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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

January 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

A post-awards news roundup

And we’re back . . . after a post-Golden-Globes day off, after which I’ll just say that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have set the bar mighty high for Seth McFarlane on Oscar night. Let’s hope he’s nervous. And that, last night, I dreamed that I introduced Amy Poehler to my friend Amy, which was a lot of fun.
Lots of random news announcements coming out in the last few days (I guess the post-holiday news doldrums is officially over):
— In the ongoing discussion of why “Downton Abbey” (and, by the way, poor Edith) is shown so much later in this country than in Great Britain, PBS says that it doesn’t believe that synching the broadcast would suit American viewers. PBS president Paula Kerger said that it’s like the Olympics: “people knew the outcome but watched it every night.” And were, may I add, extremely annoyed about it. (By the way, some good “Downton Abbey” news: Maggie Smith has signed for Season 4!)
— Warner Bros. is developing a futuristic version of Homer’s “The Odyssey,” set in space. OK then. Moving on.
— Meanwhile, MGM is remaking “Ben-Hur.” Not in space, or so they say.
— Wes Anderson, who a lot of us feel should have gotten a Best Picture nomination for “Moonrise Kingdom” last week, is in Berlin, having just begun production on his new movie “The Great Budapest Hotel,” which has nothing whatsoever to do with “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” Check out his cast list: Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Willem Dafoe, Tilda Swinton, Jude Law, F. Murray Abraham, Jason Schwartzman, Mathieu Amalric and Owen Wilson. Can we see this movie tomorrow, please?
— “Jack Reacher,” supposedly a new franchise for Tom Cruise, likely won’t be getting a sequel due to unspectacular box office. (And the fact that it was kind of silly.)

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