So a decade ago you were a hot shot. You grabbed the film world firmly with both hands and shook it like a dusty rug. You were banging Mira Sorvino, which was kind of cool, we suppose. Now, here you are, getting ready to judge a sexy feet contest on the Tyra Banks Show. The question is â€” a step up, a step down, or maybe you’re just gliding along on a weird, weird mid-career plateau? Via Defamer.
"I did a few films with Bogie and we became very good friends," remembers Cardiff. "He was a great guy but could be very explosive. When I first met him he said, ‘Cardiff! See my face? See all these lines? It has taken years for me to get these lines and I don’t want you to soft light me so I look like a goddamn fag.’ And I said, ‘Well, Mr Bogart, I am sorry to inform you that I can’t do anything about your face – there is too much debauchery in it.’ So he laughed and said, ‘Put down that sissy drink’ (I had a beer) and he got me a whisky."
Annie Griffin, whose Edinburgh Fringe-set black comedy "Festival" has been gathering good reviews on the festival circuit and in the UK, talks to SiÃ¢n Stott at the Telegraph about why "Groundhog Day" is so good: "I think it is the most brilliant image of depression…Yes, the film is funny, but it’s also so profound about depression."
At the New York Times, Dave Carr examines movies’ typically unflattering portrayal of journalists, while (check this transition), S.T. VanAirsdale at The Reeler goes to see some real life journalists (smooth like butter!) â€” he reports on the film critics end of year panel at Makor this past weekend, where Stephen Holden (NYT, natch), Glenn Kenny (Premiere), Thelma Adams (Us Weekly) and Armond White, Savior of Taste, Culture and also the Universe (we’re just trying that on for size) duked it out on stage.
And, via Digital Chosunilbo, Korea’s Bae Yong-jun, the current stampede-inducing heartthrob of all of Asia, is apparently moving towards conquering the general Eurasian continent, with the growing popularity of Korean soap operas in the Middle East:
Why? Perhaps it is partly because strong anti-American sentiment in the region means American popular culture seems tainted. "In the Middle East, there is a widespread anti-America and anti-Hollywood sentiment," says KBS producer Kim Shin-il. "Also, Korean dramas, which have hardly any sex and violence and focus on family values, seem to fit with the conservative values of the region."
+ Defamer Connections: Tarantino Seeking Sexy Feet (Defamer)
+ Brokeback Mountain by Proulx (Risky Biz Blog)
+ Jack Cardiff: Life behind the lens (Independent)
+ Film-makers on film: Annie Griffin (Telegraph)
+ Hollywood Gives the Press a Bad Name (NY Times)
+ Critical Mass: Movie Minds Rush the Stage at Makor (The Reeler)
+ Korea Wave Hits Middle East (Digital Chosunilbo)