Thursday, May 16, 2013
Celebrate the summer movie release with some of these local tie-ins.
The Great Gatsby is showing in theaters, and it's inspiring people to delve deeper into the story’s history, culture, music, food and drink. Starting with F. Scott Fitzgerald’s grave at St. Mary’s Church in Rockville, there are a number of local places to help you get your Gatsby on, according to The Washington Post. If you venture to Fitzgerald’s gravesite, take note of the epitaph, which reads, “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” This quote is the final line in The Great Gatsby. View costumes, set designs, paintings and films from the Gatsby era at the National Gallery of Art’s “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes” exhibit, which opens May 12. Check out some Art Deco architecture in Silver …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald had deep ties in Maryland, some of which you can see for yourself.
Don't expect a glittering movie opening of the The Great Gatsby, and its mega stars Leonardio DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, anywhere near The Free State. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of the novel (published in 1925) that provided the inspiration for the three-dimensional film, however, was deeply entrenched in the region during his lifetime, with landmarks to his family and his literary works sprinkled from Rockville to Towson. Even if you're not lining up for the premiere Friday, find a little of Gatbsy's Roaring '20s vibe nearby: 1. The Fitzgerald family—F. Scott, his wife Zelda and their daughter Scottie—spent more time in Baltimore than any other place, according to University of Maryland professor emeritus Jackson Bryer…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sequels, reboots and aliens to dominate theaters.
Big, loud blockbusters tend to draw the summer crowds, it's been said, and 2013 may have the biggest and loudest yet. Patch has put together this guide to help you plan your summer movie watching schedule. Check out Moviefone to find the theaters and times in your area that are showing your selected movie. May Movies While summer may not technically begin until Friday, June 21, 2013, Hollywood is getting a jump on things, with some big openings in May. Iron Man 3 - Friday, May 3 (PG-13) The third installment of the franchise that has already brought in more than a billion dollars finds Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) battling an enemy out to eliminate Stark’s friends and family. Star Trek: Into Darkness - Friday, May 17 (PG-13) The reboot …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The remodeled theater will have a full-service bar, luxury seating and an expanded concession menu.
The newly remodeled Bethesda Row Cinema is set to open May 3 with new amenities such as a full-service bar, luxury reserved seating in each auditorium, three-dimensional projection theaters and an expanded concession menu, according to theater spokeswoman Stephanie Kagan. "Each of the eight auditoriums has been outfitted with new screens, sound systems and special leather chairs designed to provide maximum comfort to patrons. Plus, the theatre has installed a new digital system that will provide a satellite feed for live domestic and international performances," according to a statement from the theater, which has been owned and operated by Landmark Theatres since 2002. "From the minute you approach the theatre and see our stunning new …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Oscar nominee Julian Assange biopic and more will air during the 11-day festival.
Since its first event in 1987, Filmfest DC has shown more than 1,000 feature-length and short films from more than 55 countries, with celebrity guests including Morgan Freeman, Charlize Theron, Sydney Pollack, Salman Rushdie and Amitabh Bachchan. The 27th installment of the annual event runs from April 11 to 21, and will kick off with a screening of Underground, a film portraying the young life of Julian Assange, the infamous founder of WikiLeaks. The film will air at 7 p.m. at Regal Cinemas Gallery Place and will feature a live telephone interview with Assange himself immediately following the screening. The festival features more than 80 films from around the globe, including a number of espionage/thrillers, comedies and social justice-…
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Nation's Capital features prominently in three Best Picture nominees.
Three Academy Award nominees for Best Picture prominently feature Washington, DC: Argo, Zero Dark Thirty and, of course, Lincoln. While serving as a location for major films is nothing new to Washington, DC, I can't think of another year in which so many DC-centric movies have been nominated. The Washington Post described each movie as "an engrossing, superbly crafted story that plunges viewers into otherwise opaque and unknowable worlds made distant by time, secrecy or both" and believe film attendees will be pleased that the films "enthusiastically celebrate institutions more often mired in dysfunction and public malodor." Argo, the Ben Affleck-directed tale of a CIA mission to rescue Americans caught up in the 1979 Iranian hostage …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Movies premiering between now and New Year’s Day.
With many offices closed between Christmas and New Year’s Day and the kids out of school, going to the movies tends to be one of the more popular holiday-season events, and Hollywood is unleashing some serious star power to end 2012 and welcome 2013. Patch has put together this handy guide to all of the great year-end movie releases that are playing near Chevy Chase. Which movies will you see? Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 Movie: The Impossible Stars: Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor What it’s about: The main stars play a couple vacationing in Thailand with their three sons who get caught in the 2004 tsunami. Rating: PG-13 Movie: Jack Reacher Stars: Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall What it’s about: Cruise plays the role of Jack Reacher (the hero of …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Don't miss this annual showcase of short films at various locations in Washington, DC.
Most movie-goers are accustomed to spending at least an hour and a half in theaters. And then there are the movies like The Lord of the Rings trilogy, whose shortest installment clocks in at 178 minutes. Instead of watching one long movie, try watching a bunch of short ones together at the DC Shorts Film Festival, Sept. 6 to Sept. 16. Choose from 16 showcases or wait until the end and watch the "Best Of DC Shorts" showcases after audience members have voted on their favorite films. Anyone interested in listening to the bare bones of a film that hasn't yet been made can get tickets to the screenplay competition on Sept. 14. Judges have selected six scripts: Actors will read them aloud, and the audience will choose the best one. Films will …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Several luxury cinema chains plan to open locations in the Bethesda area.
If you’ve ever had to choose between seeing a new movie in theaters or watching an old one in the comfort of your home, you may appreciate what new “luxury” theater chains are doing. Several Washington- and Florida-based cinema companies have created luxury movie theaters—complete with reclining chairs, stadium seating, pick-your-own-seat reservations and food and beverage service right at your seat. Three of these companies—ArcLight Cinemas, iPic Theaters and Silverspot Cinema—have plans to build theaters in the Montgomery County area, reported Patch and The Washington Post. “I think one of the things we’ve seen as an industry over time is that as people age, their movie-going habits change,” Patrick Corcoran, director of media and …
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Find out what's playing and when this weekend at theaters near you.
Temperatures are soaring above 100 this weekend. Thousands around the region are without power following overnight storms, and many may not have power back for days. Why not use someone else's air conditioning while yours is out? Or give your AC unit a rest for three hours. Enter your zip code in the Moviefone widget with this post, and find a movie near home. TELL US: Did you catch a good flick? Give others a review. Or—let us know what you're doing to beat the heat this weekend. Leave a comment.