Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Film Addenda

Add one more movie to the already fairly exhaustive list of politically themed movies on the horizon: It's slap-your-forehead obvious: Susan Sarandon as Cindy Sheehan. First reaction: meh. But this woman did lose her job, her marriage, her religion, all due to her protesting. I guess it could be an interesting flick.

Anyway, in movies I'm more likely to see, I neglected to mention "Bobby." The film, written/directed by Emilio Estevez (!) and due for a fall 2006 release, revisits the night Robert Kennedy was gunned down at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. The script takes place against the backdrop of the cultural issues gripping the country at the time, including racism, sexual inequality and class differences. Interestingly, it will look at how the lives of those at the hotel that evening intersected. How many lives, you might ask? Well, cast in the movie are, unbelievably: Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, Elijah Wood, William H. Macy, Martin Sheen, Helen Hunt, Christian Slater, Heather Graham, Laurence Fishburne, Freddy Rodriguez, Nick Cannon, Emilio Estevez, Shia LaBeouf, James Marsden, Jacob Vargas, Brian Geraghty, Joshua Jackson, Joy Bryant, Svetlana Metkina, Kip Pardue, David Krumholtz, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and, uh, Harry Belafonte.

And lastly, there's some news about the film adaptation of "Against All Enemies," roles for which I cast in that earlier post (excellently, I might add, although I couldn't find a good Andy Card -- any thoughts?) but did not include President Bush because I assumed he'd be off-screen. Turns out my hunch was correct. It's also reported that the film is pretty much "men and women in suits jawing with each other about strategy." Honestly? I can't wait.


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