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Thompson on Hancock

Variety‘s Anne Thompson:

Based on seeing Hancock the other night, I can tell you this. Todd McCarthy’s early negative review will be one of many. The knives are out, and they are sharp. When this movie opens July 2, it will be eviscerated.

I’m trying to keep my hopes up, but I’m hearing more and more cries of dismay and even disgust. This could be a sad case of Great Trailer, Lousy Movie.


Nathan Fillion. Joss Whedon. And a musical.

Here’s the teaser.


“Kill it, lion Jesus!”

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is one of the classics examined in McSweeney’s new Lit 101 class. Hmmm. Quite an interesting interpretation, eh?

(Thanks, Derreck Hoffrichter, for the link!)


David James Duncan’s The River Why Runs to the big screen

The news broke (I’m tempted to say “the water broke”… but I won’t) here:

William Hurt and Amber Heard have joined Zach Gilford in “The River Why,” an adaptation of the 1983 Sierra Club novel by David James Duncan. Matt Leutwyler is directing.

Hmmm. I wonder if David James Duncan is involved. Why not have him co-write the screenplay, since this is a rather delicate work of American literature, and he’s still very much alive?


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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • elrambo

    If we’re going to condense TLWW, I think I prefer the “Book a Minute” version:

  • azhiashalott

    Veeerrry interesting interpretation. I can’t help but think that, if Lewis were alive today, he’d make short work of that debacle of an eisegesis.

  • striderdemme

    Loving the Dr. Horrible teaser. :)

  • genebranaman

    A movie of The River Why sounds good but how ’bout The Brothers K? I really love that book. Plus, it’s got baseball in it!

    There are so many ways a film version of TRW could turn out . . . not so good. I hope they don’t really mess it up – it’s gonna take some vision!

    And it took me a second on the Buy-n-Large site. VERY cool!!! And I’m not sayin’ a word . . . let other folk poke around there for their own selves.