John Waters

  • So let me get this straight: Hairspray, the movie, is released in 1988. Then they make a musical from it in 2002. And now New Line is again going to make a movie of it, this time with a budget of $50 million? Jeez, I know they say Hollywood is out of ideas, but this is ridiculous.
  • The paper reviews some of the more weird horror flicks coming out from overseas, including Pray, about a punk teen and his druggie girlfriend who kidnap a girl, only to find out she's been dead for a year (Oooooooo!); Una Bianca, a long Italian TV movie about two cops tracking down a group of vicious crooks; and Don't Deliver Us From Evil, which is about two young girls who worship Satan and start killing males in their neighborhood. And in one of the more unintentionally funny segues, the Times then says, "Also out today ...Fun With Dick And Jane."
  • A list of some of the big "issue" movies coming out soon, including The Lost City (the Cuban revolution and how it affected Cuba's culture), Hotstuff (politics and the oil industry), All The King's Men (power and politics in the South), The Last King of Scotland (neocolonial exploitation in Africa), Akeelah and the Bee (a young black girl tries to excel in school), and X-Men 3 (persecution of mutants in today's society). OK, just kidding about that last one.
  • What's Bjork been up to, movie-wise, since wearing that swan dress at the Oscars?
  • An interesting look behind the scenes of a movie being filmed in NYC right now, August Rush. It's about a young music prodigy (Freddie Highmore, from Finding Neverland and Willy Wonka), playing on the streets and being taken under the wing of an older musician (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers). Imagine, a movie from a completely unknown director, not based on another film, short, TV show, play or comic book!