Ryan Gosling, star of the '90s cable television series Breaker High (also known for his perhaps more well-respected, Oscar-nominated performance in 2006's Half Nelson) is set to star alongside Rachel Weisz in the film adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling novel The Lovely Bones. The film, which is being spearheaded by Mr. Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson, will feature Gosling and Weisz as the parents of the story's (deceased) 14-year-old female protagonist. Here's hoping that the movie turns out to be at least 88% as good as the novel. I trust Mr. Gosling, though. I do. I've loved him since he went to high school on a boat.
Read more at Variety.comCategories: buzz
Legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog has a new film coming out in July 2007. Rescue Dawn stars Christian Bale in the role of Dieter Dangler, a pilot whose plane was shot down over Laos by the Vietcong in 1966. The film explores, in typical Herzog fashion, the struggle of man against nature--in this case, an impassable jungle (see also his Aguirre, Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo).
Before turning Dangler's story into a screenplay, however, Herzog filmed Dangler's return to the jungle in the 1990s. The result was an award-winnining documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly. According to Herzog, "In a way Rescue Dawn, the feature film idea, was always first. When I met Dieter, I had the feeling this was a very big epic story with a character larger than life. But since it took quite a while to get the money together for the feature, we did the documentary first."Categories: buzz
Before Alfred Hitchcock came along, Fritz Lang was the renowned master of the thriller genre. While many of Lang's films are unavailable or hard to find, a fair number of his American crime thrillers have been released on DVD and are definitely worth a look.
From the author of The Kite Runner, , comes A Thousand Splendid Suns, the story of two Afghan women and how they cope with the war that has overwhelmed their ancient culture. Itís also about the international nature of childhood, its compelling tenderness and fierce loves. Although some of the Muslim men are portrayed as horrifying abusers, the love of Lailaís life, Tariq, crippled in body, redeems Muslim men with his enduring love, patience and hopeful persistence. Just when you think life cannot become any worse for Laila, it does. However, the book ends on an upbeat note as Laila and Tariq begin to rebuild their life in Kabul. Recommended to anyone interested in Afghanistan, the nature of war, and Muslim family life.Categories: Reviews
Since it's Jazz festival season, I figured a quick list of some amazing CDs by this season's touring artists, in no particular order:
- Herbie Hancock: Headhunters (jazz/funk pioneers)
- Pink Martini: Hey Eugene (cocktail hour)
- Dave Brubeck: Time Out
- Derek Trucks: Songlines (great soul blues)
- Joshua Redman: Moodswing (at his finest)
- Kenny Garrett: Beyond the Wall
- David Fathead Newman: I Remember Brother Ray (nice bluesy sax)
- Papa Mambo: Crooked Cha (latin jazz w/ hints of salsa)
- Esperanza Spalding: Junjo (young, fresh bassist)
- Jackie Greene: Sweet Somewhere Bound (lots of comparisons to Dylan)
- Vijay Iyer:Raw Materials (if you can take something a bit out there)
- ODD: Liberte 54 (great Montreal jazz group)
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