Before we get started, allow me a moment to memorialize Michael Ritchie, the talented filmmaker whose death on Monday was not announced until Thursday morning.
I was recently privy to a conversation between a group of people, where the topic of conversation turned to whether the future Scooby Doo movie will bomb because of the failure of Josie and the Pussycats. The answer is, of course, no. Scooby Doo will not bomb because Universal gave the keys to their potential riot grrrl franchise to the people who made Can’t Hardly Wait. The fact of the matter is, Scooby Doo the movie will bomb due to a lack of Scooby Doo. I’m sorry, but if you are Warner Brothers and you are going to make a movie out of Scooby Doo, you better damn well make sure Scooby spends 105 minutes on screen Scooby Dooby Doo’ing around.
How times have changed.
The Hollywood Reporter announces that “O,” Tim Blake Nelson’s modern day retelling of William Shakespeare’s Othello, has been sold by Miramax to Lions Gate, who is planning a 1500 screen release in August. The film has been sitting on the shelf for two years now (not all that odd an incident for Miramax), due to the changed storyline, which now climaxes with a school shooting where several students are killed.
Back in Janaury, two of the films that came out of Sundance with big buzz were “Memento” and “Series 7: The Contenders.” Now both have been released into theatres. So why has “Memento” captured the audience and not “Series 7?”
It happens to everyone from time to time. You’re walking up and down the aisles of the video store, hoping that someone just returned a copy of the hot new release and the stockboy is going to put it back on the shelf. Sometimes, you get lucky, instead of standing around like an idiot waiting for a copy of the latest crapfest from Jerry Bruckheimer, why not grab one of those movies people have told you to see but you never remember once you’re actually marching up and down the new rentals section of Ballbuster. In fact, why not make a list right now of all those films. And put this one on the very top…
At last, “The King Is Alive,” the final of the four original Dogme95 films, is coming to America.
Kristian Levring, who along with Lars Von Trier, Thomas Vintenberg and Søren Kragh-Jacobsen started the no-frills filmmaking credo six years ago, directs this story about a group of people stranded in Saharan Africa when their bus breaks down, who turn to performing King Lear to pass time.