World news photos: Ice city, last porn cinema in Paris closes and more

JAKE ELLISON, SPECIAL TO THE SEATTLEPI.COM Published 10:11 am, Sunday, January 7, 2018 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', Continue Reading

An early gangster flick and five other New York movies from the first days of cinema

The city that never sleeps is the setting for a seemingly endless supply of fantastic films, including everything from "Taxi Driver" to "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to "Manhattan." But the Big Apple has been front and center on the silver screen for a lot longer than most people remember. Here's a look at some of the silent and early talkie films that featured Gotham way back in the early days of the movie industry. "Shooting the Chutes" (1896) Before film became a huge Hollywood industry, New York City was already playing a feature role on the big screen. The earliest films in existence — those made back in the 1890s — were almost like home movies. They were typically short, single-shot recordings of scenes of everyday life. In 1895, the Lumiere brothers wowed the world with footage of workers leaving the Lumiere factory in France. They launched the movie industry with the first commercial film showing later that year. But this side of the Atlantic, Thomas Edison's Edison Film Manufacturing was exploring film as well. He made movies from his New Jersey studio, dubbed Black Maria — but Edison Film also did early on-site movie-making, including this short shot on the famous water chutes at Coney Island all the way back in June 1896. "The Thieving Hand" (1908) As film outgrew simple, single-shot shorts, moviemakers began experimenting with camera tricks and early special effects. George Méliès' "A Trip to the Moon" — the inspiration for the visually fascinating "Tonight, Tonight" Smashing Pumpkins video — was one of the better-known early contributions to primitive sci-fi, made in 1902. Stateside, 1908's "The Thieving Hand" was another early contribution to special effects-driven science fiction. It tells the bizarre tale of an arm with a mind of its own. A wealthy man takes pity on a one-armed street beggar and gives him the money, which he Continue Reading

From filthy to family-friendly: An interactive look at the changing face of Times Square

This certainly isn't your father's Times Square. Throughout the 70s and 80s, it was a hotbed for getting hot and heavy, with everything from live sex shows to porn theaters but all that changed under an early 90s redevelopment and rezoning plan realized under former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The mid-1990s cleanup — the biggest one in recent memory was not the first — not by a long shot. Daily News clippings show records of cleanups, sometimes every other year, dating all the way back to the 1930s. By the 1980s, things had become fairly unsavory. In 2007, the Associated Press recalled it as “a cesspool, overrun with crime and home to sex shops and peep shows. Drug addicts shot up on the street. Locals avoided the neighborhood.” Rehabbing the neighborhood would take time, though. First, during Ed Koch’s tenure as mayor in the 1980s, the city used eminent domain to reclaim decrepit and crumbling buildings. Then, under the leadership of David Dinkins — Rudy Giuliani’s immediate predecessor — the city undertook the study that would allow them to rezone if they could find that the sex biz was harmful to surrounding areas. Giuliani took office in 1994, and it was the following year the rezoning law passed, prohibiting sex businesses from operating within 500 feet of homes, places of worship, schools or — critically for Times Square — each other. To help inject the area with new life, Giuliani used a team of developers to lure upscale businesses into the area. Then — in a complete aboutface from the square’s tawdry past — Disney moved in. The animation giant got a low-interest loan to redo the historic 42nd Street New Amsterdam Theatre. Right now, after a long run of “Mary Poppins,” the theatre has been playing “Aladdin” since 2014. Other changes have swept Continue Reading

Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ to play at AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas starting this weekend: Where to watch

This weekend’s forecast calls for some “Purple Rain.” Prince’s seminal 1984 cult film will return to more than 160 theaters nationwide Saturday through Thursday via AMC Theatres and Carmike Cinemas in a tribute to the funk sensation’s untimely death. “Immediately after learning of Prince’s tragic death on Thursday, AMC Theatres worked with the Warner Bros. distribution team to bring PURPLE RAIN to the big screen,” AMC said in a statement Friday. PRINCE AUTOPSY COMPLETE IN MINNESOTA AMID DRUG OVERDOSE RUMORS AMC Theatres will screen the film across 87 locations, and Carmike Cinemas will show it in at least 80, according to the theater chains. New York residents can catch “Purple Rain” at AMC’s Empire 25, Loews 19th St. East 6, Loews Kips Bay 15, Loews Stony Brook 17 and Palisades 21. The semi-biographical musical drama — which nabbed him a best original song Oscar — stars Prince and his band, The Revolution. His magnum opus album, “Purple Rain,” serves as its soundtrack. The Twin Cities icon, 57, was found dead at his Paisley Park compound Thursday. Officials conducted a four-hour autopsy Friday, warning that toxicology results could take several weeks. Amid an outpouring of tributes from grieving fans and fellow artists, there has not yet been any word on funeral plans or a memorial service. Per AMC's website, below is a full list of theaters screening “Purple Rain” by state. For a full list of participating Carmike Cinemas, click here. Alabama AMC Festival Plaza 16 Arizona AMC Ahwatukee 24 AMC Arizona Center 24 AMC Westgate 20 California AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 AMC Covina 17 AMC Mercado 20 AMC Metreon 16 AMC Mission Valley 20 AMC Norwalk 20 AMC Ontario Mills 30 AMC Orange 30 AMC Promenade 16 AMC Rolling Hills 20 AMC Tyler Galleria 16 Colorado AMC Highlands Ranch Continue Reading

Cafe Edison is an architectural gem and only decent place to get affordable Jewish food in Times Square, says actress

Oh, my God, it’s a tragedy. The Cafe Edison should be landmarked. The room itself is an architectural gem with its ornate mouldings and high ceiling. It’s the only half-way decent place to get proper, affordable Jewish food in the area. It’s also a regular hangout for old Broadway stalwarts. You could go in between shows and spot Neil Simon or Jerry Zaks. You could find playwrights making notes, actors reading their scripts, producers kibitzing, and they have the best matzo brei, better than the Carnegie Deli and it doesn’t cost $35. They know you there. They say hello. And the room is a glorious throwback to when Times Square wasn’t an awful facsimile of Universal City Walk. There is absolutely nothing redeeming about the Times Square of today. It’s become a hideous, exhausting mall that assaults you with crassness from every direction. There’s no honesty or elegance anywhere you look. The Cafe Edison, a popular hangout in Times Square, will soon be closing its doors. The Polish Tea Room, as it came to be called, was one of the last refuges, a real place for actual New Yorkers to escape the tourists and ugliness of the area. Plimpton is an award-winning stage and cinema actor who is currently appearing on Broadway in “A Delicate Balance.” Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Jenni Farley takes on Chris Christie, telling N.J. governor it’s time to allow gay marriage

The ongoing battle between New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former “Jersey Shore” cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley is getting worse. In an exclusive interview with [email protected], JWoww, 27, went on a vitriolic rant about Christie, targeting his views on gay marriage. “I’m going to come after you,” said Farley, who’s promoting the third season of “Snooki & JWoww,” her “Jersey Shore” spinoff with BFF Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi. Mel Evans/AP This isn't the first time N.J. Gov. Chris Christie has gotten into a spat with the 'Jersey Shore' cast member. “If you have a problem with two people being in love, and you’re against gay marriage, I have a problem with you,” said Farley. “What happens between two human beings has nothing to do with Chris Christie and does not affect Chris Christie. What does affect me is when my best friend can’t get married in New Jersey, and my best friend’s mother, who is a lesbian, can’t get married.” Farley went so far as to say she forgives Christie for his past antics against the MTV stars, including his rejection of $420,000 in tax credits for “Jersey Shore.” In September 2011, Christie said the show “does nothing more than perpetuate misconceptions about the state and its citizens.” RELATED: CHRIS CHRISTIE WANTS COURT’S HELP TO DELAY SAME-SEX MARRIAGES “The problems that he had with me, Nicole, Vinny [Guadagnino], Pauly [Delvecchio], I’ve put that aside,” said Farley. “He’s a politician, he’s able to grant these wishes for people in love. Your personal opinion should have no effect on other people’s love lives, especially if you’re in a position of power.” Referring to Christie’s 2012 veto of a bill to allow same-sex unions, Farley continued, “It agitates me that the law got passed and Continue Reading

Movie reviews: ‘Goats,’ ‘Out of the Clear Blue Sky,’ ‘Supercapitalist,’ ‘This Time’

GOATS — Zero stars A desert-dwelling wild man (David Duchovny) helps out a prep-school kid (1:34). R: Language. Cinema Village. Even viewers who are part of the cult of David Duchovny — and there are plenty of good reasons to join — may want to avoid this completely unnecessary dramedy. The “X Files” and “Californication” star sports a Moses-like beard and wig as a guy called Goat Man, an Arizona free spirit and goat trekker who bonds with the preppie son (Graham Phillips) of Goat Man’s ex-lover (Vera Farmiga). There is plenty of shagginess in director Christopher Neil’s film, and not just from Duchovny’s hirsute disguise. The normally restrained Farmiga takes the hippie setting seriously, letting out soul-purging screams and floor-writing moans. Duchovny sleepwalks around, letting his laconic charm do all the work. But aside from a tangy musical score cowritten by Jason Schwartzman, “Goats” is just b-a-a-a-aad. OUT OF THE CLEAR BLUE SKY — 3 stars Documentary about the loss of life at WTC financial firm Cantor Fitzgerald on 9/11 (1:47). Not rated. IFC, as part of the DocuWeeks 2012 film festival. Cantor Fitzgerald, as most New Yorkers know, occupied the top floors of the North Tower and lost more than two-thirds of its 960 employees that terrible day. This affectionate, emboldening and genuinely familial-feeling film charts how survivors of the firm deal with the tragedy, from employees to CEO Howard Lutnick. His visit to a missing persons board naming his lost staff is particularly heartrending. Director Danielle Gardner modulates the human toll with the firm’s business realities perfectly; while the city was reeling, Lutnick and his remaining team had to address a possible takeover from JP Morgan. Like every individual’s story of Sept. 11, this one has hidden drama, heartbreak and renewal, adding yet another thread to the tapestry. Continue Reading

Short Reviews: When You’re Strange, The Square, La Mission, Who Do You Love, The Misfortunates

WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE *** Documentary about the Doors. At the Angelika (1:30). R: Language, drugs, sexuality. If Tom DiCillo's intention was to prove that the Doors' front man, Jim Morrison, may forever remain an enigma, he has succeeded. But isn't the job of a documentarian to uncover something new about his subject? DiCillo clearly wants to honor Morrison's own creativity by avoiding a typically dry biography. But he goes too far, wasting valuable time on impressionistic musings while skirting significant issues like his upbringing. Johnny Depp's awed narration presents the band's rise and fall in generally informative fashion. However, the real reason to see the movie — and it's reason enough — is the trove of archival footage, which shows a star of almost impossible magnetism. In these scenes, DiCillo provides proof that Morrison's life is worth revisiting, until we truly understand it. The job's not done yet. Elizabeth Weitzman THE SQUARE ** An adulterous couple run into trouble stealing a huge amount of cash. At the Sunshine Cinema (1:45). R: Violence, language, sexuality. An Australian noir that owes a big debt to the Coen brothers' debut, "Blood Simple," this grungy and gritty thriller would need a few more original twists to qualify as memorable. Construction foreman Ray (David Roberts) is having an affair with Carla (Claire van der Boom), his co-worker's wife, who happens to have the cash from her husband's shifty side dealings. Escaping with each other and the money is Ray and Carla's plan, until arson takes an innocent life and things predictably go bad. Director Nash Edgerton's previous life as a movie stunt man Down Under is evident in several well-executed scuffles and brawls, and Roberts and van der Boom are engaging, yet "The Square" digs up familiar ground without adding any fresh dirt. Joe Neumaier LA MISSION ** A bus driver in San Francisco distances himself from his gay son. At Chelsea Cinemas Continue Reading

Times Square’s AMC Empire 25 theater reopens after bedbugs battle; Infestation now hits Elle mag

Bedbugs in 3-D! A Times Square movie theater reopened Wednesday after exterminators battled bedbugs, and officials confirmed another Manhattan cinema had been hit. The creepy crawlers were also spotted in the offices of Elle magazine and part of Rikers Island, officials said Wednesday. About a dozen customers streamed into the AMC Empire 25 theater on 42nd St. when doors were unlocked at 10:45 a.m. - but some split after hearing of the outbreak. "You couldn't pay me to go in there," said Parker James, 43, of the upper West Side. AMC's problem began at its Magic Johnson Harlem 9 theater, where bedbugs were found in several of its screening rooms on July 30, a company spokesman said. AMC exterminated that theater and checked all others in Manhattan, finding bedbugs on two seats at the Times Square location on Aug. 3, the spokesman said. When a guest complained of being bitten last week, the theater was exterminated a second time. Meanwhile, Elle had bedbugs this week in a small area on the 44th floor of its building on Broadway at 50th St. And a city Correction Department spokeswoman said only two bugs were recently found in the infirmary at the Rose M. Singer facility, and a small number of bugs were found in four other Rikers facilities over the past 18 months. "We have a lot of traffic. It's critical we stay on top of this, " said spokeswoman Sharman Stein. A 20-year old visitor to Rikers, who declined to give his name, said that his cousin showed him her bite-covered arm. "It's just like a million bites," he said. "She told me, 'I'm tired of getting bit up every night.'" Businesses and residents across the city have been hit by the bedbug epidemic, prompting the city to recently allocate a half-million dollars to eradicating the pests. With Erica Pearson Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Five-story, 170-room hotel and conference center proposed for Brookfield Square mall site

A five-story, 170-room hotel would connect to a city-owned conference center under a new proposal that would redevelop part of Brookfield Square mall.The hotel would be owned by Middleton-based North Central Group, which also would manage the one-story, 44,000-square-foot conference center, said Dan Ertl, city community development director.North Central has been recommended as the city's "hotel partner" on the project, Ertl said Monday. The firm was among those responding to a city request for proposals on the conference center/hotel plan.The planned hotel franchise isn't being disclosed. It would be "an upscale, business-class hotel," said Andy Inman, North Central vice president of development.North Central hopes to begin construction by mid-2018, with the hotel and conference center open by mid-2019, Inman said.The firm in February dropped its plans to operate a five-story, 170-room Hilton Garden Inn at The Corridor mixed-use project in Brookfield after conflicts about the timing of infrastructure construction.City officials have long wanted to build a facility that would host small to medium business conferences and other events.Those plans have lately been proceeding at Brookfield Square, and would be part of the mall's continuing redevelopment.The Common Council, at its Tuesday night meeting, is scheduled to enter closed session to consider buying 9.5 acres from mall operator CBL & Associates Properties Inc., according to the council's agenda.That site is now occupied by the former Sears Automotive Center and its parking lot. The center largely closed in May except for a small auto parts store, and would be demolished.The council also will consider a possible sale of 2.5 acres of that parcel to North Central Group, which would develop the hotel. North Central would lease the conference center, which the firm would operate.The conference center, featuring an 18,000-square-foot ballroom and a smaller Continue Reading