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February 10, 2011 - Karin Elton
What are the odds of me writing two stories in one day about movies? Wednesday morning I talked on the phone to Isiah Whitlock Jr., an SMSU alum who has done well for himself as an actor.
I had noticed in my Entertainment Weekly magazine a photo of him and three other actors publicizing the movie, “Cedar Rapids.” His movie comes out Friday and so will my story.
Wednesday afternoon I covered the Senior College kickoff at SMSU. The speaker was a Minnesota producer talking about his latest movie, which is called “Souvenirs.”
The movie was made entirely in Minnesota and they managed to nab James Cromwell, famous for the pig movie, “Babe,” to portray a grandfather telling war stories to his grandson. The stories are shown, with Cromwell’s son, a Minneapolis actor, playing him as a young man. The two both have long, lean faces, so it’s great casting.
Cromwell also did a fun and zany portrayal of Dr. Zefram Cochrane (the man who invented warp drive) in the movie “Star Trek: First Contact.”
“Souvenirs” uses Ron Fagen’s (of Granite Falls) World War II airplanes, so maybe when the movie comes out, the Independent will have another story in the paper. Right now, the producer said he is trying to line up a distributor.
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