Cutting Room for March 23

  • I think I accidentally mentally combined the two events that Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) have planned for April 1 to June 16. They’re doing another installment of two film series: “Forever Young Family and Children’s Series” and “Great Directors.” But I’m pretty sure that kids won’t be rushing to see 8 1/2 and that Pete’s Dragon wasn’t a Fellini movie (although I wish it was). For accurate lists of when each series will be showing what, I recommend checking the site and not asking me, as I’m likely to suggest you take the family to go see Satyricon.

  • Attack the Block, a flick in which urban British youth fight aliens, is getting rave reviews and sparking an interesting discussion: Do the thick accents the kids sport warrant subtitles for the wide release? A legion of moviegoers are prone to grab a pitchfork and torch at the thought of reading during movies. However, the potential of hearing “what did he say?” a thousand times and the fact that I have no allergic reaction to seeing words on a screen leaves me hoping they slap some text on this bad boy. Regardless, it’s an interesting discussion, no?

  • Magic Kingdom has been described as Night at the Museum in Disneyland, or as I summarize it, “Oh God … please … no!” But the first draft was written by Ron Moore, who made millions love the reboot of Battlestar Galactica. Now comes word that the rewrite duties will be handled by Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon. This is like that one time that a Nobel Prize-winning physicist made me a sandwich at Subway.

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Cutting Room for March 9

  • Close friends of mine are afraid of birds. Those folks should prepare to be terrified, as Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater is taking your feathered nemeses one terrifying step further. Ghost Bird, a documentary about the discovery of the long-extinct ivory-billed woodpecker, should be intimidating to avian-phobes on title alone. On March 15, a collaboration with the Nebraska Chapter of the Nature Conservancy will result in a discussion following a screening of the film. For tickets, check out filmstreams.org, but let me save some of you time at the Q&A: No, they are not all “out to get you.” You just smell like bread.

  • When Alcon Entertainment, a Warner Brothers-based production company, snapped up rights to make prequels or sequels to Blade Runner, fans collectively had a tiny mouth regurgitation. Thankfully, they’re at least saying the right things, as Alcon producer Andrew Kosove said they would love to have Christopher Nolan direct an installment. While this is the equivalent of sitting on a mall-Santa’s lap and asking for a bicycle, at least their heart is in the right place.

  • JJ Abrams just cast Jesus. Well, that is to say Abrams and buddy Jonah Nolan (Chris’s brother… and original creator for the concept of Memento) have cast Jim Caviezel (the Christ from The Passion of the Christ) as the lead in “Person of Interest,” their new TV pilot. Also starring Michael Emerson (“Lost”), I am officially a person interested in this show.

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Cutting Room for March 2

  • Of all the ways to stuff a piggy bank, a discussion with director Steven Soderbergh is the most enjoyable way to plug the pork. Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) turned Feature III, their annual can’t-miss fundraising gala, into a wickedly profitable venture. The event raised more than $217,000 and some interesting questions regarding Soderbergh’s retirement. Soderbergh told the crowd, “I just need to step out. I’ve been running really fast in a certain direction for a while, and I want to change.” Unquestionably, retirement for the brilliant filmmaker doesn’t mean part-time shifts as a Wal-Mart greeter, but it doesn’t sound like he’s abandoning us altogether. Big bucks for a brilliant nonprofit art house and confirmation that we may not lose Soderbergh forever? That’s double money.

  • Viggo Mortensen may encourage you to kneel before him, as the latest rumors have the oft-hilariously-mustachioed thespian on the short list to play General Zod, Superman’s fellow Kryptonian nemesis in the upcoming reboot. Now that casting is super, man. Sorry, that had to be done.

  • After years of rumor, it looks like Quentin Tarantino is finally following through on a bloody promise, as he’s booked Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair for a week at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. Packed with additional animation and other tiny bits and changes, the theatrical release of the staggering two-part opus into one massive endeavor may mean a DVD release after all. About bloody time.

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