News Bits: Black Snake Moan, Be Kind Rewind, Roger Ebert, Ricky Gervais, Marie Antoinette

Let’s declare today “No Snakes Day”, allowing an exception for discussion regarding another Samuel L. Jackson joint: Black Snake Moan, with Christina Ricci. Directed by Craig Brewer after his debut film Hustle and Flow, Lazarus (Jackson) plays a farmer and blues musician that discovers Mae (Ricci) badly beaten, on the side of the road, after her self-imposed sex spree. Mae spends a lot of screen time chained to a radiator, half naked, under house-arrest as Lazarus seeks to “rehabilitate” her from her self-destructive ways. Knowing this, and looking at the Ricci-In-Chains posters from Black Snake Moan, along with the ones from the Tarantino/Rodriguez helmed Grindhouse, you’d think that 2007 might mark the return of the 70’s style exploitation flick.

Michel Gondry’s next film (following The Science of Sleep), Be Kind Rewind now has Mos Def, Melonie Diaz, Mia Farrow and Danny Glover officially attatched to join Jack Black. Plotline from director-file.com: ” Jerry (Jack Black) is a junkyard worker who attempts to sabotage a power plant he suspects of causing his headaches. But he inadvertently causes his brain to become magnetized, leading to the unintentional destruction of the movies in his friend’s (Danny Glover) store. In order to keep the store’s one loyal customer, an elderly lady with a tenuous grasp on reality, the pair re-create a long line of films including The Lion King, Rush Hour, Back to the Future and Robocop, putting themselves and their townspeople into it.”

Roger Ebert released an statement on his website about his slower than expected recovery.

Entertainment Weekly features an interview with Ricky Gervais about his weekly podcast, Extras, and his role in Robert Deniro’s upcoming Stardust.

Cinematical has a thoroughly researched piece on future roles for the Deadwood cast.

The IFC Blog has the lineup for The New York Film Festival, which includes Michael Apted’s latest entry in the 7 up documentary series: 49 Up, and S. Coppola’s upcoming Marie Antoinette. Drawn and quartered in early Cannes reviews, will American audiences be more receptive to Sofia’s next?

And on that note, a very topical video: Why I Hate Sofia by Eva Deadbeat.

Updated 8/20

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Posted by Ted Zee on August 18th 2006 | Home Page | 1 Comment Subscribe to this site's feed

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  1. Eva the Deadbeat Says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention! love your site!

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