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November 20, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Remembering Mike Nichols

Sad news this morning: Director Mike Nichols, whose long career spanned Hollywood and Broadway, died of cardiac arrest yesterday at the age of 83. Although he only won one Academy Award (for best director, for “The Graduate” in 1968), he helmed a string of interesting and often great movies, starting in 1966 with  “Who’s…



November 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

A stylish-looking ‘Cinderella’ — and oh, those shoes

Clearly I have not been paying enough attention to the upcoming live-action “Cinderella” movie, coming from Disney in March. Let me count the ways in which I am now very, very intrigued. Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother. I mean, really. Helena Bonham Carter as the Fairy Godmother. In a blonde wig! Talking about how the glass…



November 18, 2014 at 10:41 AM

The return of Cinerama

Check out my story today on Cinerama’s re-opening, which gets underway Thursday night with a sold-out screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” I was over there the other day for a sneak peek and watched a few trailers (from a very comfortable seat) and the projection, sound, etc. all seemed great….



November 11, 2014 at 10:26 AM

‘Fabulous Baker Boys’ turns 25

Best movie ever filmed in Seattle? I might make an argument for this gem, celebrating its silver anniversary this year. “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” written and directed by Steve Kloves (who only directed one more movie, “Flesh and Bone,” before turning his attention to screenwriting; he wrote most of the Harry Potter movies and “The…



November 6, 2014 at 10:25 AM

‘Into the Woods': They’re singing!

It’s become fashionable, for some reason, for studios to release trailers for movie musicals in which nobody sings. (They are, apparently, afraid that people will say “OH MY GOD THEY’RE SINGING!” and stay away in droves.) Trailers for “Chicago,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Les Miserables” (which is nuts; there’s practically no dialogue in that one) and More


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