A dark comedy for sunny Summer
With Woody Allen's 'Midnight in Paris'
This, from The Guardian:
"My hopes were not high but I wound up enjoying Midnight in Paris. This is Allen in Purple Rose of Cairo mode (albeit without that earlier film's keening undertow of pathos). It's a gentle icebreaker, a genial flight of fancy, played out in a whimsical jazz age that looks Disneyland Paris by way of a second-hand bookshop. But it's no masterpiece; not even the 'return to form' that some will no doubt bill it as. The crowd applauds indulgently and then files out into the blazing sunshine. One has the sense that the film is already behind them. It's over and gone, evaporating in the midday heat as they press onward towards the next meeting, seminar or seance. And maybe that's as it should be. The future starts here. This Cannes, at long last, is now open for business."
A new one ...
Directed by Martin Campbell, the picture stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard and more (it's a big, honkin' cast).
Take a look:
Oh, happy day!
Anyway, we soldier on after these missteps and we talk about something that makes us happy, in my case Elaine May and her vastly underrated, near comic masterpiece "Ishtar." And here's something even greater -- Elaine May and the director's cut of "Ishtar."
Oh, I so wish I was in New York City this month.
Here, from Movieline:
"Heads-up, NYC: Writer-director and comedy legend Elaine May will appear in person next week to discuss the never-before-seen director’s cut of Ishtar, her infamous 1987 bomb starring Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman. Tickets are going fast, as well they should be."
'The Thin Man' to be remade
But ... a remake of a classic, beloved movie that may not need an update. And really, really, may not need Rob Marshall as director. But it's of course, too soon to say.
Nevertheless, it's official "The Thin Man" is going to be remade.
Here's the news from Thompson on Hollywood:
"It’s official: Rob Marshall and John DeLuca will produce a remake of The Thin Man through their LUCAMAR Productions, with Marshall directing. Johnny Depp will star and Jerry Stahl (Bad Boys II) is scripting the project. Marshall is “overjoyed” to work with Depp again (he directing him in this summer’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), and says; “we are looking forward to working with Warner Bros. to create a reinvention of a beloved story.” He calls it a “classy and classic project.”
"The original 1934 film was director by W. S. Van Dyke and starred William Powell and Myrna Loy (pictured). So now the question is, who should play Loy’s Nora character alongside Depp’s Nick?"
Mel Gibson's latest wasn't a hit
No, not The Bieber, though it sounds like box office would have fared better had it been titled that. That's not a judgment call -- I haven't seen the movie and plan to this week. I will put my hard earned dollars down for Gibson talking to a puppet! But audiences weren't too keen on the idea.
Some harsh words from The Wrap:
"This weekend proved a reality check. Audiences simply said: No, thanks.
"'The Beaver' debuted in 22 locations this weekend, with distributor Summit Entertainment expecting a per-screen average of more than $15,000 for the weekend. But the film grossed only $104,000 all told, averaging an embarrassing $4,745 per engagement."
The Playlist gives you some options
Nevertheless, if you've already grown weary of the big summer movies, The Playlist has a backup plan for you. Check out this concept: Smaller movies.
Here's one for you:
"Instead of “Pirates of the Caribbean” see 'L’Amour Fou'
"Another cultural documentary in a summer crammed with good examples, this focuses on the sale of the possessions of legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, but is really an examination of his relationship with long-time partner, in business and in love, Pierre Bergé.
"We haven’t caught this one yet, but the trailer suggests something less like an upmarket version of 'Cribs' (although fashion fiends and fans of pretty objects will likely be in hog heaven) than a touching look at a man mourning his life-long partner. Reviews were a little mixed, but mostly strong, and even having little knowledge of Saint Laurent’s life and work, we’re pretty keen to catch up with this one.
"When? May 13th."
Audience goes insane
Also, how in the world does he look that good?
Watch a snippet of Depp on Oprah where he surprised her audience (who are yes, of course, freaking out) by inviting them all to the first screening of the newest "Pirates" movie.
Oprah always looks pretty happy when she has major movie stars on her show, but she looks absolutely radiant with Depp. That's probably just another one of his talents ...
Check it out on Pop Sugar.