Roger Ebert Needs Help From Viewers Like You, and 6 Other Stories You'll Be Talking About Today

roger_ebert_300.jpgHappy Monday! Also in today's edition of The Broadsheet: A major Hollywood player isn't as major as it thought... Matt Dillon and Julia Stiles find Pleasure with Mike Figgis and Neil LaBute... Miley Cyrus heads off to Transylvania... A few scat-ttered thoughts (ahem)... and more.

· Roger Ebert wrote Sunday that he and his wife Chaz can no longer underwrite Ebert Presents At the Movies, the syndicated public-TV revival of his classic show with Gene Siskel. If they cannot round up enough funds by the end of December to keep the lights on, then that'll be curtains for the Eberts and co-hosts Christy Lemire and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky. The commenters are suggesting a Kickstarter campaign, which I'd agree seems the best shot, though moving it to the Web seems an imminent reality as well. Millionaires, leave your contact details in the comments, I suppose. [Roger Ebert's Journal]

· Nothing like a little Monday morning nihilism! Try this look at the Hollywood travails of Reliance Entertainment, the Indian conglomerate whose infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars into such interests as DreamWorks and talent including Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks and Brad Pitt has yielded just about nothing in the way of dividends in three years. Welcome to the neighborhood! [The Wrap]

· This sounds interesting: An AFM title making the rounds called Seconds of Pleasure, adapted by Neil LaBute from his own novel, directed by Mike Figgis, and starring Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks in "a series of intimate and emotionally charged events that occur among a small group of people traveling together on a trans-Atlantic flight from Chicago to London." [Deadline]

· And not to be outdone, Miley Cyrus has signed on to the animated Hotel Transylvania. She'll provide the voice of Mavis, the sheltered daughter of monster-resort proprietor Dracula (voiced by Adam Sandler). [EW]

· Before you totally write off The Human Centipede II (but maybe a while after you've eaten breakfast), credit it with sparking this thought-provoking, much-needed essay on big-screen scat: "Once it was sex that was covert and unspeakable. Now, that's been stripped of its mystery: in the movies, we get it in every conceivable form, including the real thing. Yet you're not likely to see a screen hero take an actual dump any time soon." [The Guardian]

· Mere months before Andy Rooney died this weekend at 92, Chuck Klosterman approached the 60 Minutes commentator to sit for an interview. Rebuffed, Klosterman settled instead for this remembrance, which is a fine substitute. [Grantland]

· What's shakin' in North Korea? Oh, not much, just envisioning the security challenges and regional defense scenarios upon the eventual collapse of the country's regime. Now that's a growth industry -- someone alert Reliance Entertainment. [38North]



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