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

April 11, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Bits and pieces — and a “Superman” villain

— Michael Shannon, so very good in “Revolutionary Road,” “The Runaways” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” (and, by the way, R.I.P. to Sidney Lumet, and if you haven’t seen this icy 2007 crime thriller — made when the master filmmaker was 83 — you’re missing something), has finally hit the big time: He’ll play the villain General Zod in Zach Snyder’s reboot of “Superman.” Amy Adams was also recently announced as Lois Lane, which works for me.
— Ben Affleck looks to be a lock to play Tom Buchanan, the loutish husband of Daisy (played by Carey Mulligan) in Baz Luhrmann’s 3D “The Great Gatsby,” which continues to sound like either a stroke of genius or the worst idea ever conceived. (Lurhmann’s movies generally play that way, don’t they?)
— Tobey Maguire, who no longer has his very own superhero franchise (“Spider-Man,” like “Superman” has gotten re-booted), will play a writer in Ang Lee’s long-in-the-making film adaptation of the novel “Life of Pi, ” currently in production for a December 2012 release. Maguire is also in “The Great Gatsby,” as hero/narrator Nick Carraway.
— And, just an observation: I’ve just been notified that the indie movie “Hesher,” starring Natalie Portman, will open in Seattle May 13. This makes SIX movies with Portman that have opened in the past six months: “Black Swan,” “No Strings Attached,” “The Other Woman,” “Your Highness,” and the upcoming “Thor” and “Hesher,” both coming in May. I don’t generally keep track of this sort of thing, but this has to be some kind of a record. Doesn’t anybody want to cast, I don’t know, Keira Knightley or somebody?

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