RIP: Blake Edwards & New Movies

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Who remembers the classic film Breakfast at Tiffany’s? How about the Bo Derek movie 10? Victor Victoria? Or maybe you loved the Pink Panther movies (the ones with Peter Sellers)? The man behind all of these –one of Hollywood’s great old-school geniuses –left us yesterday and thus we say a fond farewell to Blake Edwards, a wonderful filmmaker who brought the screwball comedy and farce of olden times back to life in the 1960s and 1970s. With lots of style. Edwards passed away at age 88, leaving behind his (spectacularly talented) wife of 40 years, actress Julie Andrews, and several children. RIP, Blake Edwards; he will be sorely missed.

Speaking of cinema, we have several new flicks opening should you wish to venture out to catch one today.  (And remember, nothing soothes during the holidays like a two-hour time-out in a comfy dark room with lots of popcorn.) Plus, more than one of the newbies boasts Golden Globe nominations. First up, we have Disney’s TRON: Legacy, a sequel to the 1982 cult sci-fi classic  (both star Jeff Bridges). Also in this edition we have Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde. Given the cast, and the effects, and the film’s, er, legacy, expect to wait in line for this one; it will probably be very popular. For the romantic comedy set, we have How Do You Know with Reese Witherspoon and Owen Wilson. If the young and appealing cast alone doesn’t hook you, they’ve thrown Jack Nicholson into the mix as well. This was also directed by James L. Brooks, who certainly knows from comedy. How Do You Know looks funny and maybe even charming, and will probably be made more so by the inclusion of Paul Rudd to the cast (what movie doesn’t he enhance?) Also in theaters there’s a drama called Rabbit Hole, based on an absolutely searing stage play about a couple coming to grips with the loss of a child. Nicole Kidman is already getting TONS of awards attention for this one, and it will probably be excellent despite its rather sobering subject matter.  Another film appearing today: Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey as the troubled ultra-lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Spacey was nominated for a Globe here, and the fact that it’s based on a true – and pretty shocking –  story has already made it something worth catching. Finally for the whole family we have  — in 3-D, no less– Yogi Bear, with  Dan Aykroyd providing the voice of Jellystone’s favorite ursine loiterer. Justin Timberlake voices Boo Boo, and Ed’s Tom Cavanagh stars as Ranger Smith. That’s what’s new in theaters, although if you haven’t already I would encourage catching The King’s Speech for Colin Firth’s beyond-beyond performance and for those curious to see one of the year’s more polarizing movies: Black Swan. Just be prepared for more than a few creepy moments. Enjoy the weekend, and let us know what you saw (and what you thought).

Voice your choice in today’s featured poll and tell us which of these new movies you’re most excited about:


2) How Do You Know

3) Yogi Bear

4) Rabbit Hole

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