Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office 6 Things Non-Record-Breaker 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Reveals about the Current Box Office Friday Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Takes No Prisoners,  $84.6 Million vs. Rest of Top Ten's $10.2 Million Friday Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Takes No Prisoners, $84.6 Million vs. Rest of Top Ten's $10.2 Million Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Guillermo del Toro Feted at San Francisco Film Fest: "I saw my first corpse at age 4" (Video) Oscar Predictions 2016 Oscar Predictions 2016 It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion It Looks Like David Lynch's 'Mulholland Drive' Is Indeed Coming to Criterion Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Cary Fukunaga Teams with 'Brokeback Mountain' Writers for A24's First Original Film Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Amy Berg's Sex Abuse Doc 'An Open Secret' Finally Lands Distribution, Goes to Cannes Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Whither Sony? No Place to Go But Up Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Hollywood, Please Don't Remake Nicolas Roeg's 'Don't Look Now' Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Riviera Maya Film Fest Dares to Bring Edgy Fare to Cinema-Starved Mexican Audiences Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' Cannes First Look: Hou Hsiao-Hsien's Long-Awaited Martial Arts Epic 'The Assassin' '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory '54: The Director's Cut' Comes to Digital HD in All Its Hedonistic Glory Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set Mark Hamill Shares Vintage Photos from the 'Star Wars' Set San Francisco Film Fest: Ian McKellen and Bill Condon Reunite on 'Mr. Holmes' San Francisco Film Fest: Ian McKellen and Bill Condon Reunite on 'Mr. Holmes' Exclusive: Louisiana Film Fest Unveils 2015 Lineup Exclusive: Louisiana Film Fest Unveils 2015 Lineup Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews Hear a Rare Recording of One of Stanley Kubrick's Most Revealing Interviews 'Force Awakens' Star Domhnall Gleeson Joins Blacklisted Tom Cruise Project 'Force Awakens' Star Domhnall Gleeson Joins Blacklisted Tom Cruise Project Tribeca: 8 Highlights from the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion Tribeca: 8 Highlights from the 'Goodfellas' 25th Anniversary Reunion Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Specialty Box Office: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' Primes HBO Pump, Russell Crowe's 'Water Diviner' Is Spotty Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW) Watch: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Patricia Arquette and Amy Schumer Hilariously Slam Hollywood Sexism (NSFW)

New Jolie News, Too-High Ticket Prices, Help Find Jean-Luc Godard

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 26, 2010 at 4:31AM

- Credit Angelina Jolie with keeping it interesting. This week alone, news broke that she is writing and directing her first feature, a Bosnian love story, and now she will be starring in an adaptation of Brit miniseries Unforgiven, about a woman's struggle to re-enter society after serving a 15-year prison sentence for murdering two policemen who tried to evict her and her family from their farmhouse. One revenge-hungry policeman's son is out for revenge. The script will be written by The Usual Suspect's Christopher McQuarrie (who also co-wrote Jolie's upcoming The Tourist). Assuming the script is to Jolie's liking, this could be an excellent chance for her to combine her A Mighty Heart and Girl Interrupted depth (which won her the supporting actress Oscar) with her powerful mess-with-me-and-you'll-be-sorry untouchability.
0
Thompson on Hollywood


- Credit Angelina Jolie with keeping it interesting. This week alone, news broke that she is writing and directing her first feature, a Bosnian love story, and now she will be starring in an adaptation of Brit miniseries Unforgiven, about a woman's struggle to re-enter society after serving a 15-year prison sentence for murdering two policemen who tried to evict her and her family from their farmhouse. One revenge-hungry policeman's son is out for revenge. The script will be written by The Usual Suspect's Christopher McQuarrie (who also co-wrote Jolie's upcoming The Tourist). Assuming the script is to Jolie's liking, this could be an excellent chance for her to combine her A Mighty Heart and Girl Interrupted depth (which won her the supporting actress Oscar) with her powerful mess-with-me-and-you'll-be-sorry untouchability.

- Have movie tickets prices reached the breaking point? At $16.50 per ticket, even $19.50 for AMC IMAX, things are getting out of hand. One distrib exec told The Wrap: “Look at how the box office has been flourishing. Admissions aren’t up the way we’d like them to be, but the market has accepted the higher ticket prices.” But should we? Times are tight and going to the movies is increasingly a luxury; that's dangerous territory for a medium that relies on a wide socio-economic demographic (you know, the world). Moviegoers should never have to choose between seeing a movie or buying groceries. It may be our last shared-space, shared-experience pastime, with fewer and fewer reasons for people to leave the comfort of their own couch and actually interact with other flesh and blood. Here's an idea: Keep it affordable so audiences can be a Noah's Ark of social representation, or the majority (the ones that can't afford to pay $16.50 as often as there's a movie they want to see) will bypass paid-viewing altogether. More and more have already found other (illegal) ways.

Thompson on Hollywood


- We know that the Academy is giving Jean-Luc Godard (Breathless) an honorary Oscar. But does he? The Academy has been trying to reach him to give him the news (as of late yesterday he's still MIA). THR notes the 79-year-old Swiss is "notoriously anti-Hollywood" and may not even show up to receive the award in November (at the Governors Awards) long after the notifying voicemail, fax, emails and FedExed letter have reached him. (Check out his very entertaining refusal of New York Film Critics' Circle honors.) Did the Academy realize that they were in danger of cultivating a no-show? It may not matter, as last year they gave the Thalberg to the very ill John Calley, who was not able to attend. Instead his award was accepted by past honorees Warren Beatty, Steven Spielberg, Norman Jewison, George Lucas, Saul Zaentz, Dino de Laurentiis and Walter Mirisch.

If you want to help find him, here's a missing person poster to distribute at your leisure.

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Exhibition, Drama, Angelina Jolie, 3D


E-Mail Updates