Satoshi Kon, the Japanese animator responsible for Perfect Blue and Millennium Actress passed away yesterday at the too-young-age of 47. He died of cancer. I’m not familiar with Kon’s work, but the estimable Twig — who reviewed Perfect Blue — writes that he was “a true visionary in every possible sense of the word,” and that “Millennium Actress is, without a doubt, one of the best movies ever made, in any format, in any country, ever.” On behalf of Twig, the man’s family, friends, and fans, we’re sincerely sorry about his passing.
I am red-faced with embarrassment. But you good folks broke the Movie Quotes quiz. They’re modifying the server to better handle the traffic. It should be back up momentarily, and from what I’m told, for good. And it should increase with speed over night. Thanks for your patience. (Update: It’s back up.
Back in February we announced that Warner Brothers had optioned Ally Carter’s Heist Society, to be written for the screen by Shauna Cross (Whip It). Today, the Hollywood Cog informs me that Blake Lively and Zac Efron have expressed interest in the roles to Warners. Here’s the funny part: Back in February, in a comment left on that original entry, BarbadoSlim suggested they get “Zac Efron in on this and one of the bimbos from Gossip Girl.” BarbadoSlim is not the Hollywood Cog. At least, that I know of.
Rumors abound that Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell will film cameos in Scream 4, filling the Drew Barrymore role from the original. (USA Today)
Fans of “Party Down,” can rejoice, sort of. The show is not coming back, but the showrunners — Rob Thomas, Jon Enbom, and Dan Etheridge — are creating a similarly themed show for NBC called “Temps.” It’s about recently college grads enduring temp work. Been there. (Variety)
It’s official now: Months after filming wrapped on Little Fockers, Jay Roach and Co. have brought in Dustin Hoffman, and now they’re filming new scenes to append to the movie, adding back in his character. That’s some serious desperation, folks. (Deadline)
Martin Scorsese filmed this ad for Chanel, featuring a very pretty man and a very pretty woman, doing things that have nothing to do with perfume.
Many people made many assumptions about the report, a few days ago, that Angelina Jolie would star in a movie she mentioned over the weekend about a love story set during the Bosnian war that focuses on a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship. Turns out, she’s not starring. She wrote the script and will be directing the film. No one saw that coming. (GK Films)
Keven Zegers (Frozen), Christopher Egan (Resident Evil: Extinction) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) are apparently on the short list of contenders to play Tom Cruise’s younger, more appealing Mission Impossible 4 sidekick. I don’t know much about the other two, but I dig the hell out of Mackie. (The Wrap)
B-listers Diora Baird, Elisabeth Rohm, and Harold Parrineau have been cast in Transit, about a band of thieves on the run from a bank robbery and the suburban family they come across during their escape. (THR)