Stuff of the Utmost Importance!
5. Terry Gilliam’s Short Film, The Wholly Family, Became Available Stateside.
Why it took so long to get here, who knows, but this delightful bit of surreality is well worth a watch. Though it was financed by a pasta company, “The Wholly Family” won Best Short at the European Film Awards (2011!). Gilliam’s only restraints were its Naples location, and that no one should die. You’ll have to watch, and decide whether he succeeded.
4. We Got Our First Peek at Concept Art and the Poster for Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer.
The gods have apparently heard us begging for more Science Fiction in film this year, and this could be a beauty. Directed by Joon-ho Bong (Mother, The Host), Snowpiercer is based on the graphic novel Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochetteg, and features an all-star cast as the last survivors of an Ice Age that wiped out most of humanity. The year is 2031 and those who remain live on a train, separated by class. We all know that won’t sit well for long. Snowpiercer features one of our favorite alien/human hybrids (The Swinton) and was picked up by The Weinstein Company; it’s expected to be released this summer.
3. I Discovered There’s a Small-Budget Movie Written by Joss Whedon, Already Filmed, and Just Sitting Out There.
A little film called In Your Eyes was filmed and headed into post-production, September 2012. And then…nothing. Directed by Brin Hill (Ball Don’t Lie) and starring Nikki Reed, Jennifer Grey, Zoe Kazan, Michael Stahl-David and Mark Feuerstein, the “timeless romance” is about a young couple physically separated, but with a deep mental connection. In Your Eyes was also executive produced by Whedon and produced by his wife, Kai Cole, but who knows when/if we’ll se it.
2. The BBC Announced a Group of Well-Known Children’s Authors Will Help Mark the Fiftieth Anniversary of “Doctor Who,” with Original Stories About Each of the Eleven Regenerations.
Starting January 23rd, the first eshort story will be released on the Doctor Who Facebook Page, and subsequently in a paperback collection of all the stories, November 2013. Beginning with William Hartnell (the First Doctor), stories by eleven famous authors (the first of whom will be revealed Monday, January 7th) will provide tribute to the Doctor’s individual incarnations. Add the book to your must-have list, along with the Doctor Who stamp set being released this March.
1. HBO Released the First “Parade’s End” Trailer.
While Moffat continues his slow torture, we bide our time following the Cumberbatch wherever he may go (Hobbitland, The Final Frontier, but neigh, not War Horse), hoping he’ll at least don a scarf. Perhaps this HBO/BBC miniseries (previously aired in the UK) can help get us through the long, cold winter, with five episodes airing over three nights this February. Based on four novels by Ford Madox Ford, “Parade’s End” looks a bit like “Downton Abbey’s” slutty cousin; set in Europe during World War I, Cumberbatch stars as aristocrat Christopher Tietjens, who is cheating on his socialite wife Sylvia (Rebecca Hall) with suffragette, Valentine (Adelaide Clemens). When Christopher is called to fight, Sylvia wastes no time trying to destroy both her husband and his lover. Pull up a straight-backed chair, un-crumple your hanky and crunch crumpets with me, starting February 26th.