Sunday Film News Roundup -- March 31st, 2013


Happy Easter and Passover, or just plain happy Sunday, everyone. News, links, etc: -JJ Abrams first real words about Star Wars (and some Star Trek). (Empire) -I guess Charlie Kaufman has officially given up on Frank or Francis now? He's developing a series at FX. (/Film) -Bryan Singer on his return to (and abandonment of) X-Men, why Superman sucked and why he didn't want to direct Star Trek. (Metro) -Hurry up if you want any of these six Criterion discs that are about to go out of print. (Criterion) -Speaking of Criterion, there is going to be a healthy stream of Satyajit Ray coming up. They're restoring 18 films of his, including The Apu Trilogy, which I bet is the big Christmas boxset this year (if it's restored in time). (CriteronCast) -Andrei Tarkovsky's top 10 films from a 1972 interview. (Cinephilia and Beyond) -Long-time Stanley Kubrick associate Leon Vitali is not having any of this Room 237 nonsense. I tend to agree. (NY Times)

-Beleaguered SFX house Rhythm and Hues, who just won an Oscar for Life of Pi, has been sold. (LA Times) -How Ain't It Cool News got to the brink of collapse and how it's big boss, Harry Knowles, dealt with it. I've never been much of an AICN reader (I think I've linked to them in the Sunday post maybe twice) but it's still an interesting story. (THR) -More on the version of Swing Kids that Stanley Kubrick almost made. (Open Culture) -A great story about how Groucho Marx's grandson saved the show You Bet Your Life from being melted down for ladies' shoes while having lunch with Groucho and Jack Nicholson. (Salon) -Did Ozu reference King Vidor in his film Late Spring? And we thought it took a long time for anyone to notice the Mickey Mouse in Empire Strikes Back. (MUBI) -The strange alliance of Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine and Metallica. (Vulture) -I didn't think I could have less interest in Amazing Spider-man 2 but then they went and added BJ Novak to the cast. (THR) -Jurassic Park would have been a different thing altogether had it starred Gwyneth Paltrow in Laura Dern's role. ( Trailers, posters, etc:
-So we finally get to see the first trailer for Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, updating Celine and Jesse a further 9 years down the road since when they first met on that train in Austria. I'm having some second thoughts about whether I want to see the mundane part of their relationship though. (Yahoo) -The first poster for Ender's Game. I remain on the fence. (Yahoo) -Wish You Were Here, with Joel Edgerton, about a vacation in Cambodia that goes awry when one of the travelers goes missing. This actually looks great. (/Film) -See Girl Run, with Robin Tunney and Adam Scott. (IndieWire)

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