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13 noms for IBJ Movie Night films

January 27, 2009
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Films that were screened as part of our IBJ Night at the Movies previews scored 13 Oscar nominations. Ten of those noms were for "Slumdog Millionaire." Two others were for "The Duchess" while the final one was a well-deserved Best Original...
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Exec pay, Chicago discounts, etc.

January 20, 2009
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Occassionally, I like to devote a blog to connecting you to conversations on other blogs. It's that time again. Of course, feel free to comment here on anything you find out there (Hint: right click and open any link in another...
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'Defiance': Your thoughts?

January 14, 2009
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Even with the cold, there was a full house for Wednesday's screening of "Defiance"--including many who won tickets here on the blog. So, attendees, what did you think?
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Bollywood in Indianapolis

January 13, 2009
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While "Slumdog Millionaire" isn't a Bollywood film, the Golden Globe winner does play with some of the conventions popularized by the Indian film industry--including the joyful dance sequence that ends the film.  "Slumdog's" box office and critical success may bode well for a long-running series of...
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Seeing Red (Skelton) in new bio

January 9, 2009
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In a previous blog, I mentioned reading "Red Skelton: The Mask Behind the Mask" (Indiana Historical Society Press) by Wes. D Gehring. I was asked for some additional thought. Well, here goes: In the book, Gehring, a Ball State film professor...
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Arts once removed

January 8, 2009
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The British TV channel Sky Arts will be broadcasting English National Opera's production of "La Boheme." Nothing new there. The twist is that it will, simultaniously, broadcast a live, behind-the-scenes, view. See story here. If both were offered here, I'd guess that...
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IBJ Night at the Movies: 'Defiance'

December 29, 2008
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Daniel Craig and Liev Schriber star in the upcoming film WW II film "Defiance," in which three brothers escape Nazi-occupied Poland and join with Russian resistance fighters. Edward Zwick ("Blood Diamond," "Glory") directs. More info on the film here. Want...
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A Fink among Muppets

December 17, 2008
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On Wednesday, "A Muppet Christmas--Letters to Santa" made its holiday debut on NBC. Why am I mentioning that here? Two reasons. 1. It was co-written by Indianapolis native Hugh Fink, a former SNL scribe and very funny man. (Check out some funny business...
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'Seven Pounds': Your thoughts

December 17, 2008
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So did you brave the weather--and the massive overbooking of the theater--and get in to see "Seven Pounds" last night? If so, let us know what you thought.
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Golden Globes/critic's ignorance

December 11, 2008
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I'm not one of those "TV is beneath me" snobs, but the reality is that, as your friendly neighborhood arts guy, I don't have much time to watch the tube. Still, when I saw the Golden Globe nominations this morning, I had to...
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IBJ Movie Night: 'Seven Pounds'

December 8, 2008
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[Note: all winners have been contacted. See you at the movie.]  Join IBJ for a sneak preview of the new Will Smith film "Seven Pounds." It will be held Tuesday, Dec. 16 at AMC Castleton Square 14. To score the passes, discuss your favorite Will...
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Quick-notes Friday

December 5, 2008
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--Let the movie awards season begin. "Slumdog Millionaire"--which IBJ A&E readers got a chance to see earlier this week (see your comments here)--was just named 2008's Best Film by the National Board of Review. See story here. --Another potential...
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"Slumdog": Your thoughts

December 2, 2008
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We had a great crowd at the IBJ Night at the Movies screening of "Slumdog Millionaire." If you were there, let us know what you thought of the film.
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Indy in January: Back to the '50s

December 1, 2008
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Break out the poodle skirts and leather jackets. Mid-January, 2009, is being taken over by the 1950s. At least, in Central Indiana it is. Nobody planned it this way. It's not a part of some cross-promotion. It just seems to be...
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Lou's arts thank-you list

November 26, 2008
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A few things I'm thankful for: --I'm thankful that there's plenty of material to write about in this blog. And that it has found a loyal readership (between 350 and 900 hits a day). --I'm thankful for the smart, insightful, fun responses...
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IBJ 'Slumdog' movie night

November 21, 2008
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Okay, now that we've groggily made it through a pair of midnight screenings of Hollywood popcorn flicks ("Quantum of Solace" and "Twilight"), let's change the pace a little with a serious Oscar contender...at a reasonable hour. "Slumdog Millionaire" has not only earned rave reviews,...
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Heartland's Oscar buzz

November 19, 2008
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You know how, when you're gathered in the living room filling out you Academy Award ballot with friends and there are the inevitable jokes about nobody having any idea what the nominated documentaries are about? Well, this year, it could be...
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IBJ movie nights: Bond, etc.

November 5, 2008
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In the past, I've hosted a wide range of IBJ Night at the Movies screenings. The next two, however, are a little different. The tickets I'm giving away are, to be accurate, for IBJ LATE Nights at the Movies. Midnight, to be specific.  First...
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Fictional Presidential match-ups

November 3, 2008
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Here, for your entertainment, some fictional election match-ups (ignoring party affiliations). Who gets your vote? Peter Sellers in "Dr. Strangelove" vs. Michael Douglas in "The American President" vs. Morgan Freeman in "Deep Impact"? Next round: Martin Sheen on "The West Wing" vs. Donald...
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Film: Can 'best' = 'most popular'?

October 28, 2008
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Interesting stat in today's New York Times: The last four winners of the Academy Award for Best Picture ("No Country for Old Men," "The Departed," "Crash," and "Million Dollar Baby") combined didn't bring in the box office money of 2003's...
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On celebrity interviews

October 28, 2008
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Peter Bart, one of the smarter guys in Hollywood, has an interesting blog over at Variety. His topic: Celebrity interviews. (Find it here.) In the piece, Bart elequently points out something I've felt for a long time now: That most...
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High school musical memories

October 20, 2008
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Between the upcoming release of Disney's "High School Musical 3" in theaters--as both an arts journalist and the father of teenage girls, I know a lot about HSM--and my kid's own real life high school musical (Pike High School's production...
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Review: 'Striped Pajamas'

October 16, 2008
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The Heartland Film Festival kicks off tonight with the North American premiere (which I incorrectly stated was a World Premiere in my weekly e-mail) of "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." Landing a major studio premiere is a coup for Heartland...
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Rodgers & Hammerstein thoughts

October 10, 2008
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The well-sung but nondescript production of "The Sound of Music" currently running at Beef & Boards got me thinking about the musicals of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Some random thoughts:  --The R&H reputation pretty much rests on "Oklahoma!," "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King...
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What new TV season?

October 3, 2008
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The fall TV series is off and running. Well, not running. Stumbling is a better word. What used to be an exciting time in TV land is now, well, just ask yourself when the last time was that people in your...
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