Archives for September 2011

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Arthur Christmas

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OPINION: Watching movies at home

Netflix's "Watch Now" selection is in need of some T.L.C.

I recently blogged about the Netflix breakup, wondering if the recent announcement that Reed Hastings (pictured) is splitting up the DVD and streaming operations wasn’t code for “bubye DVDs.” Come Christmas we might be relying fully on our Roku box for at-home entertainment—and that’s a scary thought. Compared to its DVD library, Netflix's Watch Now catalog is dismally limited. Sure, you can find ... more >

John Malkovich WRAPS UP Siberian Education

Grandfather Kuzja coming soon to a theatre near you

If you ask me, there are some actors which we don’t see enough of these days: Edward Norton, John Cusack and Kevin Spacey. Erm, it all sounds very nineties, doesn’t it? Another thespian I like is John Malkovich, who’s probably not American and working for the Russians—if not in reality, then at least in the movies. Malkovich is currently in Eastern Europe wrapping up production on a film in ... more >

“Limelight,” the NYC club phenomenon that was

New doc gives Limelight's Peter Gatien the last word
Moby, Michael Alig and Edward I. Koch
Directed by Billy Corben

Limelight, a new documentary by Cocaine Cowboys' Billy Corben out today, is perhaps the most apologetic, mournful retelling of a party animal’s life since The People Vs. Larry Flynt, or at least, Blow. Given Corben’s kid-gloves treatment of his subject—dance-club owner Peter Gatien's career from the seventies through the nineties—you may, by the end of this coke-fueled, debauchery-drenched saga, ... more >

Limelight

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Weinstein Co. RELEASES Iron lady poster

Meryl Streep to play Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher will be portrayed by Meryl Streep in this upcoming biopic slated for theatrical release this December; Thatcher's enormously strong-willed foreign policy and the price she's had to pay for her outsized posturing will form the underpinnings of this day-in-the-life-styled film. Thatcher, who is still alive, suffers from Alzheimers disease and has retired from public life. Other ... more >

Dish Network to COMPETE with Netflix

Is trouble brewing in Los Gatos?

Will 2011 finally be the year of Netflix’s demise? At the rate we’re going, I wouldn’t be surprised to get another email from Reed Hastings, one that would start with, “I’m sorry, Ali. I effed up. I mistakenly sold our streaming division to some Mumbai-based company and all you’ll be getting from now on will be Shahrukh Khan biopics and Bollywood re-runs. I am really sorry, Ali. Can you forgive ... more >