"I even like â€” in fact, I’m quite enamored with â€” the whole Nikkatsu (studio) roman poruno
thing (’70s, big-budget adult movies). I almost can’t believe that that
existed in cinema! The way they did it in the ’70s, where they’re real
movies with real actors. The woman who played the proprietor in "Kill Bill" (Yuki Kazamatsuri), she was a roman poruno
actress. I saw a couple of her films and I thought they were fantastic!
Even the fact that the genitals were blurred out actually made it work
Neil Gaiman confirms for Roger Ebert
that he probably does not hold the record for having sold the most
screenplays to Hollywood that were never produced (as claimed by the Hollywood Reporter); this prize probably goes to Harlan Ellison:
Ellison writes me: "I’ve no idea what my pal Neil Gaiman claims for a
total of unproduced screenplays but (including films intended for TV,
as well as theatrical, but not series) I had the list printed out, and
at the moment, it stands at a terrifying 27 screenplays written and
unproduced. (All were paid for at exorbitant rates, thank goodness.)"
Joe Garofoli at the San Francisco Chronicle looks at how a doc is pushing the fair use doctrine ever further: "Roughly 90 percent of ‘War Made Easy’
consists of archival news footage from major television networks that
would cost a ton of money to license – if the filmmakers had paid for
all of it; they bought only about 60 percent from distributors."
Shane Meadows (A Room for Romeo Brass, Dead Man’s Shoes) is different, because I grew up with him. We bonded over the films we saw as kids: Made in England, Scum, The Firm, Kes. I saw them far too young probably. They made a massive impression. They were not talking about my life exactly, but about things that were going on where I lived. So I think Shane got a lot from them too, and that’s what bonded us: an understanding of those films as well as a personal understanding of each other.
And Mark Feeney at the Boston Globe writes that Charlton Heston wasn’t always all "my cold dead hands!" "He wasn’t the first star to make the journey from left to right. The most obvious example is Ronald Reagan. Others include James Cagney and Frank Sinatra. But Heston’s ideological journey is all the more striking for the fact that several of his movies can be read in overtly liberal terms."
+ Trailer: Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Yahoo)
+ Teaser: Harold and Kumar 2 (Myspace)
+ Quentin Tarantino: a B-movie badass (Japan Times)
+ ‘Stardust’ memories (RogerEbert.com)
+ Media critic Solomon pushes limits of fair-use in new documentary (SF Chronicle)
+ Humanistic dog flicks (Guardian)
+ Charlton Heston: going from left to right (Boston Globe)