Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday Filmatist Roundup

Howdy, buckaroos and buckarettes!

Y'all are prob'ly gettin' ready for the weekend, and who needs a bunch of depressing political news on a muggy, over-baked, perpetually almost-raining day like today?

So here's some fun/interesting film news and info:

Read an interview with M. Night Shyamalan on his new film, "Lady In The Water," right HERE.

Just how many villians is Spider-Man 3 going to have, anyway? Find out HERE.

The Fountain, one of the three films I'm most looking forward to seeing this year, finally has a release date.

Southland Tales, the second of the three films I'm most looking forward to seeing this year, apprently sucks - and Director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko) is recutting it in hopes of finding a US distributor. Hearing Kelly speak about his experience is pretty heart-wrenching, no matter the quality of the finished film. This cat's had nothing but trouble from Hollywood.

Avi Arad, outgoing head of Marvel Studios, talks about the future of the X-Men franchise HERE.

Jessica Alba discusses the Fantastic Four sequel HERE, and drops a little knowledge on us regarding the second film's new characters - including, apparently, a giant planet-eating guy in a purple disco outfit.

Joss Whedon may have contacted recent American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee about a possible acting role. Wonder Woman? Keep in mind that E News also reported (erroneously, it seems) that Firefly might be going back into production at the new CW. So, take with liberal does of salt grains.

Unrelated to any of this, I finally caught Brett Ratner's "Red Dragon," the remake of Michael Mann's Manhunter, on television. Between that and X3, I honestly believe that the much-loathed-on-the-internet Ratner is a pretty gifted director. He's no auteur, but he doesn't need to be. I enjoyed the film far more than I expected to. Having never seen the original probably helped.


At 12:02 PM, Blogger Charlie Brigden said...

You should watch it, because it's directed by someone who is an auteur, and also because it's better than Silence of the Lambs.

At 3:14 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Is it really?

I'm a Michael Mann fan, but for whatever reason, I've never seen Manhunter. If it's better than Silence, I'll have to correct that.


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