Almost three hours long, a lugubrious sludge of mud soup called Cloud Atlas deserves a limp nod for pure guts, I suppose, but what I’d really like to do is burn it. Based on a genre-switching, era-hopping, style-abusing, tempo-thumping novel by David Mitchell that everyone has always labeled “unfilmable,” the labyrinthine, ridiculously bloated—$100-million, anybody?—head-scratcher of a movie is the mess that proves it.
Coming at us in sections like an exploding garbage truck, this adaptation is a single film that weaves an incomprehensible literary gumbo of unrelated stories in multiple time frames over a span of 500 years. Whew!
Critically-beloved David Mitchell novel Cloud Atlas, with multiple storylines all set in different centuries and locations but retaining consistent characters and motifs, seemed unfilmable. And it may very well have been! We’ll have to wait until October 26 to find out, when the film adaptation is released in the U.S.
The directors are the Wachowskis Read More
Per Slate, only three Oscar-winning actors from the past ten years have thanked God in their acceptance speeches, while four have thanked Meryl Streep. All this and more in an obscenely detailed infographic tallying who has thanked whom, and in what position (first and last are most valuable, it would seem.) The biggest Read More
The Academy has released an incomplete list of this weekend’s Oscar presenters. Based on past experience, what categories shall they present. Here are our best guesses!
Christian Bale will present Best Supporting Actress; Melissa Leo will present Best Supporting Actor; Colin Firth will present Best Actress; Natalie Portman will present Best Actor. This Read More
Robert Dewey Hoskins, the 54-year-old drifter convicted of stalking Madonna in the late 1990s, is on the loose again in Southern California. Hoskins has also made threats against Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, prompting Ms. Berry to consider moving overseas.
In 1996 Hoskins was jailed for 10 years after climbing a wall surrounding Madonna’s home in the Hollywood Hills and threatening to cut her throat. Hoskins was shot twice after confronting a security guard on the premises.
Hoskins has been in and out of mental institutions since he was released from prison. In spite of being described as “highly psychotic with violent tendencies” if unmedicated, he was able to simply walk away from a facility in Norwalk, CA a week ago.
A selection of celebrities who have recently attended Cirque Du Soleil and been summarily featured in press on People or Us Weekly‘s web sites or PerezHilton.com, placed in ascending order of desperation for publicity:
What’s the perfect corrective to the now-in-the-Farmers’-Almanac Oscar Season? How about This Had Oscar Buzz, a blog compiling all those movies that the punditocracy–or the publicistarati, or just Harvey Weinstein–told you were guaranteed Oscars? It’ll make the mere fact that any The King’s Speech gets to the Oscars seem miraculous once you consider Read More
No Strings Attached isn’t just another bad Ashton Kutcher movie (though, wow, is it that). It’s a movie that “could destroy everything” for would-be Oscar winner Natalie Portman, says Rex Reed. Whether or not Portman’s march to the podium is interrupted, there’s a long tradition of Best Actresses immediately following up their Oscar roles Read More
In the interest of drumming up maximal funds—or "transparency"—Barack Obama‘s Presidential Inauguration Committee has released a chart (to be updated in real time) listing the names, employers, cities, and contributions of everyone who donates money to help make January 20 the best inauguration ever. The PIC won’t be accepting any more than Read More
As if the blog world weren’t bleak enough with layoffs and a few well-compensated sites hoarding traffic and precious memes, now mainstream media outlets are chipping away at bloggers’ quotas by doing their posts for them.
Esquire‘s Web site has a feature about the making of its current cover, Read More