Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in 'Gravity'/Image © 2013 Warner Bros. Pictures
Editor’s Note: From Gravity to My Fair Lady, and Tarantino’s favorite films to the full canon of Wes Anderson, we’ve got your bases covered in today’s roundup.
Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson took to Twitter this week with some tough love for the space drama “Gravity,” picking out some of its less scientifically accurate points (warning: serious spoilers). For example, the film should really be called “Angular Momentum,” which is defined as “The tendency, once set rotating, to keep rotating, unless another force acts to slow or stop it.” Nevertheless, Tyson did still claim to have enjoyed the film immensely.
“My Fair Lady” is about to be revived yet again — but not on the stage. ABC has ordered a TV series inspired by the story (originally by George Bernard Shaw), entitled “Selfie.” You’ll have to click that link to read the plot description, because it’s too depressing for me to adequately re-create here. Whatever, they’re the ones who invited the comparison.
The fall film calendar usually holds some of the year’s best films, but Quentin Tarantino has already cast his vote, offering up his list of the best films of 2013. It’s definitely one of the only places where you’ll see “Frances Ha” lauded alongside “Kick-Ass 2.” If Greta Gerwig turns up in a future Tarantino film, you won’t hear me complaining!
A new book called The Wes Anderson Collection explores each of the director’s movies in exquisite detail. Vulture’s posted an excerpt featuring an interview that relates entirely to “The Royal Tenenbaums.” Apparently the lead role was always meant for Gene Hackman: “It was written for him against his wishes.” (We should all have such problems.)