* So Charlie Kaufman did some sciprt work for the Kung Fu Panda sequel? This confuses me.
* Samuel L. Jackson says there will be a SHIELD movie after The Avengers. I really don’t see the point in this. These setups for The Avengers are becoming a distraction in the Iron Man sequel and after the credits to both Iron Man 2 and Incredible Hulk. I don’t see any reason to make a movie about the unit that forms The Avengers after it's all said and done.
* Regardless, I am getting more and more excited for The Avengers.
* Jonah Hex looks absurd.
* George Clooney’s new film, The American, looks like an interesting suspense thriller set in Italy. It reminds me of a John Frankenheimer movie. But it seems like Clooney is falling into the acting pattern of the morally-compromised character he plays in Michael Clayton and Syriana and, to an extent, Up in the Air.
* John Frankenheimer was a pretty good director. Ronin is a very underrated movie.
* Darren Aronofsky is a busy dude. He is finishing up Black Swan, he is planning a Jackie Kennedy picture, and now he is trying to get a project going again with Brad Pitt. Fine by me.
* Why is Amanda Seyfried going for all these sappy Nicolas Sparks films and Sparks knockoffs? She is a pretty amazing young talent in my opinion; she needs to take on something heavy, like she did a few seasons ago in Big Love.
* The Inception hype machine is picking up steam fast and furious. I enjoy the hype, but I try and distance from it. I learned a long time ago to not watch clips and read early reviews and stalk movies online that I was supremely excited for. When you do this, you will inevitably be let down by the final product, regardless of how good or bad it really is. You’ve simply invested so much time and energy into preparing for the experience, there is nowhere to go but down. This worked for me with The Dark Knight a few years back, There Will Be Blood the year before, surely it will work this summer.
* That being said… 63 Days until Inception.