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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

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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April 4, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Meryl Streep to sing again

Everyone knows that Meryl Streep can sing — but she’ll be doing more of it than usual in her next few films. She’ll warble some Sondheim as the Witch in “Into the Woods,” due out this Christmas, and now she’s in talks to star in “Ricki and the Flash,” a drama about a woman…

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April 1, 2014 at 11:10 AM

A ‘Harry Potter’ musical?

In keeping with the constant interest in all things Hogwarts, plans have been announced today for “Harry Potter: The Musical,” a feature film now in its early stages of development. A producer, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that his group was originally working on a musical version of “Downton Abbey,” which was constantly…

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March 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

One last visit to ‘Les Mis’

There’s something utterly irresistible about the way Neil Patrick Harris and Jason Segel love to perform “Confrontation” from “Les Miserables.” They’ve done it before, and did it again last week, on “Inside the Actors Studio” as their fellow “How I Met Your Mother” cast members looked on: How much fun are they having? (This is,…

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