Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...

Blogroll

Thompson on Hollywood

Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib

Biutiful Stars Bardem, Inspires Polarized Reaction, Seeks Distrib
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is nothing if not consistent. Over his career--until now, working closely with non-linear novelist/scenarist Guillermo Arriaga--he has crafted a series of films (Amores perros, 21 Grams, Babel) about people in trouble who behave badly, who are in terrible pain. His camera (in this case, wielded by frequent collaborator Rodrigo Prieto) moves freely, swirling around his characters and boring in on their inner thoughts, seeking emotion, emotion, emotion. That's Gonzalez Inarritu's great passion.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 17, 2010 4:10 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour

Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour
Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungrily filling his head with knowledge and churning out movies. Saturday Stone sat with a group of international press and expounded on his fave obsession, the dysfunctional world financial system--and he also excoriates the International Monetary Fund.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 16, 2010 10:40 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments

Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man

Julie Taymor Talks The Tempest, Spider-Man
Writer-director Julie Taymor is in Cannes promoting her film take on Shakespeare's The Tempest, which Icon International is selling in the market. "Isn't it Disney?" I asked Lionsgate UK's Nick Manzi. He responded: "Yes, but not all over the world."
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 15, 2010 7:22 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments

Tamara Drewe: Gemma Arterton Short-Shorts Clip

Stephen Frears' Cannes entry Tamara Drewe is based on Posy Simmonds' well-reviewed graphic novel, which is in turn based on the Thomas Hardy novel Far from the Madding Crowd (which inspired a fab 1967 movie starring Julie Christie). Gemma Arterton plays the title role in a very short shorts: see this amusing clip. UPDATE: Strangely, Arterton isn't coming to Cannes; she's working.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 10, 2010 7:54 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

The Late Great Lena Horne Sings Stormy Weather

Lena Horne has died at 92. Although she was not the first black performer under contract to a major studio, writes Aljean Harmetz in her NYT obit, "Horne was the first to make an impact." Here's Hollywood Elsewhere and the Boston Herald.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 10, 2010 3:50 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
More: Video, Obit

Betty White Nails Saturday Night Live

Betty White rocked Saturday Night Live this week with support from returning femmes Maya Rudolph and Amy Poehler and jokes about her muffin. Here's the entire episode:
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 9, 2010 2:29 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
More: Video, TV

Trailer Watch: Spielberg and Abrams' Super 8

If you object to camcorder trailers, don't watch this trailer for Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams' upcoming homage to filmmaking, Super 8--go see it in front of Iron Man 2. For the rest of you, here it is:
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 7, 2010 3:12 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

News Update: Studios Step Up Security, Iron Man Hits Web, Tony Noms, Vaughn Helms X-Men: First Class

L.A. County sheriffs have stepped up security around movie studios in response to the foiled bombing attempt in New York's Times Square. The LAT reports that the bomb's proximity to Viacom headquarters has led to speculation that the company was targeted because of a recent South Park episode on Comedy Central involving the prophet Muhammad. Viacom owns Comedy Central as well as the MTV network.  At MTV and Lionsgate offices in Santa Monica, guards have been checking vehicle trunks since the incident, among other precautions.
  • By Amy Dawes
  • |
  • May 5, 2010 1:31 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen

SFIFF 53 Day Seven: Walter Salles, Father of My Children, Cairo Time, Domain, Soul Kitchen
On her seventh day at SFIFF53, Meredith Brody practices premature cinematic ejaculation and admires Founders Directing Award-winner Walter Salles, who talks to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and shares research from his upcoming On the Road.
  • By Meredith Brody
  • |
  • May 5, 2010 1:18 AM
  • |
  • 1 Comment

Trailer Watch: Clooney in The American

Anton Corbijn’s follow up to 2007's Control has a September 1st release date and one very marketable combination: Clooney, weapons and women.
  • By Anne Thompson
  • |
  • May 4, 2010 7:51 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments

Email Updates