by Rob Boylan
Of course the week I go away is an extraordinarily busy week, film story and news-wise. Somewhat surprisingly (I don't know why it's surprising, despite bad reviews and awful word of mouth), Cars 2 did a ton of business this weekend. I'm glad for Pixar, I guess, but I hope it doesn't lead to Cars 3, unless it also leads to them making a second film in that release year.
I finally saw Bridesmaids, too. Funny, though I'm hardly the target demographic for the chick gross out comedy. I hope the next time they make one they can find a different route to go with aside from a wedding (I hope the same for The Hangover III, of course.
Well, enough of my rambling. On to the news.
-First things first: the best reason to see Cars 2 is the Toy Story short that will be attached to it. It leaves off where Toy Story 3 left off, in Bonnie's bedroom. I gotta say, I'm excited as hell for that. Cars 2, not so much. Sorry Pixar.
-In the New Yorker, David Denby eviscerates the laziness in digital production, using Super 8, X-Men and Green lantern as a starting point. I really couldn't agree with him more.
-Woody Allen's "Rome film" with Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, etc, has a title: Bop DeCameron.
-Spreaking of Super 8, the film's star, Joel Courtney, is the new Tom Sawyer.
-Indiewire's Women and Hollywood on the success of Bridesmaids and what it means going forward for... y'know, women and Hollywood.
-NY MAg writer Michael Idov has gone from dissing Miranda July, to writing a duet with her.
-So, anyone up for a Wet Hot American Summer sequel?
-Here is a good way to remember Peter Falk, who died on Friday. He may be Columbo to most, but he'll always be Grandpa who can read stories like no one else to me.
-It's probably time to learn the name Brit Marling, Sundance Darling whose two films, Another Earth and Sound of My Voice, will both open this year.
-Dennis Lim on the state of the outcast in film, and how they come out in two new films, Azael Jacobs' Terri and David Robert Mitchell's The Myth of the American Sleepover.
-EW has has the first picture of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. Freeman is a perfect casting choice, I think.
-Chrinstina Henricks as Wonder Woman? Fucking yes please!
-The new Cap poster. He's just a kid from Brooklyn. Like me. Right?
-King of Kong helmer is making the jump to features with a reboot of the Matthew Broderick hit, War Games. Why, I have no idea.
-Here are a few more Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 2 tv spots, which have some interesting shots of Kelly Macdonald as The Grey Lady.
-The curious case of the missing Warhol painting of Farrah Fawcett has finally been solved, thanks to Oprah.
-Trailer for the new David Cronenberg, A Dangerous Method, with Viggo Mortensson, Michael Fassbinder and Keira Knightley.
-The trailer for the first Regal-AMC distributed film, Killer Elite, with Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro. Looks like a fairly lame Bourne rip off, to be honest.
-The trailer for the Footloose remake. Boy is that a sentence I didn't want to type out.
-Remember that time you sent Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald video of your day last July? Here's the trailer for that too.
-This week's vintage article is Lynn Hirschberg's profile of Sofia Coppola from the August 31, 2003 NY Times Magazine.
-So, Nirvana's Nevermind actually turns 20 years old in September and to commorate it they're releasing a 4 disc set that includes a DVD with, I assume, the Nevermind videos and some live stuff. I'm conflicted in that I want it blindly, but don't want Courtney Love getting any money from it. Damn them.
-And finally, this giant asteroid is going to narrowly miss us, but I'd still like Ben Affleck and Bruce Willis on standby.