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Polanski: Wanted and Desired

New York Times critic Manohla Dargis saw the Roman Polanski doc when it briefly appeared in a few theaters in New York and Los Angeles in order to qualify for the Oscars. Dargis writes: “Wanted and Desired,” which opened on Friday without advance press screenings, was bought by HBO at ...

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It’s Not You. It’s Your Movies.

Via Salon.com’s Broadsheet, comes this essay in the NYTimes, It‚Äôs Not You, It‚Äôs Your Books, exploring the phenomenon of relationship-killing incompatibility standards based on personal reading habits: “when a missed ‚Äî or misguided ‚Äî literary reference makes it chillingly clear that a romance is going nowhere fast.” When it comes ...

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Bette Davis Centennial

April 5 will be the 100th birthday of Bette Davis. There will be tributes and retrospectives and dozens of memorial essays. Terrence Rafferty excels at elegantly distilling an actor’s persona to its essence, as he does in this New York Times remembrance. …on the occasion of her centennial, it‚Äôs worth ...

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Indiana Solo and the Chronic Fear of Intimacy

Ever feel like you keep making the same mistakes in relationshipwrecks, time after time, century after century, from one galaxy to another? [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gERrH0wNZ0[/youtube] The new Indy TV spot is here: Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Alt/Print: Stop-Loss

One of the most impressive and potentially world-changing aspects of the internet is the chance it offers for individuals to make their voices heard above the drone of the mainstream. It’s the underground press of our time. The print won’t rub off on your fingers, but with any luck maybe ...

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Who needs Photoshop?

Photoshopping fems is fun, but not every actor needs the help. The Sundance Channel aired Breakfast on Pluto Saturday night, a thoroughly charming movie that features Cillian Murphy as one of the prettiest transvestites in film history.  Brief clip after the cut.

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Gross Negligence

News flash: Audiences flock to see worst-rated movies. Mediocrity vindicated. Rank Title Gross Metacritic Per Screen 1 21 $23,700,000 48 $8,950 2 Horton Hears a Who! $17,425,000 71 $4,554 3 Superhero Movie $9,510,000 33 $3,212 4 Meet the Browns $7,760,000 45 $3,849 5 Drillbit Taylor $5,800,000 41 $1,894 6 Shutter ...

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We Are Family

Following up on Sasha’s post yesterday, re-imagineering Hollywood hotties as females, the New England Genealogical Society did some digging last week and discovered that not only are Clinton and Obama related, but Hillary is a cousin of Madonna, Alanis Morrisette, and Celine Dion. No wonder it took Hillary so long ...

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Letting Go Of God to Preem in Seattle

Julia Sweeney is the bomb. The doc of her stage show is making its premiere at the Seattle Film Fest upcoming, as her blog, juliasweeney.blogspot.com, announces. Here is an excerpt from the show: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtIyx687ytk[/youtube]

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Valkyrie Photos Hit the Net

It remains to be seen whether or not audiences (and critics) will accept Tom Cruise back into the fold after the recent public stoning he’s been taking on all things — Scientology, his marriage, etc. Either way, the publicists are doing their job with Valkyrie, perhaps to test the waters ...

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Turning Them into Girls

Oh No They Didn’t has posted some results of a Photoshop contest on Worth 1000 to turn male stars female. All Leo needs is an eyebrow wax and he could pass. Johnny Depp is the one who seemed to need the least amount of alteration.

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Ellen Page Double Feature

The Tracey Fragments is set for limited release on May 9th. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0jEN2_REy4[/youtube] Smart People opens nationwide April 11. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cy4TPVSpo2E[/youtube] Michael London produced Smart People and Sideways — two films that share Sundance premieres, Thomas Hayden Church, and an Indie-friendly philosophy of free-hand graphic design elements for their very similar teaser ...

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Charlie Was Always Talkin’ ‘Bout the Freakout

Lindsay Lohan has signed on to star in Manson Girls. She will play¬† the one who stayed home and didn’t go creepy crawling all the way to the pokey. E! got the news exclusively: A source familiar with the deal says that despite the fact that Lohan has had some ...

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Blathering Blurb of the Month

This one is a couple of weeks late, but it’s too annoying to let slide. You may have seen the TV ads for Horton Hears a Who, proclaiming this jaw-dropping review excerpt: “One of the best animated features of all time!” It’s one of those BILLBOARD-SIZE BLURBS with the teensy-weensy ...

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Scott Foundas: The World According to Carp

Scott Foundas apparently thinks the MTV demographic is too dumb to notice Stop-Loss is about Iraq: Paramount, the studio that produced Stop-Loss …has gone out of its way to keep the words “Iraq” and “war” out of the movie’s ad campaign‚Äîeven trying to put the breaks on potentially beans-spilling reviews ...

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Gangster Glam

(click to enlarge) “We rob banks.” Spent a swell couple of hours last night running from the law with Bonnie and Clyde, after reading Sasha’s suggestion yesterday. I was struck by how effectively Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty glamorized and sexualized shady behavior, turning a couple of heinous low-lifes into ...

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Courts Can’t Decide Retroactive Oscars

It isn’t that big of a surprise that the courts opted out of giving the long-suffering Crash producer, Bob Yari, a retroactive Oscar. Yesterday, the 2nd District Court of Appeals denied the “right of fair procedure” as applicable to this case. According to the AP, “Private organizations can make their ...

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Can You Hulu?

Cinemablend points us to the Hullabaloo on Hulu, aka the Greatest Thing Ever. High quality vids for free. Right now, they are offering you the chance to watch The Big Lebowski. I went digging around Hulu myself and found some nifty Broadcast News clips. High quality. The only slight bummer ...

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