You should all be out enjoying your holiday weekend, but I did want to make a bigger note about Sundays with Hitch, Turner Classic Movies' September programming initiative. Every Sunday in September will be a block of Hitchcock films on TCM. I'm a little late as it started this morning at 10am, but there is still Marnie, The Birds, Shadow of a Doubt and Blackmail (and a few more) to go through today. Check it out if you can.
News, links, etc:
-RIP David Frost. (NY Times)
-Looks like The Wrap's Sharon Waxman had at least part of the Nikki Finke/Jay Penske story right. (NY Post)
-Disney did end up picking up the North American distribution rights to Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises, which means a lengthy delay as they put an English dub into production. (Cartoon Brew)
-Speaking of, The Wind Rises is kinda possibly maybe Miyazaki's final film according to the president of Studio Ghibli after the film's premiere at Venice yesterday. (Playlist)
-Freda Kelly from Good Ol Freda on her time with The Beatles. (NY Times)
-Matt Singer uses arithmetic to prove this summer at the movies wasn't the worst ever. (The Dissolve)
-Park Chan-wook directed this video for KPop star Lee Jung-hyun.
-Snowpiercer's box office numbers fell off of a cliff last week. 10m admissions is probably out, never mind the record. (Twitch)
-Pop Pilgrims finally visits the locations for Back to the Future. That church gym is crazy small, it looks so huge in the movie. (AV Club)
-Okay, Fast Six was kind of a let down but with Fast Seven adding Jason Statham and Tony Jaa how could it not be the best thing ever? (Playlist)
-Last week it was Bob Peterson out at Pixar and this week it's Paperman director John Kahrs taking his Oscar and leaving Disney. No word why, but they had a goodbye party so it can't have been that testy. (@DisneyAnimators)
-The true story behind Michael Bay's Pain & Gain. (Guardian)
-Dude, even the monkey couldn't make Ross look cool. (AV Club)
Trailers, posters, etc:
-Jay Z's Made in America, directed by Opie. It is, I think, Ron Howard's first documentary. (Rolling Stone)
-A new clip for Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac featuring Uma Thurmon.
-I'm not sure what to make of this omnibus film from Australia called The Turning. It basically features every Aussie you've ever heard of and has 17 different directors doing 17 different parts from a Tom Winton novel. Omnibus films are always hit or miss, usually multiple times within the same film, but it looks worth a shot. (The Film Stage)
-Matthew McConaughey continues his ass-kicking actor's renaissance in The Dallas Buyers Club. (Apple)
-The poster for Mr. Nobody starring Jared Leto, which I actually can't believe is finally coming out. (Magnolia)
-Catherine Hardwicke's rock n' roll drama, Plush, with Emily Browning and Xavier Samuel. (First Showing)
-Our Nixon. (Apple)
-Jia Zhangke's festival darling A Touch of Sin. (The Film Stage)