`Blair Witch' sequels planned

Movies: Two more installments of the surprise blockbuster hit are on the horizon.


January 07, 2000|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

It's official: There will be a "Blair Witch Project 2." In fact, there will be a "Blair Witch Project 3."

Artisan Entertainment and Haxan Films announced this week that the sequel to the blockbuster independent hit "The Blair Witch Project" will start filming by March, for release next fall. Award-winning documentarian Joe Berlinger ("Brother's Keeper," "Paradise Lost") will direct the film in his feature debut. Artisan and Berlinger are keeping mum about the sequel's storyline, but the movie is likely to be shot in rural Maryland, as was the first movie.

The third installment of the "Blair Witch" franchise will be a prequel to the original film, and will be written and directed by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez, who co-directed "The Blair Witch Project." They will also serve as creative consultants to Berlinger. Look for "Blair Witch 3" to materialize on screens in the summer of 2002.

Screening of `Mom Mom'

The Maryland Film Festival will visit the Weinberg Center for the Arts Saturday to hold a screening of Paul Zinder's documentary "Mom Mom Loves Herbert" on Saturday. The original screening, which was part of last fall's festival tour, was cancelled due to technical difficulties. "Mom Mom Loves Herbert" will be shown at 1 p.m.

The Weinberg Center is at 20 W. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick. For more information, call 301-228-2828.

Movie and mind control

Tonight at the Weinberg Center, Dr. Eric Olson, a Frederick psychologist and son of the late Dr. Frank Olson, will introduce a screening of John Frankenheimer's Cold War classic "The Manchurian Candidate."

The 1962 adaptation of Richard Condon's novel bears striking similarities to the story of Olson's father, who died mysteriously in 1953 after being part of the CIA's experimental drug program.

After the screening, Olson will speak about his search for answers to his own father's death, and he will show the British documentary "Mind Control Murder."

"The Manchurian Candidate" will be shown at 7: 30 p.m. On Saturday, the Weinberg will show "The Maltese Falcon" at 3 p.m. and "Casablanca" at 7 p.m.

For ticket information, call 301-228-2828.

See classic Cukor comedy

The Charles Theatre is kicking off a Saturday Matinee series tomorrow with a screening of one of George Cukor's most beloved comic classics (the title can't be divulged for contractual reasons). The movie will begin at 11: 30 a.m. Vintage newsreels and previews will round out the show. (Curious filmgoers can check out the Charles' film calendar to see what the mystery movie is.) Suggested donation is $5. The Charles Theatre is at 1711 N. Charles St.

Almodovar's `Mother'

Cinema Sundays at the Charles will kick off its Winter 2000 series this weekend with a screening of Pedro Almodovar's critically acclaimed "All About My Mother," a comic melodrama about an unlikely group of girlfriends who find love and solidarity in the oddest places. Film critic and programmer Eddie Cockrell will be the day's featured speaker.

As always, the movie will start at 10: 30 a.m., after a nosh of bagels and coffee. Full membership packages for the eight-film series are available for $88. Four mini-memberships are available for $52. Walk-up tickets may be purchased for $15 when doors open at 9: 45 a.m. For more information, call 410-727-3464.

`Toy Story 2' captioned

Hearing-impaired filmgoers will have a chance to see one of the most delightful films of the season this weekend when the Loews Theatre at White Marsh screens open-captioned versions of "Toy Story 2" as part of its regular afternoon and evening schedule. Check the newspaper for show times or call the theater at 410-931-4980. Regular ticket prices will be in effect.

Whoa, wrong Wes

Mea culpa: In the breathless praise heaped on "American Beauty" in last month's "Ten Best" list, Wes Bentley was inadvertantly referred to as Wes Craven. Apologies to the Weses and the weaders.

Film fest dates set

Mark your calendar: The Maryland Film Festival has confirmed its dates for this year. The 2000 edition of the four-day showcase will unspool April 27-30.

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