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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

February 20, 2015 at 4:30 AM

Blogs relocating

Hello, dear P & P reader . . . as you may have noticed, seattletimes.com has undergone some changes and many of the blogs have moved. You can now find all of the content formerly known as Popcorn & Prejudice right here  — as well as my latest live chat. Come on over! Moira

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February 19, 2015 at 12:44 PM

Oscar nominees: by the numbers

As we count down to Oscar night (don’t forget: live chats here at noon Friday, and starting at 4pm on Sunday), a few stats about the Academy Award nominees: Best Picture nominees, in order of box office: “American Sniper,” $304 million “The Imitation Game,” $80 million “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” $59 million “Selma,” $48 million “Birdman,” $36 million “The Theory of Everything,”…

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February 19, 2015 at 10:21 AM

Oscar night: What’s in a name?

Oscar night is coming upon us . . . and I’m being overwhelmed by emails from various publicists and media outlets suggesting fabulous and not-so-fabulous angles for stories. But here’s one, from Whitepages, that tickled me: They’ve gone through their database of 600 million phone numbers to find out how many people have names that…

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February 18, 2015 at 9:45 AM

Stylish thrills: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

I don’t post trailers here too often, but this one has so many things that intrigue me: Guillermo del Toro, fabulous period costumes, “Pan’s Labyrinth”-ish creatures, stylish horror, creepy old houses, moody piano playing, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam . . . bring it on. “Crimson Peak” opens in theaters just in…

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February 12, 2015 at 10:47 AM

A romantic-movie sampler, for Valentine’s Day

Looking for something to watch on Valentine’s weekend, with the one you love? Here are a handful of suggestions. I love all of these movies, but maybe have left out your favorite; chime in with a comment if you’d like to add a title. Happy Valentine’s Day, all! Romantic Comedies Oh, so many. Tried and true: “Clueless,”…

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February 9, 2015 at 9:44 AM

‘Boyhood,’ ‘Birdman’ mix up Oscar race over weekend

As so often happens during the weeks leading up to the Oscars, the acting categories have turned into a slam-dunk: If anyone other than Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette wins an acting Oscar this year, it’ll be labelled an upset. Yawn. However . . . the other big awards (best picture,…

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February 6, 2015 at 4:12 PM

Remembering Stewart Stern

Very sad news this week: Stewart Stern, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who’s lived in Seattle for several decades, died Monday at the age of 92. Among his credits were “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Rachel, Rachel,” “Teresa,” and the TV movies “Sybil” and “A Christmas to Remember.” Since moving here in the ’80s, he’s become known to…

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