THE WORLD REMEMBERS BOB HOSKINS.
The filmmaking world lost one of its greatest character actors this week with the devestating passing of Bob Hoskins, after he retired from acting two years ago due to Parkinson's Disease. Whether you remember him for his menacing presence in The Long Good Friday, for stealing scenes from a cartoon bunny in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, or (a personal favourite) the utterly delightful performance he gives in the under-appreciated Mermaids, Hoskins has left behind an iconic body of work which will long be remembered and treasured.
JAMES FRANCO'S BEEN A BAD BOY.
Franco's plans to release his biopic of Beat author Charles Bukowski have potentially been fatally scuppered this week when the holder of the film rights to Bukowski's 1982 semi-autobiographical novel 'Ham on Rye' struck back with an infringement lawsuit. Franco had made an agreement on an adaptation with the rights' owner back in 2009, but one which had unfortunately expired only a year later. Knowingly or unknowingly, Franco seemingly continued his plans for adapting the novel and went as far wrapping up filming, as he's being accused of lifting entire scenes and sections of dialogue for his upcoming project Bukowski. Bummer. I'd be more upset by this news if it weren't for the trillion other Franco projects we'll inevitably be getting this year. Meaning losing Bukowski is equivalent to dropping a single slice of pepperoni while burying yourself face first into a meat feast pizza.
THE TRAILER FOR BOYHOOD WAS RELEASED AND EVERYONE LOST THEIR GODDAMNED MINDS.
CAN YOU HANDLE THIS LEVEL OF EPICNESS? CAN ALL YOUR YEARS OF TRAINING HAVE PREPARED YOU FOR THIS? Yes, this is the appropriate reaction to the new trailer for Richard Linklater's groundbreaking project, a whole twelve years in the making. Back in 2003, Linklater cast a six-year-old boy and called up Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke to play his parents; then he reunited them every year to form a truly incredible portrait of chilhood. The incredible time-lapse experience culminates in the boy leaving for college, after we've presumably experience the exhilarating rush of the mid-2000s and that one time Britney Spears shaved her head.
CLERKS III STILL HASN'T HAPPENED. WHEN IS CLERKS III HAPPENING?
Clerks III is one of those promised projects that seems to constantly float around the rumour mills of Hollywood. Constantly we're being promised by Kevin Smith himself or industry insiders that the highly-anticipated sequel is just around the corner, yet there's no sure sign of it in the near future. Indeed, Smith has just announced his next project in the pipeline is Anti-Claus, a holiday-themed horror starring Justin Long and Haley Joel Osment. With maybe the slightest nod to Rare Exports, the film will see Santa Claus recast as the monstrous eater of children Krampus. Which kind of actually sounds more fun than Clerks III.
HOLY MOLY. JOAQUIN PHOENIX IS GOING TO BE IN WOODY ALLEN'S NEXT FILM.
It was the actor/director partnership you never knew you so desperately wanted until now. There's literally zero plot details at the moment, so enjoy the little flight of fantasy your brain's about to take imagining Phoenix in the pseudo-Allen role fleshed out in the past by the likes of Jesse Eisenberg or Owen Wilson.
JOE SWANBERG'S FORMED A GANG.
People seem to give directors a lot of shtick for consistently working with the same actors again and again. Burton and Depp, Scorsese and DiCaprio. As if these directors suffer from some kind of artistic laziness, where they simply hired these actors because they were already in their phonebooks and they couldn't be bothered to spend an hour on IMDb looking up new people. But if you'd been lucky enough to find someone who's on your same artistic wave-length, wouldn't you want to work with them again? Which is why I'm pleased to learn that Swanberg has recently wrapped on Digging for Fire, starring his Drinking Buddies Anna Kendrick and Jake Johnson. Johnson even has a writing credit, and Kendrick already has a role in Swanberg's upcoming Happy Christmas. It'd be cool if Swanberg has discovered his mumblecore muses, and I hope we get to see a lot more from this talented trio in the future.
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