You know the drill by now. Let's just get into it!
So, some sad news over the weekend; James Garner has died. Apparently, it was natural causes, which is sad and yet, he lived a rich and happy life (married for 58 years to the same woman!) and so it isn't as depressing as it would have been had it been some sort of tragic accident. Garner's career was one that many may not be entirely familiar with, but his successes were huge, and the fact that he continued to work into his old age was a blessing. Seeing his face pop up in a film was always something to look forward to, and his early work is something of a treasure to dig up and savor.
Before we were handed that blow, we were informed that Broadway legend Elaine Stritch had died back on Thursday of last month. I'm fully aware of her legend, despite having never seen her on the stage, but recently I revisited her glorious work in Woody Allen's September, so if you haven't seen that, I strongly recommend that you do.
Moving on to some happier news, NYFF has announced three slots already, and they are all highly anticipated films! Inherent Vice and Gone Girl were already slated as of late last week, but now Birdman has been added as the closing film to the festival and I am super excited about this!
I just wish I could go.
So, has anyone seen this teaser for 50 Shades of Grey that Beyonce posted on her Instagram? I kind of forgot that this movie was happening, but the trashy awesomeness of getting Beyonce to promote this is getting me excited for it's failure. I mean, I don't hate Queen B, but I don't like her either, and the idea of her name being tarnished due to the fact that there is no way in hell this is going to be a good movie has me kind of excited to watch it all burn to the ground.
Hell, I may even buy a ticket to see it all happen from the luxury of a front row seat.
Now, I know that this is mainly a film blog, but I have talked about books before, and occasionally flirted with television comments. Today, I'm going to talk about TV once again. I haven't said anything here about Fargo, which I actually watched, and I have to say that I loved it! Guess what! It's coming back! Yup, the second season has been greenlit, and I couldn't be more excited. Nothing is really known other than the fact that it will be a stand alone story and a new cast, but something in the back of my heart is aching for them to do a strict prequel and explore the backstory regarding Molly's father and those mysterious 1979 happenings.
Regardless, I'm in!
Lastly, I want to raise awareness to two Blogathons happening at the moment that I'm dying to contribute to and that I want everyone else to contribute to as well! The most awesome thing about all this is that these are first time blogathon hosts, and so it's extra special!
First, Flick Chicks want to know what your guilty pleasure is.
Second, Feeling Fuzzier wants to know which films you'd like to see get the sequel treatment.
Two awesome concepts from two awesome blogs! Check them out, and contribute a post!