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    ‘Footloose’ previews next two Fridays.

    Posted: 28 Sep 2011 04:42 AM PDT

    Paramount is pulling out all the stops to gives its Oct. 14 remake release, “Footloose,” a leg up on the competition.

    They’re throwing two “Footloose’ Fridays” at select cities. Orlando is one of them. Sept. 30 and Oct 6, one showing only, each of those nights the film will preview (nothing “sneak” about it, they’re charging for tickets and advertising it).

    Orlando? Sept. 30, it will be at 7 at the Regal Winter Park 20. Oct. 6, the AMC Altamonte 18 will be host to the showing.


    Polanski apologizes to his victim in a new documentary

    Posted: 28 Sep 2011 04:20 AM PDT

    Roman Polanski has another critically-acclaimed film heading into theaters, “Carnage,” but it is a new documentary about him, “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir,” that is stealing the attention from

    In it, Polanski does what he has been unwilling to do, in court or interviews, as he dodged extradition and led the high life as an expat filmmaker out of reach of American justice for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl. He calls her a “victim of me, and the press.”

    OK, then. I guess that clears him for an invitation to the next Academy Awards, right? Well, it’s not like he apologized to his “other victims.”

    He’s back in Zurich, attending the same film festival that led to his 2009 house arrest as the Swiss pondered whether or not to ship him to America to face a jail sentence, or at the very least, something like a new trial.

    EXCLUSIVE: Hugh Jackman on ‘Les Mis’

    Posted: 27 Sep 2011 07:35 AM PDT

    Hugh Jackman and I chatted, at length, about his new robot boxing picture, “Real Steel” last weekend, a film which had him interacting with real and digital robots, and as in that boxing classic, ‘The Champ,’ interacting with a real cute kid.Real Steel” opens Oct. 7, but more on that conversation this weekend.

    But as we were getting off the phone, I asked Jackman about the long-delayed big screen version of “Les Miserables,” the epic musical which has him playing the poor, hounded Jean Valjean and sometime rocker Russell Crowe as the obsessed  policeman Javert who hounds him. It’s to film early next year, with Anne Hathaway and Emma Watson also rumored to be in the cast.

    “It is a dream. You know, I've done a lot of musicals and I've done a lot of movies and I just feel like this is the big convergence of the two. Finally. And such a musical! Just this phenomenal opportunity. It's one of the greatest musicals of all time, and in terms of literature, it's one of the greatest books of all time, and Jean Valjean is one of the greatest roles an actor could ever hope to play.

    “I know Russell well, and I have such huge respect for him that I know this is going to be the dream job. It will demand the best of all of us, and that's what you want – a real challenge that is going to work, if you do your job.”

    Movie Review: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

    Posted: 27 Sep 2011 06:49 AM PDT

    In this month’s horror flop “Creature” and scores of cut-rate horror pictures before it a cadre of coeds head off into the woods for who knows what and face a ghost/gator/3D sharks/or serial killing inbred redneck rubes.

    And the gag is to see how creative the makeup and effects team are at killing off those coeds. And their ineffectual boyfriends.

    So as one-joke horror comedies go, “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” is built around a winner. That one joke is this — suppose the inbred redneck rubes, with their penchant for chewin’ tobacco, bad dentistry, worse grammar and chainsaws, were merely innocent bystanders. Misunderstood. Victims.

    Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are the two bubbas who run afoul of an SUV packed with jump-to-wrong-conclusion coeds.Tucker and Dale inspire fear and contempt from the college kids. And as the kids start meeting with this accidental impaling or that accidental shooting/immolation or what have you, the terror among the survivors grows. And it’s all just one big misunderstanding.

    Sadly, not much funny is done with this set-up. The yokels, who are fixing up a decrepit “lake house” weekend getaway near where the kids camp, aren’t menacing and the actors playing them don’t even dive into whatever Ozarks/Bayou/Appalachian accent that such characters usually sport. That’s a letdown, because Tudyk (the original “Death at a Funeral,” “3:10 to Yuma”) is normally hilarious without trying too hard. Here, little or no effort shows, aside from the teeth-yellowing.

    And actor-turned-director Eli Craig is more fascinated with the next effect — swarms of  stinging bees, impaled by nails — to fret much over character or comic timing or funny lines. Jokes don’t land, or they land flat-footed. The obvious gags are too obvious and the script never comes close to the level of farce.

    Katrina Bowden plays the one accident-prone “victim” who may know the truth about our hapless heroes. And she never can quite get across, “Hey, they didn’t do anything.”

    But “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” opening for late night shows this weekend at The Enzian, still has the makings of a classic midnight movie — audience participation, horror fans howling at every creative killing and every masterpiece of makeup art.  But stripped of the audience’s help, “Evil” fails to triumph. Utterly.

    MPAA Rating: R for bloody horror violence, language and brief nudity

    Cast, Alan Tudyk, Tyler Labine, Katrina Bowden

    Credits: Directed by Eli Craig, written by Morgan Jurgenson and Eli Craig.  A Reliance release.

    Running time: 1:29