Random Thread for February, 2018

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It could be Time’s Up for Woody Allen: http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-reportedly-considering-ending-woody-allen-deal-had-trouble-with-wonder-wheel-2018-1

He could go to Europe and make movies with unknowns, but he should just pack it in.

 

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About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. “A Rainy Day in New York” is the perfect title to go out on, too. But no, I don’t see Woody stopping. He might slow down (as financing will become significantly more difficult) but I’d imagine he’ll still crack out a few more features overseas, etc.

    Woody + Amazon seemed like an odd match from day one, regardless.

  2. An even older controversy than the Allen/Farrow 1990s split in Natalie Wood’s mysterious death has popped up yet again with Robert Wagner being reported as a ‘person of interest’ by police with regards to the tragic event.

    There’s been rumours and allegations for decades about that incident for decades; what could possibly be new about it that justifies this police statement?

  3. Re: that Uma Thurman interview in the NYT, the focus was on her suffering at the hands of Weinstein but his predatory behaviour has become so well-known that it’s not particularly surprising anymore.

    The really interesting aspect of the interview was her relationship with Tarantino; I kept reading and hearing for years around the time of the Kill Bill movies that Uma was Tarantino’s muse and that they seemed to have a special bond.

    In truth their working and personal relationship became severely fractured during those films, primarily of Uma being forced to do a driving scene she was very reluctant to do for safety reasons that led to a nasty crash which left her with long-term injuries. Remarkably enough the video of the incident is in the piece and is quite stunning to see.

    Don’t think it will impede Tarantino’s future film career work but I reckon it’s hurt his reputation of being someone who actors/actresses always seemed to love working with.

  4. I feel like Tarantino’s interviews with Deadline, etc. are doing more harm than good. He can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth. His recently unearthed comments about Polanski’s victim aren’t great either.

  5. Notwithstanding Hugh Jackman’s box office appeal, but ‘The Greatest Showman’ has been an enormous BO success here in Australia.

    It’s still No. 1 at the weekly BO and is already the 10th most successful film released in Australia in 2017 – ahead of the likes of Spiderman & Dunkirk. It’s likely to finish in the top 4-5 films of 2017 which would put it ahead of even Wonder Woman and Guardians Of the Galaxy film.

    Might give the film itself a look over the weekend.

  6. If Wonder Woman and Guardians aren’t in the top five for the year, what the hell do you Aussie’s watch? Are they still making Crocodile Dundee’s? Cause I’d watch a hundred more of those over any movie released last year…or any year for that matter.

  7. Forgot to mention, if you haven’t heard, that Del Toro won the DGA. Shape of Water is probably the favorite for Best Picture right now, but Three Billboards could surprise.

  8. Annihilation is in the news. The Natalie Portman starrer has been accused of white-washing as the lead character in the book is Asian. Beyond that, don’t bother seeing it in a theater–it’s Netflix streaming date is 17 days after the opening.

  9. Just a quick correction: that’s international-only. Annihilation is getting a traditional release here in the states (theatrical followed by release on Blu-Ray then EPIX in the cable window).

    That said, Paramount is essentially going to dump it here. A bare minimum of advertising and screens.

  10. Speaking of dumps: FOX moved Shane Black’s next (The Predator) to it’s fourth or fifth release date the other day. The film was originally scheduled to open last Friday.

    There’s not even a trailer, so that should tell you everything you need to know about their faith in it.

  11. That’s incredible. Check out Tom Sizemore’s IMDB page as well (23 films and two multi-episode arcs on two television series in 2017). it’s amazing how many projects these down-on-their-luck actors can cram into a year when their quotes go down.

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