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NEWS: Minghella to helm 'No. Ladies' Detective Agency,' Sandler/Apatow, Warners picks up 'Bone'

HBO has greenlit a seven-part adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" which will be directed by Anthony Minghella. It's nice to see that someone's taken notice of this exceptional series of novels, Minghella could really do the project justice. Extra-plus bonus points -- Minghella co-wrote the two-hour pilot with Richard Curtis (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, "The Vicar of Dibley"). (Read more ...)
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NEWS: Hulk trailer, Tang Lee censored, new Indy pic

In a stunning display of PR overkill, Universal will run a teaser trailer for The Incredible Hulk on seven cable networks simultaneously. A teaser for the kinda-sorta sequel to Ang Lee's The Hulk will run at 9:56 p.m. EDT/6:56 p.m. PDT on MTV, MTVU, MTV2, VH1, Spike TV, Nick at Nite and CMT. Of course, if you don't feel compelled to sit glued to the TV, you'll be able to see the teaser on MTV.com following the big blockbuster simulcast. Thank god. (Read more ...)
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BLOGROLL: Chabon on super-suits, "Watchmen" characters revealed, adaptations that must be stopped

Author and self-professed comics geek Michael Chabon (author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," "Wonder Boys" and "The Yiddish Policeman's Union") examines superhero attire in the New Yorker:

The appearance of realism in a superhero costume made from real materials is generally recognized to be difficult to pull off, and many such costumes do not even bother to simulate the presumable effect on the eye and the spirit of the beholder were Black Bolt to stride, trailing a positronic lace of Kirby crackle, into a ballroom of the Overland Park Marriott. (Read more ...)
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[FILM] 'Eraserhead' and 'Lynch' at the Northwest Film Center

Long, long ago, in a far off land called the 1970’s, I was a geeky kid who loved movies. Unlike normal, non-cinema obsessed youth, my favorite part of the year wasn’t summer vacation – it was the weeks devoted to the Los Angeles Film Exposition (commonly called “Filmex”), the annual international festival that ran from 1971 to 1983 before morphing into the organization American Cinematheque ... (Read more)
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Golden Globe nominations ... what the hell?

The Golden Globe nominations were announced today and ... Atonement is nominated for best drama? Seriously?

I mean, did they actually watch it? It's not just bad, it's excruciating.

On the other hand, hooray for nominations for Michael Clayton and No Country for Old Men. The "comedy or musical" category, on the other hand, is very, very weak. Across the Universe? Is it because, other than Hairspray, it was the only musical available?

Anyway. If you'll excuse us, we're still trying to get over that Atonement nomination. Ummm ... yeah.

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On 'The Mist' and characterization.

This is a busy season for film folk, what with catching up on all the movies we missed earlier in the year. But the staff took a field trip to the local multiplex and caught The Mist this weekend. And we have a few thoughts.

We won't spoil it for those of you who haven't seen it, but unless you live under a rock you've undoubtedly heard that the ending is a downer. And it is -- delightfully enough. It's a refreshing throwback to a time before studios "tested" every film before release, insisting that any ending that doesn't leave the test audience in a happy, toe-tapping mood has to be lightened up. Cinema Sideshow approves of this ending, depressing though it may be. Or, perhaps, because it's depressing. We're funny that way. (Read more ...)
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Oscar Season.

The last couple of months of the year bring DVD bounty to film critics around the world, as studios send out bushels of screener discs in the hopes that their Oscar-bait projects will land on the countless top-ten lists that nobody really gives a crap about.

Here at Cinema Sideshow Central, we've received gratas copies of Reservation Road, Talk to Me, A Mighty Heart, Hairspray, Into the Wild, Margot at the Wedding, Music Within, Knocked Up, Eastern Promises, and a few more that we can't be bothered to remember ... (Read more)
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News: Smith's footprints, free rides for firemen, Tom Swift

Grauman's Chinese Theater, home to the hand- and footprints of such stellar screen legends as Douglas Fairbanks, Marilyn Monroe and Adam Sandler, will enshrine the paws of acclaimed thespian Will Smith on Dec. 10. By sheer coincidence, Smith's new film I Am Legend will premiere just four days later, on Dec. 14. Interestingly, the premiere of Smith's last-guy-in-New-York-oops-there's-a-monster flick will not be held at Grauman's, but you can watch the Dec. 12 red carpet proceedings for Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story via live webcam here.  If you go there right now, though, you'll just see polyester-clad Midwesterners staring at the imprints of John Wayne's (surprisingly tiny) boots.

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News: 'Paddington Bear,' AFI anniversary, McConaughey replaces Wilson

Harry Potter producer David Heyman has announced plans for a feature-film adaptation of the Paddington Bear books. The screenwriter is Hamish McColl (Mr. Bean's Holiday) so expect many hilarious bits of slapstick involving Paddington falling face first into the loo, getting his necktie caught in turnstiles, and spilling marmalade on the crotches of unsuspecting old ladies. (Read more ...)

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News: Owen Wilson, 'War Monkeys,' Keanu barata nikto

Owen Wilson is in the hospital, reportedly after cutting his wrist and taking "an undetermined amount of pills." He's been stitched up and will "be detoxed" according to press reports. Not to trivialize the man's pain, but if this was a suicide attempt, it certainly puts the rest of our lives in stark perspective —  after all, if Owen Wilson isn't enjoying the hell out of his life, what chance is there for the rest of us? (read more ...)