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POST MOVIES nationalpost.com NATIONAL POST, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2011 Because its so much better with the lights (not to mention the power) out f Violinist Mark Fewer is touring with the St. Lawrence String Quartet and appears at the Scotia Festival in Halifax. When I was a kid, I loved when the power went out for a while (in Newfoundland, that happened a lot). Everybody had to stop what they were doing and actually communicate with each other. As a kid, what more do you want than to say hello and maybe play with whoever is in DIARY power's on. I've been playing a variety of gigs that seem contradictory to some in the room? Too bad we can't do that so easily as adults. Listening to music actively does something akin to the power outage. When you're pulled into the world of sound, it becomes an extraordinary awareness of a world before word It's still such a large part of us that we forget because the terms of expression (jazz and classical, old and new), but ultimately it's the communication found inside that is the constant Adults at play. National Post NPl nationalpost.com MOVIES PM2 4 ' J ii Breaking arts news, literary feuds, viral videos and much, much more can be found on our bevy of arts & life blogs NA riONALPOST.COM THE A MPER SA ND NOHEEN HAMIU CTV THE BRITISH INVASION, YOUNG & OLD The sensational songstress Adele managed to make the Air Canada Centre actually feel intimate (despite an intense karaoke session the night before), while '80s post-punk icons Echo E? the Bunnymen had something for everyone, playing their debut and sophomore records back to front. Check out the full reviews. NAT10NALP0ST.C0 M THE A PPE TIZER - A . - ; . ! if',:' :ii...,..:.I:.:..iav.-. JtMtm. , JASON REHEL NATIONAL POST THROUGH ROSE-TINTED BEER GOGGLES In the latest instalment from the Beer Frontier, our taste buds head to La Belle Province for Montreal's Dieu du Ciel Rosee d'Hibiscus. Get ready for a dose of grapefruit rind and lemon zest, mixed with a deep, perfectly blended malt. HOW TO MOBILIZE YOUR CULTURE NEWS For the latest pop-culture news, scan this 2-D bar code with yoursmartphone. Confused? Don't be! Here's how this " cutting-edge technology works: 1. On your smartphone, go to getscanlife.com and download the Scanlife application. 2. Use the Scanlife application to take a photograph (or scan) of this bar code when you see one in the Post . 3. Information in the bar code will instantly direct your mobile browser to relevant content on our mobile site, in.nationalpost.com II atch our instructional video now at nationalpost.comscanlife WHAT WE'RE WATCHING FRIDAY, MAY 20 --1 Noah Baumbach does not make likable films. From The Squid and the Whale to Greenberg, the writer-director's pictures are populated with shallow, highly detestable characters. His 2007 film Margot at the Wedding is no exception, with a lead performance from Nicole Kidman that's just about as monstrous as that same year's breakout villain, No Country for OldMen's Anton Chigurh. Still, Baumbach knows how to draw audiences in, and though his characters get under your skin, they're never dull. In Margot at the Wedding, Kidman's perpetually sour sad-sack pays a visit to her soon-to-be-betrothed sister (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Baumbach's now-ex) and her ne'er-do-well fiance (Jack Black, toning it down a bit). It's an uncomfortable ride, but a compelling one. In other words, perfect Friday night viewing. I Margot at the Wedding airs at 9 p.m. on Bravo! National Post nj 'ifj . - a DISNEY; UKEAM WORKS Pooh vs. Po, who will win: the 2-D classic, left, or the 3-D celebrity-voiced action-comedy, both due this summer? TRAILER TRACKER When bears attack OK, so it's hard to imagine Pooh fighting anything, but that isn't stopping the wild pack of anthropomorphic animals set to takeover cinemas By Chris Knight If you were an animal, what would you be? Movie stars have an easy time with that one. Johnny Depp is a chameleon in the recent Rango, though he claims his Pirates of the Caribbean character is based on the cartoon skunk Pepe Le Pew. Antonio Banderas is a cat in the Shrek movies and this fall's Puss in Boots. Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway are blue macaws in Rio. The list goes on. On May 27, Jack Black returns as the rotund but dangerous Po in Kung Fu Panda 2. The trailer finds him in a philosophical mood: "How can kung fu stop something that stops kung fu?" (It's enough to create the sound of one hand clapping your forehead.) But this being Black, you can also count on dialogue along the lines of: "You guys, did you see that? I just was like, Wa-haaiii!'" Black's ursine alter ego also delivers this sentiment: "My fist hungers for justice, stomach rumbling That was my fist." Which brings us to the summer's other hungry bear, coming to theatres on July 15. Winnie the Pooh is played by long-time voice actor Jim Cummings, and answers his own rumbling tummy noises with a reproachful: "I can see you're going to be rather feisty today!" Aside from its ravenous-bear motif, however, the two films could not be less alike. Kung Fu Panda 2 was shot in computer-animated 3-D and features a battle to save the world of kung fu, to the music of Dick Dale's Misirlou, as heard in Pulp Fiction. Winnie the Pooh looks like hand-drawn 2-D animation of old and revolves around such vital plot points as (in the words of Christopher Robin) "a contest to find a new tail for NP I nationalpost.com You can watch trailers from all the films mentioned at apple.comtrallers. Video versions of this and past Trailer Trackers are at nationalpost.comtheampersand Eeyore." All to the soothing sound of the song Somewhere Only We Know by Britain's Keane. Still, not every actor has a famous animal alter ego. Owen Wilson may have given voice to a ferret (in Fantastic Mr. Fox) and a Great Dane (in Marmaduke), and he's said to be playing a title character in the 2012 animated film Turkeys, but kids know him best as racecar Lightning McQueen. He returns as such on June 24 in Cars 2, opposite the aptly named Larry the Cable Guy as Mater. The Pixar sequel also introduces a new car played by Michael Caine, who introduces himself as "Finn Mc-Missile, British Intelligence." (Mater's response: "Tow Mater, average intelligence.") The 78-year-old Caine recently made his cartoon debut as the voice of a garden gnome in GnomeoSc Juliet, so though he's now made two animated films, he's yet to find his inner animal. Employing Cockney rhyming slang, I'd suggest Michael Caine whooping crane. National Post cknightnationalpost.com IT'S NOT A RUMAH! Arnold won't be back after all Actor puts all future movie roles on hold Arnold Schwarzenegger is putting plans to resume his Hollywood career on hold to focus on personal matters, his spokesman said in a statement late on Thursday. The statement followed an admission by the former California governor and Terminator movie star that he had fathered a child with a member of his household staff during his marriage to Maria Shriver. "Governor Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines. This includes Cry Macho, the Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Governor Schwarzenegger decides," the statement said. Schwarzenegger's planned return to Hollywood, after sev en years as California's governor, was just about to get started with a drama titled Cry Macho. Producers were even busy selling rights at the Cannes Film Festival and preparing for the late August production of this unlikely project Cry Macho was written as a novel decades ago by the playwright N. Richard Nash, who died in 2000 at 87. It tells the story of Mike Milo, a washed-up horse trainer who schemes to make $50,000 by snatching a streetwise Mexican boy from his mother in Mexico City and delivering him to his father, Milo's ex-boss, in Texas. As Milo and the boy, Rafo, get to know each other, the plan changes. The boy actually wants to connect with his father, a ne'er-do-well who is trying to have him kidnapped for leverage in a business deal. Schwarzenegger's character falls in love with a Mexican woman. A rooster named Macho provides comic relief. But mostly, Cry Macho is written as a morality tale about two characters who help each other through tough transitions. And it promises to have less in common with pictures such as Junior, in which Schwarzenegger's character became pregnant, or the Terminator series, in which he played a killing machine, than with The Rainmaker, the 1954 Broadway play about the drought-plagued West for which Nash was best known. The producer Albert Ruddy has been trying to film Cry Macho almost since Nash first published the novel in 1975. "You're going to be surprised," said Ruddy this week, shortly before The T n o A n a p p o , j1 Vfc tnat benwarz- g enegger's I marriage had j foundered when Shriver f learned he 1 th'i had fathered, m h 1 L i and was supporting, a child by someone else. "Never count Arnold out," Bryan Lourd, one of Schwarzenegger's agents at the Creative Artists Agency, said in an email of the actor's Hollywood prospects, before word of the out-of-wedlock child surfaced. "Once a movie star, always a movie star." The new film was set to be shot mostly in New Mexico, to take advantage of state tax incentives, despite Schwarzenegger's campaign as governor to keep the movies in California. If the story's climax remains intact and the film goes forward viewers will find Schwarzenegger trying to break into the United States, with the Mexican authorities in hot pursuit. "You're right" Ruddy said when asked whether some viewers might be amused to see an ex-governor trying to crash the border. "That's funnyT The New York Times, with files from Agence France-Presse Arnold Schwarzenegger

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