WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Invictus,’ ‘Bones’ and a billion remakes

Posted by · 2:11 am · June 7th, 2009

Matt Damon in InvictusSlipped my mind to do this on Friday, but better late…

We broke the news that Clint Eastwood’s upcoming Mandela film finally has a title: “Invictus.” (And if you’re wondering what it means, we explain that too.)

And with that, much “Invictus” talk ensued, as we learned that Eastwood directed the film at Morgan Freeman’s request, and that it’s going up against “The Lovely Bones” in December.

Speaking of “The Lovely Bones,” this week’s edition of Page to Screen put Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel under scrutiny.

Our slightly disappointing (to some, at least) poll of cinema’s most influential films entered its final stage.

With the news of a “Total Recall” remake the final straw, we got on Hollywood’s case for being so apparently allergic to original material.

This week’s list counted down the all-time greatest champs in the Best Foreign Language Film category. (Hint: The just-released “Departures” ain’t on it.)

We considered the wealth of female filmmakers in the mix for awards consideration this year.

A bit of respect for the great Elia Kazan.

“Up” stormed the box office, as we all knew it would.

Finally, in sadder, and much less expected, news, we said goodbye to actor David Carradine.

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