Potter to stay in can until July
The happy news that we won’t have to endure another Harry Potter film until next summer emerged before a judge announced that he was allowing 20th Century Fox’s Watchmen lawsuit to proceed (see above). Still, it all looks very convenient for Warner Brothers. In the event that Fox does manage to kick one of Warners’ tent-pole releases into the tall grass, that company will, now, still have a big summer release to swell the coffers.
Harry Potter and the Endless Franchise was originally set for release on November 21st, but will now not emerge until July 2009.
Thanks for the heads up, IFCO
Here at Reel News we rather enjoy the comments that the Irish Film Classification Office appends to releases. Every now and then the remarks move from a bald statement of the facts into the realms of criticism. The advice attached to Eden Lake, an upcoming horror flick starring Kelly Reilly, is a classic of its type.
“Extremely strong violence. Graphic detail of torture with attendant gore,” the IFCO notes, before getting properly stuck in. “Terrorization [sic] throughout. Some viewers may find the content very unsavoury and without redeeming features.”
This film sounds fantastic.
Rag gets its stars mixed up
A glance at the front of last week’s National Inquirer revealed unpleasant, if unsurprising, truths concerning the hierarchy of celebrity. “Jennifer’s Breast Cancer Agony”, the cover yelled over a photo of Jennifer Aniston looking only mildly peeved. Really? Nobody told us about this. It is, in fact, Christina Applegate, the likable comic actor, who has been diagnosed with the disease, but it seems Jennifer’s buddy is not quite famous enough to star in her own news story. Grubby.
Dingle festival salutes Byrne
The booming Dingle Film Festival has announced that Gabriel Byrne, recently nominated for a Emmy, is to receive the inaugural Gregory Peck Award for Excellence in the Art of Film.
“Gregory Peck once said: ‘The secret of film acting is complete candour with the audience,’” commented festival director Maurice Galway. “And this perfectly captures the essence of Gabriel in his many roles and makes him an ideal choice for this new prestigious award.”
The festival will open on September 11th with a screening of the highly anticipated The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. See www. dinglefilmfestival.com.
Surprise film for Ballymun
The Pictures film club, an admirable body set up to deliver films to the over 55s of Ballymun, Dublin is to follow up successful screenings of The Lives of Others and Little Miss Sunshine with the unspooling of a surprise film next week. The mystery movie will be screened at 2.30pm this Monday, August 25th at Axis, Ballymun. For more details, go to www.axis-bally mun.ie.
Quentin: they can kiss mein kampf
Last week, following protests by disability bodies at the opening of Tropic Thunder, we noted that virtually every special-interest group has found a film to object to over the last few decades. To this point Germans have, for understandable reasons, tended to ignore (or tolerate) negative representations in war films. But the leaking of an alleged script for Inglorious Bastards, Quentin Tarantino’s new project, has, however, managed to draw the ire of some German pundits.
“It is not just the scalping, or the carving of swastikas in foreheads, or the shooting of a German officer’s testicles,” the London Times noted. “It is the whole idea of turning the second World War into a comic-book adventure in which not a single German character has redeeming value.”
Tarantino to Third Reich: ‘Hoch schnell this!’
Will it get an 18 cert? Kelly Reilly in Eden Lake