There’s a Movie Shoot in Center City Tonight

Photo by Bradley Maule

Photo by Bradley Maule

There’s a movie shooting in Center City tonight.

I know what you’re thinking: Who chooses to shoot a film in Center City on a Friday night? Won’t the crowds be too much for actors, especially a movie that will star Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston?

Those are good questions, hypothetical quizzical reader, but I have an answer for you: The Untouchables will film on Market Street and JFK Boulevard between 15th and 20th streets, which is pretty empty on any night — even Fridays. And neither Hart nor Cranston will be in town tonight to shoot the film. Got it? Read more »

5 Questions: Jovan Adepo and Russell Hornsby on Fences

Jovan Adepo, left, and Russell Hornsby in Fences. Photo courtesy of David Lee/Paramount Pictures

Jovan Adepo, left, and Russell Hornsby in Fences. Photo courtesy of David Lee/Paramount Pictures

It’s not every actor who gets to work with truly legendary figures, and fewer still who get to work with such luminaries while also being directed by them. But that was the situation for Jovan Adepo and Russell Hornsby, a pair of gifted thespians who got to make the film adaption of the August Wilson play Fences, working alongside – and for – co-star and director Denzel Washington.

Reprising his leading role from a much rhapsodized Broadway production, Washington, along with stage co-star Viola Davis, meticulously choreographed the play so that it would take advantage of the more free-flowing visual cinematic form. He also surrounded himself with sterling young talent, including Adepo and Hornsby, who both play sons of Washington’s indelible Troy Maxon, albeit with different mothers. Recently, the pair of actors were in town to discuss the play, the genius of Wilson’s words, and what it was like to work with Hollywood royalty. Read more »

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Opens Thursday With Events for the Fans

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, LucasFilm

Felicity Jones in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios, LucasFilm

Star Wars fans are serious about these movies. The latest installment in the hugely popular sci-fi series is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, set long before the last film, which was set after the first three, labeled episodes four, five and six, but largely unconnected to the newer prequel trilogy containing episodes one, two and three. Got that? Either way, rest assured there will be a Death Star, evil villains and scrappy heroes saving the day.

Rogue One opens tomorrow, December 15th, and the Philadelphia Film Society is heralding it with much fanfare, starting with a performance by Wookiedelphia, a Star Wars-inspired brass brand, before the 7 p.m. screening at the Prince Theater. The bar will be serving up themed cocktails from a galaxy far, far away. Read more »

5 Movies to Watch This Week

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Gremlins @ Ruba Club | Wednesday, December 7
Ruba Club is showing ’80s favorite Gremlins on a giant screen, along with movie-themed Quizzo, a selection of holiday shorts, popcorn, and drinks at the ballroom bar.

Local Film Night Vol. 1 @ Martha | Wednesday, December 7
Martha is starting up a movie-night series highlighting local filmmakers and they’re promising “some of the best, funniest, and downright odd shorts from Philly.” It’s free to get in and there will be drink specials.

Rock Docs: Monterey Pop @ National Museum of American Jewish History | Thursday, December 8
Tied to the “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution” exhibit (up through January 16th, 2017), the NMAJH is screening concert documentary Monterey Pop, about the 1967 music festival featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead and other storied artists. Tickets include access to the exhibit. Before the film, World Café Live is throwing a Summer of Love party at the museum with live music. Read more »

See Academy Award Winner Birdman With a Live Score

Photo by  J. Bettman

Photo by J. Bettman

Remember way back to 2015? It was a simpler time, when we embraced bleak movies like Birdman. The Alejandro Inarritu film, starring Michael Keaton as a fading movie star, won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography. Keaton, whose character, in a meta-nod, played a Batman-like superhero, was nominated for Best Actor. Read more »

The Last Laugh and More Movies You Won’t Want to Miss

The Last Laugh, featuring Mel Brooks, is the centerpiece film of this year's Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

The Last Laugh, featuring Mel Brooks, is the centerpiece film of this year’s Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival.

Both the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival are going on this week and next, so we have some major movie-watching decisions to make.

The 36th annual Jewish film fest kicked off over the weekend and runs through November 19th, with 33 films from 12 countries. General admission tickets are $13 or you can buy a pass for multiple screenings. Students get in free.

This week’s spotlight film is By Sidney Lumet, a documentary about the director who made 12 Angry Men, Network and more than 40 other films during his long career; next week the spotlight is The Tenth Man out of Argentina, winner of two Tribeca Film Festival awards. Read more »

The Found Footage Festival Comes to Philly for One Night

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are bringing their Found Footage Festival to the new Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are bringing their Found Footage Festival to the new Good Good Comedy Theatre.

The Found Footage Festival is like a live version of Mystery Science Theater 3000, if you swap out the 1950s monster flicks for clips from the Late Show with David Letterman.

Hosts Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett debuted the film fest/comedy show hybrid in New York in 2004 and have since turned it into a widely touring stage show. It’s centered around obscure VHS videos they’ve unearthed at thrift stores, garage sales and warehouses, with live commentary on the often cringe-worthy clips. Read more »

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