Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I Am Link

--- Furry Time - I might be the only person on the planet (not named Chris O'Dowd) who's sad that Christopher Guest's HBO series Family Tree didn't get picked up for a second season, but this news is healing that wound right-quick - Guest is making a new movie thanks to the folks at Netflix! It's called Mascots and while details aren't super-specific it sounds like it'll be a new mockumentary from the undisputed  king of the mockumentary. Also no word on who'll star in it but I have a feeling there will be some familiar faces, don't you?

--- After The Dollhouse - I only skimmed this interview with original-weiner-dog Heather Matarazzo at MTV on the subject of Hollywood sexism because I already follow her on Twitter thank you and I have heard it already (yes yes I am the problem) -- I just wanted to see if she had anything to say about the new Dawn Weiner movie with Greta Gerwig playing her character. But they never asked her about it! Who the fuck cares about a third Princess Diaries movie?

--- Speaking Of Greta though she announced her directorial debut the other day! It'll be called Lady Bird and it's about "a young woman's last year in Sacramento." Hey I have seen Frances Ha, Greta, I know you're using this as an excuse to go to your hometown and hang out with your family again, you can't fool me. In related new ahhhhh I am seeing Mistress America (with Greta & Noah in person!) in two days ahhhhh!

--- Big Girl - Bel Powley, who is so so wonderful in The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Out now! See it!), has lined up another coming-of-age girl story called Carrie Pilby, based on a book of the same name. She's replacing Hailee Steinfeld, who had to drop out because of schedule-issues; she'll play "a 19-year-old genius who has just graduated from Harvard and has no idea how to fit in or socialize in life outside college." Hopefully it involves getting to make out with adorable Jason Ritter, who's her co-star.

--- Jim On Jim - I haven't done one of these news round-ups in awhile so some of these stories are old but I gotta mention 'em, like the fact that James Franco is going to star as twin porn kingpins in a series from The Wire creator David Simon. I am trying really hard to pretend it's actually about James playing "twin porn stars" though -- I will have my CG twincest one of these days! (Fingers crossed Tom Hardy's the one excuse me two with Legend.)

--- Absent The Divine - I'm not sure why John Waters has been giving a bunch of interviews lately but I've seen his name popping up all over the place - we already linked to a great one earlier but I want to also link to his comments about Caitlin Jenner made last week because I feel they should be underlined a billion times. You;'ll have to pry the ability to make fun of any member of that abominable family from my cold dead hands, yo.

--- Animal Attraction - Have any of you watched James Wolk's CBS series Zoo? I have not, it looks so... CBS. You know what I mean? But I do love Jimmy so here's a chat with him where he revisits his former roles, including the short shorts heard around the world. With stems like that you got no right playing shy, boy.

--- Beetle Breakfast - Apparently Winona Ryder was on the Late Show with Seth Myers last night (anybody know for what?) and she told Seth that the Beetlejuice sequel is totally happening and now the internet (present company included) is shooting its happy load all over the place at the news. Of course Tim Burton hasn't made a good movie in sixteen years, so maybe we shouldn't be excited about this....? Nah, still gonna be excited.

--- Shoot First - When Tom Hardy had to drop out of Suicide Squad because of that prick he was already working with he mentioned having another comic book property in the pipeline and people theorized it might be the series 100 Bullets... well those people were right, he has lined up a movie version of that. It's about "an enigmatic man named Agent Graves as he presents different people, for reasons unknown, with a gun, the identity of the person who ruined their lives … and a hundred rounds of untraceable ammunition." Anybody read it?

--- And Finally I very much like Joachim Trier's two films so far (Oslo August 31 and Reprise) so I am very much looking forward to his new film Louder Than Bombs but I have to admit that when I saw the headlines saying "Here's the first trailer for this movie starring Isabelle Huppert!" my first thought was the trailer for Elle, Paul verhoeven's rape-revenge movie, had arrived, and I shit my pants (not literally) (or is it) with excitement. Alas, we're still waiting to hear or see anything about that dream project...


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