Some tid-bits, odds and ends, and noteworthy items from around the wonderful world of the wide web:
I’ve spent the last few days up in Knoxville, TN helping my fiancee move, so I have been a little out of the blogging loop. But I’m back, and lots has been going on.
— First of all, I MUST congratulate my good friends Tyler and Jen on their recent engagement! It’s been a long time coming (which, of course, I mean in the very best of ways!). I am very excited for you both!
— Check out the recently released trailer for Ron Howard’s upcoming film Frost/Nixon. Yep, it’s about David Frost and Richard Nixon.
— The western appears to be back. In recent years, films like The Proposition, 3:10 to Yuma, and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford have helped to bring up back some of the mythical wonder associated with the western genre. But these are not the westerns of Roy Rogers or Gene Autry. These are the kind of westerns John Ford would of made were he still alive – and, in fact, they are westerns that have clearly been influenced in a big way by Fords films. These are westerns that are gritty, bloody and, at times, dark. However, they also tend towards a lyricism and poetic insight that is usually lacking in action films. I think the landscapes and the hardened, scarred characters allow for this. Of course, one of the great values of the western story was their reliance on exploring key themes of morality and psychology and as long as they continue to do they can survive. I sure hope so anyway.
Next up? Appaloosa, directed by veteran actor Ed Harris and starring Harris, Viggo Mortenson, Renee Zellweger, Jeremy Irons, and Timothy Spall. Read that list again. Uh, yes please! Here is the trailer. Looks to be in the lawman vein, along similar lines as Tombstone.
— Here is the trailer for The Secret Life of Bees. Wow, Dakota Fanning sure is getting all growed up.
— Warner Brothers has responded to the gazillion Harry Potter fans who are dismayed beyond belief that Boy Wonder’s next installment has been delayed. As you doubtless already know, W.B.has moved the theatrical release date of the sixth Potter film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from this November to July 2009. FirstShowing.net has the scoop. In his recent statement, Warner Brothers COO Alan Horn offers this silver lining: …
there would have been a two-year gap between “Half-Blood Prince” and the much-anticipated first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which opens in November 2010.
So although we have to wait a little longer for “Half-Blood Prince,” the wait from that film until “Deathly Hallows” will be less than 18 months. I am sorry to have disappointed you now, but if you hold on a little longer, I believe it will be worth the wait.
True. So how exactly does he expect this to appease the enraged Potter fans who are threatening to become Death Eaters and cast the Cruciatus Curse at all who stand between them and a November 17th date at the the theater? In full garb, of course. Well, clearly Horn is planning to cast the Quietus curse back at them.
In all seriousness, though, it appears the fans are pretty miffed. Folks, come on! I love Boy Wonder as much as anyone – well, actually, I take that back. But I do thoroughly enjoy the books and, for the most part, think highly of the films. But that doesn’t warrant such childish responses as these – from adults, no less. One would think these were a bunch of fourth year Slytherins!
— FirstShowing.net also has a story on the upcoming Hobbit film which is to be directed by Guillermo Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth). Here is an excerpt regarding who will be writing the screenplay:
Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro have officially announced that they’re writing The Hobbit and its follow-up themselves. I never thought so much buzz could come from an announcement about writing, but that’s what happens when it’s The Hobbit! The news first hit on TheOneRing.net, where Guillermo confirmed that writing had begun on Hobbit. Additionally, reports from Hollywood Reporter confirmed the news and added that they originally had been searching for a writer to tackle the monumental task, but decided that there was no one better suited for the job than they are. Joining the two will be Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, who wrote the screenplays for the first three Lord of the Rings with Jackson.
What do you think? Good? Bad? Glad? Mad?
— Overstreet also has posted two promotional posters for Oliver Stone’s forthcoming bio-pic W. Pretty hilarious.