Remainders of the Day
Here’s what we missed today:
First up, the entire list of robots for the upcoming Transformers sequel have been named. Most of the names are completely foreign to me (which one is the jeep? I had the jeep when I was a kid, but I traded it for a metal baseball bat, which I then used to destroy abandoned Transformers). I cannot imagine why anyone would give a flying talleywacker about them, but here’s the full list. I refuse to transcribe the names here for you. I fear that by doing so, such knowledge will infect my brain.
Elsewhere, Francis Lawrence — the director of I Am Legend — is aiming environmental with his next film. He’s joined with his I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich to adapt Alan Weisman’s The World Without Us. In his Cannonball Read review of the book, Prisco described the plot:
Essentially, Weisman’s book is a big old green thumb in the bum of Homo Sapiens. We are ruining the world faster and faster each day. And there’s little we can do to stop it. So he focuses the book on what would happen if some sort of mythical plague/rapture occurred and mankind was gone from the earth. A practice he admits is a bit of an improbability, but nonetheless really interesting. When Weisman is focusing on what would happen to the world without us, the book is at its most riveting. How everything from nuclear power plants to basic building would decay or fall apart. He describes to the minutest particle how a typical suburban sprawl would disintegrate into a forest again. Or how the decomposition of a human works out in relation to burial practices and the like. How integration of species would effect the return of certain species and how it would mete out. Domesticated animals and livestock versus wilderness. It the kind of thing you wish they’d make an IMAX movie about.
So, basically, it’s a movie with no humans in it? Just rotting buildings and decomposition of man-made materials. Sounds like a great idea for a movie, if it were a 50,000 year-long movie. They could screen it back-to-back with Che.
Elsewhere, Christopher Nolan’s next film, Inception, has picked up a few more cast members. Starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio will now be Marion Cottiliard (Public Enemies), Ellen Page, and Cillian Murphy. Details on the movie’s premise are still scant, except that DiCaprio and Cotilliard will be husband and wife, and Page will play a college-student assistant to DiCaprio’s CEO.
And finally, here’s the cool but enigmatic movie poster for Steven Soderbergh’s next film, which stars porn star Sasha Grey. Below the image is the studio supplied plot description:
Set in the weeks leading up to the 2008 presidential election, THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE is five days in the life of Chelsea (adult film star Sasha Grey in her mainstream film debut), an ultra high-end Manhattan call girl who offers more than sex to her clients, but companionship and conversation - “the girlfriend experience.” Chelsea thinks she has her life totally under control—she feels her future is secure because she runs her own business her own way, makes $2000 an hour, and has a devoted boyfriend (Chris Santos) who accepts her lifestyle. But when you’re in the business of meeting people, you never know who you’re going to meet…