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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

December 22, 2010 at 12:20 PM

SJP in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” and other movie news

Odds and ends, for a quiet day . . .
— Sarah Jessica Parker, a charming performer who’s nonetheless made some truly awful movies lately (“Sex and the City 2,” “Did You Hear About the Morgans”) will star in the screen version of Allison Pearson’s comic novel “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” The book, a huge bestseller in England, is the first-person tale of a frazzled woman trying to balance motherhood with a corporate career. Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn, Seth Meyers, Kelsey Grammer and Pierce Brosnan are also in the cast; Doug McGrath (“Infamous”) will direct. Sounds like the book’s being Americanized for the movie; a shame (I loved the Britishness of it), but we’ll see. Shooting starts next month.
— Charles Portis, who wrote the 1968 novel on which “True Grit” is based (and if you haven’t read it, you’re in for a treat), is still alive and well and ignoring requests for interviews. (He doesn’t use email, declines interview requests, and shuns photographs, says the New York Times.) So if you’re wondering what he thinks about the Coen brothers’ new movie, wonder in vain. Sounds like an interesting guy, though.
— MovieLine today posts a slideshow about the MPAA ratings board’s top debacles of the year, including some we all know (“Blue Valentine”) and some less publicized. (The board banned a little-known movie’s poster, because it showed a child holding a weapon, yet was fine with the poster of “Kick-Ass,” which essentially shows the exact same thing.) Me, I’ve been finding a lot of unexpected humor in the MPAA’s ratings this year, such as the description of “Little Fockers” as “mature sexual humor” (not sure what “mature sexual humor” is, but take my word for it, “Little Fockers” isn’t it), and its warning to the parents of America that “Alice in Wonderland” contains “a smoking catepillar.”

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