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July 2009

More Pirates for Rob, More Aliens for Ridley?

More Pirates for Rob, More Aliens for Ridley?

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Yo-ho-ho, and a pop-six-squish, unh-uh, Cicero, Lipschitz. Variety says Disney is close to signing Chicago and Nine director Rob Marshall to take the helm of the currently rudderless Pirates of the Caribbean 4, on course for a 2010 production start. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Disney have been meeting with a number of directors in recent weeks, because the studio wants to pull the ‚ÄúPirates‚Äù film together and have Depp star…

The Other Man

The Other Man

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(via FirstShowing.net) Part of the Man Trilogy (along with A Serious Man and A Single Man), The Other Man is based on a short story by Bernhard Schlink (The Reader) and directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal). In case anybody is still in the dark about the plot after watching the trailer, here it is in words of mostly one syllable: The tale of a guy who thinks…

The Informant! the poster!

The Informant! the poster!

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Silhouettes and chunky fonts spell offbeat highbrow comedy. (From Empire via LivinginCinema.)

Whiny People

Whiny People

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Tough for me to tell from these remarks who’s the biggest girl and who’s the biggest dick. Leave it to Howard Stern to bring out the sensitive side of Seth Rogan and Judd Apatow, both still nursing their bruised feelings because Katherine Heigl dared to suggest (2 years ago) that Knocked Up “paints the women as shrews,” while the men look “lovable.” Apatow, “I hear there’s a scene [in The…

Antichrist poster

Antichrist poster

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I don’t usually feature a full-length look at a poster on the main page unless the design really grabs me. This one has enough hands to grab me in all sorts of inappropriate places. Passion of the Antichrist? And if that’s Charlotte Gainsbourg rutting in the roots, then who’s that striding across the bridge? (Bjork?)

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fantastic Mr. Fox

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(tally-ho! release the hounds! and thanks to RRA)

The Damned United Trailer

The Damned United Trailer

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The Damned United will have a gala at Toronto in September — the trailer is making the rounds. Peter Morgan is the writer. It’s directed by Tom Hooper, who directed John Adams, one of the Prime Suspect episodes, Longford and one episode of Elizabeth the I – I knew there was a reason I was loving the trailer. By the way, according to IMDb, Hooper will next direct an update…

Venice Lineup Announced

Venice Lineup Announced

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Eugene Hernandez of Indiewire posted the films that will be on the slate for Venice — visit the site to see the full list of out-of-competition selections and midnight movies: The Competition Opening Film: ‚ÄúBaaria,‚Äù directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy) ‚ÄùSoul Kitchen,‚Äù directed by Fatih Akin (Germany) ‚ÄùLa Doppia Ora,‚Äù directed by Giuseppe Capotondi (Italy) ‚ÄùYi ngoi‚Äù (Accident), directed by Cheang Pou- Soi (China/Hong Kong) ‚ÄùPersecution,‚Äù directed by Patrice Chereau…

Seriously funny trailer for A Serious Man

Seriously funny trailer for A Serious Man

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Now these are funny people. I don’t know enough about Newtonian physics to measure the magnitude of vectors and tangents of suburban tension in the teeny appletini teaser still after the cut. (thanks to George at cinemarewind)

Hugh Dancy Praised for Adam

Hugh Dancy Praised for Adam

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The NY Times’ Jeannette Catsoulis on Hugh Dancy as Adam: Playing a character who is mentally disabled can be a fast track to Oscar or to oblivion, and rare is the actor who can resist the statuette-winning, Hanks-Hoffman strategy of mannered tics and mechanical talk. And when you consider that not even Sean Penn could pull it off without making our eyeballs cringe, the performance of Hugh Dancy in the…