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McKinnon's new film to premiere in Little Rock



“Randy and the Mob,” the new movie from Ray McKinnon, the Little Rock-based Academy Award-winning director of “The Accountant,” will premiere in Little Rock on Oct. 2 at Breckenridge Village 12. The film stars McKinnon — who also wrote and directed — as Randy, a good ol' boy who gets into trouble with the mob and has to seek help from his gay, estranged identical twin brother. Arkansas native Lisa Blount (“An Officer and a Gentleman”), who plays McKinnon's wife in real life, co-stars as the titular character's spouse. This is McKinnon's first directorial feature since “Chrystal,” a drama starring Billy Bob Thornton and set in the Arkansas Ozarks that he filmed in 2004. Tickets, which include an after-party at the Clinton Center, cost $50 and benefit the Little Rock Film Commission. Call or e-mail Liz Crowson (377-6015, lcrowson@littlerockchamber.com) for tickets.

Little Rock author Trenton Lee Stewart will autograph copies of his hugely popular children's novel “The Mysterious Benedict Society” and his first novel, “Flood Summer,” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Sleuths Mystery Bookstore, 2915 W. Markham St. at Stifft's Station.

An endorsement: “Arkansongs” host Stephen Koch is leading a campaign to change Arkansas State University's mascot name to the Hellbenders after the endangered large aquatic salamander native to northeast Arkansas and southern Missouri. You can throw your two cents in at www.astate.edu/mascot/suggestions.php.

Oxford American magazine's much-anticipated 9th annual “Southern Music Issue” is set to hit newsstands on Sept. 21.

Playboy's “Girls of the SEC” issue, which features two co-eds from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, went on sale on disreputable newsstands everywhere last week.

YK, the baby-faced house producer for Grim Muzik, turned 26 earlier this week. As it does on just about every worthy occasion, Grim is throwing a big ol' bash to celebrate. Dre and Jontai of “Jumprope” fame will perform along with the dozen or so members of Grim Muzik, and there'll be a free buffet. Also worth noting: The first 50 ladies in the door get a free shot of Patron. All happens at Markham 801 (at 801 Markham St., of course) at 11 p.m. on Friday, $10.

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