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Patton Oswalt Fell ‘Head Over Heels’ for Bride Meredith Salenger Months Before Meeting in Person

Patton Oswalt Fell ‘Head Over Heels’ for Bride Meredith Salenger Months Before Meeting in Person
Patton Oswalt is still basking in that newlywed glow.

The actor, 48, gushed about his new bride, Meredith Salenger, during Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which marked his first appearance since tying the knot with his second wife. He even wore his wedding suit for the late-night program!

“I married Meredith Salenger this amazing actress and she and our wedding planner, it was like watching two people plan a bank heist,” Oswalt recalled of the planning process. “Being the groom is the best. You are a prop that eats appetizers. That’s all you are. You’re just there and they tell you where to go.
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Patton Oswalt on His Marriage to Meredith Salenger: ‘This is a New Level of Joy and a New Life’

Patton Oswalt on His Marriage to Meredith Salenger: ‘This is a New Level of Joy and a New Life’
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger are on cloud nine.

On Saturday, the duo tied the knot in front of family and friends at the Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles and could not be more grateful for their new life together.

“I’ve only ever felt that level of joy once before in my life, and it was so profound and perfect it felt greedy to ever wish for it again,” Oswalt, 48, exclusively tells People in this week’s issue. “But I did, so now all I can do is show Meredith a level of gratitude and love that’s
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How Patton Oswalt Found Love with Meredith Salenger After His First Wife's Sudden Death

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How Patton Oswalt Found Love with Meredith Salenger After His First Wife's Sudden Death
Patton Oswalt has found love again after heartbreak.

On Saturday, the 48-year-old actor and comedian wed Meredith Salenger. The nuptials came over a year and a half after Oswalt’s first wife, Michelle McNamara, died unexpectedly in her sleep.

Here’s a look back at how Oswalt’s life has changed since last April.

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A tragic loss

Oswalt wed crime writer McNamara in 2005, and the two welcomed a daughter, Alice Rigney, in 2009.

On April 21, 2016, McNamara died
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Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger Are Married!

Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger Are Married!
Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger are married, the actor announced on Instagram, Sunday.

“What’d you guys do yesterday?” Oswalt wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of himself and the bride with his daughter, Alice Rigney.

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Sharing the same photo on Instagram, Salenger wrote, “True love. True happiness. Forever and Always. The Oswalts.”

Salenger revealed that the couple said “I do” at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, and that actress — and “most genuinely marvelous woman” — Martha Plimpton officiated.
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Patton Oswalt Marries Meredith Salenger 18 Months After Late Wife's Tragic Death

Patton Oswalt Marries Meredith Salenger 18 Months After Late Wife's Tragic Death
And so the next chapter of Patton Oswalt's life begins.  On Saturday, the actor and his fiancée, Meredith Salenger, in front of friends and family, confirms E! News. A source tells E! News that the couple wed at at the Jim Henson Company Lot in Hollywood. The brief ceremony began at 5:15 pm and lasted 15 minutes. The couple was married by a female friend in a Jewish ceremony. The insider added that Meredith was teary throughout the ceremony. The former child star wore an off-the-shoulder white dress and carried a bouquet of bright pink and red peonies. Guests at the intimate ceremony included actress Ever CarradineMartha Plimpton and Questlove. The source also...
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Over 30 Years Later, Sean Astin Is Still Holding Out Hope For a Goonies Sequel

Sean Astin might be gone for good on Stranger Things, but that doesn't mean we've seen the last of the actor in a beloved story about a group of young kids going on a wild adventure. Coincidentally, that joke he makes about a certain '80s movie in season two might be much more prophetic than we realized. The Lord of the Rings alum recently sat down with HuffPost and was happy to answer a question plenty of fans have had on their minds since 1985: will The Goonies ever get a sequel? There are so many ways that the beloved action-adventure flick, written by Steven Spielberg and directed by Richard Donner, could work as a sequel, especially if Astin is on board. "It's always possible. I will say that it's likely that it will happen," he revealed. "I don't know when, but I have always had confidence that that
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Goonies 2 Isn't Dead Yet, Animated Series Possible

Goonies 2 Isn't Dead Yet, Animated Series Possible
Did Stranger Things Season 2 just revive The Goonies 2? Star of both, Sean Astin, says that a sequel to his 1985 hit is still possible despite other co-stars claiming the idea was dead. And if it does happen, anxiously awaiting fans can thank Bob the Brain for finally pushing it towards reality.

Sean Astin is playing meta in Stranger Things 2. His Radio Shack boss Bob Newby is one of the purest of heart characters Stranger Things has, and his bravery has ignited a new love for the actor that he wasn't expecting. Stranger Things has always been about 80s nostalgia, and it uses Sean Astin to great effect. He helps build a weird kind of trust throughout his run on Netflix's popular show. Now, fans are ready for his Mikey to return.

It was Richard Donner who first confirmed that The Goonies 2 was happening. That was way back in 2014, and since then,
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Theater Faves Sing Live on Set to Bring ‘Hello Again’ Musical to Screen (Watch)

Theater Faves Sing Live on Set to Bring ‘Hello Again’ Musical to Screen (Watch)
Hello Again,” the 1994 Michael John Lachiusa musical that hits screens next week in a new film adaptation, is expanding its reach to more than 230 cinemas for the movie’s special-event screenings targeted to musical theater fans around the country.

Audra McDonald, Martha Plimpton, Cheyenne Jackson, T.R. Knight, Jenna Ushkowitz and Rumer Willis are among the familiar names in the cast, appearing in linked vignettes that follow a series of trysts across different eras in New York history. Lachiusa’s original stage musical, an adaptation of “La Ronde” that premiered at Lincoln Center Theater, provides the music and lyrics for the film, which is directed by Tom Gustafson from a screenplay by Cory Kreuckeberg.

During filming, the actors sang everything live on the set. The behind-the-scenes video below, provided exclusively to Variety, details the complicated combination of pre-recording sessions, on-set singing and post-production addition of the full orchestrations.

Tyler Blackburn, Sam Underwood, Nolan Gerard Funk and Al
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Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup

Helen Mirren Set for Chaplin Award, European Film Academy Honors Newcomers, and More — Awards Roundup
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our bi-weekly Awards Roundup column.

– The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award–winning actor Helen Mirren will be honored at the 45th Chaplin Award Gala on Monday, April 30, 2018. A beloved figure of stage, screen, and television, Mirren has bestowed upon the world a series of iconic performances in a career spanning more than fifty years. The annual event will be attended by a host of notable guests and presenters and will include movie and interview clips, culminating in the presentation of the Chaplin Award.

“It is an honor and a pleasure for us to present Helen Mirren with our 45th Chaplin Award,” said Ann Tenenbaum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Board Chairman. “From housemaid to Queen and everything in between, Ms. Mirren has delivered masterful performances of complex characters, upending stereotype after stereotype along the way.
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Patton Oswalt: 'The Worst Day of My Life Was When I Had to Tell My Daughter' About Her Mother's Death

Patton Oswalt: 'The Worst Day of My Life Was When I Had to Tell My Daughter' About Her Mother's Death
Patton Oswalt is using comedy to open up about the one single moment that changed his life forever.

In his new Netflix special, Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, the actor and comedian goes into detail about the aftermath of his wife Michelle McNamara’s sudden death, how he told their daughter, Alice, and how he continues to fight through grief.

“Just over a year, I became a widower and I have, I’m moving along as best I can,” says Oswalt, 48. “I can get up and I can do my job and I can be a dad but the wound is there.
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Blythe Danner and Martha Plimpton Sound Off on Harvey Weinstein Scandal Reactions

Blythe Danner and Martha Plimpton Sound Off on Harvey Weinstein Scandal Reactions
First come the reactions to the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations then come the reaction to the reactions... Both Blythe Danner and Martha Plimpton have penned letters to the editor of the famed New York Times in which both actresses take issue with responses to the shocking story. Danner, who is the mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, one of Weinstein's alleged victims, defends her daughter in her letter, which is aimed at a recent story by Nyt writer Maureen Dowd. The mother wrote, "I cannot remain silent while Maureen Dowd disparages my daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, for the manner in which she chose to handle Harvey Weinstein's attempt at a sexual encounter when she was 22 ("Harvey...
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George Clooney Set For AFI Life Achievement Award, Amy Adams Prepares for American Cinematheque Tribute

George Clooney Set For AFI Life Achievement Award, Amy Adams Prepares for American Cinematheque Tribute
Keep up with the glitzy awards world with our weekly Awards Roundup column.

The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees has announced that actor, director, writer, and producer George Clooney will be the recipient of the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Clooney at a Gala Tribute on June 7, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA.

George Clooney is America’s leading man,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chairman of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Director, producer, writer and actor — a modern-day screen icon who combines the glamour of a time gone by with a ferocious passion for ensuring art’s impact echoes beyond the screen. AFI is proud to present him with its 46th Life Achievement Award.”

The American Cinematheque has announced that Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hanks, Chris Messina, Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart will appear in person to toast Amy Adams,
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#Raindance2017: In Another Life, Hello Again, Maya Dardel

Quick takes from the 25th Raindance Film Festival, with public screenings in London through October 1st, 2017.

In Another Life

British filmmaker Jason Wingard went to the Jungle, the refugee camp in Calais, intending to make a documentary about life there. But after befriending those living in squalor out of desperation, he decided to make a narrative based on their stories instead, shot in the Jungle and with some of them playing versions of themselves. The result is an astonishingly moving film that rehumanizes people who have been dehumanized in public discourse, putting faces to the still-ongoing refugee crisis and inescapably reminding us that those we’ve Othered are not very different from us. “In another life,” Syrian refugee Adnan (French actor Elie Haddad) tells us in the touching narration through which we follow his journey, “I was a teacher.” His new friends in the Jungle are other middle-class people from such far-flung places as Sudan,
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Hello Again review

The screen adaptation of Hello Again struggles in its translation from the stage...

If there was ever a stage musical difficult to transfer to screen, it was Michael John Lachiusa’s controversial Hello Again. The story (or stories) or ten sets of lovers in ten time periods told non-chronologically, director Tom Gustafson and writer Cory Krueckeberg have attempted the near-impossible with mixed results.

How do you keep a film about sex with strangers from becoming a smut-fest? Well, the answer is apparently that you strip the story of most of its inherent sensuality and emotion, resulting in a well-directed and star-studded filmic experiment in place of a coherent movie.

Be prepared - every scene of the film is a sex scene in one way or another and, while that might sound quite appealing or even daring, in practice it feels rather relentless and, in the end, entirely pointless. We move
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The Goonies Cast Reunite for Special Anniversary Dinner

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The Goonies Cast Reunite for Special Anniversary Dinner
You know the old mantra. The Goonies never say die! And while we'll probably never get Goonies 2, stars Corey Feldman, Sean Astin and Jonathan Ke Quan have never given up hope. The trio reunited for a special anniversary dinner last night. And Corey Feldman shared an image from the great Goonies feast on his official CDogg Instagram. In the photo, you can see what became of the kids who once went searching for the lost treasure of One-Eyed Willie.

"Goonies dinner! Here I am last night catching up with former cast mates, Sean Astin & Jonathan Ke Quan."

Corey Feldman and Sean Astin have been the biggest champions of getting The Goonies 2 made. Original director Richard Donner confirmed the movie was moving forward way back in 2014. But ever since then, all we've ever heard about the project has mostly added up to wishful thinking.

We spoke with Corey Feldman earlier this year,
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Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor Didn't Start Dating Until Almost a Decade After They Met

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Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor Didn't Start Dating Until Almost a Decade After They Met
Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor first started dating in 2015 (much to the excitement of fans), but they've actually known each other for quite some time. Nearly a decade ago, the pair met at a dinner party when the American Horror Story star was still in a long-term relationship with actress Cherry Jones. Even though she was taken at the time, Sarah said she couldn't help but think that Holland was "the most exquisitely beautiful woman" she'd ever seen. A few years later, fate intervened when they crossed paths again and recorded videos for Martha Plimpton's nonprofit organization, A Is For. They started following each other on social media, one flirty direct message led to another, and they decided to go on a dinner date. And, well, the rest is history. Even though there is a 32-year age gap between the women, it's clear they share a special bond. "There's
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Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure comes to Nintendo Switch

Mojang and Telltale Games have announced that North American Nintendo Switch owners can now enjoy Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure, with a European release set to follow on August 25th.

In Minecraft: Story Mode, players embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. While attempting to enter EnderCon and meet Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse and friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, forcing Jesse to set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone in hopes of saving the world from oblivion.

Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure features an all-star cast, including Patton Oswalt as male Jesse, Catherine Taber as female Jesse, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, John Hodgman, Paul Reubens, Sean Astin, Jim Meskimen, Melissa Hutchison, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Cummings, Kari Wahlgren,
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Patton Oswalt Engaged to Actress Meredith Salenger -- See the Clever Engagement Photo

Patton Oswalt Engaged to Actress Meredith Salenger -- See the Clever Engagement Photo
Patton Oswalt has found love again.

The 48-year-old comedian is engaged to actress Meredith Salenger, the couple's reps confirm to Et. "They are engaged and in love," Salenger's rep says in a statement.

The bride-to-be cleverly shared the news on Instagram by posting an older photo of herself and Oswalt to Instagram, and photoshopped Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson onto her left hand.

"I don't wanna brag... but check out the size of The Rock on my finger! Hahahah," the 47-year-old actress captioned the selfie on Thursday morning.

More: Patton Oswalt Pens Heartbreaking Letter About Being a Single Dad Following Wife's Tragic Death

Johnson even responded to the post, tweeting: "Haha that's a big Rock. Tell that prick @pattonoswalt he still owes me
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Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger Are Engaged!

Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger Are Engaged!
Patton Oswalt is engaged!

A source confirms to People that the comedian and actress Meredith Salenger are headed down the aisle.

Oswalt, 48, and Salenger, 47, went public with their budding romance last month at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie Baby Driver.

The couple’s happy news comes just 15 months after Oswalt’s wife Michelle McNamara died unexpectedly in her sleep in April 2016, leaving the comedian to care for their 8-year-old daughter, Alice Rigney.

Oswalt has been open and honest about the grief he’s experienced since, but judging by the happy posts on both his and Salenger’s Twitter and Instagram feeds,
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Running on Empty

These fugitives on the run aren’t innocent young lovers. Still wanted for anti-war violence from years before, an ex-radical couple struggles to remain free just as their children become old enough to think for themselves. Screenwriter Naomi Foner and director Sidney Lumet’s fascinating movie is a sympathetic look at an untenable lifestyle.

Running on Empty

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1988 / Color / 1:85 enhanced widescreen / 116 min. / Street Date June 27, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Christine Lahti, River Phoenix, Judd Hirsch, Jonas Abry, Martha Plimpton, Ed Crowley, L.M. Kit Carson, Steven Hill, Augusta Dabney, David Margulies, Lynne Thigpen, Bobo Lewis, Daniel Dassin.

Cinematography: Gerry Fisher

Film Editor: Andrew Mondshein

Original Music: Tony Mottola

Written by Naomi Foner

Produced by Griffin Dunne, Amy Robinson

Directed by Sidney Lumet

1988 suddenly seems much farther in the past than it did just a few months ago. The small town high school in Running on Empty has a dedicated, classically trained music teacher on the payroll. He earns enough to afford a rather nice house. The public school system is not being undermined, with all the wealthy students going to new kinds of exclusive, alternative schools siphoning off public money. We all have our own ideas about what ‘making America great again’ means, I suppose.

It doesn’t happen any more, but we used to read about ex- radicals from the Vietnam War days surfacing to turn themselves in. Not that many were directly involved in violent acts, but some had lived for decades under assumed identities, while their wanted photos were posted down at the Post Office. Some of them tried to raise families.

“We are all outlaws in the eyes of America.

Everything they say we are, we are.

. . . And we are very proud of ourselves.”

— The Jefferson Airplane

Naomi Foner’s Running on Empty is basically a ‘what comes next?’ chapter in the lives of former political public enemies like The Weather Underground. An unusual family is on the lam. The parents are militant radicals from the Nixon years, who went underground when one of their bombs maimed a janitor. Now they are nearing their forties, and must move from town to town whenever they think the Feds have picked up their trail. The couple chose their life and has accepted the consequences, but where does that leave their growing children, who are likewise forced to live like gypsies under assumed names?

I should think that this good movie would have a tough time in today’s market. If the online mob harps on Wonder Woman for promoting non-traditional values, what would they make of a movie ‘glorifying terrorism?’ Half of America still wants to see Jane Fonda strung up by her thumbs, and death threats for ‘enemies’ singled out on the web are now routine. Our channels of information are so jammed with stories elbowing each other for attention, I don’t think anybody could rouse the general public to even consider the problems of this kind of fugitive. Who has time for scurrilous pleas for sympathy for ‘undeserving’ people, when the public responds better to patriotic pieces about veterans . . . or cute animals?

Always watching for signs of F.B.I. surveillance, young Danny Pope (River Phoenix) alerts the rest of his family through pre-arranged signals. Annie and Arthur Pope (Christine Lahti & Judd Hirsch) abandon their jobs, their belongings and even their dog and flee to a new state with Danny and their other son Harry (Jonas Abry). With new identities they start new lives. Arthur and Annie find off-the-books employment as a cook and a medical receptionist and the boys are enrolled in school with ‘previous transcripts on the way.’ We see the unusual preparations that must be made, with secret arrangements so that any family member can alert the others if they’re found out; we also see that the family is supported to some degree by a network of post-radical (or still radical?) sympathizers, such as a doctor (David Marguiles) who tends to political fugitives. But the Popes are cut off from their own families. Annie’s disapproving father (Steven Hill) can only see her in an extraordinary circumstance arranged by a third party. Potential trouble comes when former comrade Gus Winant (L.M. Kit Carson) drops by. He’d like to sleep with his old flame Annie, and is carrying guns in the assumption that Arthur will agree to rob a bank with him. But a more troubling problem is closer to home. Young Danny has inherited his mother’s musical talent, and his teacher Mr. Phillips (Ed Crowley) is encouraging him to apply to Julliard in New York. Danny is also stuck on Phillips’ teenage daughter Lorna (Martha Plimpton), a girl to whom he might be ready to commit. As far as Arthur is concerned, Danny can’t do any of those things because his first duty is to help his family in the undercover life. Annie doesn’t know what to do. If she leaves her son behind, she may never see him again.

Practically speaking, Running on Empty will only play well to a certain segment of the public. Are you the kind that sympathizes with draft deserters that fled to Canada, or the kind that wants to hand them long terms in prison? The Popes aren’t victims of injustice, at least not directly; they knew what they were doing when they went militant, and the injuries they caused can’t simply be dismissed as youthful idealism. They are also hopelessly associated with fanatics they inspired, like the Sla. And there’s no statute of limitations on armed insurrection. I think almost all of the radical fugitives that went underground are now accounted for. Some served prison time and others got off because courtroom prosecutions would reveal or publicize the government’s own illegal doings. Running on Empty dramatizes what might have been reality for just a few of these ‘outlaws in the eyes of America.’ Some radicals reportedly found it easy to live undetected while still on various Most Wanted lists. Others found ways to turn themselves in, square themselves with the authorities and re-commence academic lives interrupted years before to oppose the government. *

Running on Empty is a fascinating show, with a cast that clearly had to work hard to make their characters believable. Christine Lahti puts up with her bossy, security-minded husband. He himself gets drunk one night and starts shouting his real name loud enough to wake the neighbors. Judd Hirsch and director Lumet know that these can’t be ordinary people. He doesn’t try to make them Ozzie and Harriet types, somehow (sniff!) trapped by their youthful mistakes. No, they’re still promoting various Union and social justice causes here and there, although Arthur must back away whenever he becomes visible enough to appear in a news photo. Every year they celebrate a birthday to Sam, the man struck by their bomb. It’s not a joke, but a ritual so they won’t forget their crime.

At the center of the movie is the cult actor River Phoenix, who graduated briefly to good roles after his appearance as an adolescent space voyager in the fantasy film Explorers. Phoenix is excellent as Danny, a kid raised to never let down his guard. The show begins with Danny detecting a plainclothes tail and executing what must be ‘escape plan 9.’ The family is out of town in a matter of minutes. Danny’s a sensitive, smart guy. If he plays by the rules, he must keep himself a complete mystery to his new girlfriend Lorna. The boy is committed to his family, but feels the pull to go off on his own, where a decent future awaits. In a way, it’s not a situation wholly unique to these former radicals. This must happen all the time when someone breaks away from a strongly structured family, or a religious cult.

The movie’s tension level doubles when Danny takes the forbidden step of telling Lorna everything. How many of us living normal lives (well, reasonably normal lives) could trust our sweethearts with such a volatile secret: “I and my whole family are fugitives from justice. Anybody helping us is a potential accomplice. Just by letting you know, I’m putting you in legal jeopardy. Will you turn me in, or become a criminal with me?”

At this age Martha Plimpton might remind one of a teenage Lauren Bacall. A survivor of Goonies, she is featured in what I think is the best Cannon film, Shy People. Plimpton and Phoenix have several worthy melodramatic romantic scenes to play, and they’re excellent together.

With the ace director Sidney Lumet in charge the strange relationships seem credible, even when the flaky, reckless Gus Winant breezes through. The former radical patriot is now nothing but an outlaw bum. In a nice choice, Gus is played by L.M. Kit Carson, the original fake counterculture hero in the classic experimental faux-documentary David Holzman’s Diary. With dangerous idiots like Gus on the loose, the Popes can’t even consider themselves part of a noble creed. Some of their old colleagues are indeed armed and dangerous.

I don’t think the Popes would stand a chance of evading the cops in today’s security state. One can no longer simply find the name of a dead infant and apply for a new birth certificate and passport. The Popes aren’t hiding in a shack in the woods, but are out and about in the public, working and rubbing elbows with schools and doctors. I guess that back in the 1980s Arthur could become a cook and Annie a receptionist without references, but it’s less likely now, when one can’t buy bubble gum without leaving a data trail. Traffic and security surveillance cameras are now everywhere. Billions of smart-phone photos are taken at public gatherings, and routinely posted on the web. A high-level security agency could be (is?) scanning the web with face recognition software.

Sidney Lumet wrote that his movies Running on Empty and Daniel had the same theme: “Who pays for the passion and commitment of the parents?” This is an even-handed and insightful drama. Lumet made a wide range of great entertainments, and some of the best- ever ‘New York Jewish Liberal Movies.’ He’s also one of the few directors who could take on fundamentally controversial material like this, and continue to maintain a busy career.

The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray of Running on Empty is a good encoding of what was already a very good Wac Mod disc from just two years ago. The improved picture and sound reveals the expected quality of a top Sidney Lumet product. The small town we see is very attractive, a political landscape completely different from the corporate/banking rapacious wasteland of last year’s Hell or High Water. ‘Radicals unselfishly trying to stop a war in 1971’ is still anathema, while Mr. and Mrs. U.S.A. now considers it justifiable for ‘radicals to selfishly try to rescue their ruined finances.’

Madonna is on the soundtrack for a scene in Daniel’s music class. The final James Taylor song Fire and Rain works extremely well in context: “. . . and I always thought that I’d see you again.”

On a scale of Excellent, Good, Fair, and Poor,

Running on Empty Blu-ray rates:

Movie: Excellent

Video: Excellent

Sound: Excellent

Supplements: none

Deaf and Hearing Impaired Friendly? Yes; Subtitles: English (feature only)

Packaging: Keep case

Reviewed: June 21, 2017

(5451empt)

* I remember a major case from 2001. A radical who had evaded capture for thirty years finalized arrangements to turn herself in, after a delicate negotiation aimed at running her quietly through the legal system to let her get on with her life. She was reportedly not personally responsible for any violent acts, and under her assumed identity had worked for decades in a socially productive job. I followed her story for a couple of days in the newspaper . . . and then 9/11 happened. In the storm of security-minded post-attack chaos that followed, her story thread just vanished from the media-scape. I don’t have a clue what happened to her next. The timing couldn’t possibly have been worse for a former Enemy of the State.

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