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August 17, 2008

Andrew Dominik’s “Cities of the Plain”?

Andrew Dominik’s “Cities of the Plain”?

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Commenter Brian Kinsley at In Contention reads a spoiler-ish LATimes piece about The Road so we won’t have to. (There’s a tip-off to a change from the novel that I don’t want to know about.) Here’s something we can read that inspires anticipation instead of ruining it: Using money from public relations executives and nascent producers Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz, Wechsler won “The Road’s” movie rights in a bidding…

Gambit (1966) & Coen’s Gambit (2009)?

Gambit (1966) & Coen’s Gambit (2009)?

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It could be argued that every film by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen is a variation on the heist film — even Raising Arizona (heisting a baby) and The Big Lebowski (heisting a rug. “It really tied the room together”) revolve around the theme of absconding with somebody else’s belongings. So it’s no real surprise to find that the Coen Brothers have written a script to remake the 1966 art-world…

Surrender Darthy

Surrender Darthy

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UPDATE: Here are the numbers as footnote to Sasha’s post above. Numbers that won’t stop building for several more weeks. And that’s another thing to consider when comparing Star Wars and The Dark Knight. In 1977 there was no 5-month DVD release window to worry about. Star Wars opened in May and was still playing on 561 screens in December (an astonishing number in pre-multiplex days). It stayed in theaters…