Catching up after the holiday weekend and travel to and from fall film fests:
Fall fest round-up:
Jay Fernandez covered my Telluride panel with Nic Cage et les autres.
Scott Burns talks The Informant! at MCN.
Analysis of the contemporary role of the film festival.
Never one to hide his light under a bushel, Michael Moore promos his Capitalism: A Love Story reviews.
Lots of lit flicks are coming this fall.
Other news on the jump:
To state the obvious: we'll be hearing a lot of Beatles in next few months on top of the simultaneous release of Beatles Rock Band and new remastered CDs. Fine with me. I confess that I missed the satiric edge of this intro-to-Beatles critique from The Onion's Chuck Klosterman. Sometimes I read too fast. Hazard of the beat.
Annie Leibovitz is on the verge of losing rights to her photography: Tuesday September 8 was the deadline for her to come up with $24 million.
Michael Sheen won't play Tony Blair any more, after The Special Relationship.
The Hobbit is clear of legal issuesnow clear of legal issues, so Guillermo del Toro and Peter Jackson can proceed.
Check out this Atlantic feature on the Brit Wit invasion, mainly focused on Russell Brand and Ricky Gervais.
The WSJ looks at a classic screwball comedy collection.
Total Film's 28 most horrifying movie moments.
Patrick Goldstein finally gets around to the topic of one of my first posts here: Hollywood's lust for the familiar.