The New York Post‘s Lou Lumenick claims that Magnolia Pictures has signed to distribute Steven Soderbergh’s “Che,” with a December 12th release date. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere has heard that the fatally bad Danny Glover voiceover narration has been dropped from Fernando Meirelles’ “Blindness.” There are deep flaws in the film beyond that, but wow, was it awful.
Michael Moore will release his new film “Slacker Uprising,” which follows his 62-city, 2004 tour to rally young voters, for free on the web starting September 23rd, reports the AP: “Moore said that ‘Slacker Uprising’ cost about $2 million to make and that he will end up paying about $1 million out of his pocket. Neither he nor the distributor, Brave New Films, plan to profit from the release.”
And here’s robbiefreeling at Reverse Shot on animator Bill MelÃ©ndez, who passed away on Tuesday, and his work on “A Charlie Brown Christmas”:
Schulz usually gets all the credit here (and certainly Christmas and its brilliant follow-up, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown are full of delicately wrought laugh lines), but just think about the direction of Christmas’s penultimate scene. Few things in this world give me chills more consistently than Linus’s dramatic, fateful walk to center stage after Charlie Brown’s face-raised imploring “Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what Christmas is all about?”, shown in extreme long shot, the tiny boy’s body dwarfed by some greater being.
[Photo: Spike Lee for Nike Air Jordans, 1988]
+ spike lee (YouTube)
+ Toronto: ‘Che’ Finds a U.S. Home (NY Post)
+ Speaks For Itself (Hollywood Elsewhere)
+ Michael Moore to release new film online for free (AP)
+ Bill Melendez, 1916-2008 (Reverse Shot Blog)