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Super-8 Movie Madness is teaming up with Roger’s Reels and The National Children’s Cancer Society for the third annual Super-8 Children’S Cancer Fundraiser Movie Madness which takes place Tuesday December 3rd at The Way out Club. The cover charge is $4.00 and all of that money will be donated to the St. Louis-based National Children’s Cancer Society.
Roger will be bringing by three 16mm prints from his collection of classic TV sitcoms to share. They are episodes of: Happy Days: “Fonzie’s Hero”, I Love Lucy: “Lucy Meets Superman” with special guest star George Reeves, and The Andy Griffith Show: “Barney and the Choir”, considered one of the best episodes of that beloved show.
The Super-8 Sound films (condensed from features, they average 15 minutes in length) to also be projected on a large screen December 3rd are: Bette Midler in The Rose, Phantasm, Gene Hackman in The French Connection, »
- Tom Stockman
Live Athletics: Diamond League, Rome
Round five of the elite athletics series. All eyes, and cameraphones, will be trained as ever on the loping figure of Usain Bolt who, despite recently recording his worst ever 100m final time – a measly 10.09, though he did win the race – is still the man to beat. Elsewhere, Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix competes in the 200m, while British hopes include Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m, Shara Proctor in the long jump, and Steven Lewis in the pole vault. Gwilym Mumford
The search is on for Britain's Ultimate Shopper, a title that will surely put an end to fears about the dearth of genuine talent on reality TV. »
- Gwilym Mumford, Bim Adewunmi, David Stubbs, Rachel Aroesti, Ben Arnold, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier
A new scheme encourages patients to watch their favourite film while under local anaesthetic. Here are some to steer clear of
A pioneering scheme has been launched at Peterborough City Hospital that encourages older patients undergoing certain orthopedic operations to watch their favourite movie during surgery. The idea is to keep them relaxed while their procedure is carried out under spinal block anesthesia. Consultant anaesthetist Dr Richard Griffiths (top marks for a topical cinema name, there) reports recent requests for The Sound of Music and Dirty Dancing. On the surface, it seems a winner: the hospital saves on sedation costs; the public can expand their cinephilia (and avoid the risks of a general anaesthetic). But anyone with a collection of more than three DVDs will know that they have a way of slipping into the wrong box. Here are five movies to check you're not inadvertently watching as you go under the knife. »
- Catherine Shoard
Geneviève Bujold is back: Canadian Screen Awards 2013 [See previous post: "Canadian Screen Awards: Oscar-Nominated War Witch Tops."] In addition to War Witch‘s Rachel Mwanza, the Canadian Screen Awards 2013 Best Actress nominees are Evelyne Brochu for Inch’allah, Marilyn Castonguay for L’Affaire Dumont, Suzanne Clément for Laurence Anyways, and Geneviève Bujold for Still Mine. In the Michael McGowan-directed drama based on real-life events, the veteran Bujold plays farmer James Cromwell tough-but-ailing wife whose physical frailty sets in motion the film’s plot: Cromwell’s desire to build a better, more comfortable house for Bujold pits him against government inspector Jonathan Potts. (Photo: Geneviève Bujold, James Cromwell Still Mine.) The Montreal-born Geneviève Bujold is best known for her Hollywood movies: Charles Jarrott’s Best Picture Academy Award nominee Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), which earned Bujold a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Anne Boleyn; Mark Robson’s Earthquake, playing Charlton Heston »
- Andre Soares
Anybody who has ever been to a high school reunion (and I’ve been to my share) will tell you that the calendar and the clock can be incredibly cruel (particularly when combined with the long-term effects of gravity, but let’s not go there).
Time punishes creative works as well. Some work grows dated, stale, stiff. Time and the evolving form of the given art leaves a once vibrant and exciting work behind looking dead and obsolete.
More cruel, perhaps, is work that is simply…forgotten. Not for any good reason. Good as it was, maybe it was simply not successful enough to lodge very deeply in the popular consciousness; working well enough in its day, but soon lost among the ever-growing detritus of a lot of other pieces of yesterday.
Movie music is particularly vulnerable to the cruelties of time. Outside of the form’s devotees, it rarely »
- Bill Mesce
The Good Wife practically dared you to keep up with its weird plots and circumstances this week, and for those who were game, it was a fruitful trip into the cuckoo. Alicia had to spring our kooky lawyer pal Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston) out of the pokey after she'd been arrested on overblown charges. Diane and Will took over for Elsbeth on a case concerning a young Olympic runner who tests positive for doping thanks to her aborted pregnancy, which she conducted in secret using mifepristone that produced a misleading test result. Because the runner doesn't want her abortion revealed, Will and Diane essentially have to lie in order to win the case. Ah, morals! Always sucks to abandon them for the sake of a weepy athlete. And of course, Eli put out more dumb fires for Peter while Peter learned a bit about how he treats his staff. Educational! »
6 items from 2013
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