- 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.
- 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.