No showing of “The Interview” here – or anywhere

(Update to this post: Sony has now pulled the plug on the movie’s distribution)

The Malco cinema chain in Memphis, for now, is still planning to show the controversial Seth Rogen/James Franco flick “The Interview” when it comes out on Christmas Day.

Sony has taken the unusual step of saying theatres don’t have to show it because of the controversy attached to it and because of security concerns. Five of the biggest chains in the U.S. have said they won’t be showing the movie – according to The Hollywood Reporter, they include Regal Entertainment, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment.

A Malco spokesman Wednesday morning said “while no final decision has been made, now we are still playing the film.”

Still “tired of being alone”

In case you needed a reminder, Al Green was on David Letterman after getting his Kennedy Center honor to remind us he’s still tired of being alone.

“This is all you want my friends,” Letterman said by way of introducing him.

Overton Square News

A few things are in the process of opening at Overton Square at the moment.

The clothing shop CrazyBeautiful is holding a grand opening event Thursday, Dec. 4, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. And a little more than a week later, on Dec. 13, the restaurant Belly Acres will hold a grand opening of its own at 2012 Trimble.

Belly Acres will be a farm-to-table restaurant with a variety of memorable design touches including a crop duster that will appear to be flying through the eatery’s walls.

Elvis Costello coming to Memphis in March

Later this week, tickets go on sale for Elvis Costello’s just-announced show in Memphis at Minglewood.

He’s playing the Midtown venue March 10, and tickets go on sale Dec. 5.

Costello just announced 13 new North American tour dates that will take him through the Midwest and Southern U.S., kicking off March 1 in Boulder, Colorado. Tour info is here.

The Louisville Courier-Journal has described Costello’s solo tours as giving him the “opportunity to dig deep into one of modern music’s deepest and most intensely satisfying catalogs.”


Malco debuts photo magnet to benefit St. Jude

Malco has debuted a limited edition Malco Memories Photo Magnet to raise money for St. Jude.

The drive coincides with Malco’s “Century of Cinema” celebration, highlighting the company’s 100th anniversary next year. The photo magnet is available for $1 each from Nov. 27 through Christmas Day at all Malco locations. And 100 percent of the money raised will be donated to St. Jude.

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