In today’s Movie News Rundown: The Tom Cruise-space analogy that helped Fargo through dark times; someone made a very good Lego horror movie trailer; Biden-Harris are leading with 100% of voters who went from the WWE to being the world’s biggest movie star; and let’s discuss Residue.
‘A Horrifying Scientology End-of-Year Prom’: Is How Sufjan Stevens describes the Oscars, where he performed “Mystery of Love” from Call Me By Your Name.
What’s the Last Movie You Saw in a Theater? Did you know it would be the last one for a while? What did you eat? Tell us about it in the comments.
Fargo in Space: As Fargo became the first major U.S. production to go back to shooting during the pandemic, creator Noah Hawley wrote a letter to cast and crew comparing the effort to Tom Cruise’s plans to shoot a film in space, The Hollywood Reporter says. “Can you promise that for three weeks, you are going to follow the rules… so that we can finish this thing that we all want to finish because Tom Cruise isn’t here to save us. We have to save ourselves.” He also explained that in his analogy, Chicago, where the show shot, is space. Fargo, starring Chris Rock, returned last night after three long years away.
Did One of You… Do Something? Last week we wrote about how Tony Lip, the real-life driver portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in Green Book, also had parts in Goodfellas and The Sopranos. Somehow, it completely blew up over the weekend, getting more attention on our wee lil’ site than anything else in the last month. You can learn more at the new site we’re launching soon, NothingButPostsAboutGreenBook.com. (But seriously, if you ever share one of our stories on Facebook or Twitter or an email chain with your uncles, thank you.)
Residue: In the latest Low Key podcast, we talk about Residue, a striking gentrification drama that marks the debut of director Merawi Gerima, who clearly has a great career ahead of him. You can listen on Apple or Spotify or here:
Run Trailer, in Legos: There’s a good trailer out for Run, the new Sarah Paulson horror film. Not good enough, said the owner of a lot of Legos. Here’s Run writer-producer Sev Ohanian:
OMG look at this amazing all-Lego Tribute to the #RUNfilm trailer that @KieraJAllen ‘s friend @MarkPrusakowski made! @OfficialRunFilm @hulu premieres this November 20! CC: @MsSarahPaulson @aneeshchaganty @NQasabian pic.twitter.com/SmdCfpU6bd
— Sev Ohanian (@SevOhanian) September 27, 2020
Rock the Vote: I promise not to spend a lot of time on celebrity endorsements, because they don’t matter. But Dwayne Johnson’s first-ever presidential endorsement, of Biden-Harris, is interesting because they took it seriously enough to schedule an interview with him. Also, they both call him “DJ.”
Progress takes courage, humanity, empathy, strength, KINDNESS & RESPECT.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) September 27, 2020
Aspen Utopia: The Aspen Film Festival’s lineup includes in-person screenings of Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland and Bryan Fogel’s The Dissident, and a drive-in screening of David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee. Here’s the full schedule of the Oct. 15-21 festival.
Tweet of the Month: You know who seems cool to me? Residue filmmaker Merawi Gerima.
— Merawi Gerima (@Gerima_Gang) September 26, 2020