Kevin Bumped. Cleveland’s Cedar Lee cinema has indefinitely postponed the movie We Need to Talk About Kevin “out of respect and sensitivity to the families of the victims from the tragic events in Chardon,” a theater rep said. It had been set to open at the Cleveland theater on March 9.
Based on a novel by Lionel Shriver, the acclaimed movie starring Tilda Swinton involves a troubled young man who goes on a shooting spree in a school.
Happy Birthday, Godfather. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of The Godfather, and the movie is making some appearances in local theaters to mark the occasion.
Cinemark Valley View will show it at 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday in a restored, digitized version suitable for its fancy XD screen. It’s a one-day-only showing, and tickets will be premium priced.
Cleveland Cinemas will begin showings on March 9 at both Plaza Cinemas and Cleveland’s Capitol Theatre. The Capitol will show a restored, digital print. According to the theater, the Plaza will have “a traditional 35 mm film print as [the film] was originally released.” Regular ticket prices, including $5 Mondays, will apply at both theaters.
Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, the film is considered one of the classics of modern cinema (and is one of my favorite movies). The mobster saga revived the career of Marlon Brando — who won a best-actor Oscar for his performance — and set a star course for Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall (all of whom were nominated for the supporting-actor Oscar).
Besides Brando’s, it won Oscars for best picture and adapted screenplay. Two years later, the sequel — which Cinemark plans to show on XD screens on April 19 — won Oscars for best picture, supporting actor (Robert DeNiro), director, adapted screenplay and more.
The original The Godfather is rated R and runs 175 minutes. But every time I run across it on TV, or pull out one of my DVD sets (it is also on Blu-ray), I can’t stop watching until I reach the end.
In Case You Missed It ... Dancing With the Stars has announced the celebrities for its new season beginning March 19. They include Gavin DeGraw, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Martina Navratilova, Sherri Shepherd, Jack Wagner and Jaleel White.
I will tell you that White was Steve Urkel on Family Matters. As for the rest, Google where necessary.
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and in the HeldenFiles Online blog at http://heldenfels. ohio.com. He is also on Facebook and Twitter. He can be reached at 330-996-3582 or email@example.com.