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Cinema Chat
10:04 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cinema Chat: Academy Awards Weekend

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  There is plenty of Hollywood and movie related news this week, and there are some new films showing this weekend. 89.1 WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO, Russ Collins, have the breakdown for you.

 

It's Cinema Chat and you can listen right here:

 

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11:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Charlie Chaplin's Novel, Death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Monuments Men and More!

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This week's edition of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Director, Russ Collins sits down to talk with WEMU's Program Director, Patrick Campion to talk about about the latest upcoming movies downtown and around town.

 

Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

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12:41 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Cinema Chat: Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?' 'Spinning Plates' and more

Host David Fair sits down with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a most entertaining conversation on movies, culture and live events to be experienced in the Ypsi-Ann Arbor area each week.   Russ calls in for this edition of 89.1 WEMU's Cinema Chat due to the wintry road conditions. 

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11:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Cinema Chat: Saving Mr. Banks, American Hustle, It’s A Wonderful Life, and more!

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 In this week's installment of Cinema Chat,WEMU's Bob Eccles and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins look into what's playing downtown and around town.

 

Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

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1:43 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Cinema Chat: 'Frozen,' 'Black Nativity' and more

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Every Thursday is movie day on WEMU's Morning Edition. David Fair is  joined by The Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for the weekly feature, Cinema Chat.

Cinema Chat for 12/5/13

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11:18 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Michigan Theater Book, A Miles Davis Movie, Blue is the Warmest Color and More

Russ Collins displays EMU professor Dr. Henry Aldridge's book on the history of the Michigan Theater
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Cinema Chat for 11/14/2013

The Michigan Theater Book -- goes on sale Tuesday, November 19 at Michigan Theater

The Michigan Theater has been featured in commercials, billboards, films, and even a music LP from the 1960s, but has never had its own book – until now. Dr. Henry Aldridge, an Eastern Michigan University film professor emeritus and theater scholar, has written a new full-color, photo-illustrated book that explores the first 80 years of the theater’s life and how it ties into the histories of Ann Arbor and film. He also includes key local figures from along the way: manager Gerry Hoag, organist Paul Tompkins, Ann Arbor mayor Lou Belcher, philanthropist Margaret Towsley and her daughter Judy Rumelhart, and the theater’s staff and volunteers.  Aldridge has a deep connection to the Michigan Theater. In 1979, he and a group of other concerned citizens helped rescue the theater and its rare Barton organ from the wrecking ball. He continues to lead the theater’s organ program, give visitor tours, and teach a film appreciation course. Despite his extensive knowledge of the theater, Aldridge still spent three years immersed in the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library archives, Michigan Theater Foundation meeting minutes, Ann Arbor News articles, and interviews with past and present staff members. “Unlike most histories of individual theaters,” Aldridge says, “this book is thoroughly researched, carefully documented, lavishly illustrated, but written in a style that general readers will find interesting and colorful.”  A paperback edition of the book will be available for purchase starting the week of November 19 at the Michigan Theater, Nicola’s Books, Literati Bookstore, Bookbound Bookstore, Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tearoom, and Kaleidoscope Books & Collectibles. The Michigan Theater will also carry a limited edition hardcover and provide a discounted price to Michigan Theater members for both versions.

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3:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Cinema Chat: Halloween 2013 Edition

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Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins paid his weekly visit with David Fair for this week's installment of Cinema Chat:

Halloween Cinema Chat 2013

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3:37 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Summit, Nebraska, Nosferatu, NT Live: Macbeth, and more!

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Bruce Dern, Will Forte and a sneak peak of an Oscar contender!

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4:08 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Cinema Chat: Salinger, Thanks For Sharing, Prisoners and more

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This week's Cinema Chat with David Fair and Russ Collins:

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10:15 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Cinema Chat: Telluride Film Festival, Austenland, The Attack, The Family and More

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Cinema Chat for 9/12/13

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11:28 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Cinema Chat: Europa Report, Prince Avalanche, The Audience, and more!

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend.

Cinema Chat 8/26

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9:45 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Butler, Jobs, Blue Jasmine, Storm Surfers 3-D, Kick-Ass 2 and More

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In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins cover Hollywood news and a look at the gamut of movies available in the area over the coming weekend. 

Cinema Chat for 8/15/2013

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9:55 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Oscars, Traverse City Film Festival, Elysium, We're the Millers and More

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In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat" WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins explore a lot of the movies available to you this weekend. 

But, the conversation began with talk of movie awards, specifically, The Oscars and those generated at the Traverse City Film Festival.

Cinema Chat for 08/08/2013

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10:07 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Cinema Chat: Low Winter Sun, The Wolverine, Renoir, The To do List and More

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As is the case every Thursday morning, WEMU's David Fair was joined today by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for a little movie talk.

In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat", Dave and Russ chatted about some news out of Hollywood,  and a long list of movies that are available for your viewing pleasure in the days ahead!

Cinema Chat for 7/25/2013

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9:52 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Cinema Chat: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, Federico Fellini and More

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  Every Thursday at 7:40am, WEMU's David Fair visits with the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater to cover Hollywood news, and provide a heads up on all of the movies available in the area over the coming weekend. Today, was certainly no exception, as David welcomed Russ Collins back to the studio!

Cinema Chat for 7/11/2013

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8:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Cinema Chat: Hollywood News, The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

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Hollywood news and movie talk.

   In this holiday edition of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins discuss movies available over the Independence  Day holiday weekend.  Find out what kind of reviews "The Lone Ranger" is getting, and whether or not the animated "Despicable Me 2" holds up to the original. First, Russ offers up some news out of Hollywood on pending films based on two literary classics!

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Arts and Entertainment
8:33 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Cinema Chat: Into the Woods, Star Trek Into Darkness and More

There are new films opening in the are this week, and it is the season for film festivals. In this week's installment of "Cinema Chat"  WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins cover all of it for you, beginning with discussion of a new, lavish movie musical that's in the works.

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8:49 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Jewish Film Festival, The Great Gatsby in 3D and more!

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Film festivals galore, including Cinetopia, Jewish Film Festival; Iron Man 3, new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

discussion of movies and movie news

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9:31 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Film Festival details released; Star Wars; and more

Cinetopia International Film Festival scheduled for June 6-9 in Ann Arbor, Detroit

Star Wars galore!  Michigan premieres!  Lights, cameras, action!  It's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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9:30 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Festival Central: AA Film Fest, New Releases & More

This week's Cinema Chat from WEMU is film festival central, plus new openings downtown and new releases at the cineplexes.

Ann Arbor Film Festival

SXSW

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8:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Ann Arbor Film Fest and more

The latest Star Wars news, the yellow brick road returns, upcoming Ann Arbor Film Fest, special screenings and new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU. 

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8:48 am
Thu February 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Oscars in Review

Reviewing the Oscars and the Razzies;  a special screening of Hitchock's 'Marnie';  plus new openings downtown, and at the cineplexes on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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9:35 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Cinema Chat: Guide to the Oscars

More about the Oscars, including Russ's sure-fire winners; Oscar nominee shorts at the Michigan, and new openings downtown and at the cineplexes.  It's all on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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9:26 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Cinema Chat: Sure-fire Oscar Picks

Sure-fire Oscar picks; great new openings downtown, and new releases too on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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10:24 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Best and Worst Films of 2012

The best and worst films of 2012 on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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