Monday Call Sheet: Sinatra Biopic, 'South Park' Bullies Bullying Anti-Bullies

Monday Call Sheet: Sinatra Biopic, 'South Park' Bullies Bullying Anti-Bullies

YOU CAN STREAM THE NFL SUNDAY TICKET THROUGH PLAYSTATION 3

Someone tweeted me this information.

See, we’re figuring out how to defeat the evil of bundled cable together.

‘SOUTH PARK’ DOES MORE TO COMMENT ON BULLYING 19 SECONDS…

About says it all.

The anti-bully crowd is nothing more than a bunch of bullies. Every bit as bad as the pro same sex-marriage bullies. Oppressive tolerance. Using force to force tolerance without a sense of irony.

“HARRY POTTER” SELLS $1.5 MILLION WORTH OF EBOOKS IN ONE DAY!

Because it’s sexier to talk about music and video, something we sometimes forget is what the Internet is also doing to the publishing world. Amazon has already put all-kinds of booksellers out of business, especially those chains that chased the smaller sellers away, but what will the e-book do to the physical book?

As is the case with video and audio, I prefer owning a physical copy, but space and convenience is an issue. Having all my music preserved forever and available at the push of a button, is a wonderful thing. Books are great to have and to hold, but the space they take up matters and being able to purchase them at a cheaper price does as well.

WE NEED TO STOP COMPARING FILM AND TV?

Film School Rejects does an awful job defending movies:

How many films have approached the moral complexity and sociological density of The Sopranos or The Wire? Really? How about Hotel Rwanda or Whale Rider or The Departed or Donnie Darko or A History of Violence or There Will Be Blood or Take Shelter?

The verve and insight of Mad Men? How about Thank You For Smoking or In The Loop or Almost Famous?

With the new Golden Era of television in full bloom and the quality of films in deep, deep decline — this kind of rationalizing is not the answer.

Dramatic television has become a medium for mature writers and films have become a medium for geeks and shallow, politically correct leftists.  I get that taste is a subjective thing, but how many of those films will be forgotten in 20 years? How many are already forgotten?

Of course there are exceptions, but movies suck today — most especially adult dramas and most especially those adult dramas attempting “moral complexity and sociological density” — and denial isn’t going to make them better.

I do think, however, that it’s become a cultural and political divide. Just as abstract art (what isn’t art) is appreciated by those who confuse nihilism and narcissism with substance, we are seeing the same with the adult drama, and it’s reflected at the box office. Meaningful films with classical themes like “The Help” and “The Blind Side” satisfy the yearning people have to be uplifted and asked to aspire, whereas preachy, heavy-handed, self-absorbed, self-involved pedantic, meaningless tripe is largely ignored and pretty much forgotten.

NINE SUPPOSED ACTION STARS WHO CLEARLY COULDN’T FIGHT

William Shatner? Pam Grier?

Where’s the 140 pound-overweight Steven Segal?

‘HUNGER GAMES’ DIRECTOR GARY ROSS RESUMES SEQUEL TALKS AS SCHEDULE ISSUES LOOM LARGE

This direct from the department of legitimately big movie stories I simply don’t care about.

My advice to Ross is that he grab the paycheck AND use this once-in-a-lifetime leverage to get a dream project financed that no one will touch.

SCORSESE IN TALKS TO DEVELOP SINATRA BIOPIC

I honestly hate the idea of Scorsese touching this. As we saw with “The Aviator,” Scorsese is all about focusing on his subjects’ foibles, flaws, and their falls, as opposed to their greatness and what made them great. That’s what I want to remember after a Howard Hughes biopic, not Little Leo over-acting with long, dirty fingernails.  

The article states that Scorsese is having a hard time finding a focused script. He might try the arc of Sinatra’s life where as an old man he finally matured into a decent man, one who made amends to his first wife and with his kids and who probably did more benefit concerts (without calling attention to himself) than any other performer.

The good news is that Scorsese is opposed to having anyone sing Sinatra other than Sinatra. You cannot reproduce that voice — which is the finest musical instrument I’ve ever heard.

‘MIRROR MIRROR’ DWARF GENERALLY ANGRY ABOUT THINGS

Kyle Smith:

[Dwarfs cast in non-dwarfy parts] are not going to happen, I’m afraid. It would often be a distraction from the story. The viewers would lose the plot. Maybe they’d giggle. If I were a dwarf actor, I’d be happy to get work biting ankles or being bowled with. Most actors are unemployed most of the time. You have to work with what you’ve got. If you look like Kathy Bates, you’re not going to be cast as the willowy young princess.

I don’t know about that. In “Game of Thrones” I forget about Peter Dinklage’s height and have as well in a number of roles he’s played. Obviously, his height has always been commented on, but he has portrayed some very real and human people where his being a little person in no way defined who his character was.

FIVE HIGH SCHOOL MOVIES THAT DESERVE THE ‘REUNION’ TREATMENT

Or not.

‘CELEBRITY APPRENTICE’ WINS ITS SLOT WITH A FOUR-WEEK HIGH

I actually like this show and did even before they added celebrities, but the commercials are too oppressive, even with the DVR.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Finally, TDKR scored its rating for “intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language.” The 2008 movie was considered envelope-pushing for its intensity — some parents were left wondering why the Batman movie hadn’t been rated R — and the rating leaves no question that audiences can expect the same with the new movie. But by singling out “sensuality” in the label, the ratings board might be indicating that this movie has something new to show about the caped crusader. It might also preview a more emotional side of Nolan, whose films have been described more cerebral than emotion-filled. 

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COMING SOON TO HOME VIDEO

SAFE HOUSE: Universal City, Calif. (April 9, 2012) – A rogue CIA operative is targeted for assassination and an idealistic rookie agent must prove himself by keeping them both alive in the exhilarating and explosive action-thriller Safe House, available June 5, 2012 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™  and Digital Copy and DVD as well as On Demand from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Two-time Academy Award® winner Denzel Washington (Training Day, Unstoppable) and Ryan Reynolds (The Change-Up, Green Lantern) star as unlikely allies up against an unknown enemy in an adrenaline-pumping game of cat and mouse.

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THE THREE STOOGES ULTIMATE COLLECTION: Fans will enjoy more than 60 hours of fun and laughter for the whole family from the masters of mirth, merriment and mayhem when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases THE THREE STOOGES ULTIMATE COLLECTION on DVD June 5th. The entire Three Stooges Columbia shorts catalog spans three decades of slapstick silliness, featuring 190 shorts, plus three discs of rare and unreleased content. Fans will revel in this chance to see several of the Stooges work separately in solo shorts, developing the comic skills that would lead them to their roles as successors to Curly in the comedy trio.  The collection includes 28 never-before-released short films starring Stooges actors Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, and Joe DeRita, as well as the feature length films Have Rocket, Will Travel and Rockin’ in the Rockies available for the first time on DVD.  From the classic teaming of Moe, Larry and Curly to later cast members Shemp, Joe and Curly Joe, this 20-disc set is a must-own collection for any Stooges fan.

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THE ARTIST: The recipient of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Musical Score and Best Costume Design, THE ARTIST, arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ June 26th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  Declared “a love letter to the movies” by The Los Angeles Times, THE ARTIST is the recipient of three Golden Globe® Awards — more than any other picture — including Best Comedy, Best Actor and Best Score.  The film also took home the top prize for Achievement in Directing in a Theatrical Release from the Directors Guild of America, and Oscar Winning Best Actor (Jean Dujardin) won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. Uggie, the film’s surprise breakout star and 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier, also took home the top honor from the first annual “Golden Collar Awards.” Set in 1927, THE ARTIST tells the story of film superstar George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) who is about to be banished from the movie business by the advent of talking pictures. With the introduction of “The Talkies,” as movies with sound were known at their onset, came the abrupt end to the careers of many silent film stars, including George’s screen persona, which soon falls into oblivion. For young, movie extra Peppy Miller (Bérénice Bejo), the sky’s the limit, and major movie stardom awaits.

GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE: Academy Award® winner Nicolas Cage (1996, Best Actor in a Leading Role for Leaving Las Vegas) is back as Johnny Blaze in Marvel’s action-packed 3D sequel GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE, unleashed June 12th on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ and DVD – all with UltraViolet™ – from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.  In this thrilling follow-up to the worldwide, box-office hit Ghost Rider, the world’s darkest hero takes on the ultimate bad guy: the devil, himself. The sequel is directed by acclaimed action filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor (Crank series, Gamer), and co-stars Ciarán Hinds (John Carter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2), Violante Placido (The American), Johnny Whitworth (Limitless, 3:10 to Yuma), Christopher Lambert (Highlander, Mortal Kombat), and Idris Elba (Thor, Takers).

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SCOTTDS’ EPIC LINKTACULAR

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THE COOLEST PHOTO OF WILLIAM SHATNER YOU’LL EVER SEE

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5 BIG-SCREEN REUNIONS THAT NEED TO HAPPEN

BANNED CARTOONS WE’LL NEVER SEE ON TV

14 CRAZY FOREIGN POSTERS FOR AMERICAN MOVIES

THE “STAR TREK” LAS VEGAS ATTRACTION THAT ALMOST CAME TO LIFE IN 1992

10 WEAK MOVIE CHARACTERS WHO BECAME BADASSES

THE LEGACY OF “ANNIE HALL”

THE 10 BEST USES OF 3D IN MOVIE HISTORY

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CLASSIC PICK FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 10

TCM:

Midnight EST: Get Carter (1971) — A small-time gangster searches for the truth behind his brother’s death. Dir: Mike Hodges Cast:  Michael Caine , Ian Hendry , Britt Ekland . C-112 mins, TV-14, CC, Letterbox Format

Tough, gritty  British noir flick with Caine in top form. If you love “Point Blank,” “The Outfit,” “Shaft”… those late-60s, early 70’s anti-hero actioners, this is one of the best.

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