It’s hardly worth the time to pick on Lasse HallstrÃ¶m‘s "An Unfinished Life," probably the most glossy and expensive of the films Miramax has dumped this summer. But we did anyway: see our review of the film here.
Over at MSNBC‘s gossip column "The Scoop," Jeannette Walls claims that, according to an unnamed source, Michael Moore is "seriously considering" making a documentary on Hurricane Katrina and it’s aftermath.
Also at MSNBC, Erik Lundegaard has a rather great, if quietly seething piece on how Hollywood portrayed terrorism before 9/11:
Watching these movies, in fact, one wonders all over again about right-wing attacks on Hollywood. These movies encourage patriotism, faith in our leaders and an-eye-for-an-eye. They encourage a simple absolutist view of the world. There are good guys and bad guys and never the twain shall meet. The hero is always right, and the people who disagree with the hero are always wrong, and if the hero needs to â€” and he usually does â€” he can go it alone. Sometimes the hero is the President of the United States. Sometimes he wears a flight suit. Sometimes he says tough things like "Get off my plane!" I know: It’s all so anti-Republican.
On that note, Bruce Schneier at Wired News suggests that homeland security is hampered by the fact that they seem to think of terrorism only along the lines of movie plots.
In the New York Times, Dinitia Smith talks to reclusive author S. E. Hinton, who wrote "The Outsiders" at age 17 and who consented to the interview only to promote Warner’s release of a recut version of Francis Ford Coppola‘s (terrible…oh, you know it’s true, don’t be so sentimental) 1983 film version of the novel.
In a telephone interview, Mr. Coppola said he recut "The Outsiders" to be truer to the book, and retitled the new version "The Outsiders: The Complete Novel."
In the original film, Mr. Coppola went quickly to the main action at the drive-in, but he has restored an early scene in which the Greaser characters are introduced one by one as they are set upon by Socs. "Very often the solution is to get to the second reel fast," he said.
Mr. Coppola also restored a scene in which Sodapop comforts his brother, Ponyboy, in bed. It was cut because, though innocent, early audiences snickered.
Nancy Mills at the New York Daily News talks to Elijah Wood about his hopes that his upcoming roles as an angry hobbit in "Green Street Hooligans" and a pensive, Jewish hobbit in "Everything is Illuminated" will lead to his getting beyond the role of Frodo Baggins.
And, in the most awesome piece of the day, former baseball player Jose Canseco has hired a manager to make…him…a…movie star! When we were mini, we (and everyone other kid in the East Bay) got Jose Canseco to autograph a softball (it was all we had, we weren’t so sporty) for us, because, if we recall, it was part of a community service requirement in order for him to avoid jail time for some incident. Lots of great quotes in the piece. Two of our favorites:
Here’s how the pitch sounds. "I’m only 41 and in great shape for my
age," Canseco said. "I don’t think I’ve lost a beat at all. Because of
my physique and my look … I fit in the natural action-hero role."
Canseco already has a little experience in front of the camera,
having appeared in VH1’s celebrity-driven reality show "The Surreal
Life." But the demo tape is helping. "I think there is strong potential
for his future in this business," said Pamela Shae, senior vice
president of talent and casting for Spelling Television Inc. "He seems
very committed to this next chapter in his life. I truly feel that
[casting him] is something I want to entertain. I was very, very
excited to meet him."
+ Bearly there: Lasse Hallstrom’s "An Unfinished Life" (IFC News)
+ Will Moore turn Katrina into film? (MSNBC)
+ "Saddam Hussein is bombing us!" (MSNBC)
+ Terrorists Don’t Do Movie Plots (Wired News)
+ An Outsider, Out of the Shadows (NY Times)
+ Kicking the Hobbit (NY Daily News)
+ Taking some mighty swings (LA Times)