Okay, I’m just gonna say this now. It’s been a sloooow news day. Most sites are still running their various “best/worst of 2012” lists. Which is fine. But it’s not actually, y’know, news.
Anyway, there’s not much to discuss, so let’s do this. Some footage related to three upcoming movies has been released. I’m referring to Warm Bodies, Mama, and Maniac. I’ll discuss the first two bits of footage in a moment.
As for the new stuff from Maniac, I’m skipping it for now, and I’ll tell you why. Maniac strikes me as the sort of movie that’s best viewed cold. It’s dark, twisted, shocking, violent, weird, and that’s all I really need to know about it. For those who haven’t heard of it before, here’s a quick rundown: it’s a remake of William Lustig’s 1980 film about a schizophrenic man who kills women and takes their scalps as trophies. And in this new version, said schizophrenic is being played by Frodo himself, Elijah Wood.
Michael Cimino joins Twitter The account hasn’t been verified yet, but it appears director Michael Cimino is now on Twitter (@cimino1939).
(Edit: Since the publication of this post, the account has been revealed as a parody. Oh well.)
Cimino is best known for two things: directing the war epic TheDeer Hunter (for which he won two Oscars in 1979), and following it up with Heaven’s Gate (one of the most notorious flops in Hollywood history, it earned just $3 million on a budget of $44 million in its domestic run). Things have been pretty quiet since then. Cimino has barely a handful of credits in the decades since. Excluding his contribution of a segment in 2007’s A Chacun Son Cinema, his last directing job was 1996’s The Sunchaser.
His tweets thus far have been quite interesting. Click on through to read some of the highlights.