Jan 30, 2011

The Week in Movie News

It's been a relatively big week for movie news if one takes the time to ponder it. Luckily for you, we do.

                                                        At Sundance
One of the strangest things about Sundance is the tendency for filmmakers and actors alike to unapolagetically rug up like they're in the North Pole. Well, it's Park City Utah in January, so close.In actual news, 2011 feature Win Win, Directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Paul Giamatti and Amy Ryan has been receiving absolute rave reviews. The concept of a financially-bereft married couple helping out an ailing wrestling team to get their shit together sounds interesting and just offbeat enough to wow Sundance audiences like Juno and Little Miss Sunshine did before it. We're sure it's a fantastic movie and we are going to see it, but there is a bias here. Paul Giamatti, unfailingly talented though he is, makes us squirm.

Take a gander at the clip below and tell us what you think:

                                                        In the News
Earlier this week, Sir Peter Jackson was taken to hospital for treatment of a perforated ulcer. Let's hope the award-winning director and screenwriter makes a full recovery and is back in the wilds of New Zealand before long, ready to take the reins and begin principal photography on The Hobbit. See various accounts of his condition here (The LA Times) http://lat.ms/gFe6le and here (Empire) http://bit.ly/fYNRHf.

Matamata, New Zealand: Lord of the Rings country. Photo Copyright Airflore, 2009.
A number of sources have also confirmed that The Lovely Bones actress Saoirse Ronan has officially joined the cast of The Hobbit. A Jackson favourite and an obvious rising star, she will play Itaril, a sylvan elf and member of the Woodland Guard. Hey, if IMDb says it, it must be true. See her before the people with the hairy feet hit the silver screen again in Violet & Daisy, a film about teenage assassins and a plan gone awry.

In more gossipy tones: let us take a brief moment to say what the what, Charlie Sheen. Remember this? 

Charlie Sheen (middle) on the set of Platoon, ca. 1986. Photo Copyright CORBIS.
News from Vulture this morning is that Mr. Sheen is in rehab and Two and a Half Men is currently suspended from production (read the full scoop here: http://bit.ly/hxGbeL). Get well, Charlie Sheen, and then talk to Oliver Stone about another movie. Both of your careers could do with a jump start.

                                                           On the YouTubes
The new dramedy Beginners starring Ewan McGregor, Mélanie Laurent, and Christopher Plummer has a trailer out. Exciting? Yes. Had we heard anything about this previously? No. But then, if it's not simple ignorance obscuring our view, these are the best sort of surprises. 

Also, check out the trailer for new mystery film Cold Weather, directed by Aaron Katz and featured as an offical selection for SXSW 2010. The film finally sees its theatrical release on 4 February 2011 in the U.S., but no word as of yet on an Australian release date.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, you can go to the Apple site and view the trailer for the new Justin Bieber reality 'film' Never Say Never in four languages. 'Cos one would be insufficient and downright inexcusable.

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