Sunday Film News Roundup -- April 28th, 2013




So, it sounds like the big Wayne's World screening that reunited the embittered cast and crew (Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Penelope Spheeris and Lorne Michaels among others) that the Academy hosted this week was mostly a dud. From the reports, the post-screening Q&A avoided the friction between the cast and crew, especially the friction between Myers and Carvey, and only had questions from the moderator, current Academy president Hawk Koch, who -- wait for it -- was  a producer on the film. For as silly a movie as it is, both the original and the sequel have really has had a lasting impact. Schwings aside, the movie really did introduce bands like Queen and Led Zepplin, even Alice Cooper, to an entire new generation. But dammit the jokes were just funny. They worked, especially in that time. I don't when the last time was that either Myers or Carvey could actually find a joke on screen -- certainly not in the last 10 years -- but they tapped into something imminently quotable 20 years ago and I'm glad for that at least, even though I don't care who invented the Dr. Evil voice.

Second, a thought: will April, 2013 go down as the month that broke Kickstarter? When it stopped being about good ideas from people who had no money to get money? When the nervous movie producers realized that they didn't have to actually take any monetary risk of their own to get a movie featuring mainstream actors made? Or is it really just another tool for anyone to get backing to make anything, from the guy worth $22 million to the guy worth $22.  I don't know the answer to that. I don't particularly like Kickstarter, but that's mostly because it turns people I otherwise like into robots asking for donations on every social media platform, even real life.

News, links, etc:

-Salman Rushdie will do anything he damn well pleases to his novel in its adaptation whether the hell you like it or not. I guess he's earned the right after all. (Arts Beat)


-Cannes rounds out their Feature Films Jury (headed by el Presidente Señor Spielbergo) with a bunch of no name multi-Oscar-and-Palme-d'or-winning scrubs. (Cannes)

-They also rounded out the Feature Films Competition Only Lovers Left Alive, a vampire film from Jim Jarmush starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton and Mia Wasikowska. I'll watch Jim Jarmush's take on vampires, especially if Tilda Swinton is in it. (Variety)

-Porn counts as film, right? If not, you can ignore this profile of Stoya. (Village Voice)

-Darcy Paquet asks a question I've been wondering for years: why are Korean films (and Japanese films) so damn long? (Scroll down for English.) (Daum)

-Will BitTorrent and Hollywood ever be BFFs? Probably, one day, when they can figure out how to generate ad revenue off of downloads. (The Wrap)

-Netflix's Reed Hastings goes over that time he almost killed Netflix but then didn't thanks to Kevin Spacey's weirdo accent. (NY Times)

-We'll never have another It Girl like Winona Ryder. (Yahoo)

-No parole for Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. (Wired)

-Paul Thomas Anderson's next film, Inherent Vice, is just about to get off the ground. (@CigsandRedVines)

-Chris Columbus on his new novel, which he calls "the cousin of Goonies", which means I have to read the damn thing dammit. (THR)

Posters, trailers, etc:

-The first North American trailer for WKW's Grandmasters. (Yahoo)


-The full trailer for Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. (Yahoo)

-I can't quite bring myself to press play on this trailer for Red 2 because why is there a Red 2? Does anyone actually remember what happened in Red 1? (Moviefone)

-The trailer for Sion Sono's new film, an action-comedy called Why Don't You Play in Hell. Sono is a thoroughly hit-or-miss director who has a few films streaming between Netflix and Hulu. (Nippon Cinema)

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