Sunday Film News Roundup -- March 3rd, 2013


It was kind of refreshing this weekend to not have to worry or think about the Hollywood machine, or 2012. My big movie plan over the weekend was pulling out my Star Wars blurays and watching them on a projector, and helping some friends make a short film. Of course, the week saw much complaining and defending of Seth MacFarlane's Oscar performance. There is no such thing as a host that will please everybody of course, but it's honestly the stupidest thing in the world to get so worked up over. The fact that so many people were so riled up over something so obviously upsets me more than anything MacFarlane said or did during the telecast. If you want to take his power away, ignoring him is way more effective than complaining about it on Twitter and Tumblr. He's obviously out to jab his thumb into your ribs, so don't present your ribs for jabbing. Anyway, that's all over with now at least. News, links, etc: -Emad Burnat, the Oscar nominated co-director of the documentary 5 Cameras, and his family were detained at LAX on their long journey through customs. (HuffPo) -The real snub of the Oscars wasn't Ben Affleck, who got his second Oscar anyway, but the entire Visual Effects community, whose budgets are being squeezed tightly to secure more profits for the producers -- the winning speech trying to talk about it was cut off by Oscar producers in mid-sentence. I'm not a huge VFX fan, but if we're going to have them in every movie ever from now on until the end of time, let's not have the artists fighting for crumbs. (THR) -More on the brewing VFX nightmare. (NY Times)
-Kristina Reed, the producer of the Oscar-winning animated short, Paperman, was ejected from the Dolby Theater for doing the unthinkable: throwing paper planes from the crowd to celebrate the win. I guess they could have blinded someone. (Cartoon Brew) -Brave's Oscar arrives at Pixar, minus Brenda Chapman. (DisneyPixar) -Just like the short film of deleted scenes and alternate takes called Blossoms and Blood on the Punch Drunk Love DVD, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master has a deleted scene montage called Back Beyond. (Playlist) -The new, more faithful Spidey suit for The Amazing Spider-man 2, as well as Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson. They're not going to get me this time, I don't care how good the suit looks. (Comics Alliance) -Even if you don't like Steven Spielberg, he probably had a hand in shaping the movies you do like. (NY Times) -The WGA listed its best 101 scripts. Casablanca was first, which is kind of funny because it was always a bastard script, cobbled together from different drafts, different works, different writers, even non-writers on the production. It was one of the least controlled scripts ever written. Though it is very good (as a screenplay and a film). (WGA) -So this list of "secretly beautiful screenwriters" implies that the rest of the screenwriters are all orcs and hobbits, right? And they didn't even list the best looking screenwriter ever, Justin Theroux. (Next Movie)

-To hell with The Canyons, Paul Schrader talks about Taxi Driver. (AFI) -The Onion actually gets the last laugh over their Quvenzhané Wallis tweet during the Oscars. (The Onion) Short films: -Death to the Tinman, another Court 13 (the collective that spawned Beasts of the Southern Wild) short, this one by Ray Tintori. (Vice Shorts) -Lena Dunham (played by Chelsea Davidson) auditions for Zero Dark Thirty and it's unnervingly accurate. (Vulture) -A Day in the Life of John Lasseter, a half hour documentary on the Pixar and Disney chief. (Cinephilia & Beyond) Trailers, posters, etc: -Graceland, a psychological thriller from the Phillipines, which is on iTunes on March 28th. (Twitch)
-Park Hoon-jeong's New World, with Choi Min-sik. (Twitch) -A clip from Matteo Garrone's (Gommorah) new film, Reality, which comes to DVD/blu on April 23rd. (AV Club) -Disconnect, an internet thriller that looks like every other internet thriller but has Jason Bateman. (First Showing) -Disney's Cars ripoff, Planes, if that's your sort of thing. (Cartoon Brew)

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