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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

May 5, 2011 at 1:30 PM

SIFF on sale; Hugh Grant returns; and more

A grab bag today, as I end a busy week a little early . . .
— The Seattle International Film Festival today launched its website and opened its satellite box office at Pacific Place; individual tickets are now on sale for the fest’s 198 feature films, 54 documentaries, five archival films, and 183 shorts. I’m guessing that “Beginners,” with star Ewan McGregor present for a tribute evening, will be a hot ticket (and I’ve seen the film and will tell you that it’s a heartbreaker); me, I’m looking forward to the archival screening of Powell and Pressburger’s “Black Narcissus,” and to the documentary about the man who so beautifully shot it, “Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff.” Anything at SIFF you’re eagerly awaiting?
— Hugh Grant, the man who seems to have spent his career waiting for the right movie (for every “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “Sense and Sensibility,” there’s been a “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”), will lend his voice to Aardman Animation’s stop-motion 3D comedy “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” playing “a bearded pirate captain who is vying for the Pirate of the Year award.” This is such delicious news it’s almost keeping me from picturing what Grant looks like in a beard. Almost.
— In other casting news: Saoirse Ronan, currently seen in “Hanna,” will star in the big-screen adaptation of “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s “The Host,” playing a young woman whose mind is invaded by a parasitic alien (what?); the “Hunger Games” casting parade continues, with Wes Bentley signed to play Seneca Crane the 74th Hunter Games Head Gamemaker (OK, I really am going to have to read that book); and Nathan Lane is in talks to play the man servant of the wicked queen (that would be Julia Roberts) in “Brothers Grimm: Snow White.” Could work.
And, speaking of Hugh Grant, here’s a nice moment from “Four Weddings.” (Sorry; I’d hoped to embed the “Jump” scene from “Love Actually,” which is even more fun, but YouTube wouldn’t let me.)

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