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Tilda Swinton: ‘Yes’ To Playing Conan O’Brien! Do It!

But can she do the String Dance?

MovieLine recently queried Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton about the suggestion by Conan O’Brien that if someone were to play him in an HBO series about the tribulations of his depature from The Tonight Show, it should be Swinton.

Her response at Sundance while promoting her film I Am Love?

“I’ve heard about Conan!” Swinton said excitedly when I broached the subject. “I’m so thrilled.”

“I would just be only too happy,” she beamed. “Yes, yes, yes, absolutely.”

For the full article by MovieLine and why she thinks he should play her for a while, click here. For the full episode including O’Brien’s suggestion, hit the break. Continue reading

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Interestin' News | | Leave a comment

Did You ‘Demand’ PARANORMAL ACTIVITY? Check For Your Name

Paranromal Activity recently hit DVD and Blu-ray, and while I haven’t gotten around to purchasing the film, I did give it a glowing review. Anyways, in the release, they list a TON of names that demanded the film in their “Demand It” campaign on Eventful. For those that haven’t kept up, the site was set up to enable people interested in the film to “demand” the film in their location, and that would influence the subsequent rollout of the film across the U.S. That campaign was a monumental success, as they easily broke their requested one-million “demands” with the promise of having a nationwide release.

Now the incredibly large list of names has hit the net, and as you can see above, I found my own name. WOOT! If you demanded the film, hit this link here to browse through the three pages of names. They are in alphabetical order, as you might notice, but by first names. Just a little thanks to the fans who made the film a success. Bravo Paramount.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Interestin' News | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS

“Green Street Hooligans” is a violent tale about the soccer firms (gangs, hooligans, etc.) that surround English soccer teams and showcases great performances by its two leads that manages to be informative to a degree while also entertaining. Loosely based around the real life firms, this fictional tale of an outsider that has an unlikely in with the Green Street Elites feels much longer than its sub-two-hour running time, but ultimately feels fresh and shocking. Not so much about soccer as it a tale of detailing why the firms fight other firms and the bond formed between them.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

Miramax To Slowly Die Away

The Wrap is reporting that Miramax has run its course and was finally buried today. While that is sad, it is good to know that they will still be operating in a much smaller fashion under Walt Disney Studios. Some of the Miramax notables include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Chicago, Sling Blade, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Clerks, and many more. That is an outstanding stable of films, but it appears the gambles that didn’t pay off had sunk the company to the point of no return. However, many still think that the brand will live on in some fashion, but who knows when they will return to their former glory, if ever. Even the Weinsteins wanted to buy the name, but couldn’t afford the $1.5 billion pricetag that came with the company outright.

January 28, 2010 Posted by | Breakin' News | 2 Comments

Breakin’ News: AVATAR Sinks TITANIC

AVATAR is flying high

That’s right boys and girls, we have a new king of the worldwide boxoffice gross, and it goes by the name of Avatar. Now, the funny thing is, James Cameron actually made both films. That means, combined, his gamut of movies have easily made over $3 billion in worldwide boxoffice gross. Didn’t like Avatar? Well, you clearly are in the minority, as Monday night (tonight) saw Avatar hurdle the $1,843,201,268 Titanic grossed in 1997, according the The Hollywood Reporter.

The biggest question going in was whether Cameron’s huge gamble would pay off—the film was rumored to have cost over $500 million dollars, and to have at least been around $350 million. He invited folks to drop more money than normal to experience a brand-new franchise (make no mistake, there will be more and it was always planned with that intention) and jump into a 2.5+ hour 3-D film with little to no familiarity with much of the cast. Guess what? It worked.  To read my full thoughts and what the “Avatar effect” is, hit the jump. Continue reading

January 25, 2010 Posted by | Breakin' News, Makin' Bank | , , | Leave a comment

Breakin’ News: “The Hobbit” Likely Delayed Til 2012

Variety just posted an article about New Line and there is a juicy nugget about “The Hobbit”.

[WB Prexy Alan] Horn won’t predict when the first of the two Hobbit films will be out, but says the most probable scenario would be a release in the fourth quarter of 2012.

That is a full year after the planned December 2011 release for the first of the two-part series. This is still largely up in the air at this point, but ugh. I just hope they get made soon.

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Breakin' News, Schedule Changes | | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Frankenstein”

“Frankenstein”, the black and white 70 minute horror film originally released in 1931, is a stirring and intense flick that showcases the sheer insanity of Dr. Frankenstein as he creates his infamous re-animated creature that goes on an absolute tear. Although the length means large portions of Marry Shelley’s outstanding novel are left out, the heart of the story and it’s ability to sell a creature that is truly unmanageable is brought to life by Boris Karloff in his famous turn as “the monster.”

For the full review, hit the jump. Continue reading

January 22, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment

Interestin’ News: Galifianakis, Rudd Reteam For “Will”, Written By Demetri Martin

Zach Galifianakis and Paul Rudd’s first film together, “Dinner for Schmucks,” hasn’t even released yet, but already the duo will team up again for the Demetri Martin penned “Will,” according to THR.

The story follows an ordinary guy (Rudd) who lives in a world where people’s lives and destinies are being written by scribes in Heaven. The man wakes up one day to find that his heavenly writer (Galifianakis) has decided to no longer draft his life, and he must go about his day unscripted, ending up on a journey to fulfill his hidden potential.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris will co-direct. Their last project together was “Little Miss Sunshine,” a humorous and touching tale.

‘Schmucks’ actually has an impressive cast. Directed by Jay Roach, who helmed the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents franchises, ‘Schmucks’ will star Galifianakis, Rudd, Steve Carrell, and Jemaine Clement.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Interestin' News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Interestin’ News: Vera Farmiga, Michelle Monaghan A Part Of Duncan Jones’ “Source Code”

Duncan Jones is making waves despite his relative lack of experience. Not since Rian Johnson grabbed an outstanding cast for his second feature film, “The Brothers Bloom,” have we seen a director grab this kind of a cast for only his second film. However, that is what happens when you create a great debut film.

Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan are in negotiations to star alongside Jack Gyllenhaal in Jones’ “Source Code,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. For plot details, hit the jump. Continue reading

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Interestin' News | , , , , | Leave a comment

The Daily Cinema: “Night of the Living Dead”

“Night of the Living Dead” is a classic horror film that is newer than one might think. Filmed in 1968, George A. Romero’s classic is black and white and low-budget. However, the film does hold up relatively well, and showcases the old-school zombies—you know, the ones that stumble around and move slow.

For the full review, hit the jump.

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January 20, 2010 Posted by | The Daily Cinema | | Leave a comment