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May 2010

A visit to Ken’s crib

A visit to Ken’s crib

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Pixar’s latest nifty promo for Toy Story 3 invites us inside Ken’s groovy new dream house. Possibly the world’s first metrosexual (if not fully metroflexible), Ken is secure enough in his masculinity to live in a house with a lavender color scheme and wear hot-pink t-shirts. Secure enough, or perhaps surfer-dude flaky enough. Resolutely retro, Ken was dope 30 years before it meant awesome. Tuff shades and bitchin’ disco moves…

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale

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Much thanks to brandz for reminding us that HBO will broadcast the John Cazale bio-doc I Knew It Was You, Tuesday June 1 at 8pm. Cazale appeared in only 5 films before his death at the age of 42, but every one of them was nominated for Best Picture — The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Deer Hunter.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Trailer 2

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Trailer 2

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The second trailer for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is one of those for which any synopsis would be superfluous. I’m happy to see the movie captures the attitude of the comic series better than I thought possible and Edgar Wright looks like a brilliant choice to direct. But yeesh, how much happier will I be when someday Michael Cera ceases to be the go-to geek avatar for this type…

Guillermo Del Toro Departs The Hobbit

Guillermo Del Toro Departs The Hobbit

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The One Ring reports that Guillermo Del Toro has quit The Hobbit due to continual delays. ‚ÄúIn light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming ‚ÄúThe Hobbit,‚Äù I am faced with the hardest decision of my life‚Äù, says Guillermo. ‚ÄúAfter nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien‚Äôs Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming…

“Now it’s Dark,” Remembering Hopper and Blue Velvet

“Now it’s Dark,” Remembering Hopper and Blue Velvet

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It was 1986. I’d graduated high school three years earlier. As with most things back then, the way into genius was usually through the tastes of older boyfriends. They weren’t that much older, but that they knew more made them appealing to me. And what I had to offer in trade was my youthful self. This boyfriend was five years older than me. He loved movies. “It’s the new David…

Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job

Charles Ferguson’s Inside Job

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This weekend the San Francisco Chronicle caught up with a documentary Sasha first wrote about from Cannes. “Inside Job” couldn’t be more prescient. Started just 19 months ago, the film is a searing examination of the financial crisis of 2007-10 and its catastrophic ramifications, not just for Americans but the world. The crisis spawned the loss of $20 trillion in investments and millions of jobs, and led to the worst…

The Special Relationship premieres tonight on HBO

The Special Relationship premieres tonight on HBO

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Already holding a winning hand with You Don’t Know Jack, Temple Grandin, and its spectacular 10-hour series The Pacific, HBO doesn’t need a draw card to dominate this year’s Emmy movie & miniseries categories. Premiering tonight at 9 ET, Peter Morgan’s The Special Relationship makes its bow just under the wire to meet the qualifying deadline, and while reviews for the movie are respectable enough it looks like the film’s…

Dennis Hopper, 1936 – 2010

Dennis Hopper, 1936 – 2010

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(Matt Zoller Seitz at Moving Image Source via LiC)

Jennifer Lawrence all thawed out

Jennifer Lawrence all thawed out

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Our friend Craig Kennedy at Living in Cinema tips us to this steamy photo shoot at Esquire — Jennifer Lawrence, glowingly unfrozen from her Sundance sensation Winter’s Bone. I’d like to say this pin-up post has Memorial Day weekend relevance. (“One of the freedoms our men are fighting for!” or, um, “Hey kids! the swimming pool’s open!”). Maybe we can pretend that we clicked to see the article and not…

Tom Cruise is back as Les Grossman

Tom Cruise is back as Les Grossman

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The best thing about Tropic Thunder was watching Tom Cruise get in touch with his inner slimebag, producer Les Grossman. The best thing about the MTV movie awards are the intro spoofs and the promos. These pinnacles of parody come together this week in ads for the MTV Movie Awards, airing June 6. After the cut Mr. Grossman takes a meeting with Robert Pattinson. [Plus a bonus clip with Jeremy…