I’m not exactly on vacation this weekend — will be popping in and out of SIFF — but am taking a few days away from the blog. Back on Tuesday! In the meantime, a few tidbits to nibble:
- Here’s a touching article about Chaz Ebert (Roger’s widow) returning to the Cannes Film Festival for the first time without her husband. Lots of lovely memories of Ebert’s many years at the festival, including the time Vincent Gallo put a hex on him.
- An interesting-sounding movie that wasn’t on my radar: “The Last of Robin Hood,” starring Kevin Kline as Errol Flynn and Dakota Fanning as the teenage girl with whom Flynn had an affair, late in his short life. Susan Sarandon plays the girl’s mother, and the film is directed by Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer (“Quinceanara”). It’s scheduled to debut at fall film festivals. Note the photo of Kline in costume in the New York Times piece; though he’s already 15 years older than Flynn was when he died, the casting just might work.
- Eight words: Benedict Cumberbatch. Shower scene. “Star Trek Into Darkness.” I suspect some of you will be intrigued by this; click here to see JJ Abrams introducing the scene, on “Conan.”
- Steven Soderbergh’s very quick “retirement” seems to be over (though, to be fair, he seems to be retiring from feature films): He’ll next direct Clive Owen in “The Knick,” a Cinemax series set in a New York hospital in 1900.
- And finally, I know you want to watch this again:
And you may just want to read this interview with Aaron Staton — did you know that he’s a song-and-dance guy who was in “Mamma Mia” on Broadway? — about the scene, and about getting a text from Matthew Weiner that read “Do you tap dance?” (He admits that, on the first take, he dropped the cane and knocked everything off Dawn’s desk. Makes him even more lovable.)
Have a delightful holiday weekend!