Our favorite piece of the day â€” John Horn in the LA Times on the strange summer of Miramax. Miramax is infamous for acquiring films and sitting on them (see "Prozac Nation," "Shaolin Soccer," the fact that they just sold 2001’s "Pulse" to Magnolia after buying the US rights years ago and not releasing the film). This summer is seeing a whole flood of films that have been shelved being dusted off and reintroduced to society, some of them oddities that were clearly set aside for a reason ("Deep Blue" looks to be a non-IMAX IMAX movie with a voice-over provided by James Bond). Bob admits as much:
Even though the company has cut its workforce in half, Bob Weinstein says Miramax has the experience, expertise and personnel to market and distribute every movie successfully. While he won’t single out any titles, he does admit some of the postponed movies may not be very good.
In the Toronto Star, Peter Howell talks to "The Aristocrats" director Paul Provenza about his first non-encounter with the film’s central joke: Buddy Hackett told the joke during a commercial break on "The Tonight Show," so that viewers, including a young Provenza, were greeted when the show returned by Johnny Carson, unable to speak, bent over with laughter for five minutes, as the studio audience and the band howled along with him.
In the Telegraph, Mark Monahan talks to "South Park"‘s Matt Stone and Trey Parker about their picks of films that were influential to their work ("Babe" and "A Christmas Story") and takes a moment before realizing that no, they’re not being ironic.
I think [Matson Films] did a good job, being a small distribution company, and I think they did the right thing trying to promote it this way. But I’m sort of sick of lying about it [that is, about Wilde’s being alive].
(Take at look at the interview he did with IFC News, for instance.)
The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Alexa Moses writes about Michela Ledwidge‘s "Sanctuary," "the world’s first remixable film." Beside the conventional print of the 15-minute short, there will be elements of the film online and on DVD, so that people can manipulate the sound, storyboards, performance, etc.
+ Weinsteins clear the shelf at Miramax (LA Times)
+ Shocks, guffaws heart of big joke (Toronto Star)
+ Film-makers on film: Matt Stone and Trey Parker (Telegraph)
+ Spinal Tap for the Rave Set (Globe and Mail)
+ Mixing movies at home (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ Ousmane SembÃ¨ne (Guardian)
+ Jane Fonda (Guardian)