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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

October 21, 2011 at 9:58 AM

‘Pearl Jam Twenty’ on PBS tonight, and more news for the weekend

If you missed Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty” at Cinerama last month, you can catch it tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. Meanwhile, those with on-demand cable can still catch Martin Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” on HBO, and if you missed Scorsese’s portrait of Fran Lebowitz, “Public Speaking,” which was on HBO months ago, you can catch it during its weeklong run at Northwest Film Forum, starting Nov. 4.
In other news:
— If you’re wondering why The Seattle Times didn’t have a local review of “The Three Musketeers” (instead we have a one-star review from the wires), that’s because it didn’t screen here for the press. Weirdly, a press screening was set at one point, then abruptly cancelled; presumably because the studio got a whiff of the movie and decided to cut its losses. But did anything think yet another remake of “Three Musketeers” was a good idea, in 3D no less? Anyone remember the days when Orlando Bloom was a big star? (Years ago, at the Toronto Film Festival, I crossed paths with Bloom in a hotel — wow, that sounds spicy, doesn’t it? rest assured we were all there doing interviews — and he nodded pleasantly at me, and back in the day, this was a big deal. I told a few teenage girls back home who were wildly impressed by the encounter and thought I was cool. Now I probably wouldn’t even include him on my List of Male Movies Stars I Have Met In Hotel Rooms, which I really have to get around to compiling one of these days.)
— Anyway. Moving on. Couple of interesting projects on the horizon for Scott Cooper, who wrote and directed the wonderful Jeff Bridges movie “Crazy Heart.” He’ll next direct an adaptation of Claire Messud’s novel “The Emperor’s Children” (a novel I liked very much; glad it’s been noticed), followed by “The Man in the Rockefeller Suit,” based on an nonfiction book by Mark Seal about a con man who passed himself off as a member of the Rockefeller clan — and got away with it, gaining jobs and social standing, for many years. I thought “Crazy Heart” was one of the best directing debuts of recent years; looking forward to seeing what else Cooper can do.
— Carey Mulligan, to be seen in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” next holiday season (that would be Dec. 25, 2012), will next appear in the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the story of a ’60s folk singer in Greenwich Village, opposite her “Drive” co-star Oscar Isaac. Alas, no sign of Ryan Gosling.
‘Til Monday, friends. Enjoy those gorgeous autumn leaves.

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