Sunday Film News Roundup -- December 11th, 2011




Nothing happened this week. Seriously. There were some awful trailers for crap like What to Expect when You're Expecting, and New Years Eve got sent through the critical buzzsaw as pretty much every who wasn't involved in making it thought it would.

Okay, the two things that happened this week were the Scott Rudin/David Denby dustup, which happened on Monday, and the Muppets thing, which I think started on Sunday night and everyone was done with by Tuesday.

If anything else happened this week it was drowned out in my Twitter feed by the Albert Pujols, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Braun news.

The blog will be busy starting Monday though, when we start up a series we hope you'll like.



-The Artist won Best Film (Scorsese Best Director) from the Boston Crits. (Deadline)

-The LA crits gave Terrence Malick Best Director. (Deadline)

-And the AFI top 10 lists seems to be a good guess at what the Best Picture Oscar noms will look like. (Deadline)

Sheesh, a guy goes out to finally see The Skin I Live In (holy shit, what a film) and misses all of this stuff.


Previously, on the Roundup...

-Scott Rudin is kind of a genius for milking this nothing story about David Denby breaking the embargo on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo reviews. Now it's all anyone is talking about, especially since he (probably) released his email back-and-forth with Denby to The Playlist. (IndieWire)

-The cause of the ire. (The New Yorker)

-David Fincher also weighed in to support Scott Rudin. (Miami Herald)

-Speaking of Dragon Tattoo, here's a story on the original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace and what she's up to now. (NY Times)

-After that stupid Twitter hoax a few months ago, it seems that Sofia Coppola has actually found her next movie: about the kids who broke into Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton's houses. (TMZ... yeah, I read/watch TMZ, so what of it?)

-Shirley MacLaine remembers Liz Taylor. (The Guardian)

-Seriously, Liberal Hollywood. Leave your damn dirty hippie fingers off of the Muppets. Keep our children stupid and easily manipulated for the wellness of corporate future. Shame on you, Disney. (Movieline)

-Other companies that make fun of cartoonish evil oil billionaires are pretty shitty entities? Uh, Fox? F-O-X. (Simpsons Wiki)

-Something I didn't know: Taxi Driver writer Paul Schrader's back-and-forth with Bruce Springsteen ended up in Born in the USA. Those papers and more are now open for research at the University of Texas, should you happen to be researching a book on Scorsese or Dylan or the American obsession with Japan. (UTexas)

-If movie executives dream of Philip K. Dick stories, why do they always basically just take the title and change everything else? (The Guardian)

-Another Top 10 list is in: Mr. Skin's top 10 nude scenes. Surprisingly, this link is safe for work, but it will lead you to Google said scenes, which will not be safe for work. No Shame. Pfft. (Egotastic)

-Brad Bird tries to break free of the artistic kiddie table with M:I4. (NY Times)

Trailers, posters, etc:

-Jiro Dreams of Sushi. I don't like sushi but I'll watch people make it all day long. (Apple)

-Look for this Japanese anime Redline on DVD. Looks pretty cool. (Apple)

-Sigh. Battleship. (Apple)

Vomit. The Three Stooges. (Apple)

-Did the same guy design these Amazing Spider-man and The Dark Knight Rises posters? (Deadline)

Most of you probably don't like hockey, but I do and this is my soapbox. HBO created a really great trailer for their four-part Rangers-Flyers 24/7 that airs in December:

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Death to the Flyers.

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