Cutting Room for December 24


  • In the cultural civil war that is “books versus movies,” we appear to have our first cease fire. On Tuesday, Feb 25 at 7 pm, Film Streams will partner with (downtown) omaha lit fest to screen Three on a Match, a 1932 film about three women involved in all sorts of bad stuff. Well, all sorts of bad stuff and Humphrey Bogart. There will also be a post-show discussion with Margaret Talbot, a New Yorker contributor and daughter of Lyle Talbot, who is featured in the film. Hurry up and celebrate this unity between a lit fest and a theater; who knows how long this fragile peace will last?
  • The Internet ruins everything. Quentin Tarantino was going to make a Western called The Hateful Eight and now he isn’t because some doo-doo head leaked the script online. It may seem like an overreaction, but the combination of betrayal (he gave the script to very few people) and the public seeing an unfinished work has muted his enthusiasm for the project, which is now shelved. So, I hope all the jerkwads intent on stealing access to art they aren’t entitled to are happy now. I wanted to see The Hateful Eight, and now I just hate you.
  • If the thought of untrained musicians, mostly children who are screaming, performing during a movie is your cup of tea, great news! Disney is going to hold special “sing-a-long” screenings of Frozen starting January 31st! So you have from now until January 31st to see one of Disney’s best animated films of all time before it’s unbearable to see it in a theater!
  • It turns out that Gal Gadot (Fast Five) is not just going to be Wonder Woman in the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. She’s also signed for a Justice League movie and a standalone Wonder Woman movie! Holy cow! A superhero movie with a female lead?! I can hear the studio notes now: “Can we put Batman in this? What if we put his name in the title? In fact, do we need this ‘Wonder Woman’ at all?”

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