BRAVE: Pixar’s Pagan Princess is Perfect Pleasure

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Honestly, I wasn't expecting to like this very much. The fact that this free-spirited spitfire had to be a "princess" in order to appeal to audiences really rubbed me the wrong way. There is way too much "princess" branding aimed at little girls these days, and it's annoying. It also seemed Pixar was having trouble figuring out how to market this: changing the title (It was originally called The Bear and the Bow; Brave seems like a faint echo of Braveheart, no?) and it seemed recent trailers … [Read more...]

Casting of DEVIL’S KNOT near complete

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Devil's Knot, the film based upon journalist Mara Leveritt's book exploring the case of the West Memphis Three, will begin shooting next week. Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) is directing, which promises and intelligent and sensitive rendering of the material. One of the first casting decisions announced was Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, mother of eight year old Stevie Branch, who was murdered on May 5, 1993. Then British actor Colin Firth was … [Read more...]