Everyone's favorite bit of news of the past 24 hours or so has to be the casting of Werner Herzog as the bad guy in Christopher McQuarrie's upcoming Tom Cruise vehicle, One Shot. Also on board: Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo, Richard Jenkins, Alexia Fast and Jai Courtney. At this point, there are only a few more details to know, but the Playlist's Kevin Jagernauth's got them.
Fox has greenlit an hour-long single-camera comedy by Joel and Ethan Coen and screenwriter Phil Johnston (Cedar Rapids). Lesley Goldberg in the Hollywood Reporter: "The Imagine TV project, the brothers' first foray into television, revolves around a touchy Los Angeles private investigator — and his deadbeat friends in El Segundo — whose cases frequently force him to cross paths with a who's who of Hollywood."
"Paramount is on board to co-finance Darren Aronofsky's Noah with New Regency, and shooting is set to kick off in Spring 2012," reports Anne Thompson. And yes, this is the story of that Noah.
Fine writing on recently released DVDs: Michael Atkinson on Ingmar Bergman's Face to Face (1976, out from Olive Films), Bilge Ebiri on Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò (1975, Criterion), Dave Kehr on Elio Petri's The 10th Victim (1965, Blue Underground) and Victor Sjöström's The Phantom Carriage (1921, Criterion) and Dennis Lim on Treasures 5: The West, 1898-1938 (National Film Preservation Foundation).
Raúl Ruiz's 1993 short Las Soledades is now available on a Region 0 DVD. Original Spanish with English subtitles.
"The theme for this season of Flaherty NYC at 92YTribeca is Snapshots: Tourism in Cinema, exploring documentary as a form of tourism, of the filmmaker as an outsider looking at a place through the gaze of the outsider." The season opens tonight with Michael Powell's and Emeric Pressburger's Gone to Earth (1950) and Paul Clipson's Union (2010).
Viewing (2'34"). Frederick Wiseman tells the NYT's Mekado Murphy why he concentrates on institutions.