Friday, September 2, 2016

'Blazing Saddles' returns to the Terrace Theater for one week in honor of Gene Wilder

Pure Imagination

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Sep 2, 2016 at 9:18 AM

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For one week only, The Terrace Theater on James Island will show the Mel Brooks classic Blazing Saddles to pay respect to Gene Wilder, who died on Monday.

Wilder quit making movies in the decades before his death, eschewing Hollywood flash and the gimmicks that came with modern cinema. Yet, even without seeing him on the big screen since 1991, the characters Wilder inhabited in films that became classics stayed with us like we'd seen them yesterday. Wilder's acting was at once both outrageous and subtle, both nuanced and built to last. Indeed, Willy Wonka and Leo Bloom found their way back into theaters in 2005. Blazing Saddles' Jim (his friends call him Jim) is one of those indelible characters. No remakes though, please.

As a tribute to Wilder's legacy, the Terrace will have three showings tonight (4:15, 9:25, 11:35), and two screenings a day (4:15, 9:25) through Thursday, Sept. 8. Find more info on the Terrace's Facebook event.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

HBO’s Vice Principals goes colonial at Charles Towne Landing

Ya turkey

Posted by David Hall on Mon, Aug 1, 2016 at 12:15 PM


This week we saw more of Charleston and the first instance of the city identified specifically on HBO's new Vice Principals. 

Vice Principal Gamby (Danny McBride) rode a school bus down I-26 in North Charleston all the way to Charles Towne Landing, site of the first English settlement in Carolina. At the historic sight, Gamby, teachers, and students shot muskets, danced on a boat by the marsh, and ate turkey legs. Not a bad day if you ask us. Sadly, in real life Charles Towne Landing only allows living historians to shoot muskets and well, turkey legs, really? The cast then completed their day at the North Charleston Embassy Suites.

On this episode, we also saw Gamby visit Pineville MotoCross park to watch his ex-wife’s husband race around the facility’s dirt tracks. Spoiler alert: He didn’t seem amused.

With Charles Towne Landing making a cameo this week, we saw a deeper dive into the city's scenery. Lets hope Vice Principals keeps it up.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival celebrates 10 years with a special guest appearance this fall


Posted by Elizabeth Gelbaugh on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 2:51 PM

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This fall, CofC's Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival welcomes Italian director and screenwriter Massimo Gaudioso to the Holy City in honor of the 10th annual film fest. Gaudioso is best known for his screenplays of Gomorrah (2008), Reality (2012) and Tale of Tales (2015), starring Salma Hayek. Gaudioso is one of many writers and directors who will participate in audience discussions at the festival, which runs Oct. 6-9.

Held at Sottile Theatre, Nuovo Cinema Italiano celebrates contemporary Italian cinema and culture. Festival-goers can watch screenings, participate in conversations with directors (like Gaudioso), and attend other special events. The festival will feature a variety of film genres, ranging from award-winning documentaries to comedies and dramas. This festival began 10 years ago as the brainchild of Professor of Italian Studies Giovanna De Luca who continues to expose the Lowcountry to Italian arts, language, and culture. 

Tickets will go on sale in September. Until then, stay up to date with the fest here. 

Stephen Colbert says he can no longer be ‘Stephen Colbert’

No thyself

Posted by Dustin Waters on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 2:35 PM

Late Show host and Charleston native Stephen Colbert found himself in a bit of legal hot water for resurrecting one of his most popular characters — himself.

Colbert fans will remember his satirically conservative alter ego from his days on Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. In honor of the recent Republican National Convention, the old “Stephen Colbert” returned for a few segments on CBS. This is where things get confusing, so I’ll let Colbert explain.

“Immediately after that show, CBS’ top lawyer was contacted by the top lawyer from another company to say that the character ‘Stephen Colbert’ is their intellectual property. Which is surprising because I never considered that guy much of an intellectual,” Colbert told his audience, before announcing the death of “Stephen Colbert” of The Colbert Report.

Fortunately, the host was able to gain some comfort from a surprise guest — the identical twin cousin of “Stephen Colbert.” To learn more about how identical twin cousins come to be and see the real Colbert test the limits of intellectual property law, check out that Late Show clip up there.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Vice Principals made a stop at Ashley Phosphate's Bojangles in this week's episode

It's Bo Time

Posted by David Hall on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 11:26 AM


Alright kiddos, once again we watched HBO’s new series Vice Principals in order to give you the deets on what local sights made the episode and this week's were as tasty as a Bo-Berry Biscuit.

Most of this episode takes place in places we saw last week, but with a few exceptions. Vice Principal Gamby (Danny McBride) heads over to the Bojangles on Ashley Phosphate to pick up some of those world famous biscuits.

Also, Gamby and his fellow VP Russell (Walton Goggins) stop by their boss’s house on Daniel Island (spoiler alert) and burn it to the ground. It was a weird scene.

That’s it for this week. Now go read a book or something.

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