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March 2008

Polanski: Wanted and Desired

Polanski: Wanted and Desired

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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: ‚ÄúWanted and Desired,‚Äù which opened on Friday without advance press screenings, was bought by HBO at the Sundance Film Festival in January. Its one-week theatrical run will make it eligible for Academy Award consideration, though given…

It’s Not You. It’s Your Movies.

It’s Not You. It’s Your Movies.

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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 to online dating, even casual references can turn into deal breakers. Sussing out a date‚Äôs taste in books is ‚Äúactually…

Bette Davis Centennial

Bette Davis Centennial

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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 remembering Davis as she was in her prime, in the 1930s and ‚Äô40s, when she commanded the screen with something…

Indiana Solo and the Chronic Fear of Intimacy

Indiana Solo and the Chronic Fear of Intimacy

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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:

Alt/Print: Stop-Loss

Alt/Print: Stop-Loss

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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 some of the best thoughts will rub off on our attitudes. Here’s a link to Frank J. Avella’s passionately felt…

Who needs Photoshop?

Who needs Photoshop?

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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.

Gross Negligence

Gross Negligence

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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 $5,325,000 37 $1,932 7 10,000 B.C. $4,875,000 34 $1,595 8 Stop-Loss $4,525,000 61 $3,505 9 College Road Trip $3,505,000 36…

We Are Family

We Are Family

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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 to find her voice. (cue “My Heart Will Go On” …and on …and on.) Obama, meanwhile, is related to six…

Letting Go Of God to Preem in Seattle

Letting Go Of God to Preem in Seattle

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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]

Valkyrie Photos Hit the Net

Valkyrie Photos Hit the Net

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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 as to whether folks are excited about the film or sharpening their knives. Either way, Slash Film has posted some…