Australia, Dear John, Lowcountry Bloggers 

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2 Screens for 2-3 More weeks

Baz Luhrmann's Australia is really popular at the Terrace Theatre.

"People are raving about it," says owner Mike Furlinger. "City Paper's review was good. P&C's review was mixed. But people who see it love it."

It's a good thing they do. Furlinger gambled on the film by putting it on two of his three screens, the first time he's ever done that. Fortunately, the risk paid off. Now, he plans to run the movie, a sweeping and corny romance starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, for two to three more weeks on two screens.

Furlinger also has a good problem. He was offered an exclusive booking on Jan. 23 to show The Wrestler, starring Mickey Rourke as a washed-up professional ring thug. Furlinger must choose from a handful of great movies that day: The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Frost/Nixon, and Defiance. Besides few will want to see The Wrestler, because of the subject matter.

"No one over 40 anyway," he says.

Dead Dad Joins Dear John

Richard Jenkins has joined the filming of Dear John. Directed by Lasse Hallstrom (What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Cider House Rules), Dear John is being shot in the Lowcountry. Jenkins plays the father of Channing Tatum's character, an Iraq War soldier on leave who falls in love with a college student played by Amanda Seyfried. Dear John is based on the bestselling novel by Nicholas Sparks. Jenkins is probably best known as the dead father in HBO's Six Feet Under. His acting brilliance came into focus as the long-suffering college professor in Thomas McCarthy's The Visitor.

New Home for 377 Bloggers

Lowcountry Bloggers, a local community blog site, boasts a whopping 377 writers, commentators, and speechifiers on its Big Blogroll. If it's not the biggest site of its kind in the area, it's close. It used to be a part of The Post and Courier's web domain. Since August it's been independent and, organizers say, it's poised to become a viable commercial enterprise. Heather Solos, web mistress, says its depth, frequency, and variety of voices (from knitting to politics to cars to personal musings) makes it an ideal product for creating an advertising network. "Our content is more than 80 percent local," Solos says. "We're perfect for car advertising, politicians, and everything else." —John Stoehr


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