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April 6, 2014

Tallgrass Film Association fundraiser includes beer cocktail competition

Tallgrass Film Association, the organization that annually produces the Tallgrass Film Festival, is holding a fundraiser.

Tallgrass Film Association, the organization that annually produces the Tallgrass Film Festival, is holding a fundraiser.

“The Hops, the Malts and the Barley” will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Abode Venue, 1330 E. Douglas. The event includes a beer cocktail competition featuring some of Wichita’s favorite watering holes: The Anchor, Heroes Sports Bar & Grill, Larkspur, the Monarch, Mort’s, Public and Taste & See.

Each bar will create a signature “beer cocktail” with craft beers provided by House of Schwan.

Patrons and a team of VIP judges will sample the cocktails and vote on a winner, which will become the signature drink at a VIP party during the 12th annual Tallgrass Film Festival, to be held in October. The winning team also will receive a trophy and cash prize.

Other highlights of the event will include the Humidor’s Cigar Tent, food by Olive Tree Catering, live entertainment and more.

Proceeds benefit Tallgrass, which hosts year-round film programming and educational events as well as the film festival.

Tickets are $80 in advance and $90 at the door (for federal income tax purposes, $50 can be deducted as a charitable donation).

For more information and to purchase tickets online, go to

Random movie news this week

• Director Darren Aronofsky defended his “Noah” interpretation to critics who are calling his version of the character an “environmental wacko.” Mess with the Bible, expect backlash.

“It’s in Genesis,” he told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour in an interview that aired earlier this week. “Noah is saving the animals; he’s not out there saving innocent babies. He’s saving the animals, he’s saving creation.”

He then pointed out a report released by the United Nations that says climate change is dramatically affecting our world as we know it.

“The water is rising,” Aronofsky said. “And we already saw it once. We are living the second chance that was given to Noah.”

“Noah” opened at No.1 at the box office and has made about $43.7 million domestically so far.

And it’s only been banned by three countries!

• Deadline New York reports that Oscar winner Holly Hunter will join the cast of the tentatively titled “Batman vs. Superman” (please, please change that name), joining returning Super guy Henry Cavill and previously announced Batman Ben Affleck. That’s still weird: Batman Ben Affleck. Gonna take some getting used to. I just wonder when we’re going to see “Freddy and Jason vs. Superman.”
• We already knew there was going to be a sequel to the male stripper movie “Magic Mike,” hilariously titled “Magic Mike XXL,” but it may have to make room for another beefcake bonanza, of sorts. Deadline reports that none other than funnyman Ben Stiller is in talks for a lead role in “I Am Chippendales.” The film is an adaptation of the book that follows the rise of Steve Banerjee, an immigrant who became filthy rich as the owner of Chippendales. He also became filthy in other ways, such as murdering his choreographer (to be played by Stiller).

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