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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

April 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM

A movie-news roundup, and a “Water for Elephants” question

I’m back, from a four-day weekend in Northern California that involved five children aged 10 and under (none of whom were mine, but all of whom call me Auntie Moira and have no qualms about oversharing) and it was all utterly delightful except that my brain got left behind somewhere on the 101. Five kids, even five charming ones, will do that to you. So here I am at work, with an enormous hole in the knee of my tights that somehow I didn’t notice this morning, and a handful of news items to share, none of which involve Barbie:
— This week’s big movie, “Water for Elephants” (which I keep wanting to call “Water for Chocolates” which is of course something else entirely, and perhaps has something to do with the aforementioned five children) is screening for the press very late; not until Wednesday afternoon. This does not bode well. I haven’t finished reading the book yet; anyone especially fond of it? Anyone wondering if the chemistry between Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson might be a bit problematic? I do think the pictures I’ve seen from the movie certainly look pretty; we’ll see if there’s more to it.
— The ubiquitous Natalie Portman is producing “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” which now has Craig Gillespie confirmed to direct. Gillespie directed one of my favorite films of the past few years, “Lars and the Real Girl,” as well as the horror film “Fright Night.” Is it wrong that I’m really looking forward to this film, and wondering if Colin Firth might do a Mr. Darcy cameo?
— Casting for Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” continues apace, with Isla Fisher in talks to play Myrtle, the woman with whom Tom Buchanan (Daisy’s husband, played by Ben Affleck) is having an affair. Hmm. I think of Myrtle as being a little less dainty than Fisher, but we shall see.
— And Christopher Nolan continues his “Inception” reunion by casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard in his upcoming Batman sequel “The Dark Knight Rises,” with Gordon-Levitt as beat cop John Blake and Cotillard as Wayne Enterprises board member Miranda Tate.

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