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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

June 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM

A who’s-that-guy moment, and a handy cheat sheet

Apropos of all the “Breaking Bad” talk last week: Bryan Cranston turned up in “Larry Crowne,” which I saw last night (cute movie, not particularly good movie, but very likable) as Julia Roberts’ no-good husband, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d seen him in something. I know he’s the “Breaking Bad” guy, but I haven’t watched that yet, and I mentally ran through everything I’ve seen recently on TV (for some reason I was sure it was TV and not a movie) and couldn’t come up with anything. So I turned to IMDB, and aha . . . he was the dentist Tim Whatley on “Seinfeld”; the character who prompted Kramer to accuse Jerry of being “a RABID anti-dentite!” Ha! (Any other former “Seinfeld” fans out there? I met and interviewed Jerry Seinfeld a few years back and he’s very polite and has the whitest teeth I have ever seen. Just thought I’d throw that in, while we’re talking “Seinfeld” and dentists.)
Meanwhile . . . is everyone catching up with Woody Allen’s surprise hit, “Midnight in Paris,” one of my favorite films of the year so far? (It’s Allen’s highest-grossing film in 25 years, and may eventually surpass “Hannah and Her Sisters” as his most lucrative film ever. Couldn’t happen to a nicer film.) For those of us who saw the movie and found that a cultural reference or two whizzed right by (true for most of us, I’d guess, myself included; but I love that Allen doesn’t feel the need to explain everything), regular P & P reader suomynona sent me a useful cheat sheet from The Atlantic. Click through and note how very much Alison Pill resembles Zelda Fitzgerald, that Joan Jett once recorded “Let’s Do It” (really?), and that Brigitte Bardot once created a scandal at Maxim’s by entering with bare feet. Fun stuff.
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Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Monet’s waterlilies in “Midnight in Paris” (photo courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

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