Something else to be thankful, from the staff of Pixar

I’ve got some shocking news for some of you. You might have heard there are a number of Jews in the entertainment industry. Well, there are also quite a few gay people of both genders. Some of them are, also, Jewish, but that’s neither here nor there. Pixar is probably the single most respected outfit in all of entertainment right now, with an absolutely unprecedented run of combined artistic and commercial success — even Nikki Finke respects them.

Though this video is not CGI animated and features no lovable inanimate objects, it’s no surprise that when the good people of Pixar put together an “It Gets Better” video, it should be extremely engaging and moving. Especially if you are a young person struggling with your sexual identity, please watch this. If you know someone who is, especially with an interest in entertainment, make sure they watch it.

This post is dedicated to an absent childhood friend, my first movie-mad buddy, who might have wound up at Pixar, or some place just as cool, if he’d been able to see something like this.

  

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Oh f*ck, it’s a foul-pixelled end of the week movie news dump

It’s been a personally rather stressful week in a good-news/bad-news kind of a way and Hollywood ain’t doin’ nothing to relax me. And so, we begin with a deep breath…

* The first half of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” will be in a mere 2D. Two dimensions were good enough for Rick Blaine, they’re good enough for Harry. Especially if they really were facing serious technical difficulties, smart move. No studio needs another “Clash of the Titans” fiasco.

* It’s pretty rare that I know for sure I want to see a movie just from simply knowing the topic, the star, and the director, but when it’s a biopic/docudrama about the great-but-homicidal Phil Specter, it’s being directed by David Mamet, and it’s starring Al Pacino, that’s when I know. (Here’s the original NYT post that broke the story, which gives a bit more background on Specter for you youngsters.)

* Classic film lover that I am, I also feel pretty good about “My Week with Marilyn” which has Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, Dougray Scott as her beleaguered husband, playwright Arthur Miller, Kenneth Branagh (who else?) as Laurence Olivier, and Julia Ormond as Vivien Leigh (!) among others. And check out the pic of Ms. Williams/Monroe that’s been circulating all over the net today.

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Aren’t you glad I used that pictures instead of something of Phil “Mr. Fright Wit” Specter or Al Pacino?

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