Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.


  • Should there be a moratorium on “Holocaust films”? Stewart Klawans thinks so.
  • Watch out, polygamists. Here comes Katherine Heigl. Variety reports: “Katherine Heigl will star in and produce the feature film adaptation of Escape, the bestselling memoir of Carolyn Jessop, whose testimony helped convict polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs.” The Hollywood Reporter notes that it will be written by the fellow who wrote the John Adams series.
  • A.G. Harmon gives a thumbs-down to Baz’s down-under epic, Australia.
  • But Kelly Foster is celebrating Twilight. (Due to my several posts about how much I dislike the film, I figured I’d include this for the sake of fairness. And besides, I like Kelly.)
  • Keanu picks up a samurai sword.
  • Paste reveals more details on U2‘s upcoming album, including a link where you can pre-order.
  • So say The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics:
    Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
    Best Director: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
    Best Actor: Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
    Best Actress: Meryl Streep (Doubt)
    Best Supporting Actor: Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight)
    Best Supporting Actress: Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married)
    Best Original Screenplay: Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married)
    Best Adapted Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire)
    Best Animated Film: Wall∙E
    Best Documentary: Man on Wire
    Best Foreign Film: Let the Right One In
    Best Ensemble: Doubt
    Best Breakthrough: Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire)
    Best Art Direction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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