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Scoop: Three Stooges in 3D at MFF, and Castle, too

My Sun colleague Chris Kaltenbach was so far ahead of the curve you couldn't even see the curve when he started hosting 3D movies at the Maryland Film Festival nine years ago. As he told the MFF last year, he feels Hollywood has "yet to top the singular thrill of having Charles Bronson jump out at the audience in 'House of Wax.' " When asked about his ideal presentation, his answer has always been, "Bringing the Jane Russell 1954 3-D extravaganza 'The French Line' to Baltimore. Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?" (That's Russell, at the left, in Howard Hughes' notorious "The Outlaw.")

This year he will do the honors for the 3D Three Stooges short "Spooks!" and the William Castle 3D western, "Jesse James vs. the Daltons." With all the gassy talk about the "immersion aesthetics" of the new 3D, it should come as a relief to see the old paddleball-in-your-face style of stereoscopy. The Stooges will do their eye-poking, noggin-slapping thing as they tangle with a mad doctor, and the Dalton gang will shoot up and out of the screen in Castle's Technicolor horse opera. Will famed Castle celebrator John Waters show up for the madness? Let's hope so. And let's hope some savvy impresario brings back Joe Dante's underrated salute to Castle, "Matinee," which features John Goodman's most exuberant big-screen performance.


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