The writers strike is on, reports the Hollywood Reporter. We’re not the first to say it, nor, we’re sure, will we be the last: Bring on the reality teevee.
From Variety, David Fincher‘s in line to direct an adaptation of graphic novel "The Killer," about "a top assassin suddenly plagued by his conscience and a highly competent cop hot on his tail." Also from Variety, First Look Studios has picked up Takashi Miike‘s "Sukiyaki Western Django" â€” that’s the Western in phonetic English with a Quentin Tarantino cameo that’s supposed to be, as is most of Miike’s oeuvre, wildly uneven.
In the new issue of Bright Lights, Kevin L. Ferguson has an essay on a topic we’ve never before considered: wallpaper in film.
Face to face, it is a shock to see quite how freckly and â€œgingerâ€ Redford is. Redheads donâ€™t suffer the same stigma in the States as they do in this country, and we have a funny moment when my interviewee attempts to get to grips with the point Iâ€™m endeavouring to make. â€œBullet?â€ he asks. No, bullied. â€œBullied? Oh, really? Are you being serious? Why?â€ Nevertheless, although Redford was never exactly tormented on account of his colouring, â€œWhen I was a little kid, I had red hair and freckles and I was certainly teased, yeah, yeah â€“ â€˜Hey, Red! Hey, Red!â€™â€ he taunts.
And Desson Thomson at the Washington Post uncovers the ultimate weeper:
During his research, [biochemist William] Frey also discovered a movie that was guaranteed to draw tears, a 1957 British drama called "All Mine to Give." Set in the late 1800s in Wisconsin, it tells of a Scottish family that loses both parents, leaving the oldest, 12-year-old son to take care of five brothers and sisters. Audiences wept without fail, he recalls, at a scene in which that boy (Rex Thompson) goes door-to-door with his siblings, giving each one away to a new family. After a few sittings, Frey couldn’t stand watching anymore.
+ Writers strike set for Monday, WGA votes (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Trailer: There Will Be Blood (Apple)
+ Paramount, Fincher catch ‘Killer’ (Variety)
+ First Look nabs rights to ‘Sukiyaki’ (Variety)
+ Covering the Cinema (Bright Lights)
+ Robert Redford: An American idol (London Times)
+ Watch ‘Em and Weep (Washington Post)