The 54th annual Festival International du Film de Cannes has ended, and yet another film you will likely never see won the Palme d’Or. The Son’s Room, Italian director Nanni Moretti’s tragicomedy about a psychoanalyst whose happy family life is shattered when his teen-age son dies in a freak diving accident, snagged the Boot’s first top Cannes prize in almost a quarter century. The film, which opened March 8th in Italy, has already earned $3.5M in its native country.
Yesterday, as part of the “Short Bits”, I mentioned Oscar winning screenwriter Bill Condon of Gods and Monsters fame had been hired on to do a rewrite… oh, hell, I’ll just reprint what I said:
Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid!
Yeah, this is yet another article about Harvey Weinstein, and yes, I am aware the headline isn’t exactly flattering. But how often am I going to be able to use the title of a Troma film in a headline, you know?
Last evening around 1AM in Jersey, Kevin Smith logged into the bulletin board on his View Askew site and launched into a brief but succinct damnation of some never before heard of movie news site called Movie Poop Shoot. All the View Askewheads rushed right over to check what all the hub bub was about. Turns out the site is nothing more than Smith-created parody of sites such as ours, no other purpose than the ability to download the brand spanking new trailer for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
Breaking News Concerning The New WGA Contract
More details concerning the WGA/AMPTP agreement are leaking out. One of the more encouraging parts of the contract is the ritualistic crucifixion of one member from each guild, as chosen by the members of the other guild. Reports have the writers leaning towards Jon Peters or Jerry Bruckhemier, while the producers have unequivocally chosen Akiva Goldsman.
As news of the settlement between the Writers Guild and the Producers started to leak in last night, I got into a discussion with one of my friends about the evil that is the director’s possessory credit. This column will be a somewhat writer’s viewpoint skewered attempt to boil down parts of the last fifty years of world cinema history into a few paragraphs.