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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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at

  • 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.