Thursday, February 01, 2007
Harry Potter's last stand
The countdown can officially begin: The last Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," will be released July 21. (Many fans were betting on July 7 -- because the symbolism of the seventh book being released on 7/7/07 was too perfect -- but close enough.)

Like many people, I've eagerly looked forward to each new Harry Potter book. Rowling is a wizardly writer: imaginative, clever, thoughtful. Which will make knowing that "Deathly Hallows" is the final book in the series all the more bittersweet. (I enjoy the movies, but it's just not the same.)

Still, I hope Rowling sticks to her plan to end the series right here, and isn't tempted to write an eighth Potter (or a 9 3/4th Potter, for that matter). It's all too rare when someone (or something) goes out on top. The brilliant Potter books can join that select group.

Here's looking forward to you, Harry.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Celebrities! They're just like humans!
Tyra Banks is fat. Angelina Jolie is petulant.

Or, perhaps, they're just human.

Banks has been criticized for gaining weight, thus making her look more like a healthy adult woman than a skeletal mannequin. She, wisely, has admitted to liking the occasional pancake, which makes her pretty much like everybody else.

Jolie appeared sullen on the Golden Globe red carpet and was criticized for her attitude. Turns out her mother was dying of cancer. (Marcheline Bertrand died Saturday.) Maybe Jolie was trying to cope with a welter of emotions.

We put celebrities on pedestals and then tear them down. It's the way the game works, fairly or unfairly. But to tear people down for being people ... that seems, well, inhumane.

But, then again, you know what they say about opinions. Including this one.
Sunday, January 28, 2007
It's a wrap from Sundance
There was controversy ("Hounddog," anyone?). There were celebrities (Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Bacon, Mandy Moore, Antonio Banderas, Laura Linney to name a few). There were swag suites and late-night parties for the stars (yes, celebs are spoiled beyond belief during Sundance if they choose to accept what's offered to them).

And, quite importantly ... there were film acquisitions.

That means a number of Sundance films, which didn't have distributors prior to the festival, now have studios to back them. (CNN.com's Tom Charity picked some of his Sundance notables -- not all of which have deals, yet.) Here are some of the movies that will be making their way into a theater near you:

"Waitress" -- Bought by Fox Searchlight for $4 million. Written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly, "Waitress" follows Jenna (Keri Russell), a poor southern woman who is pregnant and stuck in a bad marriage. She creates pies and names them, the titles reflecting what is happening in her life. Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto and Andy Griffith co-star.

"Grace Is Gone" -- John Cusack stars as a husband and father whose wife is killed in the Iraq war. Purchased by the Weinstein Co. for $4 million.

"Dedication" -- Mandy Moore and Billy Crudup star in this romantic comedy directed by Justin Theroux. Another Weinstein Co. buy at $4 million.

"Son of Rambow" -- British comedy about a boy's obsession with "First Blood." In a pricey deal, Paramount Vantage picked it up for $7 million.

"La Misma Luna" -- A story that addresses illegal immigration and the bond a mother and child have despite physical separation. Fox Searchlight and Weinstein partnered for this winning bid of $5 million.

"Teeth" -- In another business pairing, Weinstein joined Lionsgate to buy "Teeth," a horror comedy about a woman who has teeth in an unusual place, for $2.5 million.

"Joshua" -- Sam Rockwell, Vera Farmiga, and Jacob Kogan star in this psychological thriller about a seemingly well-to-do family with everything going for them, until their world is turned upside down. Is it sibling rivalry or something more sinister? Fox Searchlight snapped this one up for $3.7 million.

"My Kid Could Paint That" -- A documentary about a child art prodigy some compared to Pollock, even Picasso ... while others said it was all an elaborate hoax. It was snagged by Sony Classics for $1.8 million.

Thirteen films total have been sold as of this writing, just before festival's end, with many more expected to sell over time. Who knows? One of these movies could be the next "Little Miss Sunshine," a film that premiered at Sundance in 2006 (with many critics asking, Little Miss Who?) and is now nominated for four Academy Awards, including best picture.

Hope you enjoyed Sundance '07. My team and I have packed up our parkas and headed out of town after a very rewarding (and exhausting) week. 'Til next year!
ABOUT THIS BLOG
Occasional musings and gab about the world of entertainment.
ARCHIVE
• 10/22/2006 - 10/29/2006
• 10/29/2006 - 11/05/2006
• 11/05/2006 - 11/12/2006
• 11/12/2006 - 11/19/2006
• 11/26/2006 - 12/03/2006
• 12/03/2006 - 12/10/2006
• 12/10/2006 - 12/17/2006
• 12/17/2006 - 12/24/2006
• 12/24/2006 - 12/31/2006
• 12/31/2006 - 01/07/2007
• 01/07/2007 - 01/14/2007
• 01/14/2007 - 01/21/2007
• 01/21/2007 - 01/28/2007
• 01/28/2007 - 02/04/2007
• 02/04/2007 - 02/11/2007
• 02/11/2007 - 02/18/2007
• 02/18/2007 - 02/25/2007
• 02/25/2007 - 03/04/2007
• 03/04/2007 - 03/11/2007
• 03/11/2007 - 03/18/2007
• 03/18/2007 - 03/25/2007
• 03/25/2007 - 04/01/2007
• 04/01/2007 - 04/08/2007
• 04/08/2007 - 04/15/2007
• 04/15/2007 - 04/22/2007
• 04/22/2007 - 04/29/2007
• 04/29/2007 - 05/06/2007
• 05/06/2007 - 05/13/2007
• 05/13/2007 - 05/20/2007
• 05/20/2007 - 05/27/2007
• 05/27/2007 - 06/03/2007
• 06/03/2007 - 06/10/2007
• 06/10/2007 - 06/17/2007
• 06/24/2007 - 07/01/2007
• 07/01/2007 - 07/08/2007
• 07/08/2007 - 07/15/2007
• 07/15/2007 - 07/22/2007
• 07/22/2007 - 07/29/2007
• 07/29/2007 - 08/05/2007
• 08/05/2007 - 08/12/2007
• 08/12/2007 - 08/19/2007
• 08/19/2007 - 08/26/2007
• 08/26/2007 - 09/02/2007
• 09/02/2007 - 09/09/2007
• 09/09/2007 - 09/16/2007
• 09/16/2007 - 09/23/2007
• 09/23/2007 - 09/30/2007
• 09/30/2007 - 10/07/2007
• 10/07/2007 - 10/14/2007
• 10/14/2007 - 10/21/2007
• 10/21/2007 - 10/28/2007
• 10/28/2007 - 11/04/2007
• 11/04/2007 - 11/11/2007
• 11/11/2007 - 11/18/2007
• 11/25/2007 - 12/02/2007
• 12/02/2007 - 12/09/2007
• 12/09/2007 - 12/16/2007
• 12/16/2007 - 12/23/2007
• 12/30/2007 - 01/06/2008
• 01/06/2008 - 01/13/2008
• 01/13/2008 - 01/20/2008
SUBSCRIBE
CNN Comment Policy: CNN encourages you to add a comment to this discussion. You may not post any unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or other material that would violate the law. Please note that CNN makes reasonable efforts to review all comments prior to posting and CNN may edit comments for clarity or to keep out questionable or off-topic material. All comments should be relevant to the post and remain respectful of other authors and commenters. By submitting your comment, you hereby give CNN the right, but not the obligation, to post, air, edit, exhibit, telecast, cablecast, webcast, re-use, publish, reproduce, use, license, print, distribute or otherwise use your comment(s) and accompanying personal identifying information via all forms of media now known or hereafter devised, worldwide, in perpetuity. CNN Privacy Statement.
Home  |  World  |  U.S.  |  Politics  |  Crime  |  Entertainment  |  Health  |  Tech  |  Travel  |  Living  |  Money  |  Sports  |  Time.com
© 2014 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.