Tom O’Neil at the LA Times‘ "The Envelope" section prepares to shock and awe his colleagues and disbelievers with the power of the internet, or, to put it less floridly, he’s got David Cronenberg scheduled to chat with all comers (we assume about "A History of Violence"‘s Oscar hopes) at noon ET today.
Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE‘s on Sundance’s latest program announcements, for the weirder and more interesting Spectrum, Frontier, and Midnight Sections. There are a few things we’re excited about, most of all that artists Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, who make the most amazing installation artwork combining miniatures, live cameras and projection, will be there with their latest work, "Our Second Date." Also, bright young thing Cam Archer is in with the world premiere of his "Wild Tigers I Have Known," as is Neil Marshall, with his highly acclaimed high gore spelunking horror film (!) "The Descent."
Pat Morita, the Japanese-American actor, died on Thanksgiving Day in Las Vegas. He was 73. News reports over the weekend were not specific about the cause of death or funeral details. Also not clear was what Hollywood would do now that Mr. Morita is gone.
The movie and TV industry has never had many roles for Asian-American men, and it seemed for a while that they all went to Mr. Morita. He made his debut as "Oriental No. 2" in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in 1967 and never stopped working. He hit two peaks – as Arnold the diner owner on TV’s "Happy Days" and the wise old Mr. Miyagi in the "Karate Kid" movies – and spent the rest of nearly 40 years roaming an endless forest of bit parts.
He was Mahi Mahi, the pidgin-talking cabby in "Honeymoon in Vegas," Lamont Sanford’s friend Ah Chew in "Sanford and Son," Brian the waiter in "Spy Hard," Chin Li the Chinese herbalist in "The Karate Dog."
Whenever a script called for a little Asian guy to drive a taxi, serve drinks or utter wise aphorisms in amusingly broken English, you could count on Mr. Morita to be there.
And RenÃ©e Graham at the Boston Globe points out Paramount isn’t screening "Aeon Flux" for critics, and reminds us all, with the help of a heaping of quotes from Drew McWeeny of "influential film website" Ain’t It Cool News, of what a great sign this is.