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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

April 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Back from break, and catching up with news . . .

So, I’m back, after a few vacation days in windy Chicago and a few furlough days at home reading Edith Wharton (anyone remember if the 1993 movie version of “Ethan Frome” is any good?) and remembering anew that spring in Seattle smells like wet cherry blossoms. So, how are all of you? Seen anything good? While I was away, a lot of stuff happened:
— Good news and bad news on the “Mad Men” front: The good news is that creator Matthew Weiner has finally closed his deal for the show (which includes three seasons, after which Weiner says the show will end) and that production will begin this summer. The bad news: due to the protracted negotiations and ongoing schedules for AMC, “Mad Men” Season 5 won’t premiere until March 2012. This makes me about as cranky as Betty Draper. Go play.
— “The Hunger Games” (which I still haven’t read yet, but patience, patience) has cast two more of its creatively-spelled characters: Peeta will be played by Josh Hutcherson (of “The Kids Are All Right”) and Gale will be played by Liam Hemsworth. Meanwhile, I’m sure Jennifer Lawrence’s hair-dying and archery lessons are proceeding apace.
— A lot of people seem to have gotten worked up over whether Natalie Portman did or didn’t do 80 percent of the dance shots in “Black Swan,” with an Academy voter quoted (in Entertainment Weekly’s print edition) that he or she might not have voted for Portman for Best Actress if she primarily used a dance double. For the record: a) Shouldn’t Oscars be given out for acting, not for dancing (nobody gets upset when actors use voice doubles for singing)? b) It’s not remotely possible to become a professional-level ballerina in the year or so that Portman says she studied ballet — not even close — so I doubt very much that her double is exaggerating when claiming to have done the vast majority of the dance shots; c) Is this whole thing just to drum up interest in the DVD release, which coincidentally just came out?
— Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s apparently not too busy these days, is bringing his cartoon project “The Governator” to the big screen. Ah-nold voices a character who has resigned as the governor of California in order to become a crime-fighting superhero; Larry King voices a recurring role as an investigative reporter. All of this sounds like I’m making it up, doesn’t it?
— Somebody doesn’t die in the last Harry Potter film. Don’t click if you don’t want to know.

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