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Archive: June, 2008

POSTED: Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 9:07 AM
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Expanding Black

Defying the filmmaking rule that you don't talk about upcoming projects until you're actually on set and the cameras are rolling, Steve Conrad-- writer and director of the new John C. Reilly/Seann William Scott workplace comedy, The Promotion -- laid out the plot details of his probably-going-to-happen next pic, with Jack Black committed to star. It's called The Expanding Mailman. Here goes:

"Essentially, The Expanding Mailman is about a graduate student of astrophysics at MIT and while he’s on lunch break he’s staring at a sunflower.... Something about the geometry of the sunflower face allows him to glimpse the mathematical expression that explains the origins of the universe. So he’s discovered, essentially, why we’re here, in math, and he’s so overcome by it that he bursts into this very famous professor’s lecture hall, and interupts the lecture.

"And in his enthusiasm to share this revelation he grabs the professor very roughly and starts screaming this theory — just out of sheer glee. But the professor thinks he’s being assaulted and calls campus security and they sedate the student, and he wakes up the next morning in a straitjacket having barely retained this very long theory in his head, and escapes into the town to try to find a pen so he can write it down.

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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

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