Trailers: One for Guy Ritchie-esque "Smokin’ Aces," from Joe Carnahan of "Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane," here. One for "Factory Girl," which features Sienna Miller in biopic hysterics and Guy Pearce doing Andy Warhol in the style of Kevin Spacey (it’s a little spooky) here.
Nicole Sperling at Hollywood Reporter writes that Peter Weir is in talks to direct a film based on Robert Kurson’s "Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Discovered Hitler’s Lost Sub."
"Shadow Divers" revolves around two of the world’s foremost deep-sea wreck divers who discover a sunken U-boat 60 miles off the coast of New Jersey. Despite considerable danger, the young divers risk their lives in their obsession to identify the submarine over the period of six years.
Sundance will open with the world premiere of Brett Morgen‘s "Chicago 10," "a new documentary about the 1968 protests around the Democratic convention in Chicago," according to Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE.
In what seemed to be a response to the actorsâ€™ insistence, Park regularly yelled, â€œMake it stronger.â€ â€œThe problem was not tuning up the levels right. The director wanted it devouringly strong,â€ Rain said. â€œLimâ€™s dentures should have been changedâ€¦â€ (The two characters engage in a kiss that ends up with their false teeth falling into the otherâ€™s mouth.) â€œAnyway you can confirm it for yourself in the movie,â€ the reverberations of the moment are still there. This is like no other kiss in the movies. But the kiss meant nothing more than a charge for Limâ€™s character, who thinks she is a cyborg.â€
Well, it sounds interesting, at least.
Film Threat posts its annual "Frigid 50" list. After all these years, we still don’t have any idea what that means to them.
The History Boys is also wonderfully astute and tolerant of the nonchalantly homoerotic culture of the single-sex school. (The intensely private Bennett, who lives with his partner of 14 years, Rupert Thomas, a CondÃ© Nast interior-design magazine editor 30 years younger than he is, only came out publicly in Untold Stories, which â€” after a bout with colon cancer that doctors gave him only a 50 percent chance of surviving â€” he thought would be published posthumously.) Just as Hectorâ€™s boys take his clumsy gropings in stride, we laughed our heads off, with the usual schoolgirl cocktail of fondness and cruelty, at the gym mistress who told us to turn round three times in the post-hockey shower, and watched avidly as we did. I donâ€™t recall a single one of us who felt â€œviolated.â€
Update: We put a link below but didn’t actually write anything about it â€” Stu‘s piece on the Village Voice that is and was is a great read, if very diplomatic. And Nathan Lee’s quote says more about life as a writer these days than anything else: "I’ve never had a staff position before. I’ve never had health benefits in my entire adult life. Dental care, health care, none of it. I have that now. So we can talk about the reputation of the New Times and the drama and the horror of the things they’ve done, but I have a job to do: I see movies and I write about them. For me it’s very simple, and for other people it’s not. I anticipate getting some flak for taking this job, but it’s just a job. I review movies. It’s what I do for a living."
+ Trailer: Smokinâ€™ Aces (Apple)
+ Trailer: Factory Girl (Moviefone)
+ Weir dives into Fox’s ‘Shadow’ (HR)
+ PARK CITY ’07 | Morgen’s "Chicago 10" to Open 2007 Sundance Film Festival (indieWIRE)
+ The Season’s Great Movie Kisses (Chosun Ilbo)
+ FILM THREAT’S FRIGID 50: THE COLDEST PEOPLE IN HOLLYWOOD 2006 (Film Threat)
+ Apt Pupil (LA Weekly)
+ Unspeakable acts (Guardian)
+ How Bond got the kiss of life (London Times)
+ The Voice in the Wilderness (The Reeler)