The idea of pitting Ron Burgundy against the age of 24-hour cable news is perhaps the most obvious idea for an Anchorman sequel, but I'm glad they decided to go that way. It's definitely the most fertile ground for satire. And now the trailer for Anchorman 2 is released, and it looks like this:
Meanwhile, a lot of film blogs I respect are excited about this The Lego® Movie trailer. I'm a lot more skeptical. Sure, kids will love seeing all their favorite characters in one movie, and I'm sure this thing will make a shit-ton of money. But this kind of thing is very hard to pull off. Movies with all sorts of disparate intellectual properties can work out well—Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, the Toy Story movies—but it seems as though skittish lawyers could suck the joy out of the proceedings real quick:
Now. If you're looking for a spoiler-free review of Man of Steel, you can find my review right here. After the trailer, I'm going to be talking about the climax of Man of Steel. Let me repeat: You should assume that everything after the trailer is made out of spoilers. (I'll get back to that ministry thing after the jump, too.)
Last night, I published a rumor that the Landmark Theatres chain would be closing the Egyptian Theatre at the end of this month. As far as I can see, Landmark hasn't released any statement on the theater's closing, and they haven't gotten back to my requests for comment.
I just got off the phone with Janet Grimley, the interim director of communications for Seattle Central Community College, which bought the Egyptian building in 1992. Grimley confirms: "Landmark informed our person that handles those leases on May 1st that they were going to be out by the end of June." Grimley says she doesn't know why Landmark made that decision.
So what's going to happen to the building? "We own it, and we intend to keep it," Grimley says. She can't confirm that SCCC will definitely keep the space as a movie theater, saying that "we’re open to suggestions or ideas" for what to do with the space. So has anybody made overtures on the space? "Nothing has gotten serious," Grimley says, and then she clarifies, "nothing that I’m aware of."
UPDATE 12:39 PM: Just got an e-mail from Lauren Kleiman at Landmark Theatres. She confirms: "The theatre will be closing, with the last day of film set for Thursday, June 27."
Another @LTSeattle theatre gone. As of June 27th the Egyptian Theatre is closed. That's three in just over two years. — Sean Gilman (@TheEndofCinema) June 16, 2013
@pobrecito Don't know. Apparently SCCC was unhappy with their lease proposal. Maybe they got a better offer (like w/Neptune & Metro). — Sean Gilman (@TheEndofCinema) June 16, 2013
Landmark Theatres, which runs the Egyptian (as well as the Harvard Exit, the Guild 45th, The Seven Gables, the Varsity, and the Crest), has not yet issued a statement. We don't yet know if the Egyptian is staying open under new ownership, or if it's simply closing for good, so you might want to wait to make your "Capitol Hill/Cinema is dead" arguments until we know the whole story.
My heart goes out to the employees at the Egyptian, who have always been absolutely wonderful movie nerds.
-One (1) adult admission ticket to the 6/19 advance 3D show of World War Z -One (1) HD digital copy of movie when available* -One (1) pair of World War Z collector's custom 3D glasses** -One (1) official limited-edition movie poster -One (1) small popcorn
I like the idea of bundling a downloadable digital copy of the movie with the price of a ticket, but the rest of this—the advance screening, the poster, the custom 3D glasses—doesn't really interest me. And I can't believe they're not throwing a soda in with the small popcorn. But how about you?
While people are quick to dismiss nuclear energy as bad, Pandora’s Promise looks at how some leading environmentalists have converted to support its use. Many activists have become disillusioned with the traditional environmental approaches to climate change. They claim that the concerns are so dire, that non-carbon-producing nuclear is the best current solution to mitigate the effects of our years of fossil-fuel guzzling.
The film makes a surprisingly persuasive argument. Experts on the scientific side explain the ways that nuclear energy technology has advanced (new reactors recycle waste back into fuel) and examine what they say is misinformation (inflated radiation fears, that conservation and alternative energies could be enough). The reality is we will need more and more power, and we cannot continue to extract every last bit of oil, coal, and natural gas, then burn it and send it into the atmosphere. The film lays out the benefits of nuclear energy: It is clean, it doesn’t pollute the air, it doesn’t damage the ozone, and it produces large amounts of energy, which is inexpensive for consumers. One environmentalist says: “To be anti-nuclear is basically to be in favor of burning fossil fuels. I finally had to change my mind.”
No sex scene for Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Mortez despite rumors
Fans who got excited over reports of a steamy love scene between Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz in their upcoming movie, “Laggies,” may be in for a disappointment. Web reports surfaced this week trumpeting, “No one is talking about the physical scenes yet, but Keira and Chloë will be seen together and there will be some lesbian love action. It’s set to be very saucy.” But a source on the film’s Seattle set tells Page Six: “There is a completely false rumor going around that Keira, 28, and Chloë, 16, have an intense lesbian hookup scene — this is completely untrue.” The source joked, “Chloe and Keira will have to find another vehicle if they want to hook up on-screen,” adding that the movie is actually about a woman “stuck in a state of extended adolescence and unsure of how to respond to a marriage proposal,” who “ends up hiding out for a week with her new, 16-year-old BFF.” The rumors might have started because director Lynn Shelton’s previous pictures, “Humpday” and “Your Sister’s Sister,” revolved around sexual plot twists.
Four years after Humpday, Shelton's still denying America the explicit same-sex love scenes it thinks it wants. Good work!