This can't be good for world peace. After Kirsten Dunst's rather disastrous turn as French icon Marie Antoinette, it now seems that Scarlett Johansson will be playing "Mary Queen of Scots."
To be fair to Kirsten and, more importantly, Sofia Coppola, "Marie Antoinette" is an ambitious, stylish disaster, but a disaster nonetheless. I can't see even that much good being said about this latest project for poor Scarlett.
If I have my history right, Mary had about as much luck with being royalty as Marie. Though she at one time claimed the crown of four countries - Scotland, France, England and Ireland - she was never able to get along with the actual queen of England at the time, Queen Elizabeth I, and ended up being executed at age 44.
I could be wrong, but I just don't see Scarlett having the class to pull this off. I haven't much liked her in anything except "Ghost World" and "Lost in Translation," but I've been proven wrong many, many times before.
Melanie Johansson - Scarlet's mother and manager -- will produce the film along with Alexandra Milchan and Donna Gigliotti. WTF? Scarlett needs her mommy to finance her films? No director has been named to this impending train wreck as of yet.
"Buffy" alum update
OK, it's all good news from here on out today, I promise.
Though Sarah Michelle Gellar has found megasuccess in genre pics (but still can't seem to be able to afford to eat more than once every three days), her fellow "Buffy" stars haven't been so lucky.
Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan and Charisma Carpenter, among others, have popped up again on television several times, with mixed success. And David Boreanaz, of course, has a Fox (I think) show called "Bones." It seems now, however that James Marsters, aka Spike, has weaseled his way into a bona fide big-screen flick.
He has joined the cast of the Alcon Entertainment drama "P.S., I Love You." joining already-named cast members Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler. The adaptation of the best-selling Cecelia Ahern novel is about a grieving young widow who discovers her late husband has left her a list of tasks revealed in 10 monthly messages that are intended to ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life. Marsters will play the late husband's best friend.
Congrats indeed, Mr. Marsters.
Del Toro gets respect
And an even heartier huzzah to Guillermo del Toro, whose "Pan's Labyrinth" has been selected as Mexico's foreign-language submission for the 79th Annual Academy Awards.
The dark fantasy set in Franco's Spain has already garnered kudos at Cannes, and if I'm not mistaken, it's also a key offering at the New York Film Festival. Few directors deserve all this success more than Mr. Del Toro. If you haven't seen his "Devil's Backbone," do yourself a favor and rent it today.
"Veronica Mars" and "Everyone Hates Chris" premieres
The CW has posted online the premieres for the new seasons of "Veronica Mars" and "Everyone Hates Chris."
So far, I've only had time to check out "Veronica Mars," and I'm happy to report that, to use a technical term, it rocks. Along with Veronica, Wallace, Logan and Mac are all back as our heroine heads to college (though she commutes, oddly enough.) I won't give anything else away, except that Veronica and Logan are apparently, once again, some sort of couple or other.
Tune in to find out what happens when it premieres Tuesday night at 9 after "Gilmore Girls." "Everyone Hates Chris" premieres Sunday, in the graveyard 7 p.m. slot while everyone is still watching football. Best of luck; I'm afraid you'll need it.
Or, even better, you can click here to watch both premieres right now, and as usual, please feel free to let me know what you think.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
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