The headline above is not an excerpt from a MadLib. It was first announced a couple months ago that Zadie Smith was writing a sci-fi movie with director Claire Denis, and it turns out you can now say this bizarre sentence truthfully: A Zadie Smith-written sci-fi film will star Robert Pattinson as an astronaut who’s journeyed beyond our solar system “in a future that seems like our present.”
What have we here? Another biopic trailer? About an influential individual whose rise to fame ended in tragedy? Who was already the subject of a biopic? If you’re not yet enthralled by that strikingly new idea, perhaps another unheard-of conceit will catch your interest: the life of that influential individual is seen through his interactions with a photojournalist who’s profiling him. The wheels of innovation are turning!
There’s plenty to talk about in the indie film world right now, but most of it is coming off of Sundance — and, sadly, we won’t get to see most of those movies for several more months. But the art houses certainly aren’t going dark this month; we’ve got several terrific new indies out for February (many hitting theaters and home screens after running the festival gauntlet last year). Here are eight that you shouldn’t miss, particularly if you find yourself heading out with someone who’s dead set on, say, Fifty Shades of …Read More
The second trailer for 50 Shades of Grey dropped this morning, but that’s not the scary, relationship-themed trailer worth watching. No, that title belongs to this rework of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” video. Posted over at Slate, the trailer makes clear that T. Swift is actually a murderous lover. Surprise, surprise. No wonder she’s “Never, Ever Getting Back Together” with her ex: he’s dead! And was “I Knew You Were Trouble” actually a song about herself, wherein “trouble” meant “crazed serial killer?” Is Taylor Swift’s whole discography a thinly veiled allusion to her own murderous life?