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Movie Natters: March 18, 2008 Archive

A unique opportunity

Posted at 12:28 PM on March 18, 2008 by Euan Kerr (1 Comments)

It's not everyday that you get a chance to see an international documentary made by a 9 year old. But that's exactly what's on offer (amongst other fine things) at Cinema Lounge tomorrow night at the Bryant Lake Bowl. Cinema Lounge is IFP Minnesota's monthly showcase of short indie films made by Minnesota film makers.

Diego Mack Xicay Luke made "Diego's trip to Guatemala" during a recent family trip. It's worth watching because he's the son of Dan Luke and Laurie Stern who have been fixtures in the local tv world for years, and probably gave him a few tips.

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Minghella dead

Posted at 1:12 PM on March 18, 2008 by Euan Kerr

It's truly sad news for the film world that Anthony Minghella has died. He's best known here for directing such Oscar winners as "The English Patient," "Cold Mountain," and "The Talented Mr Ripley."

He was just 54. He died of a hemorrhage early this morning as he was recovering from an operation last week to remove a growth from his neck.

Minghella first came to prominance as a director for "Truly, Madly, Deeply" a BBC drama starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman about a woman who is followed by the spirit of her dead husband. It became an instant cult classic in part because of its lack of schmaltz. It also established Stevenson and Rickman as true stars. A decade and a half after it first aired it's still much favored a video rental.

Minghella had just finished another film for the BBC at the time of his death, a long awaited adaptation of Alexander McCall Smith's "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency."

Clooney and Zellweger head to Duluth

Posted at 4:26 PM on March 18, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Fresh from working on the Darfur situation George Clooney heads to Duluth Monday with Renee Zellweger to do a little pub for "Leatherheads."

Although the film was mainly shot in the Carolinas, it is loosely based on the story of Duluth's NFL team the Eskimos.

While most of the visit will be closed to the public, there will be an opportunity at 1pm for fans to say hi outside the Duluth Depot.

There seems to be a fair bit of excitement over all this, although claims by one Duluth source that local politicians will now have a few days of free rein because the local press will be focused elsewhere clearly don't know just how jaded we inkstained wretches can be.

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