Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday Film News Roundup -- June 3rd, 2012

Posted By on Sun, Jun 3, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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Movie news seemed to take a bit of a deep breath to catch up after the madness that is Cannes finally finished.

To kill the time, I finally caught Men in Black III. Oh boy. Chalk up another victory for infamous Hollywood Braincloud. The most interesting thing to come out of that will have been the hilarity over Will Smith's plush trailer take up too much space in Manhattan while they filmed. That ending really was a fuck you to moviegoers. I'm kind of sad Michael Stuhlbarg and Emma Thompson participated in it, but as Treat Williams used to say when asked about his unfortunate roles, "I have a really nice house."

So, the biggest news of the week, for me anyway, was the excitement that began to build after Disney held in-studio screenings of their new black and white short, Paperman. But I blogged about that yesterday.

Disney had some other big news this week as well, as they named former WB head honcho Alan Horne the new chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, replacing the ousted Rich Ross in the wake of the massive losses booked on Mars Needs Moms and John Carter, neither of which began life under his watch. I guess no one is responsible for the huge gains booked on The Avengers (which just became the third biggest film at the box office ever)?

News, links, etc:

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-I mentioned it on the blog yesterday, but it bears repeating: a Moonrise Kingdom-themed short film about the YA novels in Suzy's suitcase will be online sometime next week. The film opens at the Enzian 6/22, so you might want to wait. (Rushmore Academy)

-Still send snail mail? Do it with Pixar stamps. (USPS)

-Magnolia picked up the rights to Thomas Vinterberg's The Hunt. (IndieWire)

-Sundance Selects is quickly becoming one of the best distribution labels out there, and today they picked up the  hit Cuban film at Tribeca, Una Noche. (IndieWire)

-George Lucas is retiring from making movies to make movies. (/Film)

-Steven Spielberg's E.T. is finally coming to Bluray -- in October. Everyone is cheering about the fact that the 2002 cut isn't being included, but honestly, I'm a little disappointing that the disc won't have both versions of the film, if only because the original DVD set came with the 2002 film set to a live performance of John Williams' touching score, which is one of my favorite special features ever. (Blu-ray.com)

-So it turns out Glenn Danzig really was approached to play Wolverine in X-Men, and if he cast he would have done it "less gay". Stay classy, Glenn. (LA Weekly)

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-Japanese filmmaker and screenwriter Kaneto Shindo died this week at age 100. He's probably best known for his horror films Onibaba and Kuroneko, as well as writing the screenplay for Seijun Suzuki's Fighting Elegy. (NY Times)

-Haley Joel Osment is coming back, and he's bringing Gillian Anderson with him. And hopefully Pogs and Tamagotchis too. Oh God, remember Skidz? And lanyards? Chinese staircase was so hard. I WANT THEM ALL BACK. (Deadline)

-Hollywood and the CIA: longtime bedfellows. (LA Times)

-A Christmas comedy called Pastorella cleaned up at the Mexican Ariel Awards last night. (THR)

-I guess it was inevitable: Joe Eszterhas has written an Amazon Kindle Single ebook about his run in with Crazy Mel. Kindle Singles would be great if you could read them on Nook too. Amazon, you suck. (The Wrap)

-Trailers, posters, etc:

-The poster for The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Could they have made a more dull, Photoshopped poster if they tried? The trailer will be aired during the MTV movie awards tonight (the book was originally released by MTV Books). No reason to watch it though. Someone will put it online quick. (@williambgoss)

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-The first trailer for The Bourne Legacy. Looks pretty decent. I didn't have a lot of hope for it, but maybe it's starting to grow a little bit. (Apple)

-The papparazzi snapped a few shots of Natalie Portman and Christian Bale strolling on the beach set of Terrence Malick's Knight of Cups. (Zimbio)

-The first poster for Tim Burton's stop action feature, Frankenweenie. Maybe stop motion animation is more his speed these days. The Corpse Bride is really the only good film he's been involved with in longer than I can remember, and though I'm not much of a Burton fan at all, his short Vincent is one of my favorite films. (First Showing)

-A new poster and photo from Looper. (Rope of Silicone)

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-The first Les Mis trailer. I never got into it during the 90s crazy when my cousins did. I went the other way and got into Truffaut's The Story of Adele H. (Apple)

-The indie doc 5 Broken Cameras is doing well in its New York run, though it'll probably have to wait for DVD in Orlando. It's supposed to be pretty good, but I suppose that depends on your opinion of Israel, which is a question I will tactfully avoid answering myself. (Apple)

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