In Which We Discuss Various Movies We Are Intrigued By

For those who of you disagreed with my notion that the entrance of Nicole “Tom Infected Me With Crazy” Kidman was going to ruin The Golden Compass, be forewarned.

A little bit of news for all you fans of Phillip Pullman’s HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy. The first movie adaptation for the series, THE GOLDEN COMPASS, is hitting theaters this December and a lot of people have been wondering how New Line is planning on covering the “Anti-Catholic” tones involved with the story.

Easy solution, says actress Nicole Kidman who stars in the film and was raised as a Catholic .. Take the references out of the equation.

“It has been watered down a little. … I was raised Catholic. The Catholic Church is part of my essence. I wouldn’t be able to do this film if I thought it were at all anti-Catholic.”

The EW magazine goes on to state New Line has taken out any reference to Catholicism. Instead, the malevolent organization that snatches children to surgically remove their souls is referred to in the movie only as the Magisterium.

Daniel Craig is going to be absolutely horrible in this movie. Whatever, my daemon brought me an advil and I feel a lot better.

Is everyone realizing that Star Wars is about to get Star Trek-ed? See here.

‘After finishing Punch-Drunk Love in 2002, Boogie Nights director Paul Thomas Anderson found himself fumbling for a follow-up. ”I was really sick of the way I was writing,” he says. ”Everything looked as though I had written it, and that was a horrible feeling.” Purely as an exercise, Anderson decided to adapt a scene from a novel he had just discovered: Oil!, Upton Sinclair’s 1927 take on the grueling, greedy business of prospecting for black gold in California. ”It was a buoy, just to keep writing,” says the director. ”I didn’t think I would end up adapting the [whole] book, but it turned out that way.”

And so out trickled Blood, which hews close to the first 100 pages of Sinclair’s book before going its own way as it tracks the relationship between a silver miner-turned-oilman (Daniel Day-Lewis, who was interested after reading only half the script) and his son (Dillion Freasier). Shooting took place last summer in the remote desert terrain of Marfa, Tex., because, as producer Joanne Sellar explains, ”you can’t find old California in California anymore.” An 80-foot oil derrick was built and filled with fake oil that, according to Anderson, includes ”the stuff they put in chocolate milkshakes at McDonald’s.” The director thinks Blood has helped revitalize his creative process. ”I’m writing something new now — and I actually like it,” he says. Then, with a chuckle: ”I know that will end.”

J.J. Abrams’ new movie looks sweet:

New Poster for JJ Abrams' 1-18-08 (2008).

Frank Darabont directs Stephen King.

3:10 to Yuma looks awful.

News of the Superman sequel.

Buffy returns to TV, kind of.

Oliver Stone returns to Vietnam to do the My Lai massacre. Also I am as sick of Vietnam movies as the next guy, this is an episode that deserves to get the Oliver Stone treatment.

I am a Bret Easton Ellis guy, sorry, I admit it, I just am. I recently was happy to learn of Roger Avary‘s full length film based on the Victor segment from The Rules of Attraction. Anyway, Billy Bob Thornton signed onto the new adaption of Easton Ellis’ The Informers, which absolutely classic stuff and way better than Less Than Zero if you give it a chance.

Gregor Jordan, the Australian filmmaker who directed Buffalo Soldiers, is helming the project.

We should be able to sell our forthcoming Rickey Henderson biopic if stuff like this is being greenlit:

Centers on a young priest sent by his church’s secret order to kill a teenage girl. She is believed to be the future mother of the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse, destined to join siblings War, Pestilence and Famine in destroying the world. But when the priest becomes romantically involved with his target and she becomes pregnant, he’s forced to face the possibility that he may have spawned the child from hell.

Finally, courtesy Everything Tarantino, not only are they giving Death Proof a sweet solo release overseas,

And not only is Death Proof out on DVD on September 18th, but there is more traction on his WWII epic that we will likely have to wait until 2018 for, Inglorious Bastards.

“Doctor Monroe” — Casey Dienel (mp3)

“Everything” — Casey Dienel (mp3)

Casey Dienel website

PREVIOUSLY ON THIS RECORDING

We broke down Entourage.

We passed along the fabulous Allison Stokke photoset everyone is talking about.

Someone died in our hotel.

Robert Creeley helped us out.

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