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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

May 11, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Zooey Deschanel — and Sissy Spacek — in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Though I’m getting extremely tired of Zooey Deschanel’s cutesy iPhone TV ad, I can see how this just might work: Deschanel, as reported by Vulture this morning, will play Loretta Lynn in a Broadway version of “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the 1980 biopic about Lynn that won an Academy Award for Sissy Spacek. Lynn announced this, and introduced Deschanel, from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry last night. No further details about the show are known, but Deschanel will have a job on her hands to inhabit the role anywhere near as well as Spacek did. Remember this scene (and yes, that’s Spacek singing)?

Speaking of Spacek and “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the actress will be here at SIFF next month to accept a special award June 7 (with a screening of Terrence Malick’s “Badlands”) — and, while nobody’s making any promises, I’m guessing that there’s a chance she might drop by the festival’s free outdoor screening of “Coal Miner’s Daughter” at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheater June 8. The festival is also screening “Carrie” June 6. For ticket information, see this page.

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