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There are many gems buried in Vanity Fair’s fantastically intimate and appropriately bizarre profile of newly retired director Uwe Boll — please, do check it out here when you’ve got the time it requires — but few are as eye-popping as the dual revelation (unearthed by an eagle-eyed Vulture) that Boll a) once lived in Jennifer Lawrence’s childhood home and b) read her diaries while sleeping in her bedroom. Cool.
As Vulture reminds us, “though Lawrence was partially raised in Kentucky, she landed her first TV role at 16 and convinced her parents to move to L.A. during her teenage years, so it’s ostensibly possible her childhood belongings are tucked away on some bookshelf in L.A. somewhere.” And, apparently, that’s precisely where Boll lived during some of his La years — as the article details, he now lives in Vancouver, where he runs a restaurant and bemoans »
- Kate Erbland
No, but Netflix can. Our streaming overlords buy themselves some Orson Welles.
Movies need money. They can win hearts, minds and lay the ground for thousands of little websites like this one to talk about them, but ultimately they need someone with bags of cash behind the scenes. Netflix, proud owner of one thousand hours of original content among other things, just dumped some of their cash bags on a movie called The Other Side of the Wind. It was filmed by Orson Welles in the early ’70s, stared Susan Strasberg, John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich, and was never fully edited or released to a general audience.
Welles’ movie had been initially funded by a mysterious Spanish producer (rumored to be Andrés Vicente Gómez) who, in turn, embezzled the money. It was then funded by Mehdi Bushehri, brother of the Iranian Shah, whose assets were seized after the Shah was overthrown in the Iranian Revolution. Then »
- Andrew Karpan
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