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Eastwood Watch

Hm. Variety ferrets out some news about a potentially under-the-radar Oscartastic movie: Clint Eastwood will next direct and star in "Gran Torino" for Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures. Pic is skedded for a December release.…

Gotta Love the Swedes

http://youtube.com/watch?v=IinkcR2_8os Variety reports that Swedish people are better than Americans for one really great reason: STOCKHOLM ‚Äî Swedish film directors won a landmark case in their country‚Äôs high court Tuesday, when it…

Mamma Mia!

ONTD points us to the Mamma Mia trailer. Graphics could be better but who can beat the cast? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlYFEigf_yQ

Truly, Madly, Deeply

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj1BlyOcmBs Though he was more successful with The English Patient, by far my favorite Anthony Minghella movie is Truly, Madly, Deeply - a film I consider to be the best and most true film about love and…

Anthony Minghella Dead at 54

Holy crap. ONTD reports that Anthony Minghella, Oscar winning director for The English Patient, has died suddenly: British film director Anthony Minghella has died at the age of 54, his agent has said. Minghella, whose films include…

Pfeiffer and Frears are Back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjkB-o4b_PI A fan puts together a Pfeiffer montage from Dangerous Liaisons Stephen Frears and Michelle Pfeiffer are reteaming for Cheri, based on Colette's 1920's novel, says the Hollywood Reporter's Gregg…

Jared Leto Transformed

Oscar tends to pay more attention to those actors who gain weight for roles rather than those who lose extreme amounts of weight - surely someone would have noticed Christian Bale by now. Adrien Brody, Meryl Streep are two prominent…

Ever the Graceful Linney

Nat over The Film Experience takes issue with a recent NY Times article on Laura Linney: Is it just me or are the questions in this Dear(est) Abby article in the New York Times Magazine, prompted by Linney's appearance in HBO's John Adams…

Foreign Film Category Reform

Cinematical's Jeffrey M. Anderson's take on how AMPAS can fix the foreign language category: Okay. It's time to get down to brass tacks. I'm going to get up on my soapbox and hope that the right Academy members read the column this week,…

‘Horton’ Abortion Controversy

A person is a person no matter how annoying.¬† Apparently, anti-abortion activists have glommed to Horton Hears a Who as a film that champions "life." Slate's Kim Masters on the case: It's Fun To Have Fun: Your Hollywoodland correspondent…

You Know You’ve Arrived When…

Eli Roth wearing a Scorsese tee Slash Film has an ongoing series they call "cool stuff" and today's is about film geek t-shirts. How cool do you have to be to get your name on a t-shirt for a film geek to proudly wear, announcing his…

Move Over for Wall•E

ONTD points us to the full length trailer of Wall‚Ä¢E, written and directed by Finding Nemo's Andrew Stanton: After hundreds of lonely years of doing what he was built for, WALL‚Ä¢E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class)…

Monsters vs. Aliens VO Cast Revealed

SlashFilm has posted some pics and the newly announced cast for the Dreamworks animated feature, Monsters vs. Aliens: Based on the horror comic Rex Havoc, the film attempts to reinvent the classic 1950‚Äôs monster B-movie starring Reese…

De Niro, Pacino in Righteous Kill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eYlWuigmZQ This is the new Righteous Kill trailer. I found this one from three months ago on YouTube and I think it's a bit better. The new one seems like it's trying too hard to look like a Scorsese…

Variety Goes to ‘Horton’…

And it inspires a Seuss-like rhyme: A story of Horton, and people called Who -- but how many movies? It seems to be two! There's one that's quite Seussical, gentle and charming. The other stars Jim Carrey, brash and alarming! What auds…

Has Success Ruined SXSW?

Salon's Andrew O'Herir ponders the happenings at South By: "South by," as veterans inevitably start calling it, isn't trying to elbow its way into the top rank of world festivals, the way Tribeca is, and it isn't a major film-industry…

I Love a Good Rant

CJ Kennedy over at Living Cinema gets mad at David Poland's odd analysis of Burn After Reading: Most of us see the recently announced September 12th wide-release of Joel and Ethan Coen‚Äôs Burn After Reading as cause for celebration, but…

No Country Released on DVD

The Best Picture winner and best film of 2007 (among many) is out on DVD. For under $20 you can be the proud owner of the DVD , or for a bit more, the Blu-ray. Is anyone really buying this Blu-ray thing? I have seen No Country on DVD…