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Spotlight movies archive

TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

Hills alive with 'Sound of Music Sing-a-Long' 

Looking for something fun to do with the family during Christmas week? Dress 'em up in lederhosen and start rehearsing "My Favorite Things." The "Sound of Music Sing-a-Long" has been booked into the INB Performing Arts Center, Dec. 30, 7 p.m. This is the 1965...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 2, 2011

Check out the great 'Badassdom' trailer

"The Knights of Badassdom" trailer debuted at the Comic-Con convention in San Diego two weeks ago -- and it makes me more convinced than ever that this could be that most elusive of creatures -- a Spokane-filmed movie that might actually be a hit (if...

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TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011

Big buzz for 'Badassdom'

The Joe Lynch movie, "Knights of Badassdom," filmed in Spokane last summer, is getting some priceless national publicity. Entertainment Weekly gave this indie-comedy-fantasy a full page treatment in its "First Look" section in its July 22 issue, with photos of stars Summer Glau, Ryan Kwanten,...

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Spokane-filmed 'The Ward,' by popular 'demand'

John Carpenter's horror flick, "The Ward," which was filmed in Medical Lake and Spokane, became available through various cable on-demand services today. It stars Amber Heard as a woman in a mental institution. And guess what? This mental institution is not what it seems. This...

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Is 'brain-damaged' a movie critic compliment? 

Here we go again: Another Spokane-made movie, direct to DVD, complete with atrocious reviews. "The Big Bang," the Antonio Banderas movie shot here in fall 2009, came out on DVD last week and the critics have been merrily brutalizing it. Andrew Barker of Variety called...

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Photos from 'River Sorrow's' Cannes premiere

We found an online photo album from Monday's Cannes Film Festival beach party for the premiere of the Spokane-filmed "The River Sorrow,'" directed by North by Northwest's Rich Cowan. It looks like a glamorous event, with stars Sarah Ann Schultz and Gisele Fraga. Here's a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2011

Jack Black to star in film of Jess Walter novel 

Spokane novelist Jess Walter's latest book, "The Financial Lives of the Poets," has just been picked up as a Jack Black movie vehicle, re-titled "Bailout." The screenplay was also written by Walter, and the director will be Michael Winterbottom. Filming is scheduled to begin in...

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THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

A Spo-Cannes party on the Riviera 

Spokane will be represented at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera on Monday. That’s the day that “The River Sorrow,” filmed in Spokane by North by Northwest, will have its European premiere and an after-party in a giant tent on the beach. Star...

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Spokane Jewish Film Festival opens Saturday

The Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival has become an annual tradition in the area. Larry Weiser, a Gonzaga University law school prof, has been organizing this for several years. This year he assembled three films for screening at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture...

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'Thunderballs,' filmed in Spokane

North by Northwest has just signed a contract to film, “Thunderballs, " a sitcom pilot, for the cable TV channel Spike. It’s about three 30-something guys on a beer league bowling team. As North by Northwest’s Rich Cowan points out, “Spokane should be a good...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

Spokane's new 50 Hour Slam film contest

A new instant-film competition has been announced in Spokane: The 50 Hour Slam. It’s a bit like the popular 48 Hour Film Festival, except … well, you’ll have two extra hours to complete your three-to-six minute film. Actually, there are plenty of other differences. This...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 18, 2011

The Golden SpIFFY Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) top awards, which they call the Golden SpIFFys: Best Feature Film: “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” director Eli Craig. Best Documentary: “An Ecology of Mind,” director Nora Bateson. Best Short Film: “The Fall...

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A CDA Oscar nominee

Michael Owens, who now lives in Coeur d'Alene, is an Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Visual Effects for his work on the movie "Hereafter." Owens is the real deal: He was a longtime visual effects supervisor for George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic. He...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

"A River Sorrow" trailer

The people at Spokane’s film production company, North by Northwest, are particularly high on their new thriller “The River Sorrow.” It was filmed this fall in Spokane with Ray Liotta, Christian Slater, Ving Rhames and Gisele Fraga. NXNW’s own Rich Cowan was the director. It...

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