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Quick Takes 7-15-04

HOLD THE PICKLE, HIGH PROFILE, & ABE WILL BE BACK

HOLD THE PICKLE

A documentary about a guy who gorges on fast food -- and blimps up as a result -- won't be showing at area movie screens this Friday. No, we're not talking about hefty filmmaker Michael Moore, whose Fahrenheit 9/11, has been extended for another week by Kerasotes Theatres.

The film that has been delayed is Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock's account of how he went on a month-long McDiet, gained 25 pounds, and developed health complications. The film, originally booked for Friday, may open here July 23, according to the film's New York publicist.

Meanwhile, another Springfield-based theater chain, GKC Theaters, apparently backed away from an earlier decision not to exhibit Moore's film at all. GKC -- the "GK" stands for George Kerasotes -- is showing Fahrenheit 9/11 in Traverse City, Mich. GKC owns 29 theaters in the Midwest (none in Springfield).

 

 

HIGH PROFILE

Barack Obama's national profile seems to inflate by the moment. The Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate has been featured in popular magazines from The New Yorker to Newsweek to Time.

On Tuesday, the veteran state senator from Chicago was chosen to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic Party's national convention in Boston.

"Barack is an optimistic voice for America and a leader who knows that together we can build an America that is stronger at home and respected in the world," Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said in a statement.

Obama is slated to speak on July 27, the second night of the convention.

 

 

ABE WILL BE BACK

Abe magazine, the Springfield-based magazine which made its debut in November, won't be publishing its June-July edition, but plans to return next month, says publisher Benjamin Lowder. The publication also laid off some employees, he says, without discussing specifics. "It had to be done to

ensure we would be publishing a year from now," he says. Lowder is the former art director of Illinois magazine and its predecessor, Springfield magazine.

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