– “Criterion’s Blu-ray of [Wong Kar-wai’s] Chungking Express is a revelation. It should thrill cinephiles and tech wonks in equal measure… Pretty much every frame of the film is packed with vivid, contrasting colors, and one of the strengths of the high-def version is how fixed and solid the colors are… Film grain, a bedbug of certain high-def advocates, is spectacularly intact… Indeed, Chungking Express is one of those films that thoroughly vindicates something film preservationist Robert Harris once said to me: “The grain is the picture.” - Glenn Kenny
– Paper Planes: M.I.A., whose songs can be heard throughout Slumdog Millionaire, said that she tried to talk Danny Boyle out of using traditional Bollywood numbers, and initially hoped that the closing dance sequence would be cut. In hindsight, she remarked, “I’m glad he didn’t listen to me.” She’s considering the release of an “alternative soundtrack” of 10 songs she would have liked to put in the film. (LAT)
– Paper Hearts: Michael Cera’s “part-documentary, part-scripted comedy” centered on Cera and real-life girlfriend and funny freakazoid Charlyne Yi (Knocked Up stoner girl) is being primed as a Sundance surprise. (HR)
– NYT on Elvis Costello his new, hour long music series for The Sundance Channel - “Spectacle: Elvis Costello With …” Costello will both interview and perform with guests over season one, including Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Smokey Robinson, and Bill Clinton.
– Schadenfreude time: minus Ebert & Roeper, ratings for the revamped and de-classy-fied At The Movies are down 23 percent from last year. (LAT)
– Ricky Gervais is prepping an animated series based on his Ricky Gervais Show podcast, as well as a new Extras special with rumored cameos from Al Pacino, Danny DeVito and Michael Douglas. (Film Junk)
– A new book by Florence Ben Sadoun - the real-life lover of Jean-Dominique Bauby who stayed at his bedside until his death - has an entirely different take on the events portrayed in the film adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. (The Guardian)