Best picture blowout
All eight of the Academy Award nominees for best picture are still in theaters. (Even nine-time nominee “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” which opened last March, is back for another run.) Still, there’s nothing like paying one price to sit back and absorb them in a big batch. AMC and Cinemark are offering various options:
▪ With AMC’s Best Picture Showcase, you can split the movies into two days. On Feb. 14: “Budapest,” “Whiplash,” “Birdman” and “Selma.” On Feb. 21, the day before the Oscar ceremony: “Boyhood,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game” and “American Sniper.” Each day costs $30-$35; save $5 with a two-day pass, available only at the box office. The theaters: Barrywoods, Independence, Studio 30, Ward Parkway.
Or, if you can handle it, you can watch a 24-hour marathon of the eight movies Feb. 21 at Studio 30, all for $55. AMC will offer the marathon at other theaters as well if enough people want it. Go to amctheatres.com to request a showing.
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▪ Cinemark has Oscar Movie Week from Feb. 13 to 22, when the nominees will be shown at various times at the Merriam theater. A $40 pass lets you see all eight movies plus, from Feb. 20 to 22, the Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts. Details at cinemark.com.
A crappy day
Speaking of the Oscars, remember all the fuss last week when academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs mispronounced the name of cinematography nominee Dick Pope? She called him Dick Poop. And Twitter and scatalogically inclined radio DJs went wild. Pope told the Los Angeles Times he’s never been on Twitter and doesn’t “know what ‘trending’ is.”
“If that’s what people talk to each other about on (Twitter), I would never be on it,” the 67-year-old Brit said. “Not if that’s the level of intelligent conversation.” Still, he has a sense of humor about it all: “I’ve been called a lot worse in my time,” he said with a chuckle. “It doesn’t bother me in the slightest. But the poor president of the academy must feel terrible about making the slip-up. It was 5:30 in the morning.”
Pope is nominated for “Mr. Turner,” Mike Leigh’s film about a prickly naturalist painter. Meanwhile, Roger Deakins of “Unbroken” now has the most nominations for cinematography of any living person, with 12. The likely winner in the category is Emmanuel Lubezki of “Birdman.” Unless Pope gets a sympathy vote.
“Interview” lives on
If you never got around to catching “The Interview” online or in the few theaters brave enough to show it, you will soon have another method. On Saturday, Netflix subscribers will be able to stream the comedy that angered North Korea. (Seth Rogen and James Franco play journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un.) For a movie that nearly didn’t get released at all, it’s doing pretty well. Sony Pictures announced this week that digital sales are up to a record $40 million, on top of the $6 million box office. Maybe Netflix can help the studio break even.
| Sharon Hoffmann, email@example.com