Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo in 'The Artist' © 2011 The Weinstein Company
Apparently in their post-Golden-Globe haste to check out “The Artist,” some filmgoers have failed to do their homework, demanding a refund once they find out the film is silent. In that spirit, here are a few warnings for you: “Young Adult” is not actually about a young adult, there are no actual ghosts in the new “Mission Impossible” movie, and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” isn’t silent — but by the end you’ll wish it was.
Actress/dancer/spiderwoman Chita Rivera turned seventy-nine this weekend! Here’s some commentary from Rivera on originating the role of “Anita” in “West Side Story,” and here’s a fun clip of her performing a number from “Bye Bye Birdie” way back in the day.
Ever wonder what happens in a bookstore after everything’s locked up for the night? Apparently it becomes a psychedelic madhouse of activity. Gorgeous stop-motion animation on display here, shot in an actual bookstore in Toronto.
The AVClub has a regular feature called Book vs. Film, in which a critic weighs a film against the book which inspired it. This time Tasha Robinson digs into “My Week With Marilyn,” — which, you must know by now, was based on two memoirs by Colin Clark. Robinson includes excerpts from them in the post to point out ways in which the film romanticized Clark’s impressions. Here’s my favorite: “She looked absolutely frightful. No make-up, just a skirt, a tight blouse, head scarf and dark glasses. Nasty complexion, a lot of facial hair, shapeless figure and, when the glasses came off, a very vague look in her eye. No wonder she is so insecure.”