by Rob Boylan
For the handful of great things Twitter offers the world, it sucks the life out almost everything else.
It was Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in the next Man of Steel that set all of the Twitter nerds off on a temper tantrum this week. Most people cite his absolutely dire performance in Daredevil for reasons he will suck, but the guy has really reinvented himself over the last few years, since he began a new life behind the camera. There are so many films to worry about between now and when Man of Steel II begins shooting, never mind between now and when it is released.
The only thing all of the anti-Affleck petitions are doing is setting up an easy redemption narrative. All Affleck has to do now is not chew the scenery and there will be story after story about how none of the fans wanted him, but in the end he showed them all as he brushed that dirt off his shoulder.
Patton Oswalt stepped up on Facebook to support Affleck, or at least to shoot down his detractors. He leaves his post with a final line about playing the Joker, but it struck me that Patton Oswalt should absolutely play the Penguin. He would be absolute perfect in the role. The name Patton Oswalt basically screams out Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot. We know he's funny. He know he's strange. And after Big Fan and Young Adult we know he can act. Someone get this done!
News, links, etc:
-RIP Gilbert Taylor, who shot Dr. Strangelove and Star Wars. Oddly enough, it was announced this week that JJ Abrams would be getting rid of Lucas's beloved wax figure digital look and go back to shooting the new Star Wars films on film. I'm sure that'll be offset by something horrible. (BBC)
-So you wanna date Anna Kendrick, huh? (GQ)
-The mystique of Rooney Mara, who is in Ain't Them Bodies Saints, which should be on iTunes according to IFC but I don't see it there yet. (T Magazine)
-You probably wouldn't handle an SNL audition as well as these people did. (NY Times)
-We talked about it last week and HBO did actually go full dong last sunday on True Blood. All of the nudity is still not enough to get me to watch True Blood though. (Vulture)
-I hope your dismay of baseball and football players using PEDs you hadn't turned to Hollywood for its record of clean living. They're juiced too. (Grantland)
-Movie critics are pissed off that Wong Kar Wai's The Grandmaster was recut (aka dumbed down) for its American release, even though is was Wong Kar Wai himself who cut the film.
-Animated filmmakers should really listen to Charles Kenny. (Animation Scoop)
-A sneak peek at an advance copy of Matt Zoller Seitz's new book, The Wes Anderson Collection. Should be getting my own advance copy soon and I can't wait to dig into it. (Behance)
-On the life of a voiceover artist, like John DiMaggio (who voices Bender on Futurama). (LA Weekly)
-Mickey Go Home. (Animation Scoop)
-This is something you should absolutely do to your children after showing them TRON for the first time. (io9)
-Criterion explains their switch to dual format releases instead of separate DVD and bluray releases for each title. Basically, it's good for everyone. (Criterion)
-It won't be immediately positive for North Americans, but Studio Ghibli's Princess Mononoke is finally coming out on bluray in Japan in December. Still probably over a year for us to wait, but at least it'll be coming at some point. (There is such separation because discs are very expensive in Japan, over $50, so they don't want to cannibalize their home market with people importing the cheaper disc.) (CriterionCast)
-How to get your Netflix instant queue back. (Vulture)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-Blue is the Warmest Color is coming out later this year with an NC17 rating. Also there is a trailer. (Thompson on Hollywood)
-The newer, longer Inside Llewyn Davis trailer. (Yahoo)
-The poster for Terry Gilliam's Zero Theorem. (First Showing)
-The Monuments Men poster, directed by George Clooney and starring everyone ever. Pretty run of the mill. (Yahoo)
-All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, which took almost a decade to finally come out. Better late than never I guess? (The Film Stage)