Thursday, September 28, 2006

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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.


Chris said...

Hey sorry to be this way--but it's Guillermo Del Toro.

Also, you've already seen Marie Antoinette? When?

Reel Fanatic said...

Thanx for the correction Chris ... I don't know why, but I often make that mistake .. I'm gonna republish the blog with your correction in it .. I managed to see Marie Antoinette when I was in Amsterdam in June ... It's definitely worth seeing, but mostly for what it could have been than for what it turned out to be

renee said...

You're the first person I've ever "met" who shares my distaste for ScarJo. I can't stand watching her on screen - she irritates the heck out of me. I did sort of like her in Lost but not Ghost World. She didn't annoy me so much in Scoop, I think because she seemed to be doing a Woody Allen impression instead of her usual vacant stare.

Lori said...

I don't get the appeal of Miss Scarlett either. I mean, she's okay...but why she seems to have become the designated star of every friggin' thing that is or will be out in the next few years really boggles my mind.

Anonymous said...

i really like scajo :-)
true, "scoop" did not suit her. "scoop" is an out and out woody allen movie. and it is impossible for woody's co-stars to steal the thunder from him.

but, i thought she looked/acted splendid in "matchpoint" another woody allen movie, but not so woody allenish in the storyline/style.

still, i cant forget the first time i saw scajo in the movie "lost in translation". she was a real darling in that :-)

Reel Fanatic said...

I'm not sure when exactly she started to rub me the wrong way ... I know she will continue to get plum parts because, well, she is very easy on the eyes ... If you absolutely need to cast a young blond in your movie, I'd go for Samantha Morton every time

Candy Minx said...

I just love reading your blog and your movie reviews. You are "easy on the reading" your self!

Gonna spend a lot of time here catching up.

Greatt o "meet" you pal!!!


Terence Towles Canote said...

I have to admit I have my doubts about Scarlett being able to play Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary was a very complex person with a very complex life. And Scarlett isn't exactly Katherine Hepburn.

And that is really good news about James Marsters. I always thought if anyone on Buffy... had any shot at a film career besides Gellar, it would be him. Spike was always my favourite character.

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Sadie Lou said...

I don't know what it is about Scarlett but I'm not the biggest fan either. I think her voice and vacant stare bothers me.
I did like her in Ghost World and I might have liked her in Matchpoint if I wasn't so annoyed with that movie in general.
I like Kirsten Dunst and I'm going to rent Marie Antoinette--but not waste the dollars to see it on the big screen.
Loved The Virgin Suicides.

Anonymous said...

Congrats indeed to Masters! He was my favourite in "Buffy" and it's going to be nice seeing him on the big screen.

As for Del Toro, I'm really looking forward to "Pan's Labyrinth" but I haven't seen too much of his work. Thanks for the "Devil's Backbone" recommendation. I'll add it to my list!

Anonymous said...

very droolworthy pic of scarlet

Reel Fanatic said...

I'm definitely with you on "The Virgin Suicides" Sadie .. it remains one of my favorite flicks .. she really set a mood in that one and "Lost in Translation," and almost succeeded in doing so with "Marie Antoinette"

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Confetti looks like it could be very funny, Divinity .. a wedding mockumentary? Wouldn't be my first choice, but with your recommendation I'll have to check it out eventually

Divinity said...

I lied. It's not Agent 99. But it could've been, I swear... still, a very funny movie, I hope you get to see it!

Anonymous said...

I think James Marstars is wonderful, so it's great he's landed a movie gig.

Allyson Hannigan's been rather successful. She's got the series How I Met Your Mother, tho she isn't listed as a regular this year, which might be her choice, and of course, the American Pie movies, I believe they are (I haven't seen them). Not to mention getting a husband out of the whole Buffy thing. As for that hubby, Alexis Denisoff did such a nice turn guested on How I Met Your Mother last season.

And Charisma Carpenter did take time off after having her baby and I'm sure having a young child influences her decisions re: the types of projects she takes.

Julie Benz (Darla) has a new series now, too. She's co-starring on Showtime's Dexter, starting tonight.

Now to just hope Nicholas Brendon finds the right vehicle.

Reel Fanatic said...

You're right that poor Nicholas has definitely got the short end of the stick post-Buffy, Shelly .. I'm glad to hear that Julie Benz is back, because she definitely deserves it .. though, unfortunately, I don't get Showtime!

Anonymous said...

Liked the Veronica Mars premiere though I worry that she was not likeable enough in the opening scene to keep new viewers watching. Hope I am wrong though.

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I was hoping that putting it behind Gilmore Girls would bring a whole new group of viewers to Veronica Mars, Jinna, but after watching the Gilmores premiere, I started to lose hope .. as I'm watching the second Gilmores episode tonight, however, I have to say it's much better than the first episode, so maybe there's stil hope

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