Podcast: Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

Categories: Film and TV

Photo: Murray Close
Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay
Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

See also: Review: Mockingjay Is Sharp on Propaganda but Soft on Celebrity

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Spanish Film 10.000KM Impressively Depicts Long-Distance Relationships

Long-distance relationships aren't exactly an easy thing to depict. This isn't to say certain filmmakers haven't tried, but the results -- like Going the Distance and Like Crazy -- have been of middling quality, at best. But 10.000KM understands exactly how distance plays a factor in the way some relationships work.

Kicking off with a gorgeous 22-minute scene that unfolds in one take, 10.000KM introduces the audience to its couple, Alex (Natalia Tena) and Sergi (David Verdaguer), who just happen to be the only characters in the film. They're living in Barcelona together, they're sexually fulfilled and completely in tune, as both the script and the lack of editing in this opening sequence show. But when Alex gets a grant to move to L.A. to work on her photography career, and she takes it, things get choppy for the couple, both figuratively and literally.

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Morowa Yejidé on Autism and Motherhood: "There's a Language Between Parents"

By Sarah Fillman
There's a universe behind our eyes, says prize-winning short story writer Morowa Yejidé. Her debut novel, Time of the Locust, observes the life and family of Sephiri, a young autistic boy whose mother struggles to support and understand him in the wake of losing her husband to the unforgiving confines of a penitentiary.

According to Yejidé, the meatiest stories take shape in the aftermath of action.

"We might hear about the situation of a particular person or choice that that person made, but that's not the end of the story," says Yejidé. "The other part of the story is the fallout."

See also: Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman on New Novel: "The Entire Book Was Inspired By Annoyance"

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Audition To Be the InterContinental's Dancing Silhouette Saturday

Categories: Dance

Courtesy of InterContinental Miami
In a city where couples break out stellar salsa in dive bars and backyards, it's obvious that Miami is rhythmically gifted. For those of you breaking down at clubs and parties, now's your chance to snatch some real recognition for your remarkable moves.

The InterContinental Miami is once again searching for its next skyline star -- the badass dancer that will grace the side of the 100 Chopin Plaza building, lit up in glowing glory. Auditions to be the next silhouette start this Saturday, and judges are looking for Miami's best.

See also: InterContinental Miami to Host "Dancing Lady" Dance-Off to Replace Stripper Silhouette

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Book Fair's Literary Death Match Pits Florida Writers Against Each Other in Battle Royale

Courtesy of Miami Book Fair International
LDM Miami 2012 at Bardot
In addition to the Mad Max, post-apocalyptic kind, death matches come in many flavors, including the bookish variety. And this year, the Miami Book Fair International's The Swamp lounge is hosting a Florida-themed Literary Death Match, featuring writers (and one judge) who hail from the Sunshine State.

So what is a LDM, exactly? Think of it as cage fight meets poetry slam, American Idol meets book club. Four local writers will read their most "electric" works in a series of rounds, followed by no-holds-barred commentary by judges. The action will culminate in an "anything goes," totally unpredictable finale.

See also: The Ten Best Things to Do at Miami Book Fair International

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Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman on New Novel: "The Entire Book Was Inspired By Annoyance"

Dana Patrick
Longtime Seinfeld writer and producer Peter Mehlman aims higher than laughter with his debut novel, as he examines racism, religion, tragedy -- and feet. A reflective social commentary, It Won't Always Be This Great is both comic and poignant. From beginning to end, the novel artfully cultivates a philosophy opposed to spending life in search of concrete answers.

"Why limit yourself?" he asks. Mehlman considers that if things don't make sense, maybe they're not supposed to.

For one Long Island podiatrist, it takes an impromptu act of vandalism just to make him aware of his own being. He stumbles on a bottle of horseradish and hurls it through the window of a popular teen fashion store. This one out-of-character impulse turns his life vivid and terrifying, triggering waves of fear, crooked cops, and suspicions of antisemitism, both accurate and paranoid.

See also: Ben Greenman on Questlove, George Clinton Memoirs: "When It Comes To These Books, You Have To Audition"

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Sixteen Nonprofits to Consider Supporting on Give Miami Day

Categories: Around Town

Courtesy of The Miami Foundation
This Thursday marks the third annual incarnation of Give Miami Day, a 24-hour extravaganza of philanthropic giving designed to boost the coffers of our community's needy nonprofits.

Last year's big day raised a record $3.2 million, and they're hoping to up the ante this year.

If you're looking to lend a helping hand to a charitable cause, there are lots of organizations working to improve Miami in some of the areas the city needs it most. According to the Miami Foundation's (creators of Give Miami Day) recent report, the city could stand to improve in a host of areas. They filled us in on 16 nonprofits working to improve the 305 in those specific areas.

See also: Foundation Report: Miami Spends More on Housing, Transportation Than New York

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Joyce Carol Oates on Twitter, Her Writing Process, and Lovely, Dark, Deep

Courtesy of Miami Book Fair International
John Updike described the career of Joyce Carol Oates better than anyone when he said, ". . . if the phrase 'woman of letters' existed, she would be . . . entitled to it." She's written novels, short story collections, nonfiction, novellas, plays, poetry, collections, children's and young adult books, and been awarded too many honors to mention.

An author, poet, avid Twitter user, and teacher, her work as a writer has spanned a remarkable five decades.

Oates will be reading from her latest collection of stories, Lovely, Dark, Deep, at the Miami Book Fair International on Thursday night, so we quizzed the legendary author via email about Twitter, her writing routine, and the details of her memoir.

See also: Six Ways to Geek Out at Miami Book Fair 2014

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Secret Celluloid Society: Gloria Estefan To Introduce Phantom of the Paradise Screening

Categories: Film and TV

Photo by Craig Duffy | Flickr CC
From the Blue Starlite Drive-in to Shirley's at Gramps, Nayib Estefan's Secret Celluloid Society has been rapidly spreading its gospel of cult films to Miami audiences. Its latest endeavor is the After Hours series at Coral Gables Art Cinema, which features late night screenings of special flick events, from the 40th anniversary showing of Dr. Strangelove, to a fabulous Paris is Burning event that concluded with a voguing contest, to the upcoming 30th anniversary celebration of This is Spinal Tap on December 6.

This Saturday's screening, however, may just take the cake. This showcase of Brian De Palma's rock opera classic Phantom of the Paradise will not only mark 40 years of camp horror glory, but will include a special introduction from Gloria Estefan and a Q&A with -- if rumors are correct -- singer-songwriter Paul Williams, star of the 1974 cult musical.

See also: Secret Celluloid Society Brings Freaky Cult Films to Blue Starlite Drive-in Theater

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Miami Beach Cinematheque Features Rare Andy Warhol Films During Art Basel

John Coplans catalogue, 1970, from the MBC Archive
Andy Warhol
As Art Basel Miami Beach looms, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is cuing up the films of one of the 20th Century's greatest, most iconic artists: Andy Warhol. The retrospective "Warhol's Silver Screen/Silver Factory" began this month.

The films, dating from 1964-66, all explore famous starlets of a by-gone era and their scandals, from shoplifting to suicide, recreated by Factory luminaries such as Edie Sedgwick, Billy Name, and the Velvet Underground. You may have already seen or missed Harlot (1964), an interpretation of Jean Harlow's story with Mario Montez playing the actress improvising to off-screen narrators and climaxing in "a frenzy of banana erotics and a burst of Swan Lake."

See also: Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 Film Sector Features Early Screening of Big Eyes

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