GlobalPost: Here’s what moviegoers in Baghdad think of ‘American Sniper’.
“F*ck, shoot him! He has an IED, don’t wait for permission!!” One moviegoer. I deign to wonder how representative that actually is.
AdWeek/TVNewser: Why 2 Feet of Predicted Snow Was More Like 8 Inches.
“The Weather Service has launched the new multi-million dollar GFS Model, to compete with the European model.” They got the right forecast, they just didn’t believe it.
Youtube: Fantastic Four | Official Teaser Trailer [HD].
Erm. Oh the melodrama (modern superhero trailers). I just don’t think anyone can do a rubber-man convincingly. Can’t suspend disbelief on that one; I see them try, and it takes me right out of the film. F4 should stay cartoon. IMHO.
Slugline. Simply Screenwriting.
Of interest if’n you need this sort o’ tool.
The Hollywood Reporter: Portraits of Stars at Sundance.
c|net: Emma Watson to play bookish Belle in live-action ‘Beauty and the Beast’.
Not at all who I pictured for the role. Too WASP-ish, too skinny. And where’s the chestnut-brown hair? I understand the ‘bookishness’ choice, but ... meh.
NY Times: ‘Sons of Liberty’ on History Looks at American Revolution.
“The History channel admits there is quite a bit of license to this three-part series, calling it ‘historical fiction,’ not fact, but it is close enough.” The previews I’ve seen look dreadful. Produced by A+E. No wonder. Bodice-ripping history itself. Shame.
Paris Review: The Literature of the Fear of Flying.
“Sean Bean (Game of Thrones’s Ned Stark) drives to all of his European film locations. He was finally forced onto a plane to shoot The Lord of the Rings in New Zealand, though he refused the helicopter ride to top of the mountain where they were filming, forcing the rest of the cast to wait while he walked up.” My italic emphasis. Might as well enjoy the scenery while you’re there.
Mondo: The Iron Giant Deluxe Figure Pre-Sale Info!
Just the thing for an office. (if you loved the movie)
Vimeo: We Were Not Made For This World.
Nice try. Don’t tell us. Show us.
NY Times: ‘Mortdecai,’ Starring Johnny Depp.
“And what a frantically dull spectacle this vanity project is.” Someone should come up with the one-liner movie review blog.
Social trending riff: If John Boehner is orange, and “Orange is the New Black” ...
... he’d best not visit Ferguson. He might learn something he didn’t expect to.
Paris Review: The Cult Appeal of Kyril Bonfiglioli‘s “Mortdecai” Novels.
“... I am a product of my time and a woman. And I found the book — with its caustic, rape-centric plot—ugly.” Bang-zoom. If we held all movies against the original books, I think we’d be devoid of entertainment. I still can’t forgive Peter Jackson for what he did to Gandalf. And how could anyone come up with a movie from Silver Linings Playbook? Yet someone did. Anyway. The trailers of Mortdecai make me think of Mr Bean with too much plot, for some strange reason. Little urge to see the movie.
Open Culture: Cab Calloway’s 1939 “Hepster Dictionary.”
It’s really the mezz.
Random Thought: Could any male actor have a successful career ...
... without picking up a weapon in any of their movie roles?
BarnFinds: Six Wheeled Party Bus - 1969 Alvis FV620 Stalwart.
OY! I had that Matchbox toy! Buy this, and be your own Space Family Robinson (Resembles ‘The Chariot’ from Lost In Space).
Sean Connery eating pasta, 1960’s.
Apparently some Scots don’t know how to twirl?
Here’s a thought. Post-Ferguson, post-NYC, what of ‘cop shows’?
Hollywood has to find another theme for cheap-to-film predictable evening entertainment. Zombies?
In These Times: Agent Carter’s ‘Feminism’ Is More About Money Than Gender Equality
Funny. Not the article, but In These Times. This article appeared in my feeds yesterday, and I was going to link it, but it was pulled and rewritten. More Disney-as-enemy yesterday, in my quick read. Women have been screaming for strong lead roles for a while now, and here ITT decides to try to cut Agent Carter off at the knees. Lord knows why. Take a chill pill, ITT, and stop loading the woes of entertainment industry corporate strategy on Peggy’s shoulders.
Dazed: Luc Besson pens heartfelt open letter to young Muslims.
This morning, opinions galore via the Golden Globes.
Amazing, how many people mortgage their opinions to a television awards show. Not that any given opinion isn’t good; it’s just odd where we Americans gather closely-held beliefs.
Dazed: La Dolce Vita actress Anita Ekberg dies.
An icon if there ever was one. RIP, good lady. I never look at a fountain without wondering what young lady has waded within to capture the attentions of a potential paramour.
Slate: AP “Piss Christ” - Image apparently self-censored after Charlie Hebdo-related complaints.
I have a terrible feeling, between The Interview, Charlie Hebdo and this, that a new wave of ‘shock and offense’ is going to hit the art world.
Widening out a bit: I was discussing the other day, “Is nothing sacred?” As Plato argues, are some acts impious because the Gods say they are, or are Gods saying those acts are impious because they are so by their very nature? Religious texts are pretty quiet on necrophilia, for instance. Plato’s argument may be missing the forest for a couple of trees. There seem to be taboos that religions have missed completely. Makes one wonder what ‘sacreds’ they’ve also missed. The smell of rain in the desert, after a long dry spell, comes to mind.
Youtube: Three ladies of Downton Abbey play Cards Against Humanity.
NY Times: ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter’ Debuts on ABC.
Hayley Atwell could read the phone book, badly, and I’d still watch.