2002 ADAPTATION screened tonight at CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Adaptation (2002, R)

In conjunction with Susan Orlean’s personal visit to CALS on September 28, CALS presents this stunning original comedy based on her work that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people.

It is a meta-film experience as Adaptation centers around obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (played by Chris Cooper), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (played by Meryl Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (played by Nicolas Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage).

As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean’s best-selling book The Orchid Thief, he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another exploding into a wildly imaginative film. Adaptation is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy.  The film was nominated for four Oscars (including an Adapted Screenplay nomination for real-life Charlie Kaufman and his fictional twin Donald Kaufman).  Cooper won the Supporting Actor Oscar.

Admission is free! Doors to the CALS Ron Robinson Theater open at 6:00 p.m. Film starts at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available!

Tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater – Streep and Hanks in Spielberg’s THE POST

Image result for the post movieTonight’s movie at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater is The Post.  It is part of their movies of a Movement: The Civil Rights & Social Change Collection!

Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks).

The pair race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light.

The screening starts at 7pm. Admission is $5.

MAMMA MIA! tonight at Movies in the Park

MITP070115 MammaThanks to tonight’s sponsor, the Doubletree Hotel, audiences can sing and dance to their favorite Abba songs while enjoying Mamma Mia!.

Little Rock’s own Movies in the Park, brought to you by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Little Rock, continues its 11th annual season tonight, Wednesday, July 15 at the First Security Amphitheatre.

Movies are shown every Wednesday during the season and begin at sundown.

Based on the hit Broadway musical, Mamma Mia! features Meryl Streep (with no accent!) and Amanda Seyfried as a mother and daughter on a Mediterranean isle.  Dominic Cooper plays Seyfried’s fiance while Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård play former paramours of Streep’s.  Rounding out the central company are Christine Baranski and Julie Walters as longtime friends of Streep’s.  The plot, such as it is, concern’s Seyfried trying to find out which man is her father. The real purpose of the “story” is to set up scenarios for Abba songs.  While they may have varying degrees of singing ability, each of the actors are clearly having fun as they romp through the Abba catalog of hits.

Families, picnics and pets are invited to the park to enjoy movies under the stars, no glass containers please. A parent or adult guardian must accompany all children and youth under the age of 18 and an ID is required. The amphitheater will open an hour before film showings and movies will start at sundown each week. For more information please visit http://moviesintheparklr.net.

FANTASTIC MR FOX today at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Fantastic_mr_foxToday at 2pm at the Ron Robinson Theatre, the animated film Fantastic Mr. Fox will be shown on the big screen. Admission is $5.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is a 2009 American stop-motion animated film based on the Roald Dahl novel. The film is about a fox who steals food each night from three mean and wealthy farmers. They are fed up with Mr. Fox’s theft and try to kill him, so they dig their way into the foxes’ home, but the animals are able to outwit the farmers and live underground.

Development on the film started in 2004, but it was released in autumn 2009.  It features the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Michael Gambon, Owen Wilson and Adrien Brody.  The film’s director, Wes Anderson, also voiced one of the characters.  This was Anderson’s first animated film.

The film was nominated for two Oscars: Best Animated Film and Best Original Score (Alexandre Desplat).