Ratatouille may be one of the year's highest grossing movies. It may have a higher Metascore than Pulp Fiction, Raging Bull, and Schindler's List. But, as the New York Times asks this morning, does it really have a shot at a nomination for a Best Picture Oscar?
A Carrey Carol:Jim Carrey will play Ebenezer Scrooge plus the three ghosts who haunt him through the dual miracles of performance capture technology and his own rubbery face in Robert Zemeckis's A Christmas Carol for Disney. Anyone who goes to see this movie deserves what he gets.
The Beat links to an amazing pop-culture artifact: a 1938 rejection letter from Disney to a woman looking for a job as an animator. Printed on gorgeous Snow White stationery, the letter lays out the company's policy in brutal detail:
With Ratatouille hitting No. 1 on the box-office charts this past weekend — though its $47 million take notably fell short of the openings of past Pixar hits Cars and Monsters, Inc. — animator and comics artist Michael Gagné sheds light on one tiny but delightful aspect of the film.
Amid all the Live Free or Die Hard hoopla, it's been easy to forget there's another potential box-office monster opening this week: Ratatouille, the newest film from Pixar, the geniuses who have delivered a nearly uninterrupted string of artistic and commercial triumphs since 1995's Toy Story.
Ratner on Hef: Director Brett Ratner will direct Playboy, a biopic of Hugh Hefner, for Universal. Brian Grazer's Imagine will produce, and John Hoffman is writing. Ratner's first-ever visit to the Playboy Mansion last week convinced the aging Hef that the auteur behind Rush Hour was the man to tell the story of Playboy's part in the cultural revolutions of the sixties. We just hope Ratner remembers to put boobs in it! [Variety]