Friday, February 16, 2007

Camera Obscura - Lynch Coffee; 'The Fly' Opera; Abrams Directs 'Dark Tower'

Tucked inside a recent interview with David Lynch is the news that should make his fans smile and their heartbeats increase. The interview notes that he's got his own brand of coffee on the way. "Black as midnight on a moonless night" however is not how he likes his own brew - he says he drinks about 20 cups a day, but they aren't all espresso. Read the interview here.

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Director David Cronenberg and longtime musical collaborator Howard Shore have announced they are creating a new opera based on Cronenberg's movie "The Fly." Reports say the opera should premiere in Paris next year.

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Also just announced -- J.J. Abrams of "Lost" fame has another project in the works, this time making a screen version of the multi-part book series "The Dark Tower" by Stephen King. Still to be decided is if the project will be a feature film or a television mini-series.

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Grindhouse movie theatres may be long gone, but a new project from Quentin Trantino and Robert Rodriguez celebrates the days of cheesy exploitation movies, bizarre plots and characters, and white-hot action in a mini-double feature called "Grindhouse". The movies, "Planet Terror" and "Death Proof", will also include previews and attractions for other mythical grindhouse fare directed by a slew of famous directors.

While there were few of the grungy movie houses in Tennessee, we could always count on finding the truly low-budget offbeat movies in a host of drive-in theaters, which have also sadly faded from the American landscape.

Confused by what a grindhouse was/is? The brand new trailer explains it all. And yes, that it an automatic rifle made into a leg.

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Finally, something a bit more peaceful and relaxing. Meet Nora the cat, who plays the piano so well, she may be a reincarnation of some famous player of the past. She sure seems to have an ear (a furry one) for making music.

2 comments:

  1. Oh HELL yes. I haven't yet seen the trailer for Grindhouse (keep forgetting) and Jesus Tapdancing Christ it looks friggin awesome.

    Slightly less awesome, to me, is the JJ Abrams thing. I just don't see why they have to risk making an adaptation to the Dark Tower. I mean, the last couplea books were disappointing enough, no telling what they'd do to it on TV.

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  2. AT - obviously i am most eager for Grindhouse as well. i love such movies. and both directors are modern film legends.

    and i'm still on the second book of the series, and i read recently a comic based on the books has begun.

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