Russ Collins

3:42 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Michigan Theater Foundation Buying State Theatre

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For 15 years the Michigan Theater staff has helped choose and market films at Ann Arbor's State Theatre.  A deal reached today will have the Michigan own and operate the portion of the State Theatre that's currently used for movies.  

89.1 WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the Michigan Theater Foundation buying the State Theatre.
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Cinema Chat
8:41 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia, 'Maleficent', 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' And More

The Cinetopia Film Festival runs June 4th-8th in Ann Arbor and Detroit.


Cinetopia is almost here!

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5:32 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cinetopia Film Festival Growing In Its Third Year

The third annual Cinetopia International Film Festival will include a greater presence in Detroit. About 100 screenings will be split equally between Ann Arbor and Detroit for this year's festival which runs from June 4th through the 8th.   

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10:15 am
Thu January 30, 2014

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


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 and Culture
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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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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9:14 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Cinema Chat: Magic Mike, Cinderella, Much Ado About Nothing and White House Down

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Movie news and previews with WEMU's David Fair and Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins.

In this week's installment of Cinema chat, WEMU's Daiv Fair and Russ Collins discuss some Hollywood news, including Channing Tatum possibly directing his first film. it would be the sequel to "Magic Mike."  An update of Cinderella is in the works. Dave and Russ also cover a number of movies opening this weekend including Joss Whedon's adaptation of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing"  and the action-thriller "White House Down."

9:19 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Cinema Chat: Cinetopia Film Festival Special Edition

The 2nd annual Cinetopia Film Festival kicked off in Ann Arbor Thursday night and will run right through the weekend. With so much to cover, a second installment of Cinema Chat this week seemed appropriate and needed! In this bonus edition, WEMU's David Fair is joined by Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins and Michigan Theater Program Director Amanda Bynum. Additionally, there is a special appearance by Richmond Arquette! Richmond is the co-star of the film, "This is Martin Bonner."  The film will be shown twice at Cinetopia, the first of which is 9:30 tonight. 

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Movies and More
9:06 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Cinema Chat: The Great Gatsby, From Up on Poppy Hill, Mud, and more!

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.

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Movies and More
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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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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9:04 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Cinema Chat 8/16/12


Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins made his weekly visit to "Morning Edition" and joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss what movies are available locally this week. The conversation begins with an issue that's been sending ripples through the community of fans that love the "Twilight" franchise.

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10:36 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Cinema Chat 8/9/12

After a week up north at the Traverse City Film Festival, Russ Collins returned to the WEMU studios and joined David Fair with plenty of Cinema Chat news!