Star Trek XI — not about the Academy after all?

Given all the casting rumours surrounding the next Star Trek film, I have begun to have my doubts that it will, in fact, concern the Starfleet Academy days of Kirk and Spock. Not only are all the rumoured actors at least as old as the original actors were when the TV series began, but it hardly seems likely that so many members of the Enterprise’s bridge crew would have worked together ten, twelve, however many years in advance.Now IGN.com adds… Read more

The bones of Jesus in fiction and film

In all the news stories and blog posts that I have seen this week on James Cameron and Simcha Jacobovici’s documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus, I don’t believe I have yet seen anyone make a reference to Jonas McCord’s The Body (2001), which starred Antonio Banderas as a priest who investigates the possibility that a recently discovered skeleton may be the bones of Christ.Then again, considering almost nobody saw that film, and the few who did didn’t care for… Read more

Another movie not screened for critics, sorta.

I almost forgot to mention this one. Lou Lumenick and others have noted that the horror film The Abandoned opened south of the border last Friday without advance critics screenings — which is kind of odd, since the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, and it was seen around the United States in November as one of eight films on the After Dark Horrorfest ticket. As another blogger asked: If, after showing the film in public… Read more

Oh, the thinks you can think, indeed.

What if Bob Dylan recorded the works of Dr Seuss? Click here. Read more

Newsbites: Pixar! Moore! Darwin! Silence! Jim!

The kids are asleep, so it’s time for more newsbites!1. Do you want a sneak peek of the storyline for WALL-E, the next film from Pixar (after this summer’s Ratatouille, that is) and director Andrew Stanton (2003’s Finding Nemo)? Jim Hill has the spoiler-filled details. FWIW, I’m cautiously optimistic; as one of the comments puts it, the film sounds like “E.T. meets A.I.”Meanwhile, Variety has an interesting story on the “Pixar-ization” of Disney since the two companies merged early last… Read more

Steyn’s song of the week: ‘Buttons and Bows’

Growing up, my favorite Bob Hope movie by far was Son of Paleface (1952) — which, as I discovered years later, was directed by Frank Tashlin, a former animator at Looney Toons.I wasn’t too surprised when I found out about that. The film is sort of a sequel to The Paleface (1948), but it’s also something of a lampoon of the earlier film, and of westerns in general. The first film was a straightforward comedy that happens to be set… Read more

Amazing Chariots

Much has been said about how Amazing Grace has tweaked history to make William Wilberforce more palatable to modern, even liberal, audiences. Some have also pointed out that the film was originally written by Colin Welland, writer of Chariots of Fire (1981), before Steven Knight was brought on board to write a script that focused more on politics and less on religion. Thinking about these two things together, I was reminded of the following passages from Margaret R. Miles’s Seeing… Read more

I thought I said no more Matt Damon rumours.

IGN.com is reporting that Matt Damon really is in talks to play “the young James T. Kirk” in Star Trek XI, even though the character is supposed to be over a decade younger in the movie than he was in the TV series, and even though Damon is already one year older than William Shatner was when he created the character.But it gets better.IGN.com also reports that Adrien Brody and Gary Sinise have been approached to play Leonard Nimoy and… Read more

How many world premieres can a film have?

Variety reports that Penelope Cruz attended the world premiere of The Inquiry — the Italian movie about an ancient Roman agent who investigates the resurrection of Jesus, which FoxFaith is releasing on Good Friday under the title The Final Inquiry — last Tuesday at the Los Angeles Italia Festival. Apparently one of the main characters in the film is played by Penelope’s sister Mónica. But wait a minute, didn’t this film have its world premiere at the Capri Hollywood Film… Read more

Is he a “fundamentalist”? a “fanatic”? or…?

I’ve been away from the computer for at least 40 hours, so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do.In the meantime, I just want to note two comments on Amazing Grace, a film which was #10 in “North America” this past weekend, though it does not come to Canada for almost four weeks.First, Beliefnet’s Charlotte Allen writes at OpinionJournal.com:It is rare that a Hollywood film takes up a subject like William Wilberforce (1759-1833), the British parliamentarian who devoted… Read more

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