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8:21 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, Locke, The Lunchbox, The Other Woman and More

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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director and CEO Russ Collins present this week's edition of Cinema Chat!

CINETOPIA -- The Best Films From the World’s Best Film Festivals -- June 4-8, Detroit/Ann Arbor

More Screens, More Films!

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Arts
8:24 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Cinema Chat: MTV Movie Awards, Le-Weekend, Under The Skin, Heaven Is For Real and More

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WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collings present this week's edition of Cinema Chat!   

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Movies
4:26 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Expansion, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Captain America and More

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Cinetopia International Film Festival scheduled for June 4-8 in Detroit, Ann Arbor - More days, venues, screenings, and programs on tap for 2014

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Cinema Chat
9:01 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Cinema Chat: The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Grand Budapest Hotel, Noah and More

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  The 52nd Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway and will run through Sunday. In this week's edition of Cinema Chat, most of the discussion centers on all you can see and experience at this years festival. 

    

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Cinema Chat
8:17 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Cinema Chat: Post Academy Awards Edition

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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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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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Cinema Chat
8:55 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Cinema Chat: Berlin Film Festival, BAFTA, The Past, Pompeii, 3 Days To Kill And More

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There is plenty of Hollywood and movie related news this week, and there are some new films opening 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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Cinema Chat
10:17 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Remembering Shirley Temple Black and Sid Caesar; Events for Your Valentine's Weekend

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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. The conversation starts with a discussion on the impact of Shirley Temple on film and American culture.

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

 

SHIRLEY TEMPLE A GREAT, PINT-SIZED MOVIE STAR

Shirley Temple, Hollywood’s most famous child star ever, has died in Woodside, CA at the age of 85. The cause of death was not disclosed. She made her first appearance on the screen at the age of 3, and by the time she turned 13, she had already appeared in 46 feature films. She made seven movies in 1934 alone, including Bright Eyes, in which she sang the song with which she was most closely identified, “The Good Ship Lollipop.” She did a memorable tap dance with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson in the Civil War musical The Little Colonel. During the Great Depression, She was the top box-office attraction from 1935 through 1938. At one point, President Franklin Roosevelt famously declared, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.” In middle age she was a diplomat to the UN and ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia and finally chief of protocol at the State Department.

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Cinema Chat
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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Arts
10:15 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Cinema Chat: Sundance, Hitchcock, Oscar Nominated Shorts, and more!

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In this week's edition of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Program Director, Amanda Bynum sits down to talk with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair about the latest upcoming movies downtown and around town.

The conversation first covers some news out of The Sundance Film Festival and in Ann Arbor. 

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

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Arts
10:37 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Cinema Chat: Sundance Film Festival, I Frankenstein, The Invisible Woman

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The Sundance Film Festival is winding down. On this week's installment of  Cinema Chat, David Fair catches up with Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum to find out what's happening in Park City, Utah. Amanda and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins have been scouring the festival to identify movies they can bring back to Ann Arbor and the Cinetopia Film Festival.

Have they? Give it a listen to find out!

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Arts & Culture
12:11 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Cinema Chat Sundance Edition: Hitchcock on the Big Screen

James Stewart and Kim Novak star in Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 masterpiece "Vertigo."
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  Listen to Amanda Bynum and David Fair on 89.1 WEMU’s Cinema Chat:

Each week, Cinema Chat 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 downtown and around town. However, this week, The Michigan Theater's Program Director, Amanda Bynum fills in for Russ while they are away for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

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Cinema Chat
11:02 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Cinema Chat: 'August: Osage County,' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' and more at the movies

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In this week's edition of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Program Director, Amanda Bynum sits down to talk with 89.1 WEMU's David Fair about the latest upcoming movies downtown and around town.

The conversation first covers some news out of Hollywood and Ann Arbor. Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

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Arts
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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Cinema Chat
8:29 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Cinema Chat: Golden Globes, Oscars, Nebraska, Philomena and More

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In this day-after Christmas installment of Cinema Chat, Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins begins his conversation with WEMU's David Fair discussing the upcoming awards season.

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Education
2:51 pm
Sat December 21, 2013

EMU Alum and Commencent Speaker, Wesley Coller Discusses Career in the Arts

Producer Wesley Coller, who graduated from Eastern Michigan in 1999, gave the Dec. 21 commencement address.
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This week, Bob Eccles had the opportunity to interview movie producer and EMU grad Wesley Coller, who's giving the commencement speech this weekend at Eastern Michigan University. They discussed how Coller's educational journey led to a career in the arts.

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Arts
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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Arts
9:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Cinema Chat: Sundance Film Festival, Nebraska, Kill Your Darlings and More

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There are some great movies  opening up this week! In this week's installment of Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Director Russ Collins look into those. The conversation first covers some news out of Hollywood and Ann Arbor. Cinema Chat is a regular feature heard each Thursday during Morning Edition on 89.1 WEMU.

Cinema Chat: 12/12/2013

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Arts
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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7:13 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Cinema Chat: Independent Spirit Awards, Frozen, Homefront and More

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In a special Wednesday, holiday edition, Cinema Chat covered a lot of ground this week! WEMU's David Fair spoke with Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum about the Independent Spirit Awards, the movies "Frozen",  "Homefront", "A Christmas Story" and the Sing-a-long version of "White Christmas."

Cinema Chat 11/28/13

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9:53 am
Thu November 21, 2013

Cinema Chat: Pilot Error on EMU Campus, Dallas Buyers Club, Philomena, The Hunger Games and More

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Every Thursday is movie day on WEMU's Morning Edition. David Fair is typically joined by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins for the weekly feature, Cinema Chat. Russ is away this week, so instead, David spoke with Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum! 

David and Amanda cover a lot of ground, including a movie shooting on the Eastern Michigan University Campus, the political ramifications of screening movies in the White House, and of course, discussion of the movies available to you over the coming weekend.  You can listen to the entire conversation below.

Cinema Chat for 11/21/2013

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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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Arts
10:43 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Sing-A-Long White Christmas, All Is Lost, Muscle Shoals, Thor and More

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It's a busy weekend in Washtenaw County. Among other things, both Eastern Michigan and Michigan have home football games. And, of course, there are new and returning movies available to you. 

In this week's installment of WEMU's "Cinema Chat", David Fair and Russ Collins cover your options. First, the conversation begins with the possibility the State Theater will soon morph into a different kind of business. For details, listen below, and say "good morning" to Russ Collins!
 

Cinema Chat 11/7/13

Arts
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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Cinema Chat
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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