• I can’t do justice in printed words to the recent kerfuffle about the time traveler found in a Charlie Chaplin movie, but that’s why God invented Google, so get to clickin’. Presumably, the Charlie Chaplin retrospective, which runs from now until Dec. 16, at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org), has nothing to do with this unexplained phenomenon … even though The Circus is the film in which the time traveler appears and is one of the films being screened in the series … interesting, huh? At each of the screenings, you can sign up to win a pair of tickets to the Omaha Symphony’s Jan. 29, performance at the Holland Performing Arts Center, at which the orchestra will play the accompaniment to Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. If it turns out someone at Film Streams is the secret time traveler who was just promoting this event by warping space and time: best marketing ever.

  • Head’s up, this next thing isn’t funny. Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut had to abandon shooting in Bosnia because rumors circulated that the plot involves a rape victim falling in love with her rapist. First off: Eww. Second: The film came under assault from women’s organizations understandably upset about the supposed story given the unspeakable travesties of the 1992-1995 war. Third, and most interesting: Jolie responded with a non-denial denial, stating “there are many twists in the plot that address the sensitive nature of the relationship between the main characters.” Shooting has relocated to Budapest. Here’s hoping whatever they’re doing there isn’t as bad as it sounds like it could be.

  • This week, MTV released the first trailer for their TV show based on the movie Teen Wolf. This gives new life to my campaign to resurrect “Teen Witch.”

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