The Slate: Alice in Wonderland, Montgomery Clift and Bobby Fischer

Alice in Wonderland reaps another $62 million to top Green Zone at the BO. People do not want to see movies about the Iraq War. Dancing Johnny Depp, however, is okay. (MTV)

Burt Lancaster: “He approached the script like a scientist.” Richard Burton: “You were never quite sure whether he would blow his lines or explode.” James Dean would call just to hear his voice. Brynn White on the enduring enigma of Montgomery Clift, an actor’s actor whose preference for second-tier auteurs may account for an after-life in the shadows. (Moving Image Source)

After flirting with that Heavy Metal project, David Fincher finally signs to make Pawn Sacrifice, about Bobby Fischer’s 1972 chess cold war against Boris Spassky. Will they keep in the anti-Semitism? Scripted by Steven Knight, creator of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and author of Eastern Promises. (Variety)

Alexander Payne reaches into the “Where Are They Now” file to cast his now-shooting The Descendents. George Clooney will find himself in the company of Beau Bridges, Robert Forster, Matthew Lillard, among others. (Hollywood Reporter)

Michel Gondry is putting his son to work. Paul’s designs will be behind the animated Megalomania, which has a script by Ghost World‘s Daniel Clowes. The shebang has something to do with hair, but Gondry’s plot summary was a little mystifying. (The Playlist)

Mel Gibson talks to the L.A. Times about an upcoming Viking epic with Leonardo DiCaprio, to be written by The Departed‘s William Monahan. He’s still working out the rape and pillaging part. (L.A. Times)

Memories play a bigger part in our assessment of movies than actual experience does. That still doesn’t explain the stomach cramps we got watching Avatar, though. (Scanners)

Variety‘s review-gate involves lots of people you’d never want to do business with. Iron Cross producer also hints the mag will dump reviews this year. (The Wrap)

RIP Peter Graves, who once shared a cell with Robert Mitchum. Here are two other reasons why this block of wood should be remembered. (N.Y. Times)

Speaking of cinematic mahogany … pre-Bond Roger Moore gnawing on Leigh Brackett dialogue in the midst of Monument Valley? We’re in. (Some Came Running)

Not quite Hollywood: David Letterman’s years of terrible television. Leave some money in the FMU tip jar while you’re at it. (WFMU)

Love and Rockets‘ Jaime Hernandez on Pick-Up on South Street: “Jean Peters as Candy is my favorite female character in any movie.” (Criterion)

The BFI will re-release Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7, one of the nouvelle vague‘s most underrated films, on April 30. (BFI)

Edward Everett Horton fanatics will want to set their TiVos on Thursday. (News From ME)

Kristin Thompson is … well, we’re too polite to say. Let her other half do the talking. (David Bordwell)

And conversely, can one good scene redeem a bad movie? (Cinematical)

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One Response to “The Slate: Alice in Wonderland, Montgomery Clift and Bobby Fischer”

  1. Jerkus Says:

    how about the good review of Iron Cross these “tainted” business people have yet to acknowledge… uhh Pete Hammond from, i think he’s more creditable than this Koehler douche

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