Cinema Chat

Every Thursday

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 local area.

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.

The Great Gatsby  opens in theaters this weekend!  In this week's installment of  Cinema Chat, WEMU's David Fair and  Russ Collins discuss several film options for the weekend and preview the upcoming Cinetopia Film Festival. The conversation began, however, with some sad news out of Hollywood.

Cinema Chat: The Cannes Fest, Great Gatsby, Cinetopia, and more!

Apr 25, 2013

Cannes Film Festival set to open,  The Great Gatsby, Cinetopia, and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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

Oscars moving for the Olympics; New Star Wars news; new openings downtown, and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Amanda Bynum is Director of Programming and Education at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. 

Cinema Chat: The Ann Arbor Film Festival

Mar 21, 2013

The 51st annual Ann Arbor Film Festival is underway.   Everything you need to know about it is on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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

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. 

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.

Cinema Chat: Guide to the Oscars

Feb 21, 2013

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.

Cinema Chat: Sure-fire Oscar Picks

Feb 14, 2013

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

Oscar shorts; Star Wars spin-0ffs; new releases, and a celebration on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU, featuring the Executive Director of the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Russ Collins.

Cinema Chat: Sundance in A2

Jan 31, 2013

  Russ and Amanda are back from Utah with all the highlights of the Sundance Film Festival on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat: At Sundance

Jan 25, 2013
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  Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins and Program Director Amanda Bynum report in from  Park City, Utah, where they're attending the Sundance Film Festival.  Hear about the movies they've seen so far, and what's ahead on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat: Off to the Sundance Film Festival

Jan 17, 2013
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Scoring Amanda's Oscar picks;  Sundance Film Festival underway; new openings downtown and much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Jan 10, 2013

It's the movie awards season and Michigan Theater Programming Director Amanda Bynum has the likely top picks on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Top Ten Films of 2012

Jan 3, 2013

Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum joins Russ Collins to discuss their picks for top-ten films of 2012 on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

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

Cinema Chat

Oct 4, 2012

"Frankenweenie" is the word, and Michigan Theater Programming Director Amanda Bynum explains why on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Sep 27, 2012

An Oscar boycott?   Looper, Three Corpse Circus, the latest buzz from Hollywood, and much much more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Sep 13, 2012

Detropia, Kubrick's first film coming to home video, Finding Nemo 3D, new openings downtown and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

Cinema Chat

Sep 6, 2012

Toronto Film Festival gets underway; new releases, special screenings and more on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.

David and Russ talk about the Traverse City Film Festival, new releases, the latest Hollywood buzz and the Aurora theater shooting this week on Cinema Chat.

Beers, Brats, Music, and Movies

Jul 19, 2012
A shot of the Ann Arbor Art Fair with the Michigan Theater in the background.
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Amanda and David talk about movies and the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The Michigan Theater is still open during the Art Fair, so come on down!

Portrait of Ernest Borgnine
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David and Russ remember Ernest Borgnine and talk about The Hobbit this week on Cinema Chat. They also talk about Ice Age: Continental Drift and mumblecore movies.

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