We’d never expect it to manage the serendipitous tonal weirdness that made Robin Hardy‘s original so memorable, but (and it could just be a lousy trailer) this look like a flabbily standard horror film. And it looks like they’ve saddled Nicolas Cage‘s character with a lame traumatic back-story. And…when will we get over this uncontrollable urge we have to punch Cage in the face whenever he appears onscreen?
"Wolf" at Twitch uncovers this (French) teaser for Luc Besson‘s kiddy flick (based on his own books) "Arthur and the Minimoys," which features characters appearing to be the computer-animated spawn of Elfquest and Troll dolls. Yes, we were frightened too. But the film (which will be released in the US by the Weinstein Company) has a planned English language cast that includes David Bowie (!), Snoop Dogg, Mia Farrow and Madonna (!!).
CRI reports that, despite rumors that Ang Lee was looking to cast Zhang Ziyi in his new project "Lust, Caution," she’s apparently been dismissed as too old and too famous for the role, and Lee is now considering Taiwanese TV host Barbie Xu. Ge You‘s been confirmed to play the lead. And what does Zhang care? As has been widely reported today, the Weinstein Company’s like, bought her. She’s in final talks to star in three films for the brothers W, the first being a live-action version of "Mulan," followed by that remake of "The Seven Samurai."
Mark Kermode at the Guardian speculates that the day of real sex on-screen (for art’s sake, not for anyone’s enjoyment) is upon us. Ah, arty porn. Or, as we’ve cleverly dubbed it, Artorn. Er, Pornema. Yeah, we’ll get back to you on that.
Whether all this is a good thing is a matter of debate. I find that whenever hard-core imagery rears its head within narrative cinema, the fictional world of the film is momentarily destroyed. Suddenly, I don’t see the characters interacting in a manner that serves the plot. Instead, I see actors doing something other than ‘acting’, and start to wonder what they thought about on their way to work that morning (or what they’ll talk about when they get home that evening).
Via WENN, Rwandan president Paul Kagame calls "Hotel Rwanda"‘s portrayal of Paul Rusesabagina inaccurate: "It has nothing to do with Rusesabagina. He just happened to be there accidentally, and he happened to be surviving because he was not in the category of those being hunted. Someone is trying to rewrite the history of Rwanda and we cannot accept it."
There was not something Falstaffian about [Orson] Welles, there was everything. As a young man he conquered all that came before him (at Shrewsbury a knight meekly surrenders to the old man, awed by his leftover reputation). Welles grew fat and in debt, took jobs unworthy of him, was trailed by sycophants and leeches, yet was loved by good women and honored by those who could see him clearly.
+ Trailer: The Wicker Man (Apple)
+ Luc Besson’s Arthur and the Minimoys Teaser (Twitch)
+ Barbie Xu May Replace Zhang Ziyi in Ang Lee’s "Lust, Caution" (CRI)
+ Ziyi Zhang is the Live-Action Mulan (Coming Soon)
+ Has porn entered mainstream cinema for good? (Guardian)
+ ‘Hotel Rwanda’ Is "Inaccurate" Says President (WENN)
+ Chimes at Midnight (1965) (RogerEbert.com)