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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 24, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Heard any good mumbles lately?

“Jamaica Inn,” the new BBC miniseries version of Daphne du Maurier’s 1930s gothic novel (starring Jessica Brown Findlay, formerly Lady Sybil of “Downton Abbey”), premiered on British television earlier this week, to strong ratings — and a lot of complaints. Apparently more than 2,000 people contacted the network to complain about sound issues; specifically,…

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April 24, 2014 at 11:08 AM

Remembering Marc Platt

Back in 2005, I had the pleasure of meeting a remarkable man at the Port Townsend Film Festival: He was Marc Platt, then in his early 90s, who in his youth was one of the first Americans to dance with the legendary Ballets Russes (he was at the festival with a wonderful documentary about the…

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April 22, 2014 at 10:05 AM

DiCaprio as Steve Jobs?

Well, here’s an interesting little tidbit: The Hollywood Reporter writes today that the long-simmering Steve Jobs biopic — that’s the one scripted by Aaron Sorkin and based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of Jobs, not the movie “Jobs” with Ashton Kutcher last year, which disappeared from theaters quickly — may have a new director and…

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April 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Mad Men Monday: Don & Sally

Welcome back to Mad Men Mondays! And, after a thoughtful but slow-ish start last week, how interesting was last night’s episode? It was Valentine’s Day, and the only “I love you” that we heard came from an unexpected, heartwarming source: Sally, muttering the words to her dad after a drive back to school; an afternoon…

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April 18, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Cannes Film Festival lineup announced

(By the way, my vacation reading last week turned out to be quite prophetic, movie-wise. “Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune” by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. — a fascinating account of a New York heiress and her strange, reclusive life — was…

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April 17, 2014 at 12:47 PM

That ‘Gone Girl’ trailer

Here it is, finally . . . and it looks like a David Fincher film, no? Jury still out on Rosamund Pike (you don’t see much of her in the trailer, and I’m hoping she’s right for both Cool Girl Amy and Psycho Amy, but am not yet sure), but Ben Affleck does, indeed, have…

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April 17, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Jon Hamm + Muppet = well, you know

(OK, I’m back from vacation, and Mad Men Mondays will start right up, this Monday. Just caught up with the opener last night; slow-paced, as “Mad Men” openers tend to be, but rather delicious. Peggy’s last scene KILLED me. We’ll discuss more next week.) Two things this blog is not ashamed to say that it can’t…

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April 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Science Fiction Festival at Cinerama

Cinerama has just announced its second annual Science Fiction Festival, to take place May 1-12 and to feature more than three dozen science fiction classics. A highlight: the world premiere of a new short film called “UFOTOG,” from Douglas Trumbull, the visual-effects wizard behind such films as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Close Encounters of the…

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April 9, 2014 at 1:03 PM

‘Mad Men’: The evolution of Peggy

Alas, P&P friends, Mad Men Mondays will come a little late this season; due to a long-scheduled vacation and some problems communicating with AMC. I’ll be back Thursday, the 17th (though watch this space for a special film-festival-related announcement tomorrow); MMM will have to kick off on Monday the 21st. In the meantime, let’s happily…

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