Screenwriter Nigel Kneale, best know for creating and writing the Quatermass films, died at the age of 84. "The Quatermass Xperiment" made us weep in terror when we saw it on TV at an impressionable age (as did, embarrassingly, "Pinocchio"). "Nobody ever wins a cold war." Via BBC News.
Twentieth Century Fox, the film’s distributor in Germany, pulled television commercials and internet advertising that featured tongue-in-cheek talks of running over "gypsies" with a Hummer military vehicle after complaints by the group.
Not to sound cynical, but how serendipitously well-timed!
"They are approaching these racing scenes in a way you’ve never seen before," said Silver, adding that the brothers are designing the movie’s look as they write. Silver also said that unlike the more adult-oriented material of the Wachowskis’ past — "Vendetta," the "Matrix" movies and "Bound" were all rated R — "Speed" will be family-friendly.
According to Empire, directors Bong Joon-Ho (of "The Host") and Park Chan-Wook (of "Oldboy" and the like) will be working together on a film â€” Park will produce "La Transperceneige," which Bong is set to direct:
It’s adapted from a French graphic novel by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette, which chronicles the world of a train that serves as the last refuge for a depleted human race. As it dashes from an impending ice age, the carriages represent a microcosm of human society within their different classes.
The film is apparently going to be in English. And, speaking of, Bruce Wallace at the LA Times has an interview with Bong, in town for AFI Fest. This is the most ridiculous line ever:
Korean critics loved the mix of frights and humor. But the film will land in the United States at a highly charged moment, when most Americans absorbing news of the nuclear crisis from the Korean peninsula expect to see North Koreans, not themselves, cast as the bad guy.
Argh! But Bong is gracious:
"The movie makes many comments on the U.S. presence in Korea, but I think U.S. audiences will actually enjoy it," he said. "After all, my movie is just entertainment, fun. It’s about a monster. And the political message is very soft, especially compared to your own movies like ‘Fahrenheit 9/11.’ Americans who have seen that will not be shocked at my movie."
Also at the LA Times, Rachel Abramowitz previews the rest of the fest, which kicks off today.
I am certainly not a supporter of Arnold Schwarzenegger. I think he was unqualified for his current job when he ran in the bogus recall election. I believe he is unqualified for that job today. As dull as Phil Angelides‘ campaign has been, I believe that he would better represent the interests of more Californians than Schwarzenegger could ever hope to. Schwarzenegger is not a leader. Like Bush, he is a front man for a group of powerful interests and he is reading from a script. The filmmakers hammer Schwarzenegger over his private behavior and his record as governor. But Schwarzenegger deserves to be treated fairly and the film’s images of Nazi rallies were over the line.
Like Burstyn‘s skittering hallucinations in Requiem, The Fountain‘s most haunting images linger in the mind long after the credits roll. When Tomas reaches toward the tree of life, golden filaments bristle and rise to meet his fingers. At the film’s climax, Tom and his bubble are blown through galactic clouds and pillars of dark matter that look like nothing else in science fiction. By bucking the conventions of CGI and using an ingenious application of microphotography to simulate space, Aronofsky has given the scenes in the nebula a handwrought quality that evokes the luminous etchings of William Blake.
+ Quatermass creator dies, aged 84 (BBC)
+ Borat accused of slander (The Australian)
+ Wachowskis fuel ‘Speed Racer’ (HR)
+ The Host And Oldboy Directors Team Up (Empire)
+ Who’s the monster? (LA Times)
+ It’s in L.A., but all the world is this fest’s stage (LA Times)
+ True Lies: Filmmakers Go Too Far in Attack Against Schwarzenegger (Huffington Post)
+ The ex-director’s cut (Guardian Film Blog)
+ The Outsider (Wired)