TMR: Special Weekend Edition
Welcome to The Morning Read, your special weekend edition.
At this point, it's almost Sunday evening, and I assume many of you have already seen "Star Trek". Curious what you think now that you've laid eyes on it. I've heard such great word of mouth that it's starting to look like this year's "Iron Man," the movie that just gets out in front and is so much fun that people end up comparing everything else during the summer to it, to its advantage.
I'm going to use this afternoon to clean out a ton of links I've bookmarked for the Morning Read that fell between the cracks, a sort of clearing house of cool or strange stuff that didn't quite fit into any of the regular columns. I know some of these links are ten or twelve days old... but why not finally put them all together? They were worth my attention in the first place, right?
For example, I bookmarked this review on Twitch because I've never heard of the film, and that always interests me. There are so many movies that have managed to fall off the radar completely since they were made, and the age of video has mainly helped to preserve new crap. Things that were already forgotten before the VHS or DVD age are probably still forgotten, so when I get a heads-up on a film like "Jigsaw," I try to make note of it. I love when this is the sort of thing my peers focus on, instead of nine thousand voices at once on the same new movie.
My kids are growing up in the science fiction movies I watched as a kid, and I love it. I can only imagine what their world's going to be like when they're my age now.
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I adore the original film version of "The Producers," and I'm considerably less fond of the musical version. Still, if I'd ever be interested in seeing a live production of the show, it would be in Berlin. I can only imagine how it hits that crowd.
Every word is true, and I'm surprised there is not more of a push to cover the story of an industry in free-fall right now. Everyone's putting a rosy sunshine face on things, but there is a major course correction happening on the money side of things in Hollywood at the moment. And the end result is going to be a greater divide between giant films and micro-personal films.
I want to see this. I am scared I will indentify with it.
Here's a link that will take you to part six of a giant Newsarama interview with Alan Moore. That link will get you to the other five parts of the interview. It's well worth your time to go through all six parts. He's a wild old cranky genius, but he's always entertaining.
Here's a link to an interview IESB did with Tom Rothman at a red carpet, where they got him to throw out a short comment on the idea of Ridley Scott working on an "Alien" prequel. It's an entirely commercial decision that saddens me deeply. No one needs or wants an "Alien" prequel. Even if someone thinks they do, they're wrong. No one wants to see that movie. There's no narrative conceit that makes that worthwhile. It's a dead end. It's a miserable creative dead end, and yet, I'm sure it'll have an opening weekend. Sheeeeeeesh.
This is one of the saddest stories I've heard of the side effects of the economic crisis. Really gut-wrenching stuff. Makes sense, I guess, but it doesn't make it any easier to read.
I will take any excuse, no matter how feeble, to run a link to new pictures of Audrey Hepburn. In this case, the excuse is that there is a link to new pictures of Audrey Hepburn. Told you... it's feeble, but the pictures are just lovely.
I think this is more a case of "Every twist ending we can think of, good or bad," but you get the point.
You remember the on-set photo of Iron Man hanging out in the Randy's Donuts donut? Well, here's a whole mess of shots from that same series, including pictures of Sam Jackson rocking the duster as Nick Fury.
I like Michel Gondry a lot, but I can admit that this article on The Onion sort of nails him exactly.
If the possibility of a sequel to "Dazed and Confused" is anything more than just a stoner's wish from McConaughey, count me in.
For some reason, it cracks me up that Elizabeth Banks would spend so much time thinking about "17 Again"... except the points she made are actually pretty good ones, so she's excused.
Announcements about the Sundance Labs really don't mean anything to anyone outside the Sundance Labs, but who knows which one of these projects will actually make it to camera or to release?
I admire Julia Roberts most when she comes across like this, like she just plain doesn't give a fuck. Or, in this case, when she gives a lot of them in front of a crowd to fairly hilarious effect.
Finally, the fine folks over at Monster Island News were recently speculating about whether or not "Godzilla 3D" is finally in production. Based on some other things I've heard recently, I would wager the answer is no at this point, but I also wouldn't rule out the idea of seeing the big G back on American movie screens sometime in the near future.
On that note, I'm going to go put together a short report on a conversation I had with Christian Bale at Saturday's press day for "Terminator: Salvation," and then I've got some articles to prepare for the week ahead here on HitFix.
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2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
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