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June 2012

How to Mentor an Aspiring Cinephile?

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Indiewire’s Criticwire addressed today this question from a reader: “I mentor a 14-year-old from Harlem and nothing would make me happier then to have her enjoy ‘art house’ movies.  She goes to Hollywood movies in chain theaters, and doesn’t particularly like what she sees.  Of course, the fact that she’s African-American makes it even harder for me to find movies that I think would speak to her. She is sophisticated…

Tarantino’s Django Unchained, official trailer

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Trailer after the cut.

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The Avengers Heads Towards $600 Million, Time To Consider it for Best Picture?

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I’ve been holding out as long as possible, but The Avengers has come this weekend at number 3 at the box office.  That gives it more than enough juice, joining Titanic and Avatar, to be considered a best picture contender.  One of the ways you judge the viability of a non-Oscar-y contender is if it becomes “too big to ignore.” And The Avengers has become too big to fail? Producers…

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Django Unchained, ET teaser preview

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(Thanks to Jon Pace)

Girl Pressure: Why Being the Voice of a Generation Can Be Problematic

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There is probably nothing more frustrating than seeing a voice and a talent like Lena Dunham’s — maybe the coolest thing to happen to storytelling in a long while — being relegated to stories about how these girls’ lives are shaped and defined by the men they pursue. So you might be thinking, first it’s the racism thing, now it’s the sexism thing — why can’t Lena Dunham just be…

Two new Prometheus TV spots

Two new Prometheus TV spots

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Two 15-second injections of upper-octave chills. “How I wonder what you are.” Indeed.

New footage from The Dark Knight Rises

New footage from The Dark Knight Rises

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The screams you hear in the background from the fans in the audience at the MTV movie awards mean a lot, because we know how hard it is to get those kids excited.

Rooney Mara & Jude Law in The Bitter Pill

Rooney Mara & Jude Law in The Bitter Pill

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Steven Soderbergh shooting Rooney and Jude on on 65th Street in NYC, via Vulture. Written by Scott Z. Burns, who penned Contagion and The Informant for Soderbergh, The Bitter Pill stars Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Jude Law, Vinessa Shaw and Catherine Zeta-Jones. The film is a potboiler in the Jagged Edge-Basic Instinct mold about a troubled and depressed woman who is taking serious amounts of prescription drugs to deal with…

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives

Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives

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This. And four more shots of Ryan Gosling in Only God Forgives, after the cut, via Collider. For his followup, Nicolas Winding Refn is considering a brutal thriller featuring another stoic story of vengeance based on the 1992 UK graphic novel Button Man: Killing Game. It’s about an assassin tagged to kill-or-be-killed in an underground hunt devised by a group of millionaires who place bets on professional hit-man to see…