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Film: epilogue?

August 8, 2008

So, there hasn’t been a whole lot of activity on this blog recently.  I haven’t seen any new movies since “The Dark Knight,” although I have watched “Seven Samurai” and “Serenity” a good three times each.

I’ve got three days of work left for the wine company, as I am simultaneously stepping up to the plate as Lifeline Editor for CM Life for the fall.  Lovely Lalita Chemello was going to take the job, but unforeseen circumstances brought the position to my lap.

I’ve kind of been scrambling to put together a game plan as an editor, as I’ve been executing this theoretical–and at many times nonexistent–plan.  I need a heroic man of action, or a totally badass reporter to come in and save the day.

Either way, where’s Robert Redford when you need him?

With the new year, it’s sounding like CM Life will be adopting new blogs as well.  Yes, blogs, with an “s”.

Instead of this current cumbersome system where everything is posted on one page, we will likely have dedicated blogs for sports, news, entertainment, and other, even more specialized categories.  Nothing is completely solidified yet, but there’s some cool stuff coming down the pipeline.

Either way, I want to thank everybody who has supported and read this blog throughout its months of life.

All, like, ten of you.

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One last order of business before we board up the windows here at cmlife.wordpress.com, I want to talk about Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Bastards.”

A World War II “group on a mission” adventure movie, Tarantino has been writing the script for the better part of ten years.

When he decided to go ahead and make Kill Bill, it was “Inglorious Bastards” that got set on the backburner so Q could develop that script.

When he decided to make the superlative “Death Proof” as part of his and Robert Rodriguez’s “Grindhouse,” it was again “Bastards” that got set aside, with promises to fans that it would be coming.

Apparently, it has become a far bigger story than what he initially planned.

A few months ago, there was news that the script was finished, and the lucky few who got to read it were overwhelmingly positive.  Although really, one has to really make a steaming turd to get anything less than glowing recommendations from Aintitcool’s Harry Knowles.

Although the story has changed in the decade it’s been in development, the gist of it seems to be about an Army lieutenant who puts together a group of eight Jewish-American soldiers to take out a group of evil Nazis, while a young Jewish woman seeks revenge against the same Nazis for the death of her parents.

The whole bloody affair is finally coming together, with a cast starting to emerge, and Tarantino, the Weinstein Company, and Universal announcing a projected date of October 13 to start filming.

Over the past few years, the cast has been rumored to include everybody from Bruce Willis and Sylvester Stallone to Tarantino standbys Michael Madsen and Tim Roth.

Well, Variety has cast developments as of yesterday. Brad Pitt is contractually locked, cocked, and ready to rock (doc) as Lt. Aldo Raine, a Tennessee hillbilly who puts together and leads the eight soldiers.

The only other officially announced castmember at this point is “Hostel” director Eli Roth as Donnie Donowitz, a soldier on the “Bastards” squad who has an affinity for using a baseball bat.

Other rumored castmembers include “Hot Fuzz” star Simon Pegg, David Krumholtz of TV’s “Numb3rs,” and B.J. Novak, probably better known as Ryan on “The Office.”

Tarantino is planning to have “Inglorious Bastards” completed for screeing at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009, which means we are all probably be going to get our faces rocked off by this (pleasebegoodpleasebegoodpleasebegood) in the late summer or fall of next year, if all goes according to plan.

And who’s to say it will?  I mean, it’s taken ten years to get the bloody thing in front of a camera.

See you when I know what the heck is going on.  The new blog’s (or blogs’) address(es) will be posted here when i know anything.

–Brad Canze, the CM Life Movie Dude LIFELINE EDITOR