"Tapping the Ozarks," a new film by University of Arkansas students Danny Henkel and Alyssa Becker, focuses on NWA beer culture and the rise of microbreweries in the region, highlighting companies like Home Brewery, Fossil Cove, Core, Saddlebock, and West Mountain. The film's official premiere was last month at Fossil Cove, but the filmmakers put it online for free last night.
Buried in a news item yesterday about the movie "Lego Batman," The Hollywood Reporter mentioned offhandedly that actor Michael Cera has acquired the rights to "Masters of Atlantis," the brilliant, absurdist cult-farce by Little Rock author Charles Portis. "Cera aims to write the adaptation as not only an acting vehicle but a directing project as well," they report. /more/
At 7 p.m. Thursday, July 16, the Arkansas Times, Little Rock PFLAG and Central Arkansas Pridefest will host a special screening of Little Rock director Mark Thiedeman’s "Sacred Hearts, Holy Souls” to benefit Out in Arkansas, the Times’ coming LGBT publication. /more/
I'm late to this, but Deadline Hollywood has reported that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols ("Mud," "Take Shelter") has settled on his next project, a film he wrote and will direct titled "Loving." Inspired by the documentary "The Loving Story," the film is to be based on the story of the couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, who instigated the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage — a case commemorated every year on June 12, Loving Day. /more/
At a press conference this afternoon, CALS made a number of programming announcements, including the summer film lineup for the Ron Robinson Theater. Their "Rewind" series continues with "Monty Python & The Holy Grail" (6/26), "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" (7/10), "Beetlejuice" (8/14) and "Good Will Hunting" (8/15). Their new "Great Directors" series includes Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps" (6/27), Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather Pt. 2" (7/11) and Stanley Kubrick's "Dr. Strangelove" (8/15). The "Kid Flix" series includes "The Goonies" (6/27) and "Song of the Sea" (7/11), and for the week of July 26-August 1, the theater will screen all eight Harry Potter films — offering the whole Hogwarts experience, complete with butterbeer at the concession stand, etc. /more/
With spies, triple crosses, an icy blonde, mistaken identity, a murderous biplane and Cary Grant wearing the most dirt-repelling gray suit in all of film history, Hitchcock's 1959 thriller "North By Northwest" may well have invented the modern thriller, and it's still a hell of a good time at the movies. Now's your chance to see it on the big screen, with this week's Thursday night screening at Little Rock's Ron Robinson Theater, part of the Arkansas Times film series. /more/
The Bentonville Film Festival, launched this year by actress Geena Davis and held earlier this month from May 5-9, earned a number of largely positive notices from major outlets like the Huffington Post ("At the Bentonville Film Festival, Women Are Playing in the Major Leagues"), the L.A. Times ("Bentonville Film Festival pushes diversity message from year one") and the New York Times ("Bentonville, Ark., Hosts a Film Festival Without a Movie Theater"), most of them centering on its unique and vital agenda — promoting diversity and gender equality in filmmaking — and its celebrity cache (e.g. an acting workshop taught by Robert De Niro, a softball game led by Rosie O'Donnell, etc.). /more/
It was announced today that Billy Bob Thornton, the famous Arkansas actor and director who was born in Hot Springs, will narrate a new documentary about the role of Hot Springs in the development of baseball as a springtime sport. /more/
We've been reading a kergillion books lately at our house. Scrambling to make it to 1,000 books before kindergarten. Don't tell them I said this, but I did the math and I don't think we'll make it. Regardless, we've read some wonderful books, but one that has moved me the most in the last few weeks is "Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes." It is amazing at putting the little things into the context of enormous planet earth. It is beautifully illustrated and handily written.
by Will Stephenson, Bryan Moats, David Koon, Kaya Herron and Lindsey Millar
The Times Record reports that about 100 people turned out for Fort Smith lawyer Joey McCutcheon's rally to save the Rebel mascot and the "Dixie" fight song along with other trappings of the Confederacy at Fort Smith Southside High School.