<p>  Play Time</p>Cutting Room for December 21

  • After the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we all deserve some Play Time and Film Streams (filmstreams.org) is going to give it to us. They will literally be screening Play Time, the 1966 comedy by legendary French director Jacques Tati, at 7 pm on Thursday, Jan. 12. Together with daOMA (design alliance OMAha) and Omaha Creative Institute, the theater will also host a post-show discussion featuring New York architect David Leven. You may not consider yourself an architecture enthusiast, but that’s strange considering how much time you spend inside buildings…
  • Also coming to Film Streams is the winner of the 5th Annual Members Select vote: The Big Lebowski, which will screen Jan. 20-26. I’m not sure any single vote has reaffirmed my faith in the democratic process quite as much as seeing these results. If we, as a people, can collectively correctly identify the brilliance of “the Dude,” maybe this coming November won’t be as scary as I thought.
  • In perhaps the strangest news ever featured in this column: Clint Eastwood and his family are shooting an E! reality television show in the same vein as the one featuring the Kardashians. Yes, that’s right; everybody’s favorite high-waistlined yard defender is going to be doling out fatherly advice to his two teenaged daughters who apparently want to follow in celebutant footsteps. This sounds like a “Saturday Night Live” sketch, not real life. Of course, I say that, but who isn’t going to at least tune in once to see the wrinkly, rankly mega-star dole out gruff fatherly advice?

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for December 14

  • If you’ve got the “I don’t know what to do with these in-laws visiting for the holidays” blues, you can thank Santa for the gift of Film Streams (filmstreams.org). The Ruth Sokolof Theater has some great events that just may bail you out of those awkward conversational pauses and disapproving backhanded compliments. First up, on Dec 15 at 7 pm, the “Silents in Concert” series concludes with a screening of The General, which will be accompanied by pianist Jim Boston of the Great Plains Ragtime Society. Then, starting Dec 17 and running through the 29th, It’s a Wonderful Life will hit the screen, bringing ample opportunity for loved ones to demonstrate their terrible Jimmy Stewart impression.  
  • If you loved Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, I have good news for you…provided you don’t loathe literacy. The film was actually based on a book by James Sallis, who has just written a sequel to his original novel, which will be called “Driven.” So if you want to see more adventures of the handsomest scorpion-jacket wearing semi-mute, you’ll find them between the covers!
  • Despite the fact that it’s not all that old, Lionsgate has announced that they’re already remaking American Psycho, the film that took Christian Bale from Newsie to “who’s he?” Although technically it will be another film based on the book and not a true remake, that’s a distinction reserved only for those looking to not offend die-hard fans of the original. Because if there’s a group of die-hard fans you don’t want to offend, it’s those who love something with “psycho” in the title.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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Cutting Room for December 7

  • Who knew Tom Cruise and Batman were tight? The miniature scientologist is going to get a huge box office bounce from a bat, as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol will be preceded by a six-minute prologue for The Dark Knight Rises. But there’s a catch. No, you don’t have to swear allegiance to Xenu, but you do have to see it in “true” IMAX. Thankfully, AMC Oakview 24 (amctheaters.com) has a screen that made the cut. Which is great news for a legion of folks out there, as seeing this footage is literally the second most anticipated moment of their technically adult lives.
  • I make no apologies for my unabashed love of Starship Troopers, the only reason God gave us Casper Van Dien. But it is with a mixed heart that I announce to you that Neil Moritz, producer of all 57 Fast and Furious movies, has commissioned work to begin on a remake. Capturing the weird blend of fascist parody, B-movie violence and Denise Richard’s heaving bosom was catching lightning in a bottle the first time around. I breathlessly hope it can happen again.
  •  Because he’s too busy making multiple movies with Terrence Malick, Christian Bale will not play the title character in director Darren Aronfsky’s Noah. This news comes as a disappointment for all those who envisioned animals marching two-by-two directed by a guy who sounds like he has an angry head cold. Instead, Michael Fassbender may be hearing whispers from the lord, as the in-demand actor is reportedly being offered the part. Personally, I think a Fassbender is worth two bales, but that’s old testament math.

Cutting Room provides breaking local and national movie news … complete with added sarcasm. Send any relevant information to film@thereader.com. Check out Ryan on Movieha!, a weekly half-hour movie podcast (movieha.libsyn.com/rss), catch him on the radio on CD 105.9 (cd1059.com) on Fridays at around 7:30 a.m. and on KVNO 90.7 (KVNO.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Fridays and follow him on Twitter (twitter.com/thereaderfilm).


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