I find the Important Stuff so you don’t have to.
5. We Lost a Few Good Friends.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, 82.
Count von Count Actor Jerry Nelson, 78.
Comedienne Phyllis Diller, 95.
Filmmaker Tony Scott, 68.
4. And Gained a Skarsgård (You Can Never Have Too Many).
Stellan Skarsgård, 61, welcomed a baby boy this past Friday. The busy actor—upcoming films include Thor: The Dark World, The Physician, Romeo and Juliet, The Railway Man and Lars von Trier’s The Nymphomaniac—and father to Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Valter, Eija and Ossian, added another boy to the Skarsgård clan. Good on you, man.
3. Toronto International Film Fest Selection Mushrooming Debuted Its Trailer; My Head Broke.
If you can make heads or tails of this before OR after reading the notes, I heartily congratulate you.
2. Stephen Gaghan’s Candy Store Attracted Major Film Stars.
The Syriana director’s next film is about an undercover operative who “loses everything” and starts over as a Brooklyn beat cop, then finds himself right in the middle of the organization he’d been trying to take down. Offers have reportedly been put out to Inglourious Basterds co-stars Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz; Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx are also interested, and the backup list includes Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper (?). I say again unto you, Hollywood, Bradley Cooper is not going to happen.
1. Django Unchained Made the Cover of (French) Premiere Magazine.
Quentin Tarantino’s anxiously awaited western follows bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz) and his apprentice Django, the slave he freed (Jamie Foxx). The two make a deal: Django helps Schultz hunt down a group of killers; Schultz helps rescue Django’s wife from plantation owner, Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio). The film drops Christmas Day, 2012.
If you’ve somehow missed the trailer, check it:
Cindy Davis lives on another planet (sometimes).