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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

August 13, 2010 at 11:00 AM

News roundup; and, what do “Eat Pray Love” and “The Expendables” have in common?

It’s a sunny Friday, and I wouldn’t mind slipping out of here (though, as usual, I’m slipping out to go to a movie), but before I do, some miscellaneous news from all over:
— Wondering what “Eat Pray Love” and “The Expendables” have in common, other than a release date? Wonder no more. On the list: heroes in existential crisis (apparently Stallone’s character says his “belief in the soul [is] all dried up”), excessive chastity, interesting headgear and Friends Who Cry While Talking About the Really Bad Thing They Did That One Time.
— Want to know where the split will be between the two halves of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”? Really want to know? Click here. Me, I’m just hoping they cut most of the camping trip out.
— Jon M. Chu, who directed “Step Up 3D,” will direct the upcoming 3D Justin Bieber biopic. I have nothing more to say about this news, because it makes my head hurt.
— Warner Bros. is going old-school for one of its next live action/CGI family features: It’ll star Bugs Bunny.
— John Slattery, who so deliciously plays Roger (“Ever Get Three Sheets To the Wind And Try That Thing On?”) Sterling on “Mad Men,” directed the episode to air on Sunday night. It’s his first directing gig, and apparently he did a good job — series creator Matthew Weiner asked him to direct another episode later this season. He talked to New York Magazine about the experience (“You know, Matt rewrites everything”) — and we’ll talk about the episode, on Monday morning. See you then.

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