And now, the fourth actor to play John Connor

The Hollywood Reporter says 19-year-old Thomas Dekker will play 15-year-old John Connor in the TV series The Sarah Connor Chronicles. I guess that makes about as much sense as 13-year-old Edward Furlong playing 10-year-old John Connor in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).FWIW, Dekker would be the first actor to play John Connor who was born after the original Terminator came out in 1984 — which makes sense, since his character was conceived in that movie.Still no word on when, exactly,… Read more

Weinsteins hop on the “faith-based” bandwagon

Fox has FoxFaith and birds have nests — er, I mean, Sony has Provident — and now Variety says The Weinstein Company is hopping aboard the ‘contemporary Christian cinema’ bandwagon:The Weinstein Co. is getting into the Christian-film biz, forming a faith-based distribution label and inking a first-look production deal with Christian shingle Impact Entertainment.TWC will finance, co-produce and distribute the theatrical pics under the multiyear Impact deal. It also will look to pact with other production companies to help fill… Read more

Apocalypto, Mayans, and misattribution

Okay, this is weird. Yesterday, I linked to a spoiler-filled article on Apocalypto by Traci Arden, an expert on Mayan culture, on the Archaeology magazine website. Among other things, she writes:I am not a compulsively politically correct type who sees the Maya as the epitome of goodness and light. I know the Maya practiced brutal violence upon one another, and I have studied child sacrifice during the Classic period. But in “Apocalypto,” no mention is made of the achievements in… Read more

Newsbites: Docs! Troopers! Morocco! Reilly!

Here’s another fresh batch of news blurbs.1. The Globe and Mail reports that it is no longer possible to see many Canadian documentaries, thanks to rising copyright clearance costs, according to a recent paper released by the Documentary Organization of Canada:The Copyright Clearance Culture and Canadian Documentaries, written by Ottawa copyright lawyer Howard Knopf, cites many eyebrow-raising cases. An example: Quebec filmmaker Sylvie Van Brabant’s film Remous/Earthwalk has been withdrawn from public circulation because its main character sings 30 seconds… Read more

Newsbites: Apocalypto! Nativity! Ten! Camp!

Time for a few more quick updates.1. The Associated Press reports that modern Mayans aren’t sure what to expect from Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto:Outsiders’ views of the Maya have long been subject to changing intellectual fashions. Until the 1950s, academics often depicted the ancient Mayas as an idyllic, peaceful culture devoted to astronomy and mathematics. Evidence has since emerged that, even at their height, the Mayas fought bloody and sometimes apocalyptic wars among themselves, lending somewhat more credence to Gibson’s approach.Warrior-kings… Read more

George Lucas does Singin’ in the Rain!

Click here for the latest bit of insanity from the folks who gave us Brokeback to the Future. It’s not as inspired, but then, what is?FWIW, my parents taped Singin’ in the Rain (1952) off of TV only two or three years after Star Wars (1977) came out in theatres, and as a wee child, I fell permanently in love with the music and the comedy and just about everything else to do with the film.I was also intrigued to… Read more

How many films have shown umbilical cords?

An e-pal objected to the part in my review of The Nativity Story where I wrote:For all the talk of “realism” and “authenticity” that has surrounded this film, it is still very much a family-friendly Christmas pageant, a Christmas crèche brought to theatrical life. While Mary does experience labor pains, the birth of Jesus is remarkably clean, with no placenta or umbilical cord in sight.To this, my e-pal replied:Can you think of any movie that showed the placenta or umbilical… Read more

Canadian box-office stats — December 3

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.Casino Royale — CDN $14,588,754 — N.AM $115,876,024 — 12.6%Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan — CDN $14,158,478 — N.AM $116,241,347 — 12.2%Stranger Than Fiction — CDN $3,446,400 — N.AM $36,911,009 — 9.3%National Lampoon’s Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj — CDN $187,121 –… Read more

Noting the numbers for posterity.

Hope no one minds a bit of numerical horn-tooting.I have been keeping this blog since mid-March 2005, and keeping track of visits and page views via Site Meter since mid-April 2005, and I am happy to say that this past month was the busiest yet. Thanks to everyone who has checked this blog out! Read more

Newsbites: Nativity! Church Boy! Monastics!

Here’s a fresh batch of news and reviews.1. Why did The Nativity Story do so poorly at the box office this weekend? New Line Cinema blames the weather, first in the Associated Press …Snow in the Midwest kept many movie-goers at home, undermining the film’s opening, said David Tuckerman, New Line’s head of distribution.”The storms in the middle of the country couldn’t have hurt us more,” Tuckerman said. “It’s a movie made for the heartland, and it killed us in… Read more

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