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‘Whiplash’ director to answer questions at Princeton event


Director Damien Chazelle, who based his critically acclaimed film “Whiplash,” in part, on his experiences playing drums with the Princeton High School studio jazz band, will donate proceeds from a Dec. 17 “Whiplash” event in Princeton to the school’s music program. At the event — which was organized by Chazelle’s mother, Celia Chazelle — “Whiplash” will be screened at 6 p.m. at Princeton Garden Theatre, at 160 Nassau St., with a live introduction by Kam Williams, who reviews movies for Princeton’s Town Topics newspaper. Following the screening, there will then be a reception, from 8:15 to 10 p.m., at Princeton High School, 151 Moore St., with a performance by the Princeton Studio Band and a live video question-and-answer session with Chazelle, moderated by Williams.

Tickets are $30 ($15 for students) for the film and reception, $20 ($5 for students) for the reception only. “Whiplash,” which stars Miles Teller as a young drummer and  J. K. Simmons as his intense teacher, has won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for Drama at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, among other honors. Continue Reading →

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Director Neil Burger discusses craft at WAMFest

“Limitless” is the title of the 2011 movie that was screened and discussed on the first day of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s fifth annual WAMFest, Wednesday. And it is also a word that describes the festival’s approach to programming. The festival’s name is derived from “Words and Music,” and Wesley Stace, who has a foot in both words (he writes novels under that name, and makes music as John Wesley Harding), serves as its genial host. Most of its offerings, over the years, have had something to do with the ways in which the worlds of words and music intersect. But not all of them. Continue Reading →

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Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell to share stage at Montclair Film Festival fundraiser

Comedic powerhouses Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell — whose friendship goes back to the early ’90s, when they worked together in the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago — will appear together at a fundraiser for the Montclair Film Festival. “A Conversation With Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell” takes place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark Nov. 21, with tickets, priced from $59.50 to $250, going on sale Oct. 3 at 10 a.m.; call (888) 466-5722 or visit According to a press release, the show “will feature a multimedia presentation of rarely-seen highlights and an in-depth conversation spanning their extraordinary careers.” Continue Reading →

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‘Driving Jersey’ goes to the movies

The edition of the public-television series “Driving Jersey” that premieres tonight at 8:30 on NJTV is a particularly rich one, as it focuses on the world of movies, and there’s a lot of movie-related sites in New Jersey to drive to. Director Steve Rogers takes a tour of Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, where the film industry was born; interviews film fans outside a screening “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie” at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank; encourages a former employee of the now-defunct Colonial Theatre on Long Beach Island to reminisce; and travels to sites in Riverton and Pennsauken where the concept of the drive-in theater was invented, as well as the state’s only currently active drive-in, the Delsea in Vineland. Many of the interviewees are asked to talk about their favorite movies, and the tone throughout the entire half-hour program is sweet and nostalgic. “I just think there’s a nice charm to it that you don’t get from sitting in a movie theater,” says a young Delsea Theatre film-goer, about the drive-in experience. “There’s something else; it’s kind of a different experience by itself.” Continue Reading →

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