In case you didn’t know it yet (you should), you don’t have to travel up to Pleasantville or down to New York City to enjoy an engaging and enlightening cinematic experience. For over three years, the Pelham Picture House has transformed into a soloplex into a must-visit venue that features advanced screenings followed by celebrity and/or filmmaker Q&As. It’s all part of a master plan to turn the historic theater into a cinematic empire/film center a la the Jacob Burns Film Center. They’re well on their way. This spring, Pelham will close for a renovation of seating and more. It’s a start, but they still have a ways to go. For more visit, www.thepicturehouse.og.
In any event, last week the theater featured an advanced screening of Robert De Niro’s holiday tearjerker “Everybody’s Fine.” Following the film, writer/director Kirk Jones (he helmed the joyous “Waking Ned Devine” years back) along with Larchmont’s own Andrew Mondshein (editor of the film) spoke about the making of the film. Critic David Edelstein coordinated the interview session, and it was just another reason why Pelhamites have a reason to be excited.
- Jon Chattman
By Jon Chattman
Echoing the sentiments of Foreigner’s classic cornball hit but without all the melodrama, Charlyne Yi wanted to know what love was, and she wanted some people to show her. In her new film Paper Heart, the actress-writer turned her initial plans for a documentary on the “L” word into a narrative hybrid.
Together with director and co-writer Nicholas Jasenovec, Yi, playing a character named — yes Charlyne — sets off cross country to get to the meaning of what love is. She interviews happily married couples, celebrities, and divorce lawyers (among others) and tries to overcome her own pessimism about love.
“I don’t know…who wears mustaches? Jake Johnson, the guy who plays Nick in the movie, before he did our film, he was known for his mustache. We told him it was too intimidating and it’d be weird if he was my friend and director with that googily mustache.”
“Soul Power” opens this Friday in select theaters. It won Official Selection in the 2009 Los Angeles, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals and arguably more importantly, showcases some facial hair fury on James Brown.
Anyways, here’s a clip featuring Big Black from the upcoming award flick.
Filming of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” continues at the Seventh Avenue subway station in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Nicolas Cage co-stars in the film. I don’t know about that outfit below. Continue reading
Angelina Jolie films a pivotal scene of the movie “Salt” yesterday. Oh I can see it now, sequels called “Pepper” and Continue reading
By Mike Johnson
I was watching “Final Destination 3″ on TBS on a Sunday afternoon not so long ago. It was a Giants bye week, and faced with the choice of watching Brett Favre systematically murder the hopes of 60,000 Jet fans versus watching the spirit of death work its way through a new crop of stereotyped teens, I chose the teens. I figured there would be less gratuitous violence. A movie like “Final Destination 3″ on basic cable is obviously going to lose a little bit of skin and suggestive language compared to the screen version, but TBS usually fills the sin void with unintentionally hilarious lines like “Yippee kiyay muffin farmer.” It’s their way of reminding the public to not farm our muffins in Bruce Willis’ vicinity. If we farm our muffins in his area he will hunt us down and kill us, it’s as simple as that. The added humor easily makes up for the absence of nipples, and whatever joy people associate with hearing the word “Fuck.” Continue reading
No, he’s not. Will Smith had way more successful movies. Anyway, here he is outside of Good Morning America, plugging his new movie “Seven Pounds,” which critics say is a glorified “My Name is Earl” episode. I’ll still see it. Smith is appealing to me. He’s charming. He’s a good actor. He should throw Jazzy Jeff a bone every now and then, though.
Taylor Lautner of Twilight was out in full force the other night to promote the film. Lautner plays Jacob Black in the film. Vampires are clearly back with this film as well as True Blood on HBO, but one wonders why The Lost Boys sequel couldn’t be better. Starring at my bowel movements for a half-hour is more entertaining then that straight-to-DVD mess. Anyway, I digress.