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Sunday Film News Roundup – July 3rd, 2011

July 3, 2011
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Hope everyone is having a good fourth of July weekend and that you haven’t blown off any of your appendages while celebrating. Transformers 3 is making a shitload of money despite seemingly no one thinking it was good, but that’s just how Michael Bay movies work.

I’m gonna go with a short preamble today since it’s a holiday and just remind you that if you don’t watch 1776 on TCM (or DVD) tomorrow, you are obnoxious and disliked, sir. And unpatriotic. Yankee Doodle Dandy is also on, leading into a little Cagney marathon.

-If you were wondering why I never reminded you about the Arcade Fire/Spike Jonze short film, Scenes from the Suburbs, it’s because Merge pulled a dick move and yanked the North American rights from MUBI. Stupid move really. All it did was create a lot of needless anger and annoyance and drive people away from MUBI since, hey, it’s 2011 and there is this worldwide video place called YouTube. Good call, Merge.

-NPR has an interview with Tom Hanks on Larry Crowne and cynicism in film. I’m on the fence about it, personally. I like Tom Hanks in these kinds of easygoing roles, but I don’t know that I can slap money down and buy Julia Roberts as a drunk college professor.

-What ever happened to the Hollywood press photo? For one thing, there is no such thing as glamour and elegance anymore, there is just looking cool (or looking funny).

-Not sure when this went up, but Trailer Addict has an extended Super 8 scene, where Joe and Charles talk about Alice.

-Yahoo has a Harry Potter featurette on Horcruxes that shows an awful lot of footage from the film not in the trailer, including inside the Gringotts vault and Shell Cottage.

-I’m not sure when John Tuturro’s neapolitan music documentary, Passione opens, but it looks kind of amazing.

-Here’s the first image from Soderbergh’s Haywire, with MMA fighter Gina Carano.

-Never got into Robert Altman while he was alive and don’t know where to start? The AV Club can help with that.

-ESPN’s Bill Simmons tries to explain The Movie Star by applying Hollywood’s version of advanced sabremetrics. It’s an interesting read. (IFC’s Matt Singer replies.)

-When Batman met Sherlock Holmes.

-I don’t know where the hell I’d put it, but I really want it.

-I don’t know where I’d put this either, but I want a framed copy.

-Matt Singer interviews John C. Reilly about Azazel Jacobs’ Terri and Fight For Your Right (Revisited).

-The Hollywood Reporter has some highlights of Charlie Rose’s interview with Spike Lee, where he riffs on Hollywood, sequels, Obama and Lebron.

-Uwe Boll calls The Tree of Life a “piece of shit”, which is probably a good excuse to see it again.

-Graham Chapman and the Pythons back in 3D? I don’t know about this.

-Diablo Cody is back and this time she’s directing. No word on whether cheeseburger phone will star.

-David Strathairn has been cast as William Seward, Secretary of State to Honest Abe in Spielberg’s Lincoln. That’s going to require quite the prosthetic nose to pull off.

-I’m not really sure who the hell would want to be Brett Rattner’s production assistant, but he’s holding a short film contest to find one if you aspire to make Rush Hour 4.

-Jurassic Park is finally coming to Bluray, but as of right now it looks like its only in box set form, so they’re forcing you to buy II and III — otherwise who would?

-This little spat with Amy Taubin is the most interesting thing Kevin Smith has done since Dogma.

-Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott talk about fan rights and why Harry Potter has become such a wild, multi-billion dollar success while the likes of The Golden Compass and Lemony Snicket have failed.

-This week’s vintage article from 1997 is about the back story of the classic Bogart-Bacall film, The Big Sleep. Both versions.

-And finally, Ninja Warrior fans will be happy to hear that American Ninja Warrior 4 will air August 22nd on NBC at 9pm. Do yourself a favor and avoid the Sasuke Wikipedia page if you don’t want to know the results because the course has already been run and airs next week in Japan.

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