You Can Call Me Ray—The Big Screen Classics series at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe is celebrating the recent Oscar glory of Ray with a special screening of the musical biopic. The screening will take place on Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m. Tickets are a mere $5. The Lensic is located at 211 W. San Francisco St. For ticket info, log on to www.lensic.com or call (505) 988-1234.
Frank Miller's Sin City
Graphic novel come to life is anything but comic
The new film by low-budget wunderkind Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico) takes as its inspiration the pulp noir graphic novels of writer/illustrator Frank Miller. It's an apt inspiration, really. Unlike the superhero and Spandex-clad “comic book” movies of recent years (X-Men, Spider-Man), Miller's series of interconnecting novels are all based on the hardboiled world of film noir. Bringing them to life on the big screen is sort of like coming full circle.
Off the Map
An interview with actor-turned-director Campbell Scott
Actor Campbell Scott (Dying Young, The Daytrippers, The Spanish Prisoner, Roger Dodger) first tried his hand at directing with a little film called Big Night. Now, some nine years later, he follows up that triumph with an intimate family drama shot right here in New Mexico.
“The Office” on NBC
Translating British sitcoms to American airwaves is nothing new. We forget that TV Land classics like “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son” and “Three's Company” were all borrowed from the BBC. But now, unable to come up with a single original idea, poor Hollywood is turning back to Britain with imploring eyes. Although, as the recent crash-and-burn of NBC's “Coupling” (an Americanized version of the BBC hit) will attest, it's not so easy to beg, borrow and steal from overseas these days.
The Week in Sloth
“Forty Deuce” (Bravo 9 p.m.) This new “limited” reality series (it only lasts four episodes) follows the creation of Las Vegas' newest nightclub, a retro-style burlesque joint originally founded in Hollywood. As if shots of tattooed rockabilly-style strippers wasn't enough, the series is directed by the king of classy kink, Zalman King (9 1/2 Weeks, “Red Shoe Diaries”).
“Living With Fran” (KWBQ-19 7:30 p.m.) God, for a minute there, I was afraid this was some new reality series following Fran Drescher around. Turns out it's a new sitcom which stars Drescher as a recent divorcée whose life with her new twentysomething boyfriend is complicated by the fact that she lives with her twentysomething son. ... Nope, I'm still afraid.