Live Free or Die Hard — the international trailer

I won’t say which highly significant American monument or building is apparently demolished in the new trailer for Live Free or Die Hard. But suffice to say this building already suffered some damage in xXx: State of the Union (2005), and a picture of it adorned the steering mechanism of the plane that was hijacked in United 93 (2006). Appropriate? Crass? Let the debate begin.

Life of Brian — the musical — still coming!

Variety has a story up today about Not the Messiah (He’s a Very Naughty Boy), a musical adaptation of Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979; my comments) that Eric Idle is currently developing. But wait a minute, didn’t I mention this here four months ago?

G.K. Chesterton has a Bacon number of 4.

Kevin Bacon, that is. So says the Oracle of Bacon: G.K. Chesterton was in Rosy Rapture (1914) with George Bernard ShawGeorge Bernard Shaw was in Masks and Faces (1917) with Fabia DrakeFabia Drake was in Valmont (1989) with Colin FirthColin Firth was in Where the Truth Lies (2005) with Kevin Bacon Such a small world. And if we think beyond onscreen appearances in movies, I myself am only two degrees separated from Kevin Bacon, if only because I have interviewed... Read more

Could they screw this up any more?

Chris at Movie Marketing Madness notes that Disney has now created a new TV spot for Bridge to Terabithia — and the new spot is, if anything, even worse than the trailer. I transcribe: From Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media: Two friends are about to find another world . . . no one has ever seen. . . . They will meet amazing creatures . . . discover incredible powers . . . and only they can solve the... Read more

Who critiques the critics?

The makers of The Last Sin Eater seem to be a rather touchy lot. First, on Friday, I got this e-mail from writer/producer Brian Bird (that’s him above, on the right): Thanks for your honest review, Mr. Chattaway. We did our best with this little film on limited resources. It would have been nice to have the luxury of a big Hollywood budget, but we didn’t, so we strived for excellence in the places where we could find it. We... Read more

Bridge to Terabithia — the interview’s up!

My interview with Katherine Paterson, author of Bridge to Terabithia, is now up at CT Movies.

Canadian box-office stats — February 11

Here are the figures for the past weekend, arranged from those that owe the highest percentage of their take to the Canadian box office to those that owe the lowest. Pan’s Labyrinth — CDN $3,442,953 — N.AM $26,591,000 — 12.9%The Queen — CDN $6,181,024 — N.AM $49,035,000 — 12.6%Smokin’ Aces — CDN $3,123,667 — N.AM $30,854,000 — 10.1%Epic Movie — CDN $2,944,602 — N.AM $35,474,000 — 8.3%The Messengers — CDN $1,889,219 — N.AM $24,724,000 — 7.6%Because I Said So —... Read more

The Sword of Peter — coming soon?

Yet another unofficial sequel to The Passion of the Christ (2004) is in the works. Variety reports: German producer Roland Pellegrino, who financed the “The Red Baron,” is leaping from the aerial battles of World War I to the streets of ancient Rome. He’s teaming with Canadian duo Jakob de Boer and Bess Fotopoulus to bring the life of Jesus’ most influential disciple to the big screen. The English-language “The Sword of Peter” tells the story of the Galilean fisherman... Read more

Baby, it’s cold outside, indeed.

In one of his recent political columns, Mark Steyn mentions the song ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ and then casually observes that “Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban introduced it in the film Neptune’s Daughter.” Indeed, not only did they introduce it; it went on to win the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1950. But still … Ricardo Montalban!? Yup, turns out he was playing a character named José O’Rourke. Which is kind of funny, because Montalban went on to play... Read more

Does one stupid claim deserve another?

Water, the Oscar-nominated film by Deepa Mehta, opens in India two weeks from now — and it’s stirring up protests once again. The Hollywood Reporter reports: According to media reports, demonstrations were held Wednesday in two parts of the city [Varanasi] by activists of the Congress party demanding a ban on the movie on the grounds that the film includes derogatory comments about Mahatma Gandhi. The protests saw activists burning an effigy of Mehta while demanding that “Water” — which... Read more