15 items from 2009
George Sprott: 1894-1975
Drawn & Quarterly, May 2009, $24.95
Comics very, very rarely tell stories about old, fat, boring men, which most people probably don’t think is a problem. But no art form can ever become mature if it ignores large swaths of the world, and it’s indisputable that our world is filled with men who are old, or fat, or boring, or (even worse) all three at once. Maybe none of us would ever want comics to be only about the Sprotts among us, but the fact that there’s now room for comics about them is a good sign.
George Sprott: 1894-1975 is an expanded version of a story that originally appeared from late 2006 through March of 2007 in single-page installments in the New York Times Magazine’s “Funny Pages” section. (Which, by the way, seems to have quietly ended with Gene Luen Yang’s story “Prime Baby” a few months back. »
- Andrew Wheeler
"Avatar," James Cameron's big-money and hotly hyped new film finally saw its first full trailer hit the Internet today, and the Twitter-Wood feed was full of reactions -- both good and bad -- to his new race of blue-skinned humanoids.
Meanwhile, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Chloe Moretz chose to discuss two other films, exchanging expectations about their upcoming release "Kick-Ass" the already-released and "Julie and Julia." The feed had all manner of commentary today, both biting and excited, so check it all out, along with Pamela Anderson's camping destination and Elizabeth Banks' frustrations. But first check out a shot of Arnold Schwarzenegger's unusual pile of autographs. It's stacked up below in the Twitter-Wood report for August 20, 2009.
Twitter Pic of the Day:
@Schwarzenegger http://twitpic.com/em43g - I look forward to selling these signed cars and making some $ for California.
- Brian Warmoth
Over the past twenty years, Michael Moore dominated the world of documentary filmmaking like no one has before. In addition to directing the highest grossing doc of all time (Fahrenheit 9/11), three more of his films rank in the top 15 for non-fiction releases at the box office. This October, his sixth major documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story, will hit theatres... and apparently, it could be his last. In a recent interview with The Detroit News  to promote his annual Traverse City Film Festival , Moore revealed that he has been working on a couple of screenplays and that he is feeling the need get back into fictional storytelling: "While I've been making this film I've been thinking that maybe this will be my last documentary. Or maybe for a while... I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this. »
- A slow news day for the indie circuit and foreign film scene, but plenty of film festival items, some father and daughter Coppola news and Day 1 for Anne Thompson at IndieWIRE and the new reboot of David Hudson at The Auteurs.com. Here is a look at eight and 1/2 news items that we didn't have enough time to cover but are worth mentioning here for August the 3rd. 1. No Moore DocsThe documentary filmmaker will go back to Canadian Bacon territory. (Via Firstshowing.net) 2. Moore News Moore's own Traverse City Film Festival comes to a close. Food, Inc. and The Cove among the winners. (See Complete Winner's List). 3. Focus Features' 2010 slate. See you in 2010: Sofia Coppola's Somewhere and Noah Baumbach's Greenburg. 4. Nowhere Near HereSam Taylor-Wood's Nowhere Boy will close London Film Festival. Doesn't look like we'll be seeing it this year over here. (Via Screen Daily »
Michael Moore, best known for being the most financially successful documentary filmmaker, is considering a transition from docs to narrative films next. It sounds like the director wants a change of pace from the controversial material that made him a recognizable name.
Moore told the Detroit News his new film, Capitalism: A Love Story, may be the last documentary he ever makes. “Or maybe for a while,” he added.
“I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One’s a comedy, one’s a mystery, and I really want to do this,” Moore told the newspaper at the Traverse City Film Festival, an event he created in his home town and is celebrating its fifth year. With almost 100,000 paid admissions, the festival set a new attendance record.
- Jeff Leins
This week on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we mistake guest host Landon Palmer for Bill O'Reilly, get pissed at movie marketing, and Neil has one more margarita than is advisable. This becomes apparent toward the end of the show when he takes a nap. Luckily, he talks in his sleep. Unluckily, he still just rambles on about movies. Un-unluckily, we manage to stay off topic for most of the show, but we do end up talking about Funny People, The Collector, and why Steven Spielberg doesn't understand how to use email. Seriously, he has no idea. Listen Here: Download This Episode On This Week’s Show: Segment 1: Ripped From the Headlines [0:00 - circa50:30ish] Steven Spielberg to Take on the Invisible Rabbit Harvey Canadian Bacon director Michael Moore Finally Makes Features Again A New Picture from Avatar! And it's James Cameron Standing Around! Go Crazy, Internet! Ridley Scott is In For Alien But We Don't Know »
- Dr. Cole Abaius
Those of you who can’t stand Michael Moore’s documentaries may appreciate the news that the filmmaker is looking to take a break from non-fiction. I know, you haters would argue that he’s always been on a break from non-fiction. Officially he’s made only one fiction film, “Canadian Bacon,” and he’s now looking to return to the more made-up brand of storytelling.
While attending Michigan’s Traverse City Film Festival, which he co-founded, Moore stated during a panel discussion that his latest doc, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which opens in theaters in October, may be his last, at least for a while. He added that he’s been working on two screenplays, a comedy and a mystery, and that he really wants to turn them into movies.
Whether or not either screenplay is as opinionated and controversial as his documentary films is unknown If they are anything like “Canadian Bacon, »
- Christopher Campbell
Despite the fact that he's made his name in the world of documentaries, director Michael Moore has dabbled in the world of narrative filmmaking before. And it appears as if he's about to do it again. The director, who hasn't had a non-documentary project since 1995's Canadian Bacon, said this weekend that his upcoming doc Capitalism: A Love Story will be his last documentary, at least "for a while." Moore, who has directed three of the six highest grossing documentaries ever, told The Detroit News that he has two different projects on his mind: "I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years," he says. "One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this." This is an interesting proposition for Moore, who has spent the last several years rabble-rousing in the field of documentaries. It will be interesting to see what he can come up with for his first »
- Neil Miller
Despite finding massive success with documentaries like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling For Columbine, it looks like Michael Moore wants to try his hand at fictional movies for a change. He has one comedy already under his belt - the 1995 effort Canadian Bacon, which featured both Moore's trademark take on politics (in this case a phony war between Canada and the Us) and John Candy's last acting job. But now, talking to The Detroit News, he's indicated that he's ready to switch back to fiction full time - at least for a... .
- James White
This year might be the last time you see a Michael Moore documentary on the big screen. This according to the filmmaker, who tells The Detroit News that while making his upcoming doc, titled Capitalism: A Love Story, "I've been thinking that maybe this will be my last documentary… Or maybe for a while." Moore says that he would like to transition into the world of narrative fictional feature films. He's even been working on a couple screenplays. "I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this." A few of you might recall that Moore attempted to make this transition earlier in his career with the 1995 comedy Canadian Bacon. For those of you who haven't seen Bacon, the film, as you might expect, was infused with political comedy. With the Us economy in »
- Peter Sciretta
Oh the times, they are a-changin'! The Detroit News recently interviewed filmmaker Michael Moore for the Traverse City Film Festival and got a very interesting scoop out of him. When talking about his next upcoming documentary, titled Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore revealed: "While I've been making this film I've been thinking that maybe this will be my last documentary... Or maybe for a while." Really? This is good news for haters of Michael Moore, but what is he going to do instead? "I have been working on two screenplays over the last couple of years. One's a comedy, one's a mystery, and I really want to do this." Before we get any further, let me remind you that even though Moore got his start with documentaries directing Roger & Me in 1989, he also wrote and directed the cult comedy classic Canadian Bacon starring John Candy. So he does actually »
- Alex Billington
Considering the amount of hockey tweeting Kevin Smith has been doing lately, it should come as little surprise that he's setting up a match for his 39th birthday on Sunday. It sounds like he'll need to get some extra rest hours in on Saturday, though, because his new film "A Couple of Dicks" is pulling some a late shoot tonight, according to Kevin Pollak.
Other gems in today's rundown include Tom Felton's warm welcome to one of his Hogwarts professors, as well as a blast from the past for "Full House" fans via John Stamos, who uploaded a photo taken during a BBQ at Bob Saget's place. You can check out all of these and find out which "Twilight" actress recently got a tattoo in the Twitter-Wood report for July 31, 2009.
@ThatKevinSmith I turn 39 Sunday. To celebrate we're playing some indoor ball hockey! Just made a 21st century adjustment »
- Brian Warmoth
Bacon's one tasty treat. And, these days, its popularity seems to be increasing faster than studies are published telling us how unhealthy bacon is. Don't believe us? Then perhaps you haven't yet seen the bacon-inspired iPhone case.
So we thought we'd honor our favorite breakfast meat with a rundown of its greatest movie moments -- all of them good for your arteries, and we promise not a single Kevin Bacon movie in the lot. See Top 10 Bacon Movie Moments.
Link | Posted 6/4/2009 by reelz
Kronk's New Groove | Giant | So I Married an Axe Murderer | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring | Canadian Bacon | Wayne's World | Better Off Dead | The Lion King | Signs | Atlantis: The Lost Empire »
- reelz reelz
Over at Gateworld, a fairly big, fairly popular site devoted to all things Stargate, a recent post by writer Darren Sumner about gay characters being part of the new Stargate: Universe series has brought out the sunlight-starved basement dwellers, curious to let everyone know that if same-sex folks appear on the show, they'll be forced to stop pirating the new series from Bittorrent.
A sampling of such gems? Here's one:
"...If this show become Star Gay-t it will ruin the show for a majority of people who are repulsed by this stuff.. whoever is pushing this is having some type of mental problem and making us all look at it. Bringing it out on front pages on the wrong venue is wrong. Whatever cause these people are pushing is going to backfire. If I am looking for some deviant desire, I do not come here and post it on the »
Errol Morris is probably the highest-profile working documentarian after Michael Moore -- and since Moore is more of a video essayist than a documentarian, Morris is, in truth, number one. He's also one of the rare documentary filmmakers who embraces the genre as cinema rather than mere journalism. His movies are always visually interesting, and never straightforward.
That bodes well for Morris's upcoming maiden voyage into narrative cinema: a yet-untitled dark comedy about the good old days when people thought that cryonics was our best bet to cheat death. The movie, focusing on 1960s efforts to freeze people for later reanimation by future scientists armed with incredible technology, will be written by Zach Helm, who wrote Stranger than Fiction and wrote and directed the lovely Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.
Documentary filmmakers transitioning to narrative features isn't anything new of course. This weekend's State of Play, for example, was very competently directed by Kevin MacDonald, »
- Eugene Novikov
15 items from 2009
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