Better and better

Posted by · 8:34 am · February 26th, 2010

Two weeks ago, Kris expressed his (and, well, pretty much everyone’s) excitement over Todd Haynes’s HBO reimagining of “Mildred Pierce,” with Kate Winslet stepping into Joan Crawford’s Oscar-winning shoes in the title role.

Today, The Playlist passes on two further reasons to anticipate the project, namely Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood. The latter, in particular, strikes me as a smart get — assuming, of course, that she’s filling the place of Ann Blyth. The longer I think about it, the more easily I can see Wood as Winslet’s daughter.

Does this have to be on TV? I’d watch four hours of this in a theater, frankly.

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  • 1 2-26-2010 at 8:44 am

    Mr. F said...

    Unless they truly want it be for TV and sweep the Emmys, they could give it a short theatrical run like they did with the Polanski documentary and as they should have done with Grey Gardens

  • 2 2-26-2010 at 8:48 am

    Mr. F said...

    And if they had released Grey Gardens in theaters the Best Actress race at this point could have been Barrymore Vs. Bullock and Mo’Nique would have some serious competition for Supporting Actress.

  • 3 2-26-2010 at 10:04 am

    JS said...

    Evan is making some smart choices, she isn’t just doing film work, sort of like James Franco. Starting with True Blood, she has showed she goes where the good/interesting work is.

  • 4 2-26-2010 at 11:30 am

    evelyn garver said...

    Sounds like great casting. Ms. Wood has the darkness required to be Vida. I assume Pearce is Monty, the sleazy opportunist with a name but no cash. I love this grand old melodrama/noir. I hope they give Kate the same great outfit to begin the film: mink coat with giant broach and a gun.

  • 5 2-26-2010 at 12:43 pm

    Patrick said...


  • 6 2-26-2010 at 1:43 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Guy do you not get HBO? Good for Guy Pearce — finally something that’ll get him more American attention.

  • 7 2-26-2010 at 1:55 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Well, I don’t live in the US, so no.

    That’s not the issue, however. (One of the UK channels will snap it up anyway.) I just think it sounds like something — like “Red Riding” — that deserves a bigger screen.

  • 8 2-26-2010 at 2:52 pm

    Lance said...

    HBO has a movie on this month called “Temple Grandin” starring Clair Danes. It’s a true story of a scientist with autism who changes the way cows are slaughtered. I highly recommend it!!! Danes will probably win the Emmy this year – she’s amazing in it.

  • 9 2-26-2010 at 5:20 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    Totally agree with you, Guy. No one plays young, insufferable little bitches better than Evan Rachel Wood.

  • 10 2-26-2010 at 9:13 pm

    Kevin said...

    I’m more psyched for Guy Pearce actually – he’s a brilliant and versatile Australian actor that deserves more credit for his performances.

    Kate is already the belle of the ball so to speak (coming fresh off a Best Actress win last year to boot!) and Evan, well, she doesn’t really seem to take film too seriously (another reader did mention she dabbles in other fields). Guy, on the other hand, could really use the extra attention.

  • 11 2-26-2010 at 9:51 pm

    JR said...

    Ed, as far as I’m concerned, some of the finest dramatic work in the last decade as been on TV. Helen Mirren’s been doing some damn fine work in movies, but nothing – not even The Queen – touches the final season of Prime Suspect. Glenn Close is doing astonishing work on Damages – better, IMO, than what Meryl’s doing on screen. Over the years, HBO Films has been more consistent than any Hollywood movie studio. (Check out, for one, Citizen X.) Though I’m now going back more than two decades, even Robert Duvall admits that his finest work was in Lonesome Dove (one of the greatest adaptations ever).

    Lastly, truly little, if anything, has affected me more deeply than The Wire. In fact, I believe it’s The Great American Novel.

  • 12 2-28-2010 at 9:59 am

    carlo said...

    Evan as the daughter of Winslet… that means the latter would have given birth at what, 12 years old ? And the GOP thought the Palin’s daughter affair was the end of the world !