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1250 BARDSTOWN RD LOUISVILLE KY 40204 LAFF LINE (502)459-0022
Monday, July 17, 2006 found at www.courier-journal.com 

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Curt Tofteland, left, and Sammie Byron star in "Shakespeare Behind Bars." The film, which will be available on DVD tomorrow, goes inside the Luther Luckett Correctional Institute in La Grange, Ky., where inmates perform Shakespeare's plays.

YouTube.com has everything from head-butting spoofs of French soccer player Zinedine Zidane to beatboxing parrots and spy-hopping whales. If you haven't visited the popular Web site and seen those short videos or if you've never heard of beatboxing or spy hopping, take a few minutes to check them out.

When you are finished, Louisville's Comedy Caravan Film Festival invites you to leave your self-imposed solitary confinement in front of the computer screen and join its Wednesday night audience for a new film series called Show Your Shorts, which the club describes as like YouTube but with a live audience.

Featured films by Louisvillians will include "The Wheelchair Defender," a 50-minute movie about video gamers by Evan Peters, and several surreal shorts by Pam Swisher, a video artist and performer with the local troupe Grotesque Burlesque.

Also, two films by Zak Becher and Tony Holcomb will be shown. They are "Pierre," about a French boy's fight with a supernatural being, and "The Marvel World," a parody of the real world with Marvel Comic characters.

Showtime at Comedy Caravan, 1250 Bardstown Road, is 10 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. You will receive a $2 discount when you order online at www.comedycaravan.com. The minimum age for the show is 18.

If you want to show your own film at Comedy Caravan, call (502) 459-0022 or e-mail: showyourshorts@comedycaravan.com.

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On the big screen

Movies scheduled to open in theaters this Friday:

"Clerks II" -- New Jersey residents Dante and Randal (Brian O'Halloran and Jeff Anderson) are out of the Quick Stop and stuck in Mooby's, a fast-food purgatory, in Kevin Smith's sequel to his 1994 indie hit. Rosario Dawson co-stars, and slackers Jay and Silent Bob (Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith) make appearances.

"Lady in the Water" -- M. Night Shyamalan ("Signs") wants to creep you out again. This time he's written and directed a tale about an apartment superintendent (Paul Giamatti) who rescues a young woman (Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard) from a swimming pool and discovers that she's a character from a bedtime story.

"Monster House" -- Motion-capture animation, a digital technique used to create "The Polar Express," is the method employed for this story about teenagers who unlock the secret of a crotchety neighbor's house. It features the voices of Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Nick Cannon.

"My Super Ex-Girlfriend" -- Luke Wilson, younger brother of actors Owen and Andrew, co-stars with Uma Thurman in this comedy about a guy who tries to scrap his possessive, needy girlfriend only to come face-to-face with her super powers. Directed by Ivan Reitman, who also directed "Ghostbusters" and produced "Old School."

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Tomorrow on DVD

"Shakespeare Behind Bars" You've read about the award-winning documentary that takes viewers inside Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a medium-security prison in La Grange, Ky., where inmates formed a theater company to perform Shakespeare's works. Now you can see why the film by Hank Rogerson and Jilann Spitzmiller impressed audiences at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was a nominee for the grand jury prize in 2005.

The documentary follows Louisville's Curt Tofteland, producing artistic director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, and the prison's troupe of Shakespearean players as they rehearse and reveals how art can transform lives. The prison theater program, initiated by Tofteland, is funded by donations to the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.

Other DVD releases: "Tsotsi," this year's Academy Award winner for best foreign film; "Clean," starring Maggie Cheung as a woman struggling with her mistakes and regrets; "Ren & Stimpy, The Lost Episodes"; "Don't Move," an Italian romance starring Penelope Cruz; "Road House," the 1989 movie that featured pretty boy Patrick Swayze as the bouncer of the Double Deuce Club with Kelly Lynch as the town doctor; and "Pee-Wee Herman -- Live at the Roxy Theatre," which features comic actor Paul Reuben on the Sunset Strip stage with his puppets, original music and live-action pals.

Every Monday in Features, Judith Egerton scopes out the week's movie news -- at theaters, on DVD and in the filmmaking scene. You can reach her at (502) 582-4503 or jegerton (at ) courier-journal.com.

 

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