Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.

the Blogs

recent Posts

  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    First Look: Coen Brothers' True Grit

    Here's a first look at the Coen Brother's True Grit, which was filmed (along with another western, Cowboys & Aliens) around the Southwest. Paramount has released this still of grizzled Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfeld as Rooster Cogburn and Mattie Ross, respectively.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Clooney's The American: New Trailer, Pictures

    The American, from director Anton Corbijn (Control), arrives in theaters on September 1st, opting out of the fall fest circuit. George Clooney, who followed his charmingly vulnerable role in Up in The Air with shaggy humor in the less impressive The Men Who Stare At Goats, now returns to his commercial bread-and-butter as the side-burned assassin whose "last job" isn't as cut-and-dried as he'd hope. It never is.

    Read More »
  • Spout
    0 comments

    Close Encounters of the Daft Punk Kind

    Everyone is super excited that Daft Punk is composing the score for "Tron: Legacy," which comes out in December. What if they also did the music for other returns to old sci-fi movies. Say..."Close Encounters of the Third Kind," for example? There's not likely to ever be a sequel to that one, but Steven Spielberg has recut the 1977 film before so maybe he could re-release it with a new score by the electronic music duo replacing the Oscar-nominated original by John Williams. No, that would never happen, either, but thanks to the power of some YouTube users we can at least see what that would look like. Check out a clip of the climactic light & sound communication sequence featuring Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" blaring from the mothership below:

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Idris Elba as Alex Cross, Bateman's Reckless Masturbation, Fair Game's Identity Crisis

    - It's no longer Morgan Freeman's time on the James Patterson murder mystery series (Kiss the Girls, Along Came A Spider). The veteran actor last played the role of Dr. Alex Cross in 2001, but now a new man is taking over the role for Cross, the next cinematic installment in the best-selling series: Idris Elba, of The Wire, The Office, and Obsessed. The 37-year old Brit actor has a long TV and film resume and is due for a meatier lead in a studio feature. Although he's stepping into a role played by Freeman, he's reminiscent of Denzel Washington circa 1999's The Bone Collector. Washington at 43 was in his prime: dignified, sexy, powerful. David Twohy will direct Cross, which follows the character as he tracks a rapist he believes to have murdered his pregnant wife years ago.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Bye Bye Blogs: Denton's Gawker No Longer Blog Network

    Nick Denton, the snarky Brit who pioneered successful blogging at the mighty Gawker Media blog network is leaving the format behind, mainly because Gawker has outgrown blog software's limitations. (I must say, a scan of Gawker's entertaining headlines is a reminder of what works on the web.) Finally, giving big stories more play for longer periods of time works better than letting them move down in the ever-refreshing blog feed--and helps to lure the website holy grail: new reader regulars. "The relentless pace of news has overwhelmed the blog format of old. Interesting news gets buried as new headlines flow onto the page," writes Valleywag of the redesign.

    Read More »
  • Spout
    0 comments

    "Red Riding" Trilogy on Netflix Watch Instantly?

    I was hoping to spotlight the "Red Riding" trilogy this week in lieu of doing a DVD pick. The three films (fully titled, in order, "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974," Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980" and Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1983") won't physically be released on DVD and Blu-ray until August 31, but they all hit the digital platform a few days ago via Netflix's Watch Instantly service. I think exclusively. There is a lot of mainstream appeal with the trilogy at the moment, including new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield starring in the first movie, its comparability to the "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films (aka the "Millennium Trilogy"), the interest in seeing the originals before the condensed Hollywood remake...

    Read More »
    More: Home Video
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    No Oscar Future for Dragon Tattoo or Rapace

    No Oscar Future for Dragon Tattoo or Rapace

    It's all very well for folks to love the books and/or movies of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, but the notion that these films will somehow have an Oscar future is silly. Throwing Rapace into the Oscar race while she's in town for meetings reeks of media manipulation. UTA is fanning the flames while they've got the chance to score some major deals for her. And so far, contrary to Deadline's report, nobody has made an offer to BK-PR's Melody Korenbrot, who usually promotes Sony Pictures Classics fare, about running a Rapace Oscar campaign.

    Read More »
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    Promos: Frank Miller Does Gucci, Funny or Die Does Piranha 3D Oscar Ad

    Graphic novelist-turned-filmmaker Frank Miller (Sin City) has directed a new Gucci advertisement for Guilt, a line of penance-pursuing perfume for the Italian luxury goods giant. The ad is so special that they've only released a teaser. The real, full-length commercial premieres at the MTV Movie Awards on September 12, when Miller fans will get to see Rachel Evan Wood drive a flaming car towards Chris Evans. The trailer showcases the iconic Miller/Rodriguez style. Not sure how this will effect the targeted demo, especially Miller fans...

    Read More »
  • Todd McCarthy's Deep Focus
    0 comments

    Up in the Basement

    Many people consider the idea of getting paid to watch movies a laughable luxury, the prospect of attending daytime screenings a dream job as compared to showing up at an office. So what about the notion of seeing 70 films in two weeks, beginning at 9 in the morning and finishing up at 7 p.m. or later? Because that's what five of us did between July 26 and August 6 to select the 28 features to be shown at the New York Film Festival beginning September 24.

    Read More »
    More: Travels
  • Thompson on Hollywood
    0 comments

    New Living Room: from Netflix Streaming to Google TV

    At book group last night, we not only picked David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (in development with the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer), but debated the relative merits of TiVo and Roku, the best way to get Netflix streaming on TV and the breadth of the Netflix catalogue of free-stream titles. I use my PS3 and a disc to get my Netflix "watch-instantly" queue to pop up on my TV. The other night on a whim, I clicked play and watched the enjoyable Anna Wintour doc The September Issue. More pleasures await me, but I do find it frustrating that many (even older) titles that are in my DVD queue aren't yet available.

    Read More »