotten a lead role AGAIN while Megan Hilty is currently looking for work?

Though if McPhee's role in Scorpion is a emotionless robot, i will totally withdraw my complaint.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDerreck.

derreck - right? it's just not right

anne marie -- on this we must part ways

March 18, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I can see Karen/Katharine as a sort of bored trophy wife with no emotions and too much botox. But the best thing is I don't have to worry about this show or watch it at all.

And by the way, I think McPhee's talents must lie, er, elsewhere to keep getting these parts. :-) Oh, that was fun to write.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

I see nothing wrong with doing a remake of " The Birds" as long as they come up with an original story that has nothing to do with the Hitchcock classic.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

You're killing it today with the links Nathaniel!

An Uma Thurman introspective, news of a Sofia Coppola project, and my beloved Brittany Murphy (rip lady) making one last appearance. All great things.

On the opposite side of things.....how on early does Katharine McPhee keep getting acting jobs? I've had more fun watching paint dry than I did viewing her performance on Smash (team Ivy all life long!).

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterZacary

I agree with Uma Thurman completely on the topic of Lar Von Trier allegedly being a 'misogynist.' It bothers me a great deal that one of the few writer/directors who genuinely doesn't see women as secondary to men is the one who walks around with the label 'misogynist' while the vast majority, who seem to take for granted that treating female characters seriously is optional, are just barely examined at best. It's always looked to me like Von Trier was an easy target for lazy thinkers.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjessica

DuMaurier also wrote 'Jamaica Inn', which was one of Hitchcock's earlier works before moving to Hollywood.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos

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