7:41 am
Mon March 17, 2014

If Ellen Can Do It, So Can WEMU

This photo raised $3 million for charity.

Maybe $3 million is a stretch, but we must have your support now to reach our $200,000 spring pledge drive goal by Thursday evening. It might not be an Academy Award but you'll definitely feel like a winner!

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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.


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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, 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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Movies and More
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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Movies and More
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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Movies and more
8:40 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Russ Celebrates 30 Years at the Michigan Theater

Russ Collins and Deb Polich at the celebration of his 30th Anniversary as Michigan Theater director.

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.

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Movies and more
10:25 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Cinema Chat

Oscar nomination details, new openings downtown, and the latest releases at the cineplexes on this week's Cinema Chat from WEMU.