I jest, of course. I’ve got many other news bits stockpiled at the moment, but let’s get these ones out of the way, for now.
1. The Hollywood Reporter says Jesse Bradford, Steven Weber, Bob Odenkirk and Edward Herrmann have joined the cast of Son of Morning, the indie satire starring Joseph Cross as a dissatisfied ad copywriter who, because of some sort of environmental crisis, is somehow mistaken for the Messiah.
The Reporter notes that the title has been slightly modified from what it was before, and Matt Page notes that changing a single letter in the title could have huge implications for the tone of the overall film. As he puts it:
Originally this film was due to be called Son of Mourning which has connotations of “Man of Sorrows”, but now it seems that the title has changed to Son of Morning – a possible reference to Isaiah 14:12 which many interpret as being about Satan. I’m curious to see how [great a] shift in the filmmakers’ thinking this represents.
2. Matt Page also notes that Abel Ferrara’s Mary (2005), starring Juliette Binoche as an actress who loses herself in the role of Mary Magdalene, has just come out on DVD in Germany, and he compares and contrasts the packaging of the German disc with the packaging of the French disc. There is still no word on when the film will come to North America, though, as far as I can tell.