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die hard is a xmas movie | by maryann johanson

my week at the movies: ‘Whip It,’ ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: Live’

Gettin’ on a plane tomorrow for England, so screenings are pretty much out of the question. The only movie on my agenda for the week (unless I see something in England, which I probably won’t want to take the time out for) is the one I just came from a screening of: Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, Whip It (opens in the U.S. on October 2; no U.K. release date has been announced yet). This is a go-girl flick about Ellen Page’s Austin high schooler who discovers roller derby and is instantly hooked. I’m just about to go post my Twitter/Facebook first reaction to the film, which is this: “MaryAnn Johanson loves the sweet funky energy of WHIP IT, and now she’s dying to go roller skating again, which she hasn’t done since junior high.”

Tonight I’ll attend a live singalong of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog at Symphony Space in New York (for this, I’m missing the only NYC screening of Michael Moore’s new movie, Capitalism: A Love Story). Joss Whedon is hosting, and we’re promised special guests. (Please please please let it be Nathan Fillion!) Should be a blast, and it’s a benefit for the nonprofit 826NYC, which supports and encourages kids’ creative writing efforts. So it’s all cool.



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