Sunday Film News Roundup -- October 9th, 2011




So, yeah, the week was mostly dominated by the death of Apple co-founder and Pixar Studios godfather Steve Jobs. And rightly so. As Bill Maher pointed out on his show on Friday, in this ridiculously divisive world where everyone hates everyone, Jobs was one of the few people liked by both the Left and the Right. Not by everyone, of course, but generally.

The wave of grief involved a lot of news about Walter Isaacson's authorized biography, which Sony Pictures optioned for a feature film. TNT said they would re-air the 1999 docudrama The Pirates of Silicone Valley, which is a great movie as far as TV movies go (RKO281 and Duel are the only ones offhand I can think of that are better). Noah Wylie stars as Jobs, which he later reprised at Macworld 1999.

Aside from that, there wasn't much going on in film this week. Though, after months of talking about it and talking about it and talking about it, I finally got to see Lars von Trier's Melancholia, so look for a review of that coming up if it ever makes to Orlando. More tomorrow on how to see it if it doesn't.

-Jen Chaney wrote a nice piece about what Steve Jobs meant to Pixar in The Washington Post.

-Here are some more: from the NYT, and from the AP.

-The dissenting opinion on Jobs from Gawker.

-Kirsten Dunst discusses Melancholia, the von Trier incident and the differences between her and Charlotte Gainsbourg's boobs. I'm a fan of both, I have to say. I mean all four. Ba dum cha!

-A.O. Scott goes Inside Baseball. Literally and figuratively.

-I'm honest to God shocked to hear that Darren Aronofsky's Noah is getting the green light to go ahead. After the duo of his own The Fountain flopping and the ridiculously over the top Evan Almighty doing a mega-super bellyflop, I thought we'd never see it. But I guess that's what happens when you make back-to-back Oscar contenders (and very good films, which isn't always the case with Oscar contenders).

-The Guardian talked to Maurice Sendak, who is exactly as crotchety as I imagined and I love it.

-They also excerpted a piece of Charlie Kaufman's lecture at the BFI Screenwriters series.

-Miranada July on the art of shoplifting (and getting caught).

-This piece about the new Claire Danes show, Homeland, like, completely makes me want to, you know... see it.

-The Times has a profile on Emma Watson as she shoots the adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the description of which -- “The Catcher in the Rye crossed with Go Ask Alice for an emo generation" -- made me want to vomit.

-Remember that time you watched Primer and couldn't figure shit out? Well, try this timeline out.

-Remember that time when The Hurt Locker producer sued almost 25,000 people for downloading it? 21,000 cases were dismissed and Voltage Pictures is running out of time to track down the other 4,000.

-The first look at My Week with Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams. I'm not totally sold yet.

-The full trailer for Speilberg's War Horse. I'm having a lot of difficulty getting excited about this.

-MSN also has an extended Tintin trailer.

-Apple has The Raven, with John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe. I'm kind of disappointed that Sly Stallone never got his Poe project off of the ground. I think that would have been a trip, especially if he played Poe.

-Being Elmo, the story of Kevin Clash who created and voices Elmo.

-Speaking of The Clash... Janie Jones, with Abigail Breslin. Could be good, could suck, but I'm definitely not a fan of the blatant theft of a Clash title.

-The Other F Word, a documentary about punk rock dads, featuring Flea, Lars Frederickson (Rancid), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), Fat Mike (NOFX) and Tony Hawk.

-Apple has a Melancholia featurette up this week.

-Jason Reitman's Young Adult, written by Diablo Cody. Don't think they've got an Oscar contender here.

-Are you ready for it? Wait... wait... wait for it... and it's the new Katherine Heigl movie! Hallelujah!

-Finally, The Boston Globe's The Big Picture has great pictures of Oktoberfest year after year, and you should check this year's out. Show me a person who doesn't like looking at drunk Europeans girls spilling out of their dirndls and men ironically wearing their little boy lederhosen and I'll show you a person that I don't like on principle.

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