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Review: Portrait of the Artist in Boyhood

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“He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they’d have no heart to start at all.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses In most Hollywood movies, memories of childhood are played in flashback. Younger actors are chosen…


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Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons in Whiplash clip

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Todd McCarthy, THR: “Anyone who’s ever had a high school or college teacher make it a point to manipulate or mess with students’ lives will no doubt have relatable, and possibly painful, memories revived by this vivid portrait of a music school at which the program, run by its star instructor, closely resembles the boot camp presided over by R. Lee Ermey in Full Metal Jacket… Teller, who greatly impressed…


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Two Masterful Shots from Gone Girl

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This first shot of Amy (Rosamund Pike) in her early years goes by in mere seconds in the trailer for Gone Girl. But I could tell it contained much context so I took a screen cap of it. Here, you see Amy with bad hair smiling. To the left is an earlier shot of Amy playing the violin and then another to the right, of Amy on horseback. These are…


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Just Yul Brynner, 22 and nude

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Out of respect for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings, I went goggling aeround to learn more about Yul Brynner who played Ramses in Cecil B DeMille’s epic 6 decades ago. Found out more than I bargained for. NSFW gallery after the jump.


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Boyhood Becomes Among Best Reviewed Films of All Time, Takes Lead in Best Picture Race

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The Oscar race has nowhere near begun. But if you’re hunting around for a frontrunner, look no further than Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. 12 years in the making, with a 99 score on Metacritic – that has to be among the highest of all time on the site, behind mostly classics. Even Slant Magazine and Stephanie Zacharek loved the movie. That means not just Boyhood wowing critics, but it will fit…


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Birdman to Open Venice Film Festival

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Jeff Wells is reporting that Birdman, or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance will open the Venice Film Festival on 8/25. Wells thinks that will take it then to Telluride and from thence to the Oscar race. Word on the street (according to Wells) is that Birdman is really really good, certainly one headed squarely for the Oscar race. No word yet on where the other films are going to crop…


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New trailer for Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

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New trailer for Unbroken, the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.


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Reese Witherspoon in Wild, trailer and poster

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Synopsis: With the breakup of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a…


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66th Primetime Emmy Award Nominations Announced

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Game of Thrones leads with 19 nominations, followed by Fargo with 18, American Horror Story: Coven with 17, The Normal Heart with 16 — and Breaking Bad with 16 nods for its final season. Full list at AwardsDailyTV.


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What is Caesar? The Apes Humans Deserve

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In Rupert Wyatt’s brilliant first film of the series, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, it was immediately clear that the filmmakers were doing two things to up the ante. 1) they brought to life unrivaled visual effects with the help of performance capture and Andy Serkis. And 2) they tried to hew as closely to plausible science as they could. That the first film takes care to insist…

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The Toronto Film Fest unfurls September 4th through the 14th. New York kind of pulled an announcement coup, being the first major North American...

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This looks like it could do some serious damage in the Oscar race, non? Via The Film Stage: