Jeff Schneider got the scoop for The Wrap about a project on the horizon directed by Jonathan Demme, written by Diablo Cody, and starring Meryl Streep. Pic is about a rock n’ roll star who abandons her family to live her dream but then comes home and expects she can start parenting from scratch. Sounds great. I love that projects are developed and made because Streep is involved.
Reactions to the footage shown at CinemaCon for Gone Girl are all positive:
From the Hollywood Reporter:
Gone Girl’s dark trailer showed Ben Affleck’s character dealing with a media frenzy after his wife (Rosamund Pike) disappears. The trailer promises a haunting thriller, very much in line with Gillian Flynn’s book on which it is based. Affleck’s character can be seen creepily posing with his wife’s “Missing” poster and being harassed by media and police as the search continues for her. “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer,” says Affleck’s haunting voice-over towards the end of the trailer.
Okay now we just saw Gone Girl footage and it was amazing. Fincher going Zodiac again with some Tattoo undertones. Looks like a contender.
— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) March 27, 2014
Footage from GONE GIRL was intense and noir-y. Felt like a good fit for Fincher's style. #cinemacon
— The Maple Theater (@TheMapleTheater) March 27, 2014
Saw footage from Fincher's GONE GIRL. As you might expect looked great. He's one of the best directors on the planet. Can't wait for this.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 27, 2014
This isn’t Oscar season, pure and simple. When is the last time a movie came out in the spring and won Best Picture? “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991? The best thing I’ve seen this year -small or big screen- was HBO’s True Detective and I rather doubt these two impressive films I’m about to talk about will change that Oscar stat. But who cares, right? I’m just happy that we have two fantastic and original visions out there as we speak. One has already come out and the other one is slated for release in a week’s time. Both are expected to crack my top ten list by year’s end.
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” comes out with a storm of expectations. The 9pm showing I went to on the weekend was packed with 800 people waiting to see what his next quirky vision would be like. Suffice it to say he didn’t disappoint the least bit with this new one. It’s not just the distinctive visual and narrative style that makes this an incredible achievement, it’s also the fact that he has infused his obsessive dollhouse-like world with real heart and passion for character, more so than usual, and something I haven’t seen from a Wes Anderson film since quite possibly “The Royal Tenenbaums” back in 2001. It helps that the film is anchored by a remarkable Ralph Fiennes performance, maybe the best of his career? He gives a theatrical yet compassionate performance that is filled with depth and persuasiveness. To mention Fiennes as a Best Actor contender this early in the game would be foolish and understandably irresponsible, but he is so good in “The Grand Budapest Hotel” that it would be a real shame if he gets forgotten amidst the October-December awards shuffle of contenders.
Ladies and ladies, we’ve hit the top six! And as Darienne Lake would say, “Any little slip can take you out of this game.” Which is why girlfriend was throwing banana peels everywhere. For this week’s mini-challenge, RuPaul asked the queens to cover their bodies in paint to create a “Twerk of Art” inspired by marriage equality. These ladies, grinded, twerked and humped their canvases. (Do these mini challenges actually mean anything anymore? Did they ever? The only thing that it did ...
I’ve just about had it with the internet. I used to think, wow it’s so great that there are so many young strong voices protesting things that matter. I used to think that the youth’s collective outrage over things like sexual assault and racism was a good thing. But what it has turned into, what it is in danger of becoming is about as helpful to the collective well being of people overall that driving a hybrid SUV does for the economy. You see, this outrage at Stephen Colbert,...
Right? I mean, right? That was the year to beat all others. We try to go there and talk about the individual films probably spending the most amount of time on Brokeback but 2005 overall turned out to be a great year for film with History of Violence, The Constant Gardener, Walk the Line all just missing Best Picture, though they might have gotten in if there were more than five. Have a listen! ...
Million Dollar Baby takes down Sideways and The Aviator. Probably the only film that really resonates from this year was Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, which just gets better with each viewing, as does Sideways. Okay, fine, so do the Aviator and Million Dollar Baby. Ultimately it was not the best year for film but not bad overall. Have a listen....