– Film Comment posted the “50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012,” beginning with “Our Children” (Joachim Lafosse, Belgium/Luxembourg/France/Switzerland), followed by “Memories Look at Me” (Song Fang, China) and “First Cousin Once Removed” (Alan Berliner, U.S.). Read their full list here.
– Watch a short (very short – twenty second) teaser for Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives,” with Ryan Gosling in this Thai-set revenge tale. Check it out below and here.
– Take a look at Naomi Watts as Princess Diana. The actress also reveals her anxious perspective on the role; she agreed to take the “high, high, high risk” role because it would happen whether or not she accepted it. The film will focus on Princess Diana’s affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan.
– Matt Damon and Ben Affleck originally wanted Morgan Freeman or Robert De Niro to play the Robin Williams psychiatrist role in “Good Will Hunting,” according to a recent oral history about the 1997 movie. More about the history of the Oscar-winning film here.
– In partnership with Entertainment Weekly, the Sundance Channel will premiere a show called “The Writers’ Room” – a non-fiction examination of the writing process behind some of television’s most beloved shows. This six-episode, half-hour series should air in the second half of 2013.
– The New York Times has a nice write-up on director Michael Apted’s monumental documentary series “Up” that has profiled a group of English school-children from different social realms at seven- year intervals, beginning with “7 Up” up to the current “56 Up.” Apted, who directed “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Gorillas in the Mist,” is nearly 72. He says he and the original subjects — thirteen of the fourteen former 7-year-olds originally interviewed — plan to partcipate in the “Up” series for the foreseeable future.
– Curious about the actors behind Betty Boop, Judy Jetson, Fred Flintstone, Elmer Fudd, and Olive Oyl? They were skilled voice actors and live performers, exhibited by the the first part of this short film, posted below.
– Elizabeth Moss and Holly Hunter discuss working with director Jane Campion on a seven-part miniseries for Sundance Channel called “Top of the Lake.” Moss plays an investigative detective, drawn back to her old town to solve a sexual abuse case involving a young victim. Moss calls the role: “the acting Olympics. Every day was a new challenge physically and emotionally.” Hunter says of director Jane Campion, who she worked with in 1993’s “The Piano,” that she is “indescribable to work with… She’s got a giant soul and tremendous knowledge of her own self.” The mini-series premieres at Sundance Film Festival and then on the small screen on March 18.
– Check out this lovely, intelligent interview with young Emmanuelle Riva (star of “Amour”) from 53 years ago about her film “Hiroshima, Mon Amour” directed by Alain Resnais. Interested in more of Riva’s catalogue? Take a look at this TOH article on classics featuring the French actress.
– The Playlist has posted six clips from the upcoming “Gangster Squad,” premiering January 11th. The movie is packed with a enough stars to headline a half-dozen films: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, and Nick Nolte. But these clips confirm that the film just doesn’t quite shine, agree early reviewers…
– See the international poster for Bryan Singer’s “Jack the Giant Slayer” here. The movie tells the story of a young farmhand who accidentally opens a gateway between our world and a terrifying race of giants. The film stars Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, and Ewan McGregor.
– Kino has just released its 14-disc “Buster Keaton Collection” (TOH write-up here). Warner Home Video has just updated the three-disc edition of “The Jazz Singer” for Blu-ray, also the content is identical the Blu-ray has a “more satisfying filmlike feel.”
– Cyberbuzz declares that “The Single Greatest Meme to Ever Happen on Twitter” just happened: a conversation between real astronauts and the cast of “Star Trek.”
– Christopher Benfey on the NYT Books Blog writes about taking a break from reading books about John Brown and Harpers Ferry to see “Django Unchained.” Benfey takes on the “European allusions” in Tarantino’s film – from Roman gladiators, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, and even Wagner. It’s a fun essay, posted here.
– Allison Williams has analyzed the ambivalent relationship that 20-somethings have to “Girls,” her contentious HBO show. ” I think people who are still in the throes of their 20s and going through this sort of existential wandering find the show a little bit too close to home to be able to enjoy it thoroughly,” Williams says. “Whereas people who are kind of looking back on this experience can sit back with their hands clasped behind their head and just watch. They know, because they’re sitting on a couch somewhere watching this show, that everything’s going to be OK.”
– HBO has renewed its output pact with Universal, keeping a key aspect of its programming pipeline alive. This deal covers Universal and Focus Features titles released through 2021; the previous deal coveredUniversal Titles released through 2016. HBO has been eager to solidify deals with its main studio partners (including Warner Bros. and Summit Entertainment), at a time when Netflix is looking to edge in. More on the deal and its impact at Variety.
– Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has announced that he will leave the streaming service. Kilar turned the streaming service into one of the most popular on the Web, but his departure was expected. Last month Kilar announced that Hulu’s 2012 profits are up 65% from the year before, to $695 million.
– For your film edification, check out the original screenplay from the great must-see western “The Wild Bunch,” by Walon Green and Sam Peckinpah – posted here.