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U.K. box office: ‘This Is It’ not so huge

Up is down after Michael Jackson’s arrival at multiplexes: 1. Michael Jackson’s This Is It: £4.9 million (NEW) 2. Up: £3.4 million (4th week; drops 10%) 3. Fantastic Mr. Fox: £1.5 million (2nd week; up 2%) 4. Saw VI: £.94 million (2nd week; drops 46%) 5. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant: £.54 million (2nd … more…

bias update: October 19

obsession: Doctor Who (I keep buying new DVDs of the old show; see more after the jump) boyfriend: Paul Gross in Eastwick (see more after the jump) psyched: The Men Who Stare at Goats (George Clooney as a psychic warrior, and Ewan McGregor as anything? I’m so there; also, see more after the jump) girl … more…

Bright Star (review)

John Keats is the intruder into the story of Fanny Brawne, and if you didn’t already know that he turned out to be the renowed poet and she turned out to be ‘merely’ the young woman who loved him, and was loved by him, and inspired some of his greatest poetry, you might be forgiven for assuming that she’s the one who surely washed up legendary years later, for how the film defies the convention of lavishing its focus not on him as the de facto presumptive natural center of attention, but on her.

off to England again

I’m heading off to Stratford-upon-Avon again for a reprise of the trip I took this same time last year. I leave on Tuesday night, arrive Wednesday morning, and return back to New York on Sunday, October 4. Last year’s trip was such a blast that my travel buddy Bonnie and I decided to do it … more…

bias update: September 18

obsession: Doctor Who (the old standby; my love for it never really fades) boyfriend: Paul Gross in Due South, which I’m finally catching up with 15 years later (it’s a very goofy show, but he is so delicious — and now I learn he’s playing the Devil in Eastwick… yum!) psyched: Where the Wild Things … more…

I interview Paul Schneider (and others)

You’ve seen Paul Schneider in movies like Lars and the Real Girl and Away We Go, and he’s in Parks & Recreation on NBC, which just had its second season premiere last night. And now he’s starring in Bright Star, Jane Campion’s new movie about the poet John Keats and his romance with Fanny Brawne, … more…

trailer break: ‘Bright Star’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer… A new movie from Jane Campion is always something to welcome, and this one is even more beautiful and more Keatsy-mopey and more romantic than the trailer suggests. *sigh* It makes me want to go read some early-19th-century poetry… Bright Star opened yesterday in New York and … more…