Russell Crowe/Photo: CC/Flickr; Lucy Liu/Photo © Getty
Imagine you've just enrolled in film school, and your professor is Martin Scorsese. What's the syllabus look like? According to Marty, here are the eighty-five films you need to see to know anything about film. Lots of gangster movies, lots of Altman, a few Shakespearian adaptations ... and a bunch of fun surprises (adding "Cat People" to my queue right now).
How will the upcoming U.S. Sherlock Holmes-inspired TV show "Elementary" distinguish itself from the BBC's "Sherlock"? Not only will the action take place in present-day New York City, but Dr. Watson will be played by ... Lucy Liu. Can someone explain to me the ways in which the show will actually resemble the original stories and characters? At this point it seems like it would pass for a totally original series, with a Holmes-esque title.
Weirdly enough, Liu is also being considered for the role of Noah in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic. Okay, now I'm trolling -- it's actually Russell Crowe who's in talks to play the ancient shipmaster. But I'm sure she'd do an excellent job. The film is based on Aronofsky's own graphic novel; this seems to be the director's way of gathering interest in pet projects of his, which might otherwise be a tough sell to studios ("The Fountain" also had its beginning in graphic novel form).
The New York Times sounds like it's going through a bit of an literary crisis, and it wants us to come along for the ride: "Why write novels at all?" the newspaper (well, the magazine) wants to know, pointing to authors like Jonathan Franzen and Jeffrey Eugenides as heralds of a new aesthetic age. The great news is that even if people stopped writing novels forever (which they won't), there are more out there already written than anyone could read in a lifetime. So relax already!