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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM

The return of Charlie Kaufman

So, where’s Charlie Kaufman been? Haven’t heard much from him since 2008’s “Synecdoche, New York,” a movie about which nobody was lukewarm. (I pretty much hated it; some people loved it; nobody was indifferent to it.) But I’ve been a fan of this bizarrely creative writer since “Being John Malkovich” a dozen years ago, right through “Human Nature,” the wonderful “Adaptation,” and the even more wonderful “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” According to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, Kaufman’s been working on his next writing/directing project, “Frank or Francis,” and it sounds like, as Myrna Loy might say in “The Thin Man,” a lulu. It will star Steve Carell as a wildly self-important screenwriter/director/actor (in his movie, he plays all of the roles); Jack Black as his nemesis, an entertainment blog commentator; Nicolas Cage as a washed-up comedian hosting the Oscars; and Kevin Kline in the dual role of a filmmaker and his brother who write a computer program to create the most Oscar-friendly script possible. (The resulting screenplay is called “God.”) Oh, and “Frank or Francis” is a musical. Production will begin soon, says Vulture. Not soon enough, says I.

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