Chat Recap: What's going on this weekend in OKC?

BY GEORGE LANG Modified: December 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm •  Published: December 18, 2013
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Assistant Entertainment Editor George Lang chatted with readers Wednesday about movies, local bands and the Oklahoma City film scene. You can join our entertainment Q&As on Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. and submit your questions about the happenings in and around downtown Oklahoma City. Below is an unedited transcript of the chat.

George Lang 11:40 a.m. Hey -- I'm here to take your questions about this weekend! "Saving Mr. Banks" and "American Hustle" are opening, and Jay Z is tonight. What do you want to talk about?
Matt 11:41 a.m. George - how is Tom Hanks at playing Walt Disney? Should I see this movie?
Jason Kersey 11:44 a.m. Hanks is a consummate professional and a gifted actor, so that means that he can get inside a character and find their essence, even if he doesn't physically resemble the man. If you look at photos of Walt Disney from that period, he's got more squared-off and elongated facial features, but Hanks studied this guy. He capably plays both the public man who appeared in intros for "The Wonderful World of Disney," and he also plays the tenacious industrialist who almost always got his way. Furthermore, he makes you feel that those are two sides of the same man.
Rich 11:45 a.m. Will American Hustle be an Oscar contender?
Jason Kersey 11:49 a.m. Absolutely. Almost every year, I think I know what will reach the top of my list a few weeks out, but then something like "American Hustle" causes me to revise, revise, revise. The performances in this film are just magnetic -- all four of the principal players are just killing it. I would not be surprised for a second to see Jennifer Lawrence back in contention this year. She's the real deal. But really, all four deserve serious consideration. Personally, I think Chiwetel Ejiofor wins Best Actor for "12 Years a Slave," but with "American Hustle," all bets are off, and it could go all the way for Best Picture. I know I'm sticking my neck out pretty far, but there you go.
Lauren 11:49 a.m. My very conservative mother is visiting for the holidays. Do you have any movie or entertainment recommendations? (Probably not Jay Z.)
Jason Kersey 11:52 a.m. Well, it's "Saving Mr. Banks" then. A really good movie, but if you're breaking it down in terms of entertainment that a very conservative mother could love, this is it. It's about Walt Disney's long struggle to get "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers on board for the 1964 adaptation, but it also goes back to Travers' childhood and how being raised by a lovable but tragic father shaped both her life and art. I don't think you can go wrong there.
Jason Kersey 11:54 a.m. By that measure also, don't take your mother to "American Hustle." She won't be happy with you, and it could cast a shadow over your holidays. And Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street"? Don't even think about it.
Jason Kersey 11:56 a.m. Thanks everybody for writing in -- I know it was a short session this week, but hopefully that all helps you plan your weekend. Lauren, if you and your mom decide to hit the Jay-Z show after all, I'm probably going to be stage right. Have a great weekend everyone, and have a merry Christmas.


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