The fabulous Jen Yamato has raised a good question by wondering out loud if Fired Up! screenwriter Freedom Jones actually exists. No bio in the press notes, a stub page with no other credits on IMDb… is Freedom Jones the new credit of disavowal, a la Alan Smithee, or merely a pseudonym for the writing tandem of Paul Wolfowitz and Stephen Hadley?
Despite lots of hate, director Uwe Boll continues to crank out films at a prodigious clip. For his planned latest movie, however, he’s seeking a couple thousand “co-producers,” in the form of online donors, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Yes, for terrorist disaster tale Blackout, Boll hopes to raise $18.5 million, $50 bucks at a time, through the film’s web site. I’m imagining that rolled coins will also be accepted…
For a piece in today’s Calendar section about actresses and nudity in Oscar-winning roles, the Los Angeles Times‘ Rachel Abramowitz talks to Marisa Tomei about her on-screen nudity in both Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and The Wrestler, and the well-toned actress pooh-poohs talk about a new direction for her career: “I happened to get offered The Wrestler after I did that movie,” she says. “It’s not like I’m in my nude phase now.”
Standard stuff that, somewhat refreshingly, mostly rises above knee-jerk claims of sexism, except for the factually incorrect assertion that, “Every day, actresses such as Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johansson and Eliza Dushku seem to be swearing off nudity like teenagers joining abstinence clubs.” Dushku in fact appears briefly nude in The Alphabet Killer, a recent DVD release.
British tabloid The Sun reported yesterday that filmmaker Guy Ritchie had been told to reshoot five weeks’ worth of footage after studio bosses were unhappy with an early cut of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong, Kelly Reilly and Eddie Marsan. But in a statement last night, The Guardian reports, Warner Bros. said executives had not yet seen the movie, which was “still early in the production process.”
On Saturday, February 21, at 2:30 p.m., the day before the Oscars, this year’s Academy Award nominated production designers and set decorators will participate in a special panel at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, discussing their nominated films and what it took to design them.
The Art Directors Guild and the Set Decorators Society of America, in association with the American Cinematheque, are presenting this panel, which will be preceded by excerpts of each nominated film. ADG President Tom Walsh will moderate the discussion with production designer James Murakami and set decorator Gary Fettis, of Changeling; production designer Donald Graham Burt and set decorator Victor Zolfo, of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; production designer Nathan Crowley and set decorator Peter Lando, of The Dark Knight; production designer Michael Carlin and set decorator Rebecca Alleyway, of The Duchess; and production designer Kristi Zea and set decorator Debra Schutt, of Revolutionary Road.
Admission is free, and tickets are available on the day of the panel discussion at the box office only; there will be no online ticketing. Also of note, a free panel discussion with all of the Oscar nominees for Best Film Editing will be presented by American Cinema Editors at 10 a.m. on February 21. For more information on either event, click here.