Well, I had quite the weekend. Hope y'all did too. Now it's time to get into the swing of the work week, and that has made compiling this post difficult since a long weekend of fun leads to exhaustion which leads to sleeping in which leads to absolutely no time to 'blog' before work begins to rush in.
If my boss could see me right now, he'd be pissed!
But, whatever, I'll be quick (or something like that).
Let's chit chat for a bit:
For starters, I want to talk about Joel Edgerton. I've had a serious man crush on this guy for a really long time, ever since Animal Kingdom. I want such big things for him, and he's so talented, so commanding. I've been a fan of a lot of his work, from the aforementioned to Warrior (where he was, for me, best in show), Wish You Were Here and even The Great Gatsby. We all know I have a thing for Australians, and he's one of the best new imports. He has a project that sounds very intriguing coming to us this year from Jeff Nichols called Midnight Special, but news broke last week of another project (also from Nichols) that could be his big Oscar breakthrough. Edgerton has been attached to Nichols' biopic on the Lovings, an interracial couple who were married in 1958 and were exiled from Virginia because of it. They spent years fighting for the right to return home and fighting for the right to marry the one you love. This sounds like a beautiful and touching story, and one that will give Edgerton (and Ruth Negga from Agents of Shield) a chance to give it all they've got and I personally can't wait to see how this unfolds!
You know what else I want to watch unfold? The release of Orson Welles' final film! Yes, we've talked about that here before, but since posting the glorious news that this long lost film will finally get its proper editing and make it to theaters this year, it looked like it was hitting a few setbacks. Well, now we have Edgar Wright delivering a public service announcement to all cinephiles begging them to donate funds in support of getting this movie finished. Apparently they need $2,000,000 by the middle of June to get this completed this year.
If the Kardashians want to do some good for the rest of the world and boost their cred with people who have brain cells, they could make this movie happen tomorrow.
I'm considering donating myself.
Moving on, can we talk about some actors who have to learn to shut up. First, we have Natalie Portman denouncing her Oscar by claiming it's a 'fallen idol' and says that she doesn't even know where it is. Like, I find this so insulting, to be honest. Back in 2010 she WORKED that Oscar circuit to secure her Oscar win. She was everywhere, and she was genuinely gleeful with EVERY SINGLE WIN...and now she says she doesn't even know where the Oscar is and compared it to worshiping idols condemned in scripture! I'm a very religious man, so I get the whole idea of not 'worshiping' an idol of sorts, but this feels so extreme.
Does this mean she can give her Oscar to the more deserving winner; Michelle Williams!
Speaking of talking shit, Matt St. Clair dished on Robert Downey Jr.'s remarks on Independent Cinema and further cemented my absolute hatred for this complete douche. Everyone is so up in arms about Jeremy Renner calling Black Widow a slut, but listen...this is worse. Downey Jr. is no stranger to talking complete and utter shit, and he's made it a point to say he has no time for anything other than money making Blockbusters at this point, since he's apparently more about the money than the craft, but these latest remarks about Independent Film is just atrocious.
And I quote:
“Because they’re exhausting and sometimes they suck and then you just go, ‘What was I thinking?’ But I’m interested in doing all different kinds of movies. Sometimes the little movies are the ones that wind up taking the most out of you because they’re like, ‘Hey, man, we’re just running a couple of days behind. Do you think you can stay through your birthday and then come back on the fourth of July. And, by the way, but, like, the crew—can you pay for the craft services? And, oh, by the way, man, when we go to Sundance, it’s like, can we just sit you in a chair and you can sell this for six days in a row so that we’ll make 180 bucks when it opens in one theater? God, this is so powerful what we’re doing. What do you think of the movie? You saw it last night?’”
“I thought it’s mediocre.”
“Yeah, isn’t it the greatest?! Man, everyone’s an artist here.”
“Actually, most of you are kind of inexperienced and lame.”
What the actual fuck! I swear to GOD I hate this guy. I don't want to just retype Matt's entire post, so check it out because I agree with him 100%.
And in closing, since I'm sore that I'm not at Cannes right now and I hate all the people I know who are going (yes AW friends, I HATE YOU RIGHT NOW!) I'm going to talk about another film festival, Venice, and how they snagged Deity Cuaron for their jury president! Dolan is at Cannes, Cuaron is in Venice and I'm here, in my house, talking about them.
Happy Monday people!
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Chris talks A View to a Kill
Josh reviews Death Trap
Irene discussing 12 Memorable Movie Moms
Hunter returns to blogging
Mario celebrates his fourth blogging anniversary!
Britt talks shit about The Duggers!!!
Sati swoons over a real life princess!
Luke discusses Going Clear
Getter is hosting a BLOGATHON!!!!