The site for another big Cannes title, massive anthology film "Paris Je T’aime," is live here, with photos and trailer (click "Film Annonce"). In French, natch â€” no US distributor for this one either, despite looking mighty charming.
At The Hot Button, David Poland big hearts "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," "easily the best studio confection of the year… kicking ass, taking names, and reminding us all of the joy that going to a big summer movie is supposed to inspire in us."
Slightly old, and we’re still having trouble believing it: Newsweek‘s Lorraine Ali reports on the new plan to dissuade suicide bombers: "A new, American-made PSA aimed at discouraging these deadly attacks is currently in production. The ad is slated to air as a 60-second spot on Iraqi television this summer."
"We all watch it on the evening news," says [LA-based production company] 900 Frames partner Drew Plotkin, "but we’re using a 120-camera set up that was used in films like ‘The Matrix.’ It gives a frozen-in-time feeling. Instead of seeing a flash and ambulances racing to the scene, we’re showing the street right before the attack, during and right after. That will communicate the horror, the carnage, the human toll these attacks take on innocent civilians."
Why do you love the exploitation movies of the ’70s so much?
RODRIGUEZ A lot of these movies, when Quentin would show them, the prints would be in disrepair. So sometimes you’d miss key lines of dialogue, or you could tell whole scenes were cut out because the film broke there.
TARANTINO We were watching this Oliver Reed–Richard Widmark movie called "The Sell-Out," and it was missing a reel right in the middle. And I’ve come to like it that way. I don’t even want to know what happens in the missing reel. I like having to figure it out. Richard Widmark has this girl, and you can’t tell if Oliver Reed had sex with her in the missing reel or not. Maybe he did, and that’s why they’re all mad at each other. It was Rick ["Dazed and Confused"] Linklater‘s idea that we do the missing reel.
RODRIGUEZ We tried to use that stuff to our favor. In my film, we have a missing reel. A sign comes up in the second-half that says ”Missing Reel.” It’s like you went on a 20-minute bathroom break and you come back and all hell’s broken loose.
The Toronto Star‘s Peter Howell ain’t interested in boxing with Uwe Boll: "If the prize in the boxing match were a promise from Boll that he would never again make a movie, it might be worth bulking up on the protein shakes to take him on. But I doubt I could trust Boll to do the right thing, since nothing short of a Scud missile attack could keep him away from a movie camera."
IBN Live reports that Bollywood beauty-queens-turned-actresses Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe ’94) and Aishwarya Rai (Miss World ’94) both have plans to "star in separate films about the life of freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai."
+ Paris, Je T’Aime (Official site – France)
+ June 26, 2006 (The Hot Button)
+ This Is Your Street Mid-Bombing (MSNBC)
+ Stephen Tobolowsky Adds a Name to the Face (LA Times)
+ ‘House’ Mates (EW)
+ Dial J for horror (Japan Times)
+ Takashi Miike makes his mark (Japan Times)
+ Uwe Boll can kiss the canvas without me (Toronto Star)
+ Sush â€˜nâ€™ Ash strike swords for film (IBNLive)
+ "My Blueberry Nights" shoot 1 (Sina.com)
+ "My Blueberry Nights" shoot 2 (Sina.com)