Sunday Film News Roundup -- January 22, 2012




Wikipedia (and others)'s battle against SOPA and PIPA obviously dominated the news this week, with the user-submitted encyclopedia going dark for 24 to the whiny consternation of high school and college students nationwide. I mean, holy shit. You shouldn't be using Wikipedia for homework.

Just as big a news story, I think, was the Supremes' 6-2 decision this week that says Congress may reapply copyright status to certain works that are now in the public domain. If it ends up in only aligning with the Berne Convention rules, creating a worldwide copyright date, fine, but who among us trusts congress to not figure out a way to abuse this law?

-Speaking of corruption... Chris Dodd and the MPAA are a microcosm of everything wrong with quid pro quo lobbying in American politics. Surprising, I know. (Tech Dirt)

-Go figure. Hollywood Moguls are petulant crybabies, pulling out of Obama re-election fundraisers because he didn't play ball. President Newt will surely be their ideal man. (Deadline)

-Kind of depressing this week to hear that Kodak has filed for bankruptcy. I want to rage but I haven't bought a roll of film in about six months. Oh God I'm the problem. (NY Times)

-Hate that whole weekly box office horse race nonsense? Want someone to blame? Try that big stupidface Stanley Kubrick. (indieWire)

-So, about Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. It's officially going to be in 3D. Staring off to the far side of the shore just screams out for 3D. (NY Times)

-The British are trying to overhaul their filmmaking apparatus on a national level, and the report is finally out. I'm kind of in awe of the fact that a government is really supporting film as art, even if everyone is not 100% behind their action plan. The American government's regard for filmmaking basically stopped developing when Eisenhower had the arm chairs installed in the White House Theater. (The Guardian)

-If Netflix is ever in the news for something positive again I'll eat my hat*. (Deadline)

-Uni can make a Bridesmaids II if they want but Kristin Wiig is so over it. (Vulture)

-Here's the short list for the Oscars' Best Foreign Language Feature. Pina and A Separation are the only ones I've seen. One of the ones no one has heard of will win and there will be much outrage on behalf of A Separation. That's how the Best Foreign Language Feature Oscar rolls. (Deadline)

-First Park Chan-wook, then Kim Ji-woon. Now Bong Joon-ho is making an English language film too, called Snow Piercer (co-written by Park Chan-wook, even), and it's (probably) going to star Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. (Variety)

-Hey, Richard Curtis better not forget to wind his watch. (The Guardian)

-George Lucas is done with fanboys. After the shockingly smug The People vs. George Lucas I can't really blame him. I'm glad Red Tails is doing some business this weekend though. Guy did pump $100m of his own cash into it. That's what you'd have to call a passion project. (Of course, he's worth $3 billion and any time he needs a spare $100m he can just rerelease Star Wars again... you know, like he's doing in February.) (NYT Magazine)

-James Franco is eventually going to play everyone ever. (Hollywood Reporter)

-Oh, good. Judd Apatow cast his family in a movie. Again. Seriously, he needs an intervention. (Moviefone)

-GQ profiles Michelle Williams on the cover this month. PLEASE PLEASE CAN WE RETIRE THE MARILYN MONROE THING AFTER THIS? (GQ)

-Though he gave no clues as to what the project is, Andrew Stanton tweeted that he is back working at Pixar on a new project. (Twitter)

-Italian filmmaker Nanni Moretti will be the jury president at Cannes this year. (The Guardian)

-Did your Lana Del Ray love make it through the SNL debacle? It may not make it through this video of her tawking about her favorite moovies and actas. (Next Movie)

-"Miranda July Called Before Congress To Explain Exactly What Her Whole Thing Is" (The Onion)

Sundance News:

-If you're in a Sundance kind of mood but can't get there, you can stream some old Sundance favorites online. (SUNfiltered)

-Strand Releasing picked up Oslo, August 31. Hopefully they back it up more than they did Tyrannosaur. (Vulture)

-Sony Pictures Classics picked up the rights to the documentary Searching for Sugarman, about the unknown 70s rocker Sixto Rodriquez. (IndieWire)

-Magnolia bought the rights to The Queen of Versailles, a documentary about "the odyssey of timeshare magnate David Siegel and his 30-years younger wife Jackie." (Deadline)

-Anchor Bay got the rights to Slash's horror film, Nothing to Fear. (Deadline)

Trailers, posters, etc:

-The City Dark, by the guys who did King Corn, an astronomy doc about the disappearing of the night sky. Neil deGrasse Tyson! (Apple)

-The poster for Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men, which seems about as fresh as a Y2K scare show at this point. (Pop Candy)

-A new Jeff, who Lives at Home trailer. (Apple)

-Zhang Yimou's The Flowers of War, with Christian Bale. (Apple)

Finally, I've been into accordion music lately for some reason, so here is Yann Tiersen playing Le Banquet from Amelie live:

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*bacon hat again.

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