'Big Fish' writer chats with the minnows

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John August (April 18, 2013)

Among the strongest antidotes to crime and poverty is education, and "Girls Rising" (which plays for one week at Regal Cinemas) takes this sentiment to heart. A social issues documentary that also mixes in narrative filmmaking, the stories of nine girls from around the globe (narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathawayand others) "stand as sober reminders of the kind of unforgiving obstacles faced by girls in developing countries and the positive, ripple effects that learning can bring," per the LA Times review. Go to girlrising.com/see-the-film.

Tavi at the movies

Last year 16-year-old Oak Park media mogul Tavi Gevinson loaned her voice to the animated short "Cadaver," which screens Tuesday at the Museum of Contemporary Art, with a post-show discussion by Gevinson and filmmaker Jonah Ansell, who says the film is a whimsical reinterpretation of his sister's experiences in med school — specifically "the day she cut open her first dead body as a med student" at Northwestern University. For more info go to mcachicago.org.

Exploitation film

After her 1948 marijuana bust with Robert Mitchum, actress Lila Leeds found her career prospects stalled. The only movie she was offered was the anti-drug film "She Shoulda Said 'No'!" which came out a year later. The semi-autobiographical exploitation film played under a number of titles (including "The Story of Lila Leeds and Her Expose of the Marijuana Racket"), and it screens midnight Saturday at Facets. Go to facets.org.

Divergent update

The movie adaptation of Veronica Roth's three-part dystopian YA series (which began shooting in Chicago last week) has added Ashley Judd and Tony Goldwyn (who plays Fitz on ABC's "Scandal") to the cast as the parents of the teenage protagonist played by Shailene Woodley. "Divergent," which is being shot entirely in Chicago, will be in town through early summer.


Despite the Washington setting, the second season of the HBO political comedy "Veep" is weighted with former Chicago actors including star Julia Louis-Dreyfus (a Second City alum), Chicago natives Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh and new addition Kevin Dunn, Steppenwolf ensemble member Gary Cole (also new this year), as well as a short arc for local improv actor David Pasquesi coming up as the Veep's ex-husband.

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