Robert Shaw, Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss in “Jaws”/Image © 2012 Universal Studios
When Peter Benchley’s novel Jaws was made into a film in 1975, no one could have predicted how historic a hit it would become — or how much work would be poured into restoring it thirty-seven years later. This mini documentary reveals some of the techniques that film specialists employed to pull the best possible transfer for the film’s Blu-ray release in August. One request: Can they also release a version that looks phonier than the original? Some of us might want to be able to get some sleep after watching it.
Internet gossip might seem like nothing more than fun ‘n’ games to most people, but yesterday Ashley Judd delivered a stinging reminder of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of this onslaught, after enduring weeks of speculation and comments on her appearance. Among her many terrific points, the actress (who turns forty-four on April 19) notes : “This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times — I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.”
According to a list compiled by Ranker, the roles of Neo (“The Matrix”) and John Constantine (“Constantine”) were both scooped up by Keanu Reeves after first being offered to Nicolas Cage. Does that make Nic a poor man’s Keanu, or the other way around? Other roles Cage nearly nabbed: Aragorn in “The Lord of the Rings” and Willy Wonka in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” The fact that Viggo Mortensen and Johnny Depp were cast instead could almost be considered proof of the existence of a benevolent and merciful Creator.
Fans of The Hunger Games who have (somewhat prematurely) begun looking forward to the next film in the series, have a bit of expectation-adjusting to do, based on the news that Gary Ross will not be returning to direct “Catching Fire.” The decision was apparently something of a shock to Lionsgate execs, who probably can’t imagine anyone ever turning down the kind of money that Ross would have made if he’d simply sold them just one more year of his life (the director cites the time crunch as the main factor in his decision). Who do you nominate to take the reins? I’d put money on the odds that Lionsgate will go with a significantly bigger name, in hopes of spinning this into a win.