Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

Meryl Streep may be on her way to a 17th Oscar nomination playing former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Jim Broadbent would play Thatcher’s husband, Denis, in a coproduction being developed by Path√© and BBC Films. THR has the exclusive report: The film is set in...
Posted On 30 Jun 2010

Kevin Spacey as Jack Abramoff in Bagman

Kevin Spacey delivers his patented snake-oil sales pitch as lobbyist Jack Abramoff in ‘Bagman,’ a.k.a. Casino Jack. (First out of the gate with his documentary ‘Casino Jack’ and the United States of Money,’ director Alex Gibney sued for a title...
Posted On 30 Jun 2010

Woody Allen foresees You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

The prospect that You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is even sexier in Spain than the deuce we were dealt domestically after the cut.
Posted On 30 Jun 2010

Verbinski’s Rango Trailer

Johnny Depp is the main voice. IMDb says it has a release date of 2011.
Posted On 30 Jun 2010

Fincher envi$ions Yo-Landi Vi$$er as Lisbeth Salander?

Vulture says David Fincher likes the unique visage of South African rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er as a possible template for Lisbeth Salander in his upcoming adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. There are several low-rent clips of youtube sensation Die Antwoord, but it’s...
Posted On 30 Jun 2010

Scorsese populates the world of Hugo Cabret as production begins

Jude Law and Ray Winston join Ben Kingsley as citizens of 1930s Paris as filming began yesterday on Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret (the title apparently now shortened from The Invention of Hugo Cabret). Collider has the press release profiling Scorsese’s familiar...
Posted On 30 Jun 2010

American Cinematographer picks 50 best-shot films of the decade

American Cinematographer has conducted a poll asking participants to choose the 50 best photographed films of the decade (defined from 1998-2008). Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema posts results via Movieline where the survey procedure is outlined: “AC asked its international...
Posted On 29 Jun 2010

Have we Seen the Five Oscar Documentaries Already?

All These Wonderful Things’ AJ Schnack makes a pretty good case that it is very likely that the five Oscar docs are already “out there.” ¬†Says Schnack: In the past five years, only one film – last year’s¬†THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN AMERICA: DANIEL...
Posted On 29 Jun 2010

Spike Lee closing in on Nagasaki Deadline

Returning to the tense terrain that yielded exciting results in 2006 with Inside Man, Spike Lee is close to a deal to direct another thriller, Nagasaki Deadline. The Guardian says it’s an anti-terrorist nail-biter that Martin Campbell wanted to do a decade ago — until...
Posted On 29 Jun 2010

In Defense of Tom Cruise and Knight and Day

Something about Tom Cruise seems to draw out our worst qualities.  In many ways, we are an enlightened, evolved culture.  But all too often, and especially now with so much information and opinion flying around, we settle into our more distasteful inclinations. We are a petty...
Posted On 29 Jun 2010