Friday, 12 February 2010


7x17 12:00AM - 1:00AM

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross
18x04 (5/2/10 edition)
I've never seen a Bollywood film, but My Name is Khan (trailered on this edition and which, it must be said, doesn't look in the least bit Bollywood-y) looks like it might be a good film full-stop. Jump to the trailer part of the show here. Of course, US attitudes to Asperger's syndrome (which the main character in the film has) is a pertinent issue at the moment.
[Watch it (again) in HD on iPlayer.]


First Look: Roman Polanski's The Ghost by Simon Reynolds
(from Digital Spy)
More widely known as The Ghost Writer, UK distributors Optimum seem to have decided that, a) it would be better with a bland, generic, meaningless title, and b) it would be best promoted with a bland, generic, meaningless poster (see that, and the trailer, at the link). The original title is hardly revelatory, but it's certainly better than this, while the US one-sheet is evocative and quite stylish, unlike the UK's Stereotypical Thriller rehash (in fact, the French-language version of the one-sheet is even better).

UK cinemas plan Alice boycott by Simon Reynolds
(from Digital Spy)
UK cinema chains Odeon, Vue and Cineworld are planning to boycott Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland due to its truncated theatrical run...
the 3D film is in jeopardy because the leading exhibitors require a guaranteed four-month theatrical run to book a film. Disney announced earlier this week that the gap between the cinema and home release will be cut from the standard 17 weeks to 12...
According to The Guardian, the 12-week deal is said to be a "take it or leave it" offer.
Go cinemas! I sincerely hope they choose the "leave it" option and see what Disney make of that -- looks like they could do with reminding that film studios are nothing without cinemas willing to show their films.