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Gone, Baby, Gone - The Movie!

The Movie Desk just put an interesting item into my hands. Apparently I am booked for October 19th. Why? Because that is the day that Gone, Baby, Gone will premiere in limited release... of course if limited release means to initially exclude Rochester from this opening I won't be booked.... but you get the point.

This is my favorite of the Dennis Lehane's Gennaro/Kenzie series... a series I hope Lehane returns to one day. It needs a good two book closer, but alas I don't think so.

I am fascinated to see if writer-director Ben Affleck can pull this off. From a book standpoint everything thing, every story, every character in some way relates to the fallout from Darkness, Take My Hand. The eighties had The Red Dragon, the nineties had Darkness Take My Hand.

I was at a signing..... at what seems like a dozen years ago.... where Mr. Lehane mentioned he wanted Ray Liotta to play Patrick and Annabella Sciorra for Angie. Those are great choices.... but Affleck chose his baby brother Casey Affleck and Michelle Monaghan to assail the roles. I like Casey.... good choice. Ms. Monaghan is bit of a mystery. I don't know her work except for the exceptional in all regards, Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.

The film finished filming in August of 2006, and rumor has it that the release is being held for Oscar considerations.

Other than this admittedly 'Fall' release I am only looking forward to the Oceans 13 and The Bourne Ultimatum. The Movie Desk is not really doing a good job of keeping me excited about the Summer releases, but then maybe there is not that much to get excited about.

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