Did Cuarón read the original James novel?

Regarding Children of Men, yesterday’s National Post reports:It’s no coincidence that Cuaron began the script in a post-9/11 world, having refused to read the pre-9/11 P.D. James novel that the movie is based on. “Because of those 9/11 events, it was important to set the film more in the 21st century, since the world has changed since then,” he says.So if Alfonso Cuarón didn’t read the book, how do we explain the various minor points where the film and book… Read more

LaHaye, Straczynski developing Bible movies

Thanks to Queen Spoo for reminding me that The Resurrection — the upcoming film that is being developed by Screen Gems, Tim LaHaye and screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd — now has a tentative release date of February 22, 2008. I noticed this at BoxOfficeMojo.com a while back, but forgot to note it here.She also notes something that I had never heard before, which is that Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski recently announced that he is writing the script for “a… Read more

The Exorcist — did it need to be “pumped up”?

I’m a big fan of The Exorcist (1973; my review), but until recently I had avoided getting the film on DVD — mainly because, by the time I got my first player, there were already two different versions of the film out there, with two completely different sets of extras. I figured I might as well wait until they were packaged together.My wish finally came true a couple months ago, when Warner put out ‘The Complete Anthology’, including not only… Read more

Newsbites: Harry Potter! Ringtones! Monastery! Prisoner! Disney! Steyn! Hunyadi! Doubt! etc.!

Time to stop stockpiling these items.1. John Granger has redesigned his Hogwarts Professor site, and he has already posted lots and lots (and lots and lots…) of thoughts on the possible meaning of the recently-announced title of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the last of the books.2. If there is one thing I learned from my days as a video-store clerk, it is that horror movies get some of the most brilliant marketing gimmicks. Now comes this Hollywood Reporter… Read more

Y’know, I think I’ve worked with that guy.

Both times I have seen Dreamgirls, one name has leapt out at me — namely that of cinematographer Tobias A. Schliessler. And the reason his name jumps out at me is because I remember working on a set with a cinematographer named Tobias something-or- other many years ago, in my late teens or early 20s.A guy I knew at church named Don Knodel had been working in the local movie biz for a few years — going back to The… Read more

Star Wars — the silent-movie version!

Is there no end to what people can do with the Star Wars series?(Hat tip to The Screengrab at Nerve.com.) Read more

Children of Men — secularized? incoherent?

My review of Children of Men isn’t up yet, but suffice to say it’s mostly positive — more or less along the lines of the review written by my friend Jeffrey Overstreet. I do have some qualms about the film, though, and a couple of reviews that appeared on a couple of blogs today press those points especially hard.First, the so-called Luther at the Movies:Going to see a film based on a novel you’ve read and enjoyed is always problematic…. Read more

The Simpsons: “God spoke to us for a reason.”

Today I finally got around to checking out the Simpsons: Season 9 set that I bought last week, and lo and behold, I found that the animatic preview of The Simpsons Movie includes a bit of God-talk. To wit, Homer and Marge are standing in front of a giant silo bearing the label “PIG CRAP”, and Marge says to Homer:God spoke to us for a reason. I’m not quite sure what that reason is, but I’m asking you: Please, dispose… Read more

One last movie not screened for critics!

Joe Leydon says in his review for Variety that the remake of Black Christmas “opened Dec. 25 without press previews”, and at his blog, he comments on the experience of catching this movie’s first matinee on Christmas Day with “two dozen or so” actual paying customers. But while the movie might not have been screened for critics in the States, it was screened for critics in Canada. (FWIW, this is one of the half-dozen or more previews that I missed.) Read more

Del Toro, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Narnia redux

The Associated Press has a new interview with Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro that foregrounds the Narnia connection which, until now, had only been mentioned in passing — if at all — in the other interviews that I have read:Guillermo del Toro was asked to direct “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” but he turned it down because, as a lapsed Catholic, he couldn’t see himself bringing Aslan the lion back to life.Instead, he… Read more

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