Shadyac to preview Evan Almighty at Film Fest

Usually October surprises are reserved for political campaigns and Major League baseball, but the Virginia Film Festival unveiled a surprise of its own this morning when it announced that Evan Almighty director and UVA alum Tom Shadyac will host a screening at Newcomb Hall of Bruce Almighty and a sneak peek at its locally shot sequel on Saturday, October 28, at 10pm.

Shadyac– whose previous credits include Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, and Liar Liar– has made waves in Hollywood recently with the news that Evan Almighty is the most expensive comedy of all time with a total budget of $175 million, according to the Los Angeles Times. Insiders report that most of the overrun was due to 11 extra days of filming in Crozet's Old Trail Village– blamed on inclement weather that delayed the construction of a 400-foot ark– and additional difficulties coordinating animals and children’s shooting schedules.

And if that wasn't surprise enough, Festival officials also announced a second event with legendary actor Robert Duvall. Before taking the stage at the Paramount to show his 1997 film The Apostle, Duvall will screen his Academy Award-winning performance in 1983's Tender Mercies. That event will take place at the Regal Downtown Mall theater Saturday, October 28, at 1pm.



Maybe Shadyac will acquiesce to screen his earlier film, Patch Adams, which fits in nicely with the theme of Revelations. I know I left the theater muttering "good God Almighty" after that flatulent sputz of a film.

Patch Adams was a life-changing film, and not a sputz, you putz.

That was precious. Sorry to disappoint, but I cannot stoop to insulting you as that would be akin to mocking the kids who stumble off the short yellow bus.