Oddly enough, the movie business has been plodding right along while we’ve been preoccupied with Oscar. A few items of note:
— Diane Lane, last seen earnestly trying to convince a bunch of men that her horse was a winner in “Secretariat,” has signed to play Superman’s adoptive mother, Martha Kent, in Zack Snyder’s new “Superman” reboot. The movie, which stars the very handsome Henry Cavill and not Jon Hamm as some of us think it should be, will be in theaters December 2012.
— “Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” otherwise known as That Movie Everybody Was Waiting For Back in 1999, is getting a 3D conversion by George Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic, and will be back in theaters February 10, 2012. (Quick, somebody look outside Cinerama and see if those guys are waiting in line. This is a Seattle joke.)
— To the list of Movies that Mysteriously Get a Sequel Or Prequel Thirty Years Later, add Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner,” which is being acquired by Alcon Entertainment (the people behind “The Blind Side”) in the hopes of rebooting the franchise. And, to the annals of Inexplicable Remakes, add the gang currently busy rewriting “Soapdish” for a remake. Is there any difference between soap operas in 1991 and soap operas now, other than James Franco?
— This last item is beyond trivial, but I’m including it because it cracks me up. Here is the headline, which I am not making up: “Joan Collins, 77, Rushed to Hospital After Wearing Too-Tight Dress to Oscar Party.” The “Dynasty” star, who sounds like she’s a pretty funny lady, said afterwards that she fainted at the party, and . . .
Next thing I knew, I was surrounded by some rather attractive firefighters who were asking me questions such as: ‘What’s your name?’ (as if they didn’t know) and ‘How old are you?’ (which I refused to answer),” wrote Collins, who is 77.
Apparently she had what she described as “something rather like a Victorian swoon.” She’s fine now.
— And last, I hear that many P-and-P readers were able to download tickets for tonight’s free screening of “North by Northwest” at SIFF Cinema, before they ran out. I won’t be going after all — I hear the screening will be packed, and I’d rather my seat was taken by someone who hasn’t seen the film already, and hasn’t had the pleasure of hearing Eva Marie Saint talk about it (read my interview with the lovely MIss Saint here). If you do go, please tell the rest of us how it went!