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Screening Gotham: All-Positive Friday!

By Christopher Campbell, guest editor

As hard as it is, I’m making the effort to be consistent in STV’s absence. Some of today’s positively spun movie news of note from around New York:

-- Did anyone see this one coming? Al Pacino has been cast as Salvador Dali in a film about the surrealist’s later years. Sure, the guy is capable of playing any role, but will he look too silly in the mustache for us to notice if he pulls off the rest of the part? Either way, I can’t wait!

-- If there is one thing that scares me more than vampires, it is helicopters. Especially Black Hawk helicopters landing anywhere in this city. Don’t the makers of I Am Legend know there are horribly good reasons for Manhattan’s having so few helipads? But it's All-Positive Friday, so look on the bright side: This movie is going to kick ass!

-- Speaking of film shoots in NYC, the Mayor’s Office claims the city set a record for film and television productions last year. Guess what else they claim was big in ’06: complaints about movie shoots. Of course, crew employment is up, too. Yay!

-- Think the city has enough film festivals representing foreign cinema? The ACE Film Festival is exclusively accepting American-made films for its inaugural event his August. USA! USA!

Posted at January 19, 2007 10:54 AM

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