Posts Tagged ‘Roger Corman’

The War for the Soul of the Film Society of Lincoln Center

April 2, 2009

film-comment-coverIndiewire draws our attention to the recent New York Times article on the future of the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The organization screens hundreds of films from around the world in one of the country’s greatest theaters, the Walter Reade. Members could be guaranteed cut-price tickets to the cream of the global festivals and early dibs on New York Film Festival and New Directors New Films festival tickets. Now, it’s all change.

Led by new executive director Mara Manus, the FSLC have started construction on a new building that will hold two additional theatres, lecture rooms and the inevitable restaurant/cafe. With change has also come upheaval. Manus has fired seven members of the 42-person staff, replacing some with old cohorts from the New York Public Theater where she was executive director. Eyebrows then shot up when the popular programmer and Film Comment contributing editor Kent Jones ankled the society. Four colleagues followed him.


The Slate: The Fantastic Four meet Crazy Eddie: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes

March 11, 2009

jessica-albaToday’s last pre-americano edition:

  • Fantastic Four wasn’t Squally’s cuppa chai, but he could appreciate that it was a superhero movie aimed at kids who think “moral complexity” was a guest star on The Suite Life of Zach & Cody. Fox disagree. They’re planning a “reboot” that will take the 4 in a direction marked “edgy.” They also want a new cast. The upside: more time for Jessica Alba‘s acting lessons. (
  • He used to be Brundlefly, but Jeff Goldblum has a new sideline: hero’s best friend. He’s playing Jason Bateman’s chum in The Baster, about a man who artificially inseminates BFF Jennifer Aniston. Yes, there is something creepy about the whole thing … and it’s based on a Jeffrey Eugenides short story. But if Goldblum also emerges from Aniston’s uterus? Game ON! (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Before Bernie Madoff, there was Crazy Eddie. Now Danny DeVito is putting on his director’s hat to bring retail scammer Eddie Antar’s life story to the big screen. Antar cooked his chain’s books to the extent that he ended up being extradited from Israel and coughing up $150 million in fines. The script is by Peter Steinfeld (21), so expect at least one ker-azy trip to Vegas. DeVito … his pitches are “In-sa-a-a-a-a-ane!” (Variety)
  • Failing to screw up 28 Weeks Later, director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is now going to try and remake Roger Corman‘s MASTERPIECE X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes with a little bit of dignity. Which, trust us, is the last thing that movie needs. MGM are ponying up the cash, and Fresnadillo is currently meeting with writers. Any takers for a Immoral Mr. Teas retcon? [That’s enough geek jive – Ed.] (Variety)
  • We’ve had a soft spot for scribe Ronald Harwood ever since Albert Finney yelled “Stop … that … train!” in The Dresser. The playwright won an Oscar for The Pianist. Now he’s tackling Nicholas II and the Romanovs, the Tsarist family beloved of people who have never lived under tyranny’s yoke. The indie film will be based on Robert Alexander’s novel The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar. (Variety)