9/18 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:32 am · September 18th, 2009

Matt Damon in The Informant!Matt Damon on packing on the pounds for “The Informant!,” among other things. [USA Today]

Which earth crisis documentary is for you? [Beyond the Multiplex]

In honor of “A Prophet,” newly submitted as France’s foreign film Oscar representative, a list of the best-ever prison films. [Awards Daily]

Manohla Dargis tries to nail down a theme to this year’s Toronto fest but in doing so calls Werner Herzog’s “Bad Lieutenant” one of his best — whaa?? [New York Times]

Chatting with Jennifer Connelly about sharing the screen with real-life hubby Paul Bettany in “Creation.” [The Guardian]

Bettany talks his side of things to the competition. [The Times]

Kind of weird when news that never was news and is really nothing more than a passing comment becomes an “EXCLUSIVE,” but I guess Ben Wishaw as a potential singing Spider-Man sticks out to some. [Movieline]

Christopher Borrelli on starting a new school year without John Hughes. [Chicago Tribune]

It’s TV news, but somewhat significant: After 72 years on the air, “Guiding Light” turns out the lights. [CNN]

Perri Nemiroff sits down with “The Burning Plain” writer/director Guillermo Arriaga. [Cinema Blend]

Remember “The Soloist?”  Well it’s opening in the UK finally and Joe Wright gets his day in the sun there. [Daily Telegraph]

Anne Thompson talks “Leaves of Grass” (and will do so further in today’s edition of Oscar Talk). [Thompson on Hollywood]




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  • 1 9-18-2009 at 9:46 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I understand how one might thoroughly enjoy the guilty-pleasure aspects of “Bad Lieutenant,” but the Herzog apologists are getting out of control. The emperor truly has no clothes in this case.

  • 2 9-18-2009 at 9:49 am

    James D. said...

    I probably qualify as a Herzog apologist. Hell, I am excited for both of his 2009 works.

    Man, Damon looks like he really committed to the role. The trailers didn’t really show his weight gain. I guess I will see the whole story tonight.

  • 3 9-18-2009 at 9:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I love Herzog. He’s a legend. But I can’t see how anyone who truly loves his work could even think of putting “Bad Lieutenant” in the same class as “Fitzcarraldo” or “Aguirre, Wrath of God.” I love Manohla Dargis too, but that’s insane.

  • 4 9-18-2009 at 10:50 am

    red_wine said...

    Kris and Guy, is it just you? Critics are loving Bad Lieutenant and it seems set to be a crowd-pleaser. But I’m sure I won’t like it. From what you wrote about it Guy, the film seemed ludicrous.

  • 5 9-18-2009 at 11:01 am

    Rob said...

    Don’t know if I’d go as far as calling it one of his best, but the movie’s certainly a blast. Had a great, great time with it.

  • 6 9-18-2009 at 11:29 am

    JAB said...

    wow, Matt Damon really did put on some weight. You can only kind of tell in the tv spots and trailers, that picture really makes it apparent. It looks photoshopped.

  • 7 9-18-2009 at 4:19 pm

    RichardA said...

    Ponder this: that’s Damon natural weight, and all the time we’ve seen him, he’s been working very, very hard to keep in shape.

    He really should be commended for his drastic weight change in the Bourne Identity movies. And so next time you happen to seem him, you should congratulate him for his weight loss. Poor guy, he works so hard for it.

    I’m entertaining the possibility that Robert Downey Jr. will get the nod for “The Soloist”–released this year, average movie, with stellar perfs, and likable. It’s a choice that’s not easy to ignore considering how boring the rest of the nominees are.

  • 8 9-18-2009 at 8:14 pm

    slayton said...

    I think Damon’s cute like this. But then again I’ve always been a bit of a chaser