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Why I can no longer watch John Hughes films.

 

Do you ever find yourself watching a movie, oh say, 1986’s Pretty in Pink, and you start calculating how old the film is, how old that makes Molly Ringwald, how old that makes Duckie and how Andie’s dad was that creepy old polygamist leader on Big Love.  Then you start remembering back when you thought 9th grade seemed so far away…how high school graduation would never happen…that turning 21 was so far off in the distance…and you now realize that you are older than the “adult” in Pretty Pink(played by Annie Potts)?!?

Just me then?

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Casting news for Girl with a Dragon Tattoo.

Daniel Craig has been cast as Mikael Blomkvist in the upcoming adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I’ve just started reading it, but I can see him playing this role. Please, dear lord, let this be a sign that Kristen Stewart won’t be cast as Lisbeth.


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Ben Lyons AND Ben Mankiewicz

The two Bens are out! Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz will not be returning to At the Movies. That show was almost unwatchable when it first debuted. As the negative reviews started pouring in, Disney-ABC tweaked it but it was still awful. Thankfully, someone finally came to their senses and brought former guest reviewers, Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, and A.O. Scott from The New York Times on board to salvage what once used to be a great program.

Read the articles here and here about the reasons for the change and to learn more about Michael Phillips and A.O. Scott. The new season debuts on September 5th.


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Doctor Who returns tonight!

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I almost forgot that the the next Doctor Who special airs tonight on BBC America! This is the Christmas one, starring David Morrissey as a man claiming to be Doctor Who. From the picture it’s obvious that Cybermen play a role in the show, I wish the series would stop coming back to the same characters like the Cyberman and Daleks but I still think this episode will rock.

Speaking of time travel, I just spent the last few days reading The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I don’t know if you’ve read it, but the story is about a man who travels back and forth in time visiting his future wife at various stages in her life. I found so many things wrong with this book. For one thing, it was waaaaay too long, a little editing could have helped the pacing immensely. Another thing that really bothered me was that I was creeped out by the idea of a grown man visiting his future wife at age 6, age 15, etc. The writer tried to make it clear that he was separating his romantic feelings until she was 18, but does that make it any less creepy? Not really, especially when he comes to visit her at 43 and seduces his then 18 year old future wife! Ugh. I had so many problems with this book. I need to find something good to cleanse the ick factor from my brain. Any suggestions?

Here’s a clip from the film version of the book. It starts off with a much older Henry meeting his wife to be at age 6:


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Check out the new Alice in Wonderland.

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Boy, that photo is the stuff of nightmares.

It won’t be released until March 2010, but USA Today has a first look at some of the artwork from Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton. This story has been told so many times in so many ways but with Tim Burton at the helm, I have a feeling this will be the dark, twisted tale that it was meant to be.

Click here to see Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.