So, Ben Gazzara died this week. Stop it. I hate talking about actors and directors and writers that I loved dying. He was probably generally best known for his work with John Cassavettes in films like The Killing of a Chinese Bookie or Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder with Jimmy Stewart, though people my generation and younger probably remember him better as Jackie Treehorn in The Big Lebowski or as Billy Brown's dad in Buffalo '66. Whatever way he's remembered, it's as a great goddamn actor and it's just such terrible news to hear.
I feel like there is something else going on today too, something big. In the Midwest maybe. In Indianapolis perhaps. With a Manning brother. But not the regular Indianapolis one. Hmm.
-For years, everyone thought Peter Capaldi and Armando Iannucci based Malcolm Tucker (the acerbic, brilliant hero-villain on the tv show The Thick of It as well as the film In the Loop) on Tony Blair's spin doctor Alastair Campbell (played by in the trilogy The Deal, The Queen and The Special Relationship). But maybe not? According to Capaldi, the character is based on American nutcases, like his agents at ICM and Harvey Weinstein. (The Telegraph)
-This week it's Paul Reuben's joining the cast of Charlie Kaufman's Frank or Francis. It's a good week for Pee Wee, who also had a guest judge spot on Top Chef: Texas. (Hollywood Reporter)
-Oh my God, someone gave Katherine Heigl another job. You could have just given your money to me instead. You'll never see it again either way. (Deadline)
-Daniel Radcliffe was drunk during some Harry Potter scenes. I'm guessing they were on Half-Blood Prince and I don't blame him. But didn't he admit this already when he was doing the rounds for Equus? (Reuters)
-Scotty Bowers has either had sex or arranged for it with every star in 1940s Hollywood you admire. (The Guardian)
-I hope Chutes and Ladders or Hungry Hungry Hippos is next, because I never liked Candyland. This is the definition of the Brain Cloud. (Deadline)
-Britain banned this over-photoshopped L'Oreal Paris ad featuring Rachel Wiess. If you blacked out the name and gave me 100 guesses, I could not have guessed who that is. Why don't we do that here? Okay, I know why we don't do that here (constitution, damn you!), but still... (Pajiba)
-So it sounds like I'm the only one who hates this Ferris Bueller Honda commercial. I think John Hughes is possibly rolling over in his grave. (Vulture)
-I hope the prize for winning on the new biblical quiz show from the producers of Who Wants to be a Millionaire all goes to charity. Because, y'know...Jesus and stuff. (Deadline)
-Anthony Bourdain talks about what he would pick at the Oscars. He's so totally right about Tree of Life and so totally wrong about Midnight in Paris (and apparently hasn't seen Hugo or Melancholia, the philistine). (The Carpetbagger)
Trailers, Posters, etc:
-Here is the new Hunger Games trailer. I'm having a lot of trouble being excited for this, honestly. (Yahoo)
-Wim Wenders' Pina, which hopefully makes it down to Orlando. It's in 3D though (yes, really), so the Enzian is out. (Apple)
-The Oscar Nominated Bullhead. (Apple)
Okay, so I'm going to digress for a moment. I'm totally in love with SoKo and have been for a while, and she has a new album coming out soon (finally -- though it doesn't have a US release date yet). And now you have to suffer through my obsession with one of her new songs (Leigh at Just Music That I Like has a few more too):
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