Cutting Room for December 14

  • If you’ve got the “I don’t know what to do with these in-laws visiting for the holidays” blues, you can thank Santa for the gift of Film Streams (filmstreams.org). The Ruth Sokolof Theater has some great events that just may bail you out of those awkward conversational pauses and disapproving backhanded compliments. First up, on Dec 15 at 7 pm, the “Silents in Concert” series concludes with a screening of The General, which will be accompanied by pianist Jim Boston of the Great Plains Ragtime Society. Then, starting Dec 17 and running through the 29th, It’s a Wonderful Life will hit the screen, bringing ample opportunity for loved ones to demonstrate their terrible Jimmy Stewart impression.  
  • If you loved Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I have good news for you…provided you don’t loathe literacy. The film was actually based on a book by James Sallis, who has just written a sequel to his original novel, which will be called “Driven.” So if you want to see more adventures of the handsomest scorpion-jacket wearing semi-mute, you’ll find them between the covers!
  • Despite the fact that it’s not all that old, Lionsgate has announced that they’re already remaking American Psycho, the film that took Christian Bale from Newsie to “who’s he?” Although technically it will be another film based on the book and not a true remake, that’s a distinction reserved only for those looking to not offend die-hard fans of the original. Because if there’s a group of die-hard fans you don’t want to offend, it’s those who love something with “psycho” in the title.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for December 7

  • Who knew Tom Cruise and Batman were tight? The miniature scientologist is going to get a huge box office bounce from a bat, as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will be preceded by a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises. But there’s a catch. No, you don’t have to swear allegiance to Xenu, but you do have to see it in “true” IMAX. Thankfully, AMC Oakview 24 (amctheaters.com) has a screen that made the cut. Which is great news for a legion of folks out there, as seeing this footage is literally the second most anticipated moment of their technically adult lives.
  • I make no apologies for my unabashed love of Starship Troopers, the only reason God gave us Casper Van Dien. But it is with a mixed heart that I announce to you that Neil Moritz, producer of all 57 Fast and Furious movies, has commissioned work to begin on a remake. Capturing the weird blend of fascist parody, B-movie violence and Denise Richard’s heaving bosom was catching lightning in a bottle the first time around. I breathlessly hope it can happen again.
  •  Because he’s too busy making multiple movies with Terrence Malick, Christian Bale will not play the title character in director Darren Aronfsky’s Noah. This news comes as a disappointment for all those who envisioned animals marching two-by-two directed by a guy who sounds like he has an angry head cold. Instead, Michael Fassbender may be hearing whispers from the lord, as the in-demand actor is reportedly being offered the part. Personally, I think a Fassbender is worth two bales, but that’s old testament math.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for November 30

  • Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) must want to join Dundee Theatre (dundeetheatre.com) on the nice list this year, as the theater has also added Santa’s Cool Holiday Festival to their lineup for Dec 15-18. Chock full of quirky goodness, including the hallucinatory holiday cookie that is Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, this exciting blend of merriment and puzzlement is sure to become an annual ritual more fun than hanging stockings and less fun than chugging near-expired eggnog.
  • Actions speak louder than words, but numbers speak louder than verbs. So here’s some eye-popping stats provided by a recent study published by USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Women bought more than 50% of domestic movie tickets in 2009, but represented only 32.8% of speaking roles in those movies. Yipes. Even worse, women made up only 21.6% of producers, 13.5% of writers and an astounding 3.9% of the directors. The study is jam-packed full of depressing info like that, all of which begs the question: when will Hollywood knock it the hell off?
  • Technically, this is more TV news than movie news, but I’m invoking an executive order that gives me jurisdiction over all Muppet-related information. The Jim Henson Company has just sold NBC a new human/puppet show called “The New Nabors.” It’s a single-camera comedy about a human family who gets puppet neighbors. This in no way takes the sting and shame away from NBC’s decision to bench the best show on television, “Community,” at midseason, but it is a nice first attempt an apology. Now, put these shows on back-to-back, and all is forgiven.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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