The Hollywood Reporter says Aaron Eckhart, star of Thank You for Smoking (2005), is in “final negotiations” to play Harvey Dent, the good district attorney who becomes the villainous Two-Face, in The Dark Knight, the sequel to Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins (2005).The part was played by Billy Dee Williams in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and by Tommy Lee Jones in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (1995). Methinks Eckhart needs a middle name now that rhymes with “Dee” and “Lee”.Interestingly, one of… Read more

“We have no ‘anti-evangelical’ agenda. We have an anti-mediocrity agenda.” So says my colleague Jeffrey Overstreet at the Looking Closer Journal, where he has been posting his own two bits about the tempest-in-a-teapot over my review of The Last Sin Eater.I agree entirely. And I would go even further and say that I actually support the making of books and films that are made with an eye towards the evangelical or Christian market.If it seems like Christian film critics complain… Read more

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. Read more

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? Read more

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 BaconSuch 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 Atom Egoyan… Read 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 mystery… Read more

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 know… Read more

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

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 — CDN… Read more

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 who founded the… Read more

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