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Sunday Film News Roundup — December 4th, 2011

December 4, 2011
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I woke up with a pretty bad sore throat this morning, so just a quick bit before I go back to bed.

I must ask: HOW THE HELL DID THIS TAKE A YEAR AND HALF TO BE FOUND? Grantland came up with a link to the full original Karate Kid, shot on video tape with its original cast as a rehearsal with director John Avildsen. It’s an amazing thing to watch, especially if you grew up a Karate obsessed kid in the 80s like pretty much everyone in the 30-35 age zone did. John Hughes was really too early for us, so we had Daniel-san and Marty McFly instead of Ducky and Bender. And Ernest, but more on that in a second.

-We’ll start out this week with Mark Kermode’s appreciation of Ken Russell, who died last week. (The Guardian)

-The first top 10 list is out, from British magazine Sight & Sound, who awarded Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life its top spot. (Hit Flix)

-My top two films for the year: Melancholia won Best film at the European Film Awards. And Hugo won Best Picture and Best Director at the National Board of Review awards. (The Guardian/NBR)

-The Tree of Life also picked up a Gotham award for Best Picture, tied with Mike Mills’ Beginners. (NY Daily News)

-Brad Pitt also picked up a Best Actor award from the NY Film Critics Circle for his work in both The Tree of Life and Moneyball. Meryl Streep won Best Actress for Iron Lady, while The Artist took Best Film, which means it will probably not win anything come Oscar time. (IndieWire)

-What, you haven’t had enough awards talk yet? How about the Spirit Awards nominations? BAM. (IndieWire)

-Speaking of… Kevin Smith is none too happy about Red State getting no nominations. Sadface. (Moviefone)

-If you were like me as a kid, you loved Ernest P. Worrell, especially Ernest Goes to Camp and Ernest Saves Christmas, and you’ll find plenty to like about this interview with one of Jim Varney’s creative partners. Ewweeeeeewww! (Know the Artist)

-What do we know about Sigmund Freud (or Viggo Mortensen)? (Pop Matters)

-So, is Daniel Day-Lewis going to have someone assassinate him so he can fully realize the part? (The Film Stage)

-Chloe Moretz is proud that she didn’t call anyone a cunt or slice them up with a sword in Hugo. (The Guardian)

-Fox Filmed Entertainment chairman Tom Rothman stutters like a nervous screenwriter giving a pitch in this Mtv News interview about the leaked Prometheus footage. (Deadline)

-Arianna Huffington interviews Scarlett Johansson for Interview Magazine. I’m not posting this only for the topless (but covered) picture of Scarlett, I promise. (Interview)

-Speaking of nudity, here is Shame star Carey Mulligan talking about working nude, stalking Steve McQueen and the time she played Nina in Chekhov’s The Seagull on stage. (The Daily Beast)

-The Bridesmaids cast and writers talk about the hilariously disgusting bridal shop scene. (LA Times)

-Can “The Palestinian Chicken” create peace in the Middle East? That’s what Alan Dershowitz hopes will be accomplished by sending a copy of the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. To be sure, it’s a great episode, and if he wins a Nobel, they better announce him as Labe, son of Nat. (Columbia Current)

-Here is an in depth interview/article on Marty Scorsese. (Fast Company)

-25 things you didn’t know about Network, except you probably know about half of them. (Moviefone)

-Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg? They just did Howl and no one (except me and my 4 star review!) gave a shit. (Out)

-The argument for Miley Cyrus: at least she’s not Lindsay Lohan? (Vulture)

Trailers:

-Andrew Stanton’s John Carter. This looks tragically bad. Sorry Andrew. (Apple)

-The redband trailer for Steve McQueen’s Shame. Unless you work for Hustler this is not even remotely work safe. I do wonder how a film gets rated NC-17 for “some” explicit content, though. (YouTube)

Speaking of Bridesmaids, remember when star Maya Rudloph was in The Renatals?

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