More bits and ends, odds and stuff, pieces and nonsense . . . or something like that:
-THE "STAR WARS" trilogy will be shown this Saturday, April 22, at Mann's Villa Theater, 3092 S. Highland Drive, in 70mm and Dolby Stereo beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is $10 for the trio of films, and proceeds benefit Primary Children's Medical Center. Doors open at 9 a.m.; the show's over at 5 p.m.Now, think for a moment: Sure, you've seen "Star Wars," "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" - probably too many times - but how long has it been since you saw them in a theater, in 70mm, in Dolby Stereo, where you can appreciate the scope, special effects, comedy, adventure and suspense in full throttle?
As many times as I've seen each of those movies, I must confess this is a tempting proposition. I haven't had a film gorging just for fun in a long time.
Of course, there is a lot of competition on a Saturday - not the least of which is spring itself.
But if there's even a hint of cloud cover, I just may be spending six to seven hours in a movie theater Saturday.
In fact, maybe I don't need cloud cover. The more I think about it, the more tempting it becomes. My wife will probably be off shopping, the kids will be out in the yard, the family at large will be expecting me to work in the yard. I can just slip out the back door. . . .
My wife will no doubt read this with Han Solo's tagline in mind: "I've got a bad feeling about this."
-CHARLIE CHAPLIN'S 100th birthday will be celebrated Thursday by the Organ Loft, 3331 Edison St. (a half-block east of State Street at 33rd South), with the 7:30 p.m. presentation of "City Lights," considered by many critics one of the greatest films of all time. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children.
The 1931 classic will be accompanied by a live musical score by Mike Ohman on the Organ Loft's Wurlitzer pipe organ. On display will be a collection of Charlie Chaplin memorabilia.
Those who have been to other Organ Loft films know they make for a wonderful evening's entertainment, and you'll be surprised at how enthralled your kids will be. "City Lights" is Chaplin at his best; you won't be disappointed.
-JUST A PERSONAL note to the people sitting in front of my wife and me at the "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" screening:
When you are in a movie theater you are not in an atmosphere conducive to conversation. You are not at home. And, though we found it hard to believe, you didn't even seem to be making the slightest effort to put your words into hushed tones.
Your laughing, giggling, hooting and complaining because you didn't know the movie would have subtitles, and your constant yakking for the first 10 minutes of the movie was most annoying to the rest of the audience.
We appreciate your dilemma if you don't like subtitles, but at this screening there were many others in the theater who wanted to enjoy the experience. Consideration for others is, after all, one of the most basic forms of simple courtesy.
Even more distressing, however, was your reaction when you were asked to quiet down. You actually got louder and more obnoxious, seemingly oblivious to the presence of others around you. Or worse, contemptible of them.
After those endless 10 minutes you finally left. On behalf of the entire audience, thank you for that. And in the future, unless you learn some manners, please stick to videos in your own home.
-AND ANOTHER PERSONAL note, this one to the people sitting behind us at the "Disorganized Crime" screening:
As the film began, you were far too noisy and had to be told to quiet down, but then you immediately did so and were quiet for the rest of the film.
Thank you for that.
-THE UTAH FILM Development Office reports that "Wait Until Spring, Bandini," starring Joe Mantegna and Faye Dunaway, has finished shooting, and "Ski Patrol" will wrap later this month.
But that's only the beginning of film production in the state this year. Spring brings no fewer than five more movies to Utah locations.
"American River," a two-hour made-for-NBC-TV movie; "The Smell of Money," a Mike Farrell made-for-TV feature, for Ted Turner's TNT cable channel; "Nora," a Christmas TV movie starring Celeste Holm; and "Tripwire," a theatrical feature starring Terrance Knox, star of TV's "Tour of Duty."
And No. 5, appropriately enough, is "Halloween V," sequel to the R-rated "Halloween IV: The Return of Michael Meyers," which filmed here last year. Donald Pleasence is back as slightly wacky Dr. Loomis, and, fortunately, Salt Lake City is not identified but again subs for the fictional Haddonfield, Ill.
But the real question is, will "Halloween V" have a story this time?
-ROBERT REDFORD'S Sundance Institute is sending another contingent of filmmakers to Tokyo April 21, this year headed by Oscar-winning writer-director Oliver Stone ("Platoon"), who will take his film "Talk Radio" and its star Eric Bogosian with him.
Among the films to be shown from January's United States Film Festival are "Powwow Highway," "Sex, Lies and Videotape," "84 Charlie Mopic," "Apartment Zero," "Heavy Petting," "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" and "For All Mankind," along with Redford's documentary "Yosemite." Also to be shown is the new film "Home Boy," starring Mickey Rourke, and Peter Weller will present his latest starring effort "Leviathan" in its Japanese premiere.
Independent filmmakers to be in attendance are Michael Lehmann, Peter Wang, Al Reinert, Robert Stone and others.
The purpose of the visit - fast becoming an annual event - is to expose new film to Japanese audiences, bring Japanese and American filmmakers together and open marketing exchange possibilities.
-QUOTE OF THE WEEK: Tony Danza, star of "She's Out of Control," in an interview with Alan Carter of the New York Daily News, talking about his having received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame:
"I told the people I didn't deserve one but they gave it to me anyway. Ann Sheridan has a star on one side of me. I'm sure when she heard I was next to her she said, `Well, there goes the neighborhood.' "
-QUOTE OF THE WEEK II: Gene Hackman, star of "Mississippi Burning," in an interview in Us magazine, the April 3 issue, discussing "The Poseidon Adventure," which he made right after winning the Oscar for "The French Connection":
"To be on the set of a big action film is maybe the dullest thing you could want. It's supposed to look like fun. That's the idea, to get people in to see the film. But it is really boring to stand around all day long watching some stunt guy knock himself out."