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 the similarly-named… Read more

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 is slated for… Read more

Carmen Andres at In the Open Space notes that the Fox Faith Movies website now lists a film called The Final Inquiry that is due to come out April 6, i.e. on Good Friday. No films with that title are currently listed at the IMDB, but the plot synopsis — the Roman emperor sends an agent to Palestine to disprove rumours of Jesus’ resurrection — sounds an awful lot like that remake of The Inquiry that premiered in Italy just… Read more

My review of The Last Sin Eater is now up at CT Movies. Read more

And it won’t be directed by John Lasseter. Variety has the scoop. Read more

It turns out Ghost Rider might be screened for critics after all — at least in Los Angeles — though I still haven’t got my invitation.In the meantime, it looks like Daddy’s Little Girls, which opens six days from now, will also pretty much be giving critics the cold shoulder. Ryan Stewart at Cinematical reports that they “recently received an invitation to screen the upcoming film from the ludicrous Tyler Perry — the day the film opens, and not a… Read more

Jeffrey Overstreet is taking a break from doing the CT Movies Film Forum for a couple weeks, so I’m filling in for him, and the second round-up is up today, covering the reactions of Christian critics to The Messengers, Because I Said So, Factory Girl, Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple, Smokin’ Aces and God Grew Tired of Us. It felt a little weird to write this summary, since I have seen only one of these films myself… Read more reports that Warwick Davis — whose roles include an Ewok in Return of the Jedi (1983) and its TV spin-offs, a Hogwarts professor in the Harry Potter movies (2001-2007, so far) and the title role in Willow (1988) — is going to play Nikabrik the Black Dwarf in next year’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.The interesting thing is, Davis has already appeared in another version of Prince Caspian — i.e., the 1989 BBC version which combined this story… Read more

Lou Lumenick at the New York Post writes:It wasn’t totally surprising to learn today that Sony isn’t planning to show critics “Ghost Rider,” which opens a week from Friday. The latest Marvel Comics blockbuster starring Nicolas Cage, which carries a pricetag of $120 million, may well be the most expensive event movie movie to receive this treatment, which tends to embarass the talent involved.You may recall that Nicolas Cage’s last movie, a remake of The Wicker Man, was also not… Read more

Last week, CT Movies posted its list of the ten “most redeeming” films of the past year. Today, we posted “The 2006 Critics’ Choice Awards” — and just for the record, I didn’t cast any votes whatsoever for the #1 film, but since last year’s list was topped by my personal favorite of that year, I won’t complain too much. Read more

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