Here's a roundup of stuff that interests me or may interest you, dear reader:
Apparently, some people feel that Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis has to defend her role in The Help. I don't. I think that people who are uncomfortable with the subject matter of the film and the book upon which it is based should just avoid the film, which I may do.
Anyway, BET cribbed some quotes from an interview she gave to another website. Here, is a good one:
Davis: “I feel one of the most revolutionary things you could do [in film] is to humanize the Black woman. And what I mean by that is that is… there is no way that I’m going to believe that if Meryl Streep or a Jodie Foster or any number of fabulous Caucasian actresses were sitting in front of you that anyone would ask them why they did a role if there was something about that character that they didn’t feel was politically correct...
Yep, it's been 20 years. John Singleton talks to BET.com about the Oscar-nominated Boyz N the Hood, which is 20 years old this year.
Deadline: New York has an exclusive. J.J. Abrams is ready to begin work on the sequel to his 2009 smash hit reboot, Star Trek (the first Trek flick to win an Oscar). But the film will not meet its June 29 2012 release date, so Paramount Pictures is giving that release date to G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Currently, Star Trek 2 does not even have a script. Egads!
More from Deadline: Paramount has moved Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol from December 16th to Dec. 21st. Meanwhile, the next Tom Cruise franchise, based upon the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child, is set to launch in February 2013.
We love Simon Pegg. Word is out about a new movie, "A Fantastic Fear of Everything," which has him playing, "a children’s author turned crime novelist whose research into the lives of Victorian serial killers turns him into a paranoid wreck, especially when a Hollywood executive decides he wants to make a film out of his findings."
Movieline has the lineup for the 68th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 31st to September 10th.