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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

November 20, 2009 at 12:27 PM

News flash: Movie popcorn is bad for you. And, it’s raining.

Well, this arrived just in time to make me feel bad about consuming that enormous bag of popcorn at “New Moon” the other night. (Hey, it was my dinner.) But seriously, was anyone out there thinking that movie popcorn was nutritious? I eat it all the time, under no illusions — though I do pretend that not adding the scary “buttery” topping makes it, if not good, at least not as bad as it might be. And I’m wondering when the nutritionist quoted in the story last went to a movie theater, if she thinks that the popcorn counter and the candy counter are two different places.
While we’re talking about movie food on this rainy Friday, here’s a question: Anyone tried the new chicken nuggets at Pacific Place? I saw a sign advertising them the other day, but didn’t have nerve to try them; nor have I sampled the egg rolls at the Meridian. Neither seem like they would go well with popcorn. (Little-known fact, shared with me by several Pacific Place employees: You can carry in your own food — but only if it’s from one of the Pacific Place restaurants.)
And finally, on this black-and-white day, here’s a black-and-white clip that’s sure to cheer. It’s Ginger Rogers singing “Let Yourself Go,” a 1936 song I was happy to hear just yesterday on the soundtrack to Richard Linklater’s charming new film “Me and Orson Welles” (opening in Seattle Dec. 11). The song, irresistibly catchy, was written by Irving Berlin for “Follow the Fleet,” from which this clip was taken. Watch it and smile, and have a nice weekend.

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