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Friday, January 22, 2016

Carolina Theatre CEO Bob Nocek resigns

Posted By on Fri, Jan 22, 2016 at 2:52 PM

The Carolina Theatre of Durham announced today that President and CEO Bob Nocek is stepping down immediately. His departure comes after the discovery last December that the city-owned theater, thought to be profitable, had run up $800,000 in debt since July 2013, creating a total deficit of more than $1 million. Nocek, who took the reins of the historic theater in 2010, will be succeeded by Durham businessman Dan Berman as interim president and CEO. Working as a volunteer, Berman takes control of the Carolina’s finances, operations and programming on Monday, Jan. 25. Watch this space for more on this story...

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Monday, August 18, 2014

One: A Story of Love and Equality at the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Brooklyn-based filmmaker Becca Roth had never actually been to North Carolina before starting work on her award-winning documentary One: A Story of Love and Equality, which chronicles her interactions with people on both sides of a controversial anti-gay-marriage constitutional amendment. Still, the state and its rocky history with gay rights had always intrigued her. “I had a friend from college who was from Hendersonville,” says Roth, “and she always talked about the difference between being in Hendersonville, having to be completely closeted, and going 30 minutes to Asheville, where you can do whatever you want. So I was interested in...

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Oscar-nominated short documentaries screening at the Carolina

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

The Carolina Theatre in Durham is offering area film enthusiasts the opportunity to actually know what they’re talking about when the winner for Best Documentary Short is announced at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. Broken into two programs, the nominated films offer stunning subjects, each inspiring in its own way. (For reviews of the the live-action and animated nominees, click here.) Program A contains three films, kicking off with Facing Fear. Matthew Boger was a young gay teen hustling on the streets of Los Angeles 25 years ago when he was the victim of a horrible hate crime. By chance,...

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Filmmaker Drew DeNicola discusses his documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Posted By on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

When Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori’s documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me made its North Carolina premiere at Full Frame Documentary Film Festival last April, the Triangle area music scene was largely represented in the Carolina Theatre audience. The N.C. connection—local pop artists/producers Chris Stamey and Mitch Easter are interviewed in the film—was an attracting factor, as was a performance preceding the screening by the Stamey-led band The Fellow Travelers, but the place was packed more because of the love of the original music itself. I certainly felt that love full force throughout the film as the infectious...

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Come back to the 1980s at the Escapism Film Festival, which begins Friday

Posted By on Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Courtesy of the Carolina TheatreIn today’s world, if you loved something growing up, DVD and YouTube have meant you’ve never had to let it go. For those born to a post-Star Wars world, the Escapism Film Festival’s transformation into a revival house for SF/fantasy films has been a stroll down memory lane, with the likes of Flash Gordon, Enemy Mine and The Last Unicorn available on the big screen at past shows. This year’s lineup of 17 films, all but one of which were released in the 1980s, speaks to cable TV and home video’s influence on a generation—both for...

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

TERMINUS impresses most when its rhymes impress us least

Posted By on Sat, Feb 26, 2011 at 7:03 PM

Catherine Walker, Declan Conlon and Olwen Fouere in Abbey Theatre's TERMINUSTERMINUS3.5 stars (out of 5)Abbey Theater of DublinDuke PerformancesCarolina Theatre If you want to explore some of the outer limits of theatrical discourse this evening, you now have two choices, not one. For as chance—and producers’ schedules—would have it, less than half a mile away from IN THE HEIGHTS’ amazing musical fusion of slam poetry, rap and meringue-edged songs at DPAC (which earned our latest 5-star review earlier this week), Dublin's Abbey Theatre pursues a different form of verbal gymnastics in a production of Irish dramatist Mark O’Rowe’s latest work,...

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Nevermore Film Festival celebrates 12th year with Hannibal Lecter and killer tires

Posted By on Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Courtesy of Carolina TheatreDark SoulsIn its 12th year, the Nevermore Film Festival—which starts today and runs through Sunday—shows that the line between low-budget horror and “mainstream” cinema has all but vanished. There’s a number of recognizable actors in the lead of the newer films, and many of the international efforts included have already earned considerable cult buzz. There’s plenty of fun to be had with the older films—those who enjoyed Liam Neeson’s psycho ass-kicking in Taken or plan to see him in Unknown can enjoy him at his most over-the-top Neeson-est in 1990’s Darkman. Before he helmed the Spider-Man films,...

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Friday, October 1, 2010

A weekend of escape: Reviewing the Escapism Film Festival

Posted By on Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 11:37 AM

“We really shook the pillars of Heaven, didn’t we?”—Jack Burton (Kurt Russell) in Big Trouble in Little China I’m sitting next to another journalist in the Carolina Theatre’s Cinema One on a Friday night, watching 1987’s Robocop on the big screen. “Best line coming up,” he whispers to me, moments before Kurtwood Smith’s character bursts through the door and deadpans, “Bitches leave.” A little later, I’m elbowing him. “Best random part,” I whisper as Paul McCrane’s character gets melted by toxic waste, thus creating an impromptu monster movie in the middle of the climax. We’re at the Escapism Film Festival,...

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Notes from the NCGLFF filmmakers' party

Posted By on Wed, Aug 25, 2010 at 1:35 PM

DURHAM—The license plate on the car parked near mine across the street from the Carolina Theatre read, “ASK TELL.” Though North Carolina was long burdened with the anti-gay views of the late Sen. Jesse Helms, the attitude in downtown Durham was out and proud as the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival celebrated its 15th year—and a new attitude for festivals in the area. Approximately 500 filmmakers and festival-goers were present for the event, a simple tent with music, chairs and hors d’oeuvres with a bar (and, there was also free ice cream, the truest sign of a good...

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Do it Again, Again: The full text of the Indy interview with Geoff Edgers

Posted By on Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 12:55 PM

Full FrameZooey Deschanel charms Geoff Edgers in Do It AgainFriday night at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Robert Patton-Spruill's Do It Again: One Man's Quest to Reunite the Kinks played to a packed Fletcher Hall. Patton-Spruill and his film's titular character, longtime music reporter Geoff Edgers, took the stage afterward for questions. Edgers asked audience members to record the proceedings with their smart phones and email the videos and photos to him so he could pass them on to his wife, Carlene—seen extensively in the film, she is nearly full-term with the couple's second child. Edgers also revealed that...

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Strong musicianship lifts Savoyards' Mikado

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 11:23 PM

The Mikado 3 1/2 stars Durham Savoyards Carolina Theatre (closed March 21) Call the Durham Savoyards a theatrical anachronism—if you dare. For the truth is this: At this writing, over 50 such companies in the United States (and another 100 or so, back in Britain) exist to do one thing only—cart the lot of us back to the last two decades of the 1800s, and plant us in the boxes of the Savoy Theater of London, as William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan employ classically-trained musicians and singers to ever-so-gently ridicule the absurdities of Victorian culture. Gilbert’s penchant for...

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Mikado cast prepares for opening night

Posted By on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 12:25 PM

CAROLINA THEATRE/ DURHAM—Ask any high-school theater geek, and they'll have heard of Gilbert and Sullivan. Ask me, I was one. But amazingly, I graduated high school and went all through college without once seeing one of their plays or hearing any of the songs. All of that changed when I attended a rehearsal for The Mikado, performed by the Durham Savoyards. Founded in 1963, the troupe is dedicated to performing solely Gilbert and Sullivan standards. While they rotate through a number of titles, they return to the more popular ones more frequently. This outing marks director Derrick Ivey's second...

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Jennifer Coolidge: More than just a MILF

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2010 at 3:42 PM

[caption id="attachment_1674" align="alignleft" width="204" caption="Jennifer Coolidge in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call—New Orleans, which plays its final Triangle engagement Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Carolina Theatre in Durham. (Photo courtesy of First Look Pictures)"] It took one simple acronym to put Jennifer Coolidge in the public eye: "MILF." Since her appearance as the teen-deflowering Stifler's mom in 1999's American Pie, the actress says she's been inundated with scripts for "horny mother and trophy wife" roles. But she looks back on the part with fondness: "It's gotten me a lot of dates." Coolidge will appear at Goodnight's for a stand-up...

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Friday, October 9, 2009

“Larry the Cable Guy” to David Cross: Get ’er done

Posted By on Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Indy contributor Danny Hooley wrote this preview of David Cross' performance in Durham Wednesday night. He then went to the show and found that the show started before the patrons even entered Fletcher Hall. Poor "Larry the Cable Guy." He thought he was going to a Jeff Foxworthy show. Instead, he found out that the ticket he purchased for the Carolina Theatre Wednesday night was for his old nemesis, David Cross. When he discovered his boneheaded mistake, he tried the only thing he could think of: scalping. "Git 'er donnnne! Y'all need tickets?" There he was, in all his...

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