CAN WONG KAR-WAI GET IT TOGETHER?
OK, so The Grandmaster and Blueberry Nights were kind of flops, but luckily people still haven't forgotten In the Mood for Love was once a thing, so it seems like there's still enough goodwill in the air for Kar-wai to make a much welcomed comeback. The director is busy at work on his next picture, which promises to be a romantic drama starring someone "all women are crazy about". Nicolas Cage, right?
OF COURSE GIA COPPOLA DIRECTS MUSIC VIDEOS.
I mean, there's only a certain amount of laidback cool you can truly attain as a director before you're obliged to put together a dream-like music vid for some fairly obscure indie-pop outfit. And so Coppola's paid her dues directing "You're Not Good Enough" for Blood Orange, AKA Dev Hynes, which featured on the soundtrack for her debut Palo Alto. Coppola's video is a daytime television-inspired ode to spandex, featuring vocal contributions from Sam Urbani looking pretty much like 80s Cate Blanchett. Makes me want to shimmy.
ICE CUBE JR. IS JUST LIKE HIS PAPA.
Sometimes I forget that before Ice Cube was making wisecracks with Jonah Hill he helped found one of the most seminal yet controversial hip-hop groups of all time. Yet this week saw the cast announcement for F. Gary Gray's highly anticipated N.W.A biopic, with O'Shea Jackson Jr. stepping into his papa, O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson's shoes. On top of that, Marcus Callender and Jason Mitchell will play Dr. Dre and Eazy-E respectively.
I WAS NOT PREPARED FOR THE AWESOMENESS OF THE TRAILER FOR BIRDMAN.
And now I want to go into cryogenic sleep until it comes out in theatres. Birdman is the new comedy by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, which uses digital manipulation to achieve a fluid, one-take effect to catalogue the life of faded Hollywood star looking to gain credibility on Broadway, all while haunted by the superhero character he once played and will forever be associated with. A part which is, of course, played by Michael Keaton, yet hopefully not entirely based on his own life. Otherwise I have a lot of questions about his wrestling a speedo-clad Ed Norton.
A DJANGO/ZORRO CROSSOVER IS WHAT YOU NEVER KNEW YOU WANTED.
And yet Tarantino will so graciously provide. Albeit in comic form. Tarantino has made a deal with DC Entertainment and Dynamite Entertainment to provide the plot details for a Django/Zorro crossover graphic novel, which Matt Wagner will then flesh out into final form. Any chance Tarantino might then adapt that comic onto film and let Antonio Banderas and Jamie Foxx kick all the asses?
LAURA DERN PINKY-PROMISED THAT LYNCH IS MAKING A NEW MOVIE.
AND THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF YOUR NIGHTMARES...
Michael Bay wants to make a movie about elephants, because apparently he really loves elephants. Elephants with laser eyes that shoot fire out of their trunks, that is.
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