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Best January Ever

January 2009 is turning out to be the best January ever for movies, says Mike Furlinger, owner of the Terrace Theatre. Already, he plans to have exclusive bookings of The Reader, starring Kate Winslet and Ralph Fiennes, Defiance, starring Daniel Craig, and the new Sam Mendes film, Revolutionary Road, featuring the on-screen reunion of Winlset and Leonardo DiCaprio. Furlinger also says he added a new parking lot to the back of the Terrace. He'll need more parking, because he's adding a new theater to the three existing theaters. Coming up this month are Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York (opens Dec. 12, see review at left), Milk, starring Sean Penn (opens Dec. 19), and Slumdog Millionaire (opens Christmas Day).

A Different Kind of Warrior

Creative Forge Productions, a motion picture company on Daniel Island, plans to begin shooting a $1.2 million feature-length film, written and directed by Brad Jayne, along the South Carolina coast next summer, says studio spokesperson Doug Coupe. Called Warrior, the movie will tell the story of a young teenaged hellraiser named Joseph who goes to Myrtle Beach for a 24-hour bender. During his misadventures, Joseph encounters a sage preacher who sets him on spiritual quest to find himself. Creative Forge has won the interest of some "A-list talent" to act in the movie, Coupe says, and plans to submit Warrior to "top tier festivals," like Sundance and Tribeca. Meanwhile, Jayne's 30-minute film Song of Pumpkin Brown won praise at the Charlotte Film Festival while his short Search received accolades last month at the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, N.C. ­—John Stoehr

Army Wives Worried About Strike

The people behind Army Wives are worried another strike is coming, the second in about a year. The Screen Actor's Guild, Hollywood's largest union, asked its members to approve a strike after talks with an alliance of movie studios failed due to disagreements over online and new media provisions. Though union officials have requested it, a strike is no guarantee. At least 75 percent of the organization's 120,000 members must approve the move. The second season of Army Wives wrapped production in October. A third season is set to begin shooting in January. Insiders, though, are afraid the production schedule will be postponed indefinitely if actors decide to stop working. Army Wives was already set back by a writers strike that ended in February. That labor dispute delayed the making of many TV shows, even forcing the Golden Globes to downsize. —John Stoehr

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