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Wednesday
Apr302014

Link Wars: Episode VII

For those looking for the new Oscar charts, I promise it's the top priority now once all this surprisingly busy April madness wraps tonight.

More Intelligent Life on badass Angelina Jolie and Maleficent
Press Play how modern actors struggle with Marlon Brando's legacy
The Perceptive Eye on military suicides, PTSD and The Hurt Locker 
Pajiba how many romcom tropes can David Wain shove into one movie? The trailer of They Came Together with Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd

Guardian on Bob Hoskins (RIP). "five foot six cubic and bursting with brilliance"
Variety uh oh. Harvey Weinstein and Olivier Dahan STILL fighting over Grace of Monaco two weeks before its Cannes debut
The Dissolve looks back at the 80s comedy classic A Fish Called Wanda
The Sheila Variations returns to Young Adult and Charlize Theron's brilliance therein
Boy Culture Tom Hardy's recent magazine pictorial (which we discussed) regif'ed
MZS. "Advice to Young Film Critics" good advice, too.
Coming Soon Fox has cancelled Almost Human, the cyborg cop show that I kinda liked. I never really wrote about it so I didn't have a chance to talk about Karl Urban's John Wayne voice. Ah well...
Queerty in literal cock-tease news, Zac Efron claims he's willing to show it all on film after all the wet underwear, and horizontal peeing and so on... I guess he's figured out what people like about him. (Save your money, Zac!)
Pajiba 'did someone call for a Tom Hiddleston puff piece?'
Rambling Film 7 things that should happen on True Blood's final season (the 7th). I stopped watching but I concurred with most of these even two years ago. Since Buffy also ended as season 7 is this now the standard for vampiric shows? Does this mean we can be rid of The Vampire Diaries in 2015?

Mean Girls Mania
'we're not just a regular blog, we're a cool blog'...

But we're not the only ones celebrating Mean Girls for it's 10th anniversary today. It's EVERYWHERE. On Amanda Seyfried's twitter feed (do you think Lindsay will mention it today on hers?), in a brief EW group oral history, Vanity Fair's best fashion moments, Boy Culture's reminiscence of interviewing cast members, and probably on any pop culture website you click on today. Important note... This wasn't planned since Netflix's Instant Watch service is all contractual based in terms of timing but the Tina Fey high school classic actually expires today. So it's 10th anniversary is the last day you can watch it on Netflix if you don't own it while listening to our Movie-Long Podcast Commentary while you're streaming it!

You go Glen Coco! 

Casting News
HitFix and every other site on earth has the news: the Star Wars Episode VII sausage party cast has been announced. John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and since all visual fx spectacles are required to have him (well, he is awesome) Andy Serkis. Those newbies will join the old cast who are reprising their roles in capacities large or small. There is one new girl Daisy Ridley who we are unfamiliar with. Did she get the part Lupita Nyong'o was rumored for? The Guardian did some mild digging into this actress unknown and here's everything they found.

Today's Spotlight Illustration
Glen Hanson, one of my favorite illustrators, posted this on his Instagram. No idea what film he's doing costume sketches for but me likey...

 

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Bob Hoskins. :-(

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIan

I loved Bob Hoskins in Mona Lisa and the Long Good Friday.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I added him to the links (news happened after i'd written this)

April 30, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Hoskins--Roger Rabbit and Long Good Friday although I rarely thought he was anything but wonderful in all he did.

btw--There isn't a link showing on my page for his obit.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

I loved Hoskins inWFRR.

Star Wars- Yes let's complain about the lack of White women in huge franchises there just aren't enough. I hope if they do cast a few more women roles that all the women are women of Color (Asians, Blacks and Latinos). THough we already know that Daisy Ridley will be the lead another White woman franchise that will join Jennifer Lawrence, Shaliene Woodley, Angelina Jolie and a few others because White women are soooo underrepresented in Hollywood.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

The Perceptive Eye piece is a must read.

That costume sketch looks like a cross between DIana Rigg as Emma Peel and Linda Carter as Wonder Woman.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

ITA with that piece about Young Adult. Theron is a revelation and should have earned an Oscar nom.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

Thank you for the link!

I'm loving all this Mean Girls coverage. That movie never gets old.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrittani

Thanks Nat for linking The Perceptive Eye !

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Not only should have Theron earned an Oscar nod - the contest should have been between her and Wiig that year. Meryl and Viola whatever.

I am really curious about Lupita's status wrt Star Wars. Maybe the role she was considered for actually went to one of the guys.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

I liked the cancelled series Almost Human, too. Karl Urban is a terrific action hero and Michael Ealy (who I wasn't familiar with) is charming.

It's title was a real handicap though. Whenever I mentioned it, people thought I was talking about Being Human. They should have used a more distinctive title.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Nikki- I definitely agree, acutally John Boyega was supposedly the lead which would be great. I mean how many racial minorities (male or female) lead franchises?? The only thing I can think of is Will Smith in Men In Black and Wesley Snipes in Blade. Now since all of this hoopla about the lack of White Women (We know this IS about White women, because if it wasn't there would'be been more outrage over the Lily Tiger casting in Pan) John Boyega's part will get marginalized and yet we will have another franchise where the White woman is the lead.

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Leave The Vampire Diaries alone!

April 30, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Uma looks like she stepped out of an Alfed Hitchcock movie- we should all be that lucky

May 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

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