Friday, January 18, 2013

End-of-Week News Round-up

Bits and pieces from the past week or so in case you missed them:


Lindsay Lohan with co-(porn)-star James Deen in The Canyons
  • Walking celeb trainwreck Lindsay Lohan has completed filming the low-budget, partially crowd-funded (and non-Sundance-accepted) noir The Canyons with director Paul Schrader (Affliction), and if you've ever wondered to yourself, "Hmm what would it be like to work with Lohan on a film? Is she that bad?", then this amazing New York Times Magazine piece by Stephen Rodrick should answer all your questions (and then some). A truly eye-opening, compulsively entertaining read.
  • I generally hate doing Year-in-Review lists but I ended up doing a few for See here for my favourite films of the year.
  • Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden manhunt movie Zero Dark Thirty is stirring a storm of controversy over its portrayal of torture lately, with lines divided between those who think it endorses torture and those who think depiction does not = endorsement. The director's now written a response to her critics in the LA Times, which you can read here. Also for more Bigelow-related reading, check out AV Club's unpacking of her "fascinating, elusive" filmography.
  • Awards season is in full swing. The Golden Globes happened and Oscar nominees were announced.  
  • Jodie Foster receives Life Time Achievement Award and comes out to the world:
  • A full-length shot-for-shot recreation of Toy Story using Toy Story toys. Holy crap.  
  • And MORE Tarantino shenanigans. Can't get enough of hearing this guy speak, especially when he's telling you he's "shutting your butt down!":

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