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Monday, January 4, 2010

Danny Glover coming to UNC for MLK week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 2:45 PM

Danny Glover of Lethal Weapon and Angels in the Outfield fame is the keynote speaker for UNC's 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, UNC officials announced today. Glover's speech highlights the weeklong event, which runs from Jan. 17 to Jan. 22. The talk is free and open to the public and is set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Memorial Hall. You will need a ticket, however. Students with UNC IDs get the first crack at them beginning Jan. 12. Everyone else can get two tickets starting Jan. 14 at the Memorial Hall box office. Glover will...

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Statement from owners of Varsity Theater (yes, it’s closing tonight)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Just an hour ago, Bruce and Mary Jo Stone, the owners of the Varsity Theater on Franklin Street, released a written statement confirming the closing of the theater. Although the document doesn't specify the effective date, presumably the theater will close after tonight's final showings of The Hangover and The Brothers Bloom. In the statement, signed by Bruce Stone, several factors are cited. First, he numbers currently don't support the continuation of both theaters [the Varsity and the Chelsea, also owned by the Stones] as viable enterprises. The Varsity especially has been struggling for over two years, with no...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Varsity Theater to go dark Friday, June 26

Posted By on Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 7:26 PM

[caption id="attachment_4387" align="aligncenter" width="461" caption="UNC-Chapel Hill freshman Walker Percy, later the author of "The Moviegoer" and many other books, extends his leg while waiting in line for a movie at the Varsity Theatre, then known as the Carolina Theatre, on Franklin Street, circa 1933-34. Photo courtesy of North Carolina Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill"] [/caption] The Varsity Theater, which has been in operation under different names on Chapel Hill's Franklin Street for more than 80 years, will go dark this Friday. Owner Bruce Stone wouldn't directly confirm the theater's closing, but when asked if the fact that the Indy had not been...

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Movie cameras now set to roll in Durham in late March

Posted By on Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM

Main Street, the movie, may be shooting on your street soon. We've got the story over on Artery, our seasonal arts blog—which will be cranking up in earnest for Full Frame....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

He's just that into you: Justin Long is Romeo to Evan Rachel Wood's Juliet

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Theatre in the Park announced today that Justin Long, an actor seen in such titles as He's Just Not That Into You, Galaxy Quest, Live Free or Die Hard and the Peyton Reed-directed The Break-Up, will play her BF from the Montague side of the tracks in the Theatre's May production of Romeo and Juliet. The production will run for five performances from May 15-17, at the TIP space in Pullen Park. Tickets are on sale for $50.  Wood, whose star will continue to rise when her next film, Woody Allen's Whatever Works, opens the Tribeca Film Festival in April, is a...

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Friday, March 13, 2009

New York Times "succumbs to economic pressures," withdraws support from Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 6:44 PM

  If there was any doubt about the depth and breadth of the economic crisis in general and the daily newspaper crisis in particular, this afternoon's announcement from the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival abolishes it. The New York Times, which has provided sponsorship support for the 12-year-old festival since 2001, has withdrawn its commitment, the festival announced today, less than three weeks away from the start of this year's event, which is scheduled for April 2-5 in Durham. The Times was one of two "presenting sponsors" for the festival. Duke University is the other. The threshold for being...

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Main Street holds casting call on Durham's Morgan Street

Posted By on Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 3:38 PM

There was more evidence this week that a film production is indeed getting underway in Durham. Auditions for Main Street were held all week at Durham Convention Center. Two actors confirmed independently that they'd read for parts this week, and that the production is scheduled to begin in April. The casting agency is Telsey and Company, described by one of our confidants as a very reputable casting agency out of NYC. They cast lots of Broadway shows and big movies like Sex and the City, Rachel Getting Married, and Milk. I saw them a few times while I was living in...

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Evan Rachel Wood to act in Theatre in the Park's Romeo and Juliet

Posted By on Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Evan Rachel Wood stopped being a full-time Raleigh resident years ago, but her family remains central to the city's theater scene: Her father, Ira David Wood III, is longtime artistic director of Theatre in the Park, and recently finished a run in the title role of Shakespeare's Macbeth. Evan's brother Ira David Wood IV was also in that production. Now she'll be reunited with her family in a production of Romeo and Juliet, the theater announced on its Web site. The show is advertised as a fundraiser, and is tentatively set to run in mid-May. Ira David Wood IV—who...

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sundance report: Our correspondent writes

Posted By on Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 1:59 PM

Indy freelancer Marc Maximov spent the last two weeks of January where he always does: at Park City, Utah, volunteering with the Sundance Film Festival and taking in films. Lots of films. Every year, he sends an e-mail to his friends with the skinny on the films--especially the documentaries, which he finds to be the festival's most consistently rewarding offerings. With any luck, Triangle residents will have the opportunity to see some of them at Durham’s Full Frame documentary fest in April. Marc's note follows:...

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Hoop Dreams director to curate sports films at Full Frame

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 6:11 PM

  The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival announced today that Steve James, director of one of the most successful documentaries ever, the 1994 epic Hoop Dreams, will curate a sports-themed program at this year's festival, which runs April 2-5. James' sidebar will be called This Sporting Life, and will not be limited to documentaries. Instead, the series "will include some of the lesser-seen dramatic films that take place in the world of sports. Selections will include those that specifically anticipated the emergence of the sports genre in documentary filmmaking, which continues to be honest, vibrant, and original." Any suggestions...

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Raleigh LGBT Center group's got "Milk" -- Rialto, 8 pm Thursday

Posted By on Tue, Dec 9, 2008 at 9:59 AM

From the Rialto's website: MILK opens at RIALTO on Friday, December 12th!  There will be a special premier showing on Thursday, December 11th at 8pm.  Tickets for this show are $10.00 each, with proceeds going to the LGBT Center of Raleigh.   Tickets for this show will go on sale at 6:30pm the day of the show at the Rialto box office.  Remember, the Rialto is cash only! Center organizers are in early stages, looking to grow. They have a rudimentary website up with a mission statement that's copied below....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Cranky" Indy critic Godfrey Cheshire draws raves for film

Posted By on Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 6:56 PM

More than four years ago, Indy critic Godfrey Cheshire began work on his documentary Moving Midway, a chronicle of the relocation of his ancestral Wake County home and a meditation on the changing South. The film, which opens in the Triangle this Friday, has been garnering excellent notices. Among them are: New York Times critic A.O. Scott: At the heart of “Moving Midway” is the desire to preserve that warm, respectful sense of tradition and continuity while at the same time looking clearly at the less noble realities of history and making some attempt to rectify them. Entertainment Weekly's Lisa Schwarzbaum:  With...

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Obsession: Not a cologne sample in your N&O

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Subscribers of the News & Observer, and more than 70 other newspapers across the country, found a DVD inserted into their papers this morning. The film is a documentary called Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West. The film itself is two years old, and it is now receiving its second major push. The last time this film—and its South African director Wayne Kopping—appeared in the media was two years ago, on the eve of the 2006 election. Now the movie—an inflammatory but otherwise unoriginal hash of Middle Eastern news footage of jihadists and interviews with right-wing talking heads like...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Rave review in Toronto for N.C. filmmaker

Posted By on Tue, Sep 9, 2008 at 2:26 PM

The first hurdle for any film looking for attention at a major festival like the Toronto Film Festival is a good review in the trades. By that measure, Winston-Salem native Ramin Bahrani's Goodbye Solo is off to a flying start. Variety's Ronnie Scheib calls the film, which was shot on location in Winston-Salem, "brilliant" and "engrossing." Goodbye Solo is set in the world of African cab drivers, and it seems to be a continuation of Bahrani's Iranian-style aesthetic. Scheib writes: ... Bahrani has charted out a singular environment in the film's surprisingly funky Winston-Salem locale. The town, once seen as...

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