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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

March 2, 2012 at 10:54 AM

A possible cure for ‘Downton Abbey’ withdrawal; and more news for the weekend

For those of us who are decoratively drooping this week, due to a lack of Dowager Countesses and decorative footstools (and footmen), here’s a potential cure: “Titanic,” the miniseries, begins on ABC April 14; it’s written by Julian Fellowes (creator of “Downton Abbey”) and is supposedly exactly like “Downton Abbey,” except that it’s on a boat, and we all know the ending. (Will we meet Mary’s drowned fiance?) This might help tide us over to next winter, as we dream about upcoming catfights betwen Shirley MacLaine and Maggie Smith . . .
Other items:
— “Undefeated,” the Oscar-winning documentary directed by Dan Lindsay and former Seattleite TJ Martin, finally has a local release date: March 30.
— In the second announcement of a behind-the-scenes-of-a-major-movie movie this week (the first was “Saving Mr. Banks“), Scarlett Johansson wil play Janet Leigh in “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” alongside Anthony Hopkins as Hitch and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma. Sounds potentially delicious, no? It’s based on Stephen Rebello’s nonfiction book, about Hitch’s adventures in making a lowly horror movie that no studio wanted to back. John McLaughlin (“Black Swan”) wrote the script; Sacha Gervasi (“Anvil! The Story of Anvil”) will direct.
— Got $9.5 million euros? You could buy the villa featured in “Under the Tuscan Sun” — a 16th-century estate now for sale in Cortona, Italy, featuring a main house with 10 bedrooms and 9.5 bathrooms (does that mean 0.5 people have to wait?), plus a farmhouse, garden, private lake, new pool and bocce court. See here for pretty pictures. Me, I wouldn’t buy it, because I remember something from the movie about a snake being lost in the house. Then again, I don’t have $9.5 million euros, which might also have something to do with it.
Have a lovely weekend, all . . .

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