It turns out that Kathryn Bigelow's 2009 New York Film Critics Circle wins for Best Film and Best Director were hardly just a fluke. The director's new film "Zero Dark Thirty" just won both those same prizes. Will that translate, as it did in 2009, into an Oscar for each hand? The only thing that Academy voters love more than a battle-tested champion is a scrappy newcomer.
There's no excuse for holiday blues this year, because someone recently uploaded a clip of Ethel Merman singing the showtune "Tomorrow" on the show "Sesame Street" (featured below). Oscar the Grouch had better watch out -- the Broadway star's distinctive voice is like a tonic for seasonal depression, whether she's singing "Annie Get Your Gun" or just plain "Annie."
Fans of Guillermo Del Toro's films keep a sharp eye on his directorial calendar, rooting for their favorite projects to pull ahead in the line-up. I don't know whether anyone is particularly rooting for "Crimson Peak" -- just announced as his next big feature -- but you know it will be great anyway, so shut up. It's interesting to note that along with this news, he reveals that he's flirting again with that adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness, which he previously abandoned on the grounds that "Prometheus" covered too much of the same territory. I hate to be ungrateful but this flip-flopping is driving me to madness. Perhaps that's part of Del Toro's immersive filmmaking strategy, to make sure you're already half-crazy by the time you actually see it?
After the "Little Rascals" post the other day, I'm hooked on these "Then vs. Now" type posts. Apparently Noah Hathaway, the kid who played Atreyu in "The Neverending Story" grew up to be all kinds of badass, becoming a martial arts expert who probably would now have a much better chance of saving Artax from the Swamp of Sadness. Quick, someone set him up with that girl who got the "Neverending Story" tattoo sleeve, it could be a match made in Fantasia.