Michael Tucker, Lynne Meadow and Jill Eikenberry - Michael Tucker, Lynne Meadow and Jill Eikenberry Wednesday 24th October 2012 at the Sardi's portrait unveiling for MTC's Lynne Meadow, held at Sardi's restaurant
Paul Giamatti (as himself) is a New York actor rehearsing for a stage production of Uncle Vanya. Understandably, the play is depressing him, so he decides to put his soul in storage and lighten up. He finds a facility in the Yellow Pages, and the staff there (Strathairn and Ambrose) help him to desoul his body, although he's a little unnerved when, in a jar, his soul looks like a common chick pea. Meanwhile, Nina (Korzun) is a mule transporting souls between Russia and America, which causes rather serious complications for Paul.
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One film that helps fight this dispiriting trend, the problematic but worthy documentary Gunner Palace, opened in September 2003 (four months after what the military termed "major combat" in Iraq had finished) sardonically noting, over footage of insurgents and explosions, "This is minor combat." The film shadows the 400 soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment of the 1st Armored Division, who have set up camp in one of Saddam's old palaces. It's a sublimely surreal home base, partially bombed-out and full of the soaring ceilings and tacky décor that typify such places (somewhere, somebody is hopefully planning a fake Extreme Makeover episode on just such a spot) - the swimming pool out back helps, too. That's where the soldiers, or gunners, kill time between patrols, floating on inner tubes under the Iraqi sun. As Jessie Potts (aka "The Mayor of Gunner Palace") puts it, "We dropped a bomb on it, now we party in it."
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