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Wednesday shorts: Al Gore, and the elusive local angle on "Pan's Labyrinth"

Posted at 3:10 PM on January 17, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Al Gore: The former V.P's visit to Scotland resulted in an interesting little film development. As Gore attended an environmental conference in Glasgow, Scotland's Environment Minister Ross Finnie, announced that Gore's film "An Inconvenient Truth" will be shown to every sophomore and senior high school student in the country. The effort is being funded by the utility Scottish Power which owns the largest coal-fired power plant in the nation. The Glasgow Herald provided details (although I don't know how long the link will stay good.)

Pan's Labyrinth: Apparently Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth" has been pulling in boatloads of business, which has somewhat surprised those who have difficulty believing there is a large interest in Spanish language fantasies set against the Spanish Civil War. The film opens in Minneapolis this weekend, and to mark the occasion Doug Jones who plays Pan in the movie, will appear at the 7 and 9.30 shows on Friday night at the Uptown in Minneapolis.

Jones has made a career of playing monsters, and will play the title role in "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" due out in mid-June. Del Toro, who with "Cronos," "Mimic," "Blade II," and "Hellboy" is no stranger to the skills needed to portray things demonic puts his admiration for Jones this way: "For as long as I live and breathe and there's a monster in my movies, Doug Jones will be there" .

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