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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 5, 2010 at 12:30 PM

“Dark Shadows,” “My Fair Lady,” and more tidbits for the weekend

Notes from here and there, on this suddenly wintery Friday . . .
— Just came from a nice chat with Danny Boyle, who’s in town briefly to do press for “127 Hours” (opening in Seattle Nov. 19). More on that (terrific) film as it gets closer, but I did need to ask Boyle about another movie that fascinates me: the remake of “My Fair Lady” written by Emma Thompson, which Boyle was rumored to be considering as his post-“Slumdog Millionaire” project a year ago. Here’s what he said, with real regret in his voice:

I couldn’t cast it. It’s very difficult. Eliza’s easy to cast, you can do all sort of things with her, you can go [with an] unknown, so many diferent things. But Higgins is very difficult. It’s an incredibly misogynistic part in one sense — you have to have someone who can play that, but is also charming. And you’ve got this age difference between them, which mustn’t become creepy, but it’s significant and important. It’s a nightmare and I couldn’t cast it. I’d love to do a musical, and [My Fair Lady] is a great musical, some of the best songs from any musical ever written.

So, that’s that. Word is that director John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) is now attached to the film, but no cast or production dates have been announced.
— Back when I was a kid, when the world was young, there was a soap opera on TV called “Dark Shadows,” which I never saw because it was scary and I was in kindergarten and only permitted to watch “Sesame Street.” Anyone out there remember “Dark Shadows”? I bring it up because it’s Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s latest they’re-doing-what? project: a screen adaptation of the TV series, which ran from 1966-1971 and featured as its lead character vampire Barnabas Collins. Deadline.com notes that Depp has “had a long obsession” with the role. Hmm. Production on the film will begin in the spring. My guess is that Johnny Depp can out-vamp Robert Pattinson without even raising an eyebrow, but we’ll see.
— And finally, if you have ever let yourself wonder what movie scenes would look like if re-created in Lego, this link is for you. It made me rather happy.
So did this:

Happy weekend, all.

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