Cutting Room for February 14

  • After years of pretending not to receive my phone calls or emails, George Clooney is finally answering my request that he make a film about the 1980s Norwegian oil boom. Finally, am I right? Sure, big fans of Norway and fossil fuels enjoyed Pioneer, the 2013 thriller that Clooney is now turning into an American film. But I can finally rest knowing big George will share the glory and majesty of the Norwegian energy industry with the world.
  • Good news: My sustained excitement over Darren Aronofsky’s Noah is now totally excusable. Although previews have looked a bit generically epic, the stuff that has always interested me beyond Aronofsky’s ability to explore manically driven characters is the crazy stuff the studio wanted out. Specifically, there was an ongoing battle having to do with Aronofsky’s inclusion of weird, mutant alien “angels” and giants, all of which are actually found in the passages of the book of Genesis. Word has come down that the studio is letting the director’s cut stand, meaning we get to hear Nick Nolte voice a six-armed CGI warrior angel. Hooray!
  • Greta Gerwig, indie darling and star of Frances Ha, has signed on for the CBS comedy spinoff “How I Met Your Dad.” I’ve seen some dumb reactions to announcements before, like the tidal wave of social media suicide notes posted after Ben Affleck became Batman. But never before have I seen a collective response so wildly and largely wrong-headed. Intelligent critics and writers who have long championed Gerwig’s work lambasted her for “selling out,” taking a job on a show with an admittedly weak premise, and wrote eulogies for her film career. As succinctly as possible, let me say that a woman getting a producer credit and getting paid to anchor a major network sitcom with her as the nucleus is a good thing and that countless other TV stars still make movies. Stop being whiny babies about losing your hipster goddess and celebrate one of the good ones getting paid and popular. Yo go, Greta.

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posted at 06:29 pm
on Friday, February 14th, 2014

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