We were struck down with an unimaginably awful cold by the gods of entertainment yesterday for not being appropriately mournful of Don Knotts (He was before our time! Before! Our! Time!). While we catch up, a few odds to tide you over:
According to Empire, the Weinstein Company is producing a biopic-of-sorts on author, former child lot lizard and friend-o’-celebrities J.T. Leroy, who, it was revealed last month, is the fictional creation of a middle-aged San Francisco musician and writer named Laura Albert. The film will be based on Warren St John’s New York Times‘ articles about the hoax.
[I]n late 2001, I knew I was going to move to Singapore in 6 months. A massive life-change, and I was not quite sure what I intended to do when I got there. I decided to create for myself a project, and ordered the DVD of "Saint Jack" on Amazon and before it even arrived I was plotting something for my future.
The film was everything I expected and more. I loved it despite imperfections, but it was the spontaneous moment that it seemed to capture, a lost episode in so many filmographies, a buried bit of Singapore history. Before the credits rolled, I knew that I was going to research the ‘making of’ as soon as I arrived in the Lion City.
Jeremy Dauber at the Christian Science Monitor speculates on what a variable pricing plan for movie theaters would be like:
Using a calculator, or optimally, a slide rule, determine the ratio of explosions to heavy-handed expositional monologues delivered by vaguely European bad guys. Multiply the resulting number by 10, and add that percent to ticket price. If done properly, a movie like "Hiroshima, Mon Amour" should stay about the same price, and the cost of a ticket to "Bad Boys 2" should be approximately infinity.
Via Reuters, Indian filmmaker Jayaraaj has managed to shoot a feature-length film in 2 hours and 14 minutes, breaking the world record. "Atbhutam (Wonder)" is loosely based on no less than Terri Schiavo‘s story.
Susan Wloszczyna at USA Today has a quick look at DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures continued ballsy, pricey support of forthcoming BeyoncÃ© Knowles vehicle "Dreamgirls," based on the Broadway musical inspired by The Supremes, and a project that clearly looks (we’ll go ahead and say it) doomed, doomed, doomed. But what the hell do we know? The kids are apparently practically seizing over "High School Musical."
The hot ticket of the festival, which sold out long before most Western delegates had even bothered to scrutinise the programme, was a gay Filipino film called "The Masseur." While in fact the film was heavy-handed, murkily shot and decidedly unerotic, its significance was put into perspective by a foreign correspondent to a German newspaper who told me that just seven years ago a lesbian film festival held in private premises in Bangkok was raided by the police.
+ Fake Author Gets His Own Biopic (Empire)
+ Coming my way? (Kinda Hot)
+ 10 rules for variable movie ticket pricing (Christian Science Monitor)
+ Indian filmmaker wraps movie in 2 hrs 14 min (Reuters)
+ Film moves ahead with supreme confidence (USA Today)
+ Playboys of the Eastern world (London Times)