In today's Most Meta Item Involving Convicted
Felons: Folsom State Prison has "invited" (there seems to be something weird about that, no?) 20th
Century Fox to screen their Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line, at the prison for inmates. The film features a
scene depicting Cash's legendary 1968 concert at the penitentiary, but because the $30 million production couldn't
afford to travel, they recreated Folsom on a soundstage in Memphis. The Variety piece is full of blushing praise from
both the filmmakers and prison representatives, in regards to Johnny Cash's "redemptive" potential; still, if
I was in prison and I was "invited" to watch a bunch of actors play-acting my predicament from the safety of a
soundstage, I think the last thing I would feel would be "redeemed".
What is AMPAS's problem? The Academy is
disqualifying candidates for Best Foreign Language Film left and right; they've just felled their eighth victim this
year, Singapore's Be With Me, on grounds that the picture incorporates too many languages. Though much of the
dialogue is in Chinese, Mandarin and even sign language, after a dispute, the picture was timed, proving that the
dominant language in the film is actually English.
AMC and Loews will sell 10 theaters in
six cities in order to satisfy anti-trust concerns arising around their merger-in-progress. Included on the for-sale
list: Loews' E-Walk, a huge complex right across the street from AMC's equally oversized Empire on 42nd street in