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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

porn for women; Edward Norton steps down as the Hulk (will David Tennant step up?); more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
Britain’s billion pound box office?

How to Make Porn for Women

Oil Spill Makes Celebrities Out of Reporters

David Slade on directing ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’

Edward Norton Won’t Play Hulk In ‘The Avengers’

Edward Norton Booted From Movie for Not Being “Collaborative”

David Tennant rumoured for Hulk role

Vino with that film?: The Kids Are All Right inspires a cinematic wine list

Harvey Pekar dies at 70; comic book author known for ‘American Splendor’ series

Girls on Film: The Stifled Voice of Lisbeth Salander

12 Things We Learned About Film Criticism From Village Voice Commenters

John Barrowman Wants To Be A Gay Dad On ‘Glee’

Inception sceptics! This way to the cyber gunge-tank

The Trouble With Amazon

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston: DVD gift suggestions on the occasion of their engagement

CNN Closing In on Piers Morgan For 9 PM Slot

Piers Morgan Circa 2008: ‘There’s a Gap’ on American TV for ‘Edgy,’ ‘One-on-One’ Interviews

‘Transformers 3’ to Feature NASCAR Transformers?

How Twilight Offers Fans the Magic Missing from Organized Religion

The Boy With the Dragon Tattoo Crush

Doctor Who exhibition review

Aaron Sorkin to direct John Edwards film

Swiss papers say freeing Polanski shows how rich get special treatment

Box office futures have no future as financial reform passes Senate

In Dreams: Scrutinizing the science of Christopher Nolan’s Inception



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  • uhm… just the headline of the David Tennant/Hulk thing made my stomach flutter. and i’m not a Hulk fan.

  • of course, what i was really hoping for was porn for women made with david tennant.

  • Lisa

    lol ditto

    The Hulk role is a bit of a thankless one. Let’s face it, the film is overcrowded with superheroes and the role’s mostly being a CGI green monster. It might actually hurt his career.

    Kinda rude how they fired Norton, though.

  • Kimberly

    I also thought David Tennant as the Hulk _was_ the porn for women being referred to! Joss Whedon and Robert Downey Jr. will get me to the theater to see Avengers, but I certainly won’t complain if the producers want to try even harder to make me happy.

  • StrangeAgnt

    As much as I’d like to see David Tennant in anything, I really do think Nathan Fillion would be a better choice for Bruce Banner.

  • I’m guessing that Crazy/Beautiful, The Long Weekend and Days of Wine and Roses are not represented on that cinematic wine list. (I’d check myself but I’ll have to wait for a time when the site isn’t loading as slowly as molasses flowing down a New England hill in January.)

  • CB

    I’m actually pretty disappointed by losing Norton, since it was his portrayal of Bruce Banner that made the Hulk movie so good (and so infinitely better than the earlier one with its valium-laced Banner).

    And I was so looking forward to the inevitable scene in Avengers where Downey’s Tony Stark deliberately tries to piss off Norton’s Bruce Banner.

    But it is a thankless role, and frankly I think it’s going to be hard to have so many characters, who in large part are defined in this modern incarnation by their out-of-costume personalities, all on screen at once.

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