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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

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

September 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Cate Blanchett’s directing debut, and a P&P break

(So, the other day I was writing a review of a movie that had Tim Robbins in it, and the Seattle Times spell-check system suggested I change the name to Tom Robbins. Now that would have made the movie way more interesting, wouldn’t it?)

Interesting news today: Cate Blanchett, an Oscar contender this year for her work in “Blue Jasmine” (go see it, if you haven’t yet; she’s amazing), has announced that she will make her screen directing debut with “The Dinner,” an adaptation of the Herman Koch novel. The book, recently described in a New York Times review as having a “bracing nastiness,” involves two couples and their children, who have committed a horrible crime. Owen Moverman (“The Messenger”) is writing the screenplay; it is not yet clear whether Blanchett will act in the film. Though she has not directed a movie before, Blanchett and her husband Andrew Upton have long been co-artistic directors of the Sydney Theater Company in Australia, where she has directed several plays. Looking forward to see what she does with this dark material.

And with that, I’m off for a week’s vacation. Enjoy the fall, and the Emmys, and “Enough Said” (it opens next week; don’t miss it); we’ll talk again after the 30th.

(This clip has nothing to do with anything, but I like it. Have a lovely week!)

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