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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

April 23, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Giamatti gets a leading role, and more movie news

Who doesn’t root for Paul Giamatti? He’s a former Seattleite (not from here, but he lived here and did local theater in the early ’90s) and an actor who’s always terrific in the supporting roles he usually plays. And, when he gets a lead role, he’s always a revelation. I know not everybody loved “Sideways” (my dad couldn’t even get past the first half-hour), but I thought Giamatti’s Miles was one of the most complex, heartbreaking characters I’d seen on screen in a long time. So it’s always great to hear that Giamatti’s has landed another leading role: He’ll star in “Barney’s Version,” based on the final novel by Mordecai Richler. Filming will begin in August.
In other news, the “Twilight” franchise has signed its third director in three films. David Slade, who previously directed “Hard Candy” and “30 Days of Night,” will take charge of the popular vampire franchise by directing the third film in the trilogy, “Eclipse”; maybe he can do something about that Glitter Glue problem they were having in the first film. Meanwhile, Chris Weitz is at work on the second film “New Moon,” currently filming and coping with Twi-hard fans north of the border. And Kevin Macdonald, who directed the very entertaining newspapers-meet-politics drama “State of Play” currently in theaters, has signed to direct a film version of Isaac Asimov’s 1955 novel “The End of Eternity.”

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