Time for a few more quick updates.
1. Will Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (1991), the documentary on the making of Apocalypse Now (1979) that was sorely missing from the recent so-called “complete dossier” edition of that film, finally come out on DVD next month? It seems that way, but co-director George Hickenlooper is annoyed that he was left out of the loop — and he fears that Francis Ford Coppola may have made changes to the film “so he would look better”.
2. Variety says Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “mythological comedy” Sa majesté Minor — translated His Majesty Minor in this story, but Her Majestic Minor when I first mentioned it here over a year ago — has turned out to be “a major box office flop in his native Gaul.” Annaud is reportedly blaming the critics “for the thorough pan they gave his first French language film in more than a decade.”
3. Reuters and the Globe and Mail report that British Columbia is extending the tax credit it offers to film producers from its current expiry date of 2008 to 2013. Ordinarily I wouldn’t mention such a boring bit of business here, but I was at a press conference in the late ’90s where then-premier Glen Clark announced either the credit itself or an earlier amendment to it, and these stories jogged that memory. (Also, the Reuters story claims that the American dollar is worth 97 cents Canadian right now, but on Friday I got only 94.75 cents for each American dollar that I cashed.)
4. What would be left of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth (2006) if we removed the nine scientific errors that a British judge recently identified in that film? Not much, beyond “Gore personal drama and cinematic fluff”, asserts Steven Milloy at FoxNews.com.
5. The Globe and Mail profiles Ansel Yamamoto Mitic, a toddler whose abstract art is currently on display at the G+ Galleries in Toronto. I wonder how it compares to that of Marla Olmstead, the controversial pre-school subject of My Kid Could Paint That.