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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

June 8, 2011 at 9:46 AM

More Alamo, and an “Anna Karenina” update

For those who just fell in love with the Alamo Drafthouse chain, which takes a hard line on in-theater texters (watch their new PSA in yesterday’s blog), here’s more: An Indiewire interview with Alamo owner Tim League, who talks about the making of the PSA and why his theaters are so strict about talking and texting:

We instituted the policy two or three months into operation. Because there’s beer served, that seems to be a gateway to people thinking it’s a more casual theater experience and I put the hammer down. It drove me crazy, and it is personal. It’s just how I want it in my ideal theater.

“It’s just how I want it in my ideal theater.” Sigh. Mr. League, could you please investigate the Seattle theater market soon?
Moving on: Regular P & P readers know I’m a sucker for lavish literary adaptations, so it’ll come as no surprise that I can’t wait for Joe Wright’s “Anna Karenina,” which begins shooting this fall and will star Keira Knightley as Anna, Jude Law as her husband, Matthew McFadyen as Oblonsky, Kelly Macdonald as Dolly, Aaron Johnson as Anna’s lover Vronsky, Olivia Williams as Vronsky’s mother, and Saoirse Ronan as Kitty. The adaptation from Tolstoy is by Tom Stoppard. It all sounds quite delicious, and the presence of Knightley and Ronan brings back memories of Wright’s splendid “Atonement,” based on an Ian McEwan novel that I would have thought unfilmable. No release date yet for “Anna,” but that’ll give me time to read the book again.
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My favorite movie frock of recent years, worn so very well by Keira Knightley in “Atonement.” (Photo courtesy Focus Features.)

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