Trailers: One for "Backstage," starring Emmanuelle (wife of Roman Polanski) Seigner as a singer and Isild Le Besco (of "Ã€ tout de suite") as a fan who gets pulled into her life, here. We missed it at Tribeca but heard good-ish things. And one for "The Aura," from the late FabiÃ¡n Bielinsky ("Nine Queens") and starring Ricardo DarÃn, here.
English described George Cukor’s original 1939 film adaptation of Clare Boothe Luce‘s all-female comedy as "a poison pen letter to society women." She added, "My version is more of a love letter."
Oh, please. Oddly, Mick Jagger is one of the film’s producers.
This is a little old, but hell, we’ve been busy: Tsui Hark will direct the third film in "The Eye" series, with Peter Chan producing (via The Little Film Company). A US remake of the original "The Eye" is supposedly going to star Jessica Alba, but given the Paramount shake-up, who know what will become of it.
Other quick news: "Organizers of an evangelical summer camp for children featured in the documentary ‘Jesus Camp’ are discontinuing the camp because of negative reaction sparked by the film and recent vandalism at the camp site in Devils Lake, North Dakota." Via Reuters.
Before Cornell’s name was made public, internet buzz favoured Goldfrapp, some of whose songs already sound like Bond themes, but the Broccolis never steer too far from the middle of the road. Back in 1995, when the hip choice would have been professional John Barry fans Portishead, the honour went to Tina Turner. Any desire for sonic risk-taking was surely extinguished last time around by Madonna‘s Die Another Day. Accurately dubbed "the worst Bond theme ever" by Elton John, this baffling electro-pop folly had roughly as much to do with James Bond as it did with seal-clubbing or the treaty of Versailles.
According to BBC News, "The Nativity Story," which tells the, well, story of the nativity, will have its world premiere at the Vatican: "Italian distributors Eagle Pictures said Catholic officials had approved the ‘faithful retelling of the Scriptures.’" The film was directed by Catherine Hardwicke of "Thirteen" and stars "Whale Rider"’s Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary. Castle-Hughes is, of course, about to become a teen mother.
And, via Howard Kurtz at the Washington Post, Ed Bradley, ever our favorite "60 Minutes" correspondent, passed away of leukemia today at age 65. Bradley occasionally covered film and conducted some measured and intelligent interviews with various prickly celebrities; over the course of his career, he was awarded 19 Emmys.
+ Trailer: Backstage (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: The Aura (Yahoo)
+ Picturehouse finds room for remake of ‘Women’ (HR)
+ MASTER FILMMAKER, TSUI HARK, TEAMS WITH VISIONARY PRODUCER, PETER HO-SUN CHAN FOR A LONG ANTICIPATED COLLABORATION ON "THE EYE 3" (The Little Film Company)
+ Evangelical summer camp shown in film to end (Reuters)
+ Bond producers gamble on the theme tune (Guardian)
+ Vatican opening for Nativity film (BBC)
+ Ed Bradley of ’60 Minutes’ Dies at 65 (Washington Post)