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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

February 10, 2011 at 11:31 AM

Surviving Bieber fever; more movie news

Last night, at the screening for “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never,” I learned what a “Bieber manicure” is — apparently the kid has his own line of nail polish, in various purples. I didn’t get a manicure; nor did I participate in “Bieber Karaoke,” nor did I write Justin a postcard, in purple ink, to tell him how much I luv him. Nonetheless, numerous tween girls enjoyed all these activities, as well as the movie. I enjoyed watching them have fun, which is not quite the same thing as having fun yourself, and was particularly tickled by a pre-movie event in which the audience was asked, by a radio person with a microphone, to share some “awesome Justin Bieber moments.” One girl, in her story, pulled off the uncanny feat of mentioning Bieber, “Twilight” and Facebook in one sentence, which I thought was a pretty impressive teen trifecta. (Something about getting Bieber concert tickets while in Forks taking a “Twilight” tour with somebody she friended on Facebook? The details are murky. “Never Say Never” has that kind of effect on a grownup.) Oh, the movie? It’s a fan video. The audience for this movie knows who they are.
Anyway, back in the world of movies that don’t revolve around weird 3D concert sequences, today Deadline reports that “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” has a new director du jour. David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) was originally set to do it, and dropped out (but not before writing a script), then Mike White had the job, and now it might be Craig Gillespie (“Fight Night”). But no deal yet. I haven’t read this book (except for a few pages scanned in the bookstore), but think it’s a funny idea. We shall see. Meanwhile, two dueling Snow White movies are racing into production (Julia Roberts just signed as the Evil Queen in one of them); the on-again-off-again Baz Luhrmann “Great Gatsby” now looks like it’s on; and if you want to see an early shot of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” click here. It’s just not much fun having an awards season without Meryl in it, is it?

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