According to Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter, John Turturro is joining the self-distribution crowd with his New York musical "Romance & Cigarettes," which has lingered in limbo for two years after Sony Pictures merged with MGM something something. It’ll open at the Film Forum on September 7th. Goldstein notes that at Toronto 2005, "It was labeled a ‘karaoke nightmare’ and ‘downright unwatchable’ by some, but ‘terrific as a musical’ and ‘almost impossible not to adore’ by others." We must be honest: we are dying to see this. For the record, trusted fellow blogger Filmbrain loved it.
Too often film talk slides from being film comment to film chat to film chatter. Even our best critics, among whom Rosenbaum must be counted, make use of a kind of rapid semaphore, signaling to the already converted. Evidently his ideal reader agrees that good cinema is challenging and experimental, directing actresses is a minor talent, and being admired by upscale Manhattanites is a sign of a sellout. Readers will self-select; those who have congruent tastes will pick up the signals. But these beliefs arenâ€™t really knowledge. Theyâ€™re just, when you get right down to it, attitudes.
Australians love horror, according to Clive Hopkins at the Sydney Morning Herald.
So Adam Goldberg‘s "I’m a huge Val Kilmer fan" line in "2 Days in Paris" had some truth to it â€” Page Six claims that Kilmer was supposed to play Hitler in the sequel to Goldberg’s 2003, er, Jewsploitation film "The Hebrew Hammer," "The Hebrew Hammer 2 – Hammer Versus Hitler." However, he’s since dropped out â€” Page Six speculates it’s because he’s too fat. Oh, don’t look at us that way â€” there’s not much news going on today.
+ Turturro taking out ‘Romance’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Bergman, Antonioni, and the stubborn stylists (DavidBordwell.net)
+ A Taste of Whimsy Wows the French (Washington Post)
+ Things that go bump in the outback (Sydney Morning Herald)
+ HE’S NO HITLER (NY Post)