by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
Cincinnati is now a
temporary home for Cate Blanchett (this year’s winner of the Best Actress Oscar
for Blue Jasmine), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Side Effects, Her), Sarah Paulson (The American
Horror Story anthology, 12 Years a
Slave) and Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of
Wall Street, Zero Dark Thirty,
the Friday Night Lights series) as
filming for Todd Haynes’ upcoming movie Carol
is in full swing! Some of the stars (and a giant movie crew) were spotted
filming at their first location, Eden Park, as well as along US 52 in New Richmond
and Spare Time Grill in Alexandria, Ky. The Enquirer’s Glenn Hartong was able
to catch a glimpse at Mara and Paulson looking straight out of the '50s filming a scene at the now-closed diner.
Photo: The Enquirer/Glenn Harton. See more photos here.
The film is based on is
based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel (published as both Carol and The Price of Salt) about Carol (Blanchett), a wife in a loveless
marriage on the brink of divorce who falls in love with a young woman, Therese
(Mara). The book was revolutionary at the time for portraying a lesbian
relationship, and doing so in a non-stereotypical light. Chandler will portray
the titular character’s husband while Paulson plays Abby, Carol’s best friend.
Filming continues this week
at a home on Grandin Avenue in Hyde Park. Retro Westside institution Maury’s Tiny
Cove will be closed April 1 for a day of
filming Blanchett and Mara’s characters’ first date. Cincy Magazine tweeted
that the Cincinnati Club, where the mag’s office is located, will also be used
to shoot the film at an unspecified date. We’ll keep an eye out — the building
is right across the street from CityBeat’s HQ. Search #carolmovie on Twitter
for the latest dish on the movie and its local filming and tweet us if you have
a run-in with any of the stars!
Even if Carol wasn’t filmed exclusively in
Cincinnati, the adaptation sounds like a great premise for a film.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said about most of the recent movies based on
books and other, previous movies. This week in remake fuckery, we have Rosemary’s Baby and The Birds — two classic ‘60s horror films undergoing contemporary
reworkings. Zoe Saldana will take on Mia Farrow’s iconic role in a
made-for-TV version of Rosemary coming
to NBC; Transformers director Michael
Bay is apparently producing the remake of
Hitchcock’s feathery flick. We can only guess that Bay will replace said birds
with laser-shooting Velociraptors.
Now and forever:
Speaking of dinosaurs, paleontologists
in Alaska last week discovered a miniature species of tyrannosaurs about half
the size of its close relative, the T. rex — essentially, what the prehistoric
Paris Hiltons were carrying around in their designer mammoth skin handbags.
A post I found recently on
Imgur (because Reddit still confuses/scares me) recalls the story of when the
United Way decided to release 1.5 million helium balloons into the air in
Cleveland in 1986, breaking the world record. The photos of the event are
stunning, but — as anyone with a tiny bit of foresight could tell you — the
mega-balloon launch totally backfired. Not only did this result in more than
1.5 million pieces of plastic trash around the region and as north as Ontario,
but also reportedly hindered a missing person search on Lake Erie.Peep this less dismal, totally ‘80s news segment about the
Kermit the Frog rang in the
New York Stock Exchange Monday. Muppets
Most Wanted opens in theaters Friday.
Everyone’s talking about
“Strangers Kissing,” a viral video of 20 strangers making out for the first
time that’s actually (somehow) an ad for women’s clothing label Wren. A bit
contrived, I suppose, but definitely intriguing and pretty hot.
Jimmy Fallon put his own
twist on the vid…with puppies and kitties.
Horror remake needs to lighten up
1 Comment · Tuesday, May 4, 2010
If you're going to remake a classic of the teen-slasher genre, especially one with a villain sporting a broadly wicked tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, Jackie Earle Haley seem like a razor-sharp choice as Freddy Krueger, the ultimate dream warrior. But you should make sure you cue him in to the notion that you want him to be funny. Grade: D.
1 Comment · Friday, June 26, 2009
Nothing I or any other critic can say about this movie will have even the slightest impact on the summer blockbuster crowds starving for a real tent-pole, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes to direct moviegoers from seeing this epic monstrosity from the king of epic monstrosities, Michael Bay. Grade: F.