To start off your week:
- Not to be confused with this year's upcoming thriller called The Wreck, there is a British drama of the same name coming from David Rocksavage, who penned the script along with Margaret Glover. The film will star Jean Simmons (double Oscar nominee for The Happy Ending and Hamlet) as an elderly widower named Hannah, who becomes close with a young man who brings her pot to ease the pain of an on-going illness. However, things get tense when her son (James Wilby of period pieces like Gosford Park) comes to visit and questions the young man's motives -- damn drugged hippies! Add an ex-male model, Jamie Dornan, who I assume will be the young stranger, and you've got a pretty interesting cast list.
- If you're one of those people that can never get to the film fests, you might want to check out the Independent Features Festival. Instead of a star-studded locale, there are more than 200 films, full-length and short, that can be seen online and voted on -- all from the comfort of your couch, bed, toilet, office chair or wherever else you choose to watch them on. Winners will be shown at New York's Tribeca Cinemas next month and the top prize gets a premiere and distribution deal. One of the films in the running is a documentary short called The Tehuacan Project, which is about a Mexican school for the deaf that is narrated by Adrien Brody and executive-produced by Brad Pitt.
- Finally, Michael Moore is finally opening his mouth about Manufacturing Dissent, the recent documentary made about him. One of the accusations in the film is that he actually has interview footage with Roger Smith for Roger & Me -- a doc that was all about how Moore couldn't get an interview. According to The Guardian, Moore says: "Anybody who says that is a f-cking liar. If I'd gotten an interview with him, why wouldn't I put it in the film? Any exchange with Roger Smith would have been valuable." (He does admit to talking to Smith at a meeting before the film, but he says that it was unrelated to the doc.) He went on to say: "I'm so used to listening to the stuff people say about me, it just becomes entertainment for me at this point." Personally, I'd rather have him take on the accusations. It would follow what he is so adamant about on-screen, and could potentially help quash qualms about the integrity of his work.