The big news of the day: the Weinsteins, who bought a 70% stake in Wellspring’s parent company back in December, are doing away with Wellspring’s theatrical distribution division, though the home entertainment arm will live on. The final theatrical release under the Wellspring Media name (responsible for "Kings and Queen," "Tarnation," and others) will be "Unknown White Male." Eugene Hernandez has more at indieWIRE.
I’m not going to give anyone this answer. If you think it’s Majid, Pierrot, Georges, the malevolent director, God himself, the human conscience – all these answers are correct. But if you come out wanting to know who sent the tapes, you didn’t understand the film.
Most of the submitted films weren’t remotely fit for cable airing —
there were a lot of triple-X movies whittled down to about 20 minutes
each — and it got so that the other evaluators and I invented
unofficial rules for assaying the programming worth of a soft-core
film. First, male nudity was OK, but — how to put this? — happy male
nudity wasn’t. Second, the movie had to pass the First Five Minutes
Test, meaning if there wasn’t a sex scene by then, the audience was
In the Telegraph, director Paul McGuigan (whose "Lucky Number Slevin" is going to save Josh Hartnett‘s career, or, er, something) has a lot to say when discussing "In the Mood for Love" with Marc Lee.
When George Clooney‘s Fred Friendly strips down to his shirt sleeves and hunches beside Murrow in the dim light of the studio, he all but glows. You can practically hear the sizzle of the starch as the iron pressed it into the cotton, smell the clean hot bleachy steam.
Forget Clooney; women were swooning for the shirt.
We’re tempted to launch into a sidebar on our personal love of and obsession with ironing, but we’ve got to run off and see some Orlando Bloom movie in a sec, so we’ll just let your imagination fill in terrible, strange things on the topic.
Posted everywhere, and for good reason: Jeremiah Kipp‘s fascinating interview with Charles Taylor, formerly of Salon, at Matt Zoller Seitz’ blog:
I’ve heard people say that if a critic has a professed dislike for someone’s work, someone else should review it so the artist gets a fair hearing. Well, we already have that. It’s called publicity. It’s not a critic’s job to go in concerned with being positive. But news people are trained in that journalist’s way of thinking, "You get the facts. You report them. You provide evidence to support the position." Critics take imaginative leaps, they employ hyperbole and that makes the reportorial mindset very nervous, and they don’t get it.
+ Major Changes for Wellspring As Weinstein Controlled Genius Pulls Plug on Existing
Theatrical Distribution Unit (indieWIRE)
+ We love Hidden. But what does it mean? (Observer)
+ ’70’s soft-core brought safe sex to cinemas (Boston Globe)
+ Film-makers on film: Paul McGuigan (Telegraph)
+ The Greatest Conversation Everâ€¦with Whit Stillman (Better Than Fudge)
+ Like grown-ups (LA Times)
+ Against consensus: an interview with Charles Taylor, by Jeremiah Kipp (House Next Door)
+ Lego Brokeback Mountain (Destination Daniel)