Sunday Film News Roundup -- February 12th, 2012




A bit late this Sunday. I had woot canaw this week and needless to say I've been acting like a sick, hurt little baby all week, so I wasn't as attentive as I usually am when it came to new hounding this week. It's a bit of a thin link collection, and the best thing I read this week wasn't about film at all, it was John Jeremiah Sullivan's travel piece in The New York Times Magazine, My Debt to Ireland. It puts such a great perspective on Irish-American heritage (really, just Anything-American heritage), but as David St. Hubbins might say, it's too much. It's too much fucking perspective.

Obviously, yesterday's news about Whitney Houston dying became the biggest story of the week, overshadowing both the Grammys and the BAFTAs, which both air tonight (Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer have won so far, which is as expected). She was never really my thing, so I'm not going to go into public mourning about how great she was (okay, yes, her voice was amazing). Everyone else has that covered. It's just miserable to see another life and career screwed up by shitty drugs. How the hell did Mick and Keith make it to their 70s?

News, links, etc.

-As Star Wars 3D further removes some of the man's work, Flickering Myth talks to special effects guru Phil Tippett, the ILM magician and inventor of Go Motion animation. (Flickering Myth)

-I thought I read somewhere that Steve Martin wasn't going to let Object of Beauty be adapted to film, but maybe it was just that he wouldn't act in it? Anyway, Amy Adams is set to play Lacey, which is not how I read her in my head at all. (Deadline)

-Remember that time that Kevin Smith said Hit Me was going to be his last movie? You didn't believe him, right? It doesn't matter who directs it, a Jay and Silent Bob movie is a Kevin Smith movie. (Crave Online)

-Ethan Hawke reflects on mistakes made in this interview with Tom Shoan. Great read. (The Guardian)

-The Flanneled One speaks about Greedo shooting first and only makes it worse when he seems to think that people don't hate the crappy version of Blade Runner. (Hollywood Reporter)

-This will be so dated by the time you read it (unless you've already read it, of course), but here is a breakdown of which Sundance alums directed which Super Bowl ads. (Sundance)

-Here's a long interview with The Invention of Hugo Cabret author and artist, Brian Selznick, who, yes, is related to David O. Selznick. (The Guardian)

-Natalie Portman signed on to both of Terrence Malick's new films. (Deadline)

-I could be wrong, but I believe this is the first set photo of Lily Collins as Snow White in Mirror Mirror. (IMDb)

-The original Rebecca sucked anyway, right? (Variety)

-Not film, but here are the 2012 World Press Photo winners. (Boston Globe)

Trailers, posters, etc:

-The new John Carter tv spot. (Coming Soon)

-You've surely seen the Bourne Legacy trailer already, but why not see it again? (Apple)

-The Dark Tide poster. Oh, Halle. (IMDb)

-The Forgiveness of Blood, which won the Silver Bear for screenplay at Berlin. (Apple)

Lastly, The Magnetic Fields put out a video for their new single, Andrew in Drag, and it's wonderful. It's not remotely work safe, but wonderful nonetheless.

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