Ask 'Mimi' June 8, 2014

Greg Springer of Urbana asks: Is it my imagination or didn't Dominic Fumusa go to the UI in its theater department? I'm pretty sure I reviewed him favorably many times over the years. And he's a regular on 'Nurse Jackie' and currently in New York City on the stage, I believe. He's a good actor, but he never seems to get much visibility.

Fumusa indeed is a UI alum. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Lawrence University, where he played football and acted in school plays, he decided he wanted to pursue acting. His professors encouraged him, so Fumusa came to the UI for an MFA.

Now 44, Fumusa had a lead role in Sarah Ruhl's "Stage Kiss" off-Broadway this past spring. In the Showtime series "Nurse Jackie," just picked up for a seventh season, he is Kevin Peyton, ex-husband of the title character. He has also appeared in other TV series and in film.

Did Oliver Stone mention while he was at Ebertfest 2014 that he would be directing a movie about Edward Snowden?

Not directly. But someone in the audience during the Q&A with the famed director mentioned Snowden would be a great subject for a film. The director replied, "Great idea."

Apparently he was playing close to his vest: This past week, The Guardian reported that Stone, who has made controversial subjects his stock in trade, will shoot a movie about the whistleblower, based on the book "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man," by Guardian reporter Luke Harding. Stone called Snowden's story one of the greatest of our time. He's to start shooting the pic before the end of 2014. He faces a rival project in "No Place to Hide," another Snowden movie adapted from the book by Glenn Greenwald.

Which movie do you want to see in The News-Gazette Classic Film Series at the Virginia Theatre?

Well, I'm a Marxist; I missed the one I really wanted to see — "Night at the Opera," starring the Marx Brothers. Three remain in this series: "Maltese Falcon," June 21; "Mutiny on the Bounty," July 12; and "It Happened One Night," Aug. 2. Each will be shown at 1 and 7 p.m. Of those, I'm going with "Mutiny on the Bounty" because I'm an armchair adventuress intrigued by the high seas, and I love Charles Laughton and Clark Gable. The next N-G Classic Film Series will be announced late this summer.

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