It’s unusual to see David Cronenberg‘s name in the roster of a film as an actor rather than a writer or director, but this isn’t the first time. Cronenberg is one of three primary actors in a new project called Body Art — a title that is almost right on the nose, given Cronenberg’s classic “body horror” proclivities — from I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino.

And Cronenberg won’t be alone, as he has two grand compatriots in the cast: the venerable Isabelle Huppert, and Denis Lavant. The latter is the star of last year’s best film, Holy Motors, and his presence here is enough to rocket this one high up on my to-watch list. And if that weren’t enough, the basis of the story is extremely intriguing — find that below. Read More »

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James Ellroy contributed to last year’s rather underseen Rampart, and fortunately for those who value his work, there are other adaptations of his novels brewing today. Ellroy is a continued object of desire for producers and directors, as his novels are killer depictions of LA and the occasionally vicious socio-political landscape of the US in general, and his characters are among the most sharply drawn in crime fiction.

Some of those characters, such as Dudley Smith, Ed Exley, and Buzz Meeks, were seen in LA Confidential (a tremendous book and film) and The Black Dahlia (a tremendous book, not so much on film). Those two novels are connected to White Jazz, which Joe Carnahan has wanted to film for years, and The Big Nowhere, which I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino is now signed to make. That announcement came down a few days back, and I mention it mostly because another Ellroy novel is now in development.

The author’s latest novel, Blood’s a Rover, has been opined by VS Entertainment for a film treatment. That’s great news, as more Ellroy is always welcome in my book, but it’s also a strange move as the novel is the third in a trilogy. More info follows. Read More »

I Am Love Movie Trailer

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One of the standouts at Sundance 2010 seems to have been I Am Love, a melodrama by Italian director Luca Guadagnino that stars Tilda Swinton and focuses on family, food, sex. By many accounts it is a film that dispenses with narrative logic in favor of the pure pleasure of sensory experience. There’s even a scene inspired by the end of Ratatouille. You can get a glimpse of that scene in the gorgeous trailer below.  Read More »

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