`Happy Feet' goes dancing in IMAX

The Buzz

December 22, 2006|By Chris Kaltenbach | Chris Kaltenbach,SUN REPORTER

Happy Feet, an animated musical centering on an emperor penguin who can't sing a lick (unlike all the other penguins, for whom singing is a birthright and who do so incessantly), will be playing on the Maryland Science Center's IMAX screen beginning today. Showtimes this weekend are 10 a.m., 4:25 p.m. and 8 p.m. today; 10 a.m., 5:35 p.m. and 8 p.m. tomorrow; 10 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Sunday. The science center is at 601 Light St. Additional showtimes and ticket information: 410-685-5225 or mdsci.org.

Call for entries

The Maryland Film Festival is looking for movies, both short and feature-length, narratives and documentaries, to show at its ninth annual festival, scheduled for May 3-6. Entries must be submitted in either DVD or VHS format, be accompanied by an entry form and the appropriate fee, and be postmarked no later than Feb. 16. For more information, including a fee schedule and entry form: mdfilmfest.com or 410-752-8083.

`Oz' in Silver Spring

One of the most deservedly beloved films of all time, Victor Fleming's The Wizard of Oz, hits the big screen this week at the American Film Institute's Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road. Surely one of the crowning achievements of the Hollywood studio system, Oz also helped kick-start the famed Freed unit at MGM, a group of artists and craftsmen led by producer Arthur Freed that would be responsible for most of Hollywood's classic musicals, from Meet Me In St. Louis and On the Town to Singin' In the Rain and Gigi. The film, whose 67-year-old magic remains undiluted, stars Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Margaret Hamilton - and it's impossible to find a casting miscue in the lot. Showtimes for The Wizard of Oz, part of the continuing "Judy Garland Sings!" retrospective at the Silver, are 1 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Monday, 12:50 p.m. Wednesday and 6:20 p.m. Thursday. Also showing this week is Garland in 1944's Meet Me In St. Louis (1 p.m. Sunday, 4:10 p.m. Monday, 12:40 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday). Future films in the retrospective include 1954's A Star Is Born (Dec. 29-Jan.1) and 1948's Easter Parade (Jan. 5-11). Ticket information and showtimes: afi.com or 301-495-6720.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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