• Are you angry at your bladder? Have you only seen Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy a few hundred times and not a few thousand? Well, get ready to punish your bladder and feast on Hobbit flesh, as Aksarben Cinema (aksarbencinema.com) is showing a marathon of the extended versions on Saturday Dec 8th. That’s the weekend before The Hobbit comes out, and presumably it will take that long to sit through all of those films. The experience will last approximately 12 hours, but unlike a Twilight marathon, you won’t want to kill yourself for 11 hours and 59 minutes.
  • Shhh. While there’s normally no talking in movies, at least as far as civilized humans are concerned, there’s definitely going to be no talking on Thursday Dec 6 at 7 pm, when Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater (filmstreams.org) screens Buster Keaton’s 1924 silent film Sherlock Jr. There will be sound, however, as Omaha-based musician Dan McCarthy will be providing live music to complement the film. This promises to be more fun than the time I provided a musical score to NBC’s “Whitney” on a kazoo after our remote control broke with the mute button stuck.
  • In what promises to be a weekly, if not daily, movie news item for the foreseeable future: there’s more Disney-owned Star Wars Episode VII rumors! This one has a bit more weight to it, as Deadline.com has confirmed that Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt is the man who wrote the treatments for the next trilogy and is “in line” to work on the Episode VII script, once he’s done writing the last two Hunger Games movies. This is pleasing to me, if only because Toy Story 3 was phenomenal and it increases the chances that brilliant director Brad Bird may replace George “Throat Beard” Lucas, presumably by throwing him into the heart of the Death Star.

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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