News debris: Kurt Cobain rises again


  • If you missed my headline-scan at CT Reel News this week… it’s not too late. There’s news about Hobbits invading Boston, children entering Narnia, Bryan Singer jumping on Superman, Malaysians attending The Passion, Stephen Baldwin entering the ministry, Ralph Fiennes stalking Harry Potter, Kevin Smith renewing wedding vows, Shawshank celebrating an anniverary, Faramir falling in love… and more.
  • The next Sofia Coppola film will star Kirsten Dunst as Marie-Antoinette, with Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI. Production starts in February in France.
  • Michael Pitt, that dude shuddering in the watchtower in The Village is playing Kurt Cobain in Gus Van Sant’s fictionalized version of the Nirvana star’s last days … a movie called Last Days.
  • The role of Mr. Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe will be played by a sexy beast: Ray Winstone. YES!! Winstone’s one of my favorite actors. He turned in solid and varied work in Sexy Beast, Cold Mountain, and Ripley’s Game.


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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    LOL! If you were a comic book character, Barbara, you’d be armed with a slingshot. (And we all know how powerful THOSE can be.)

    Nice review of “Hitch,” by the way. I’m going to mention it in Film Forum this week…


  • Barbara

    It is very good and courageous of you to give this kind of forum to your critics. It’s the kind of nobility missing in most of the Oscar nominated films…oops. Did I let that slip?

    Barb N.