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There is a meme (hit reload) that puts into the practice this idea that Obama holds in his hands our desperate hopes. Angelina Jolie has admitted that she is “offended” by Disney’s refusal to include an African princess in its tawdry lineup. Her daughter Zahara is just getting into princesses and is sad that there […]

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Variety’s Big Cheese, Peter Bart has decided that, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. He has a blog. Actually, I find it a refreshing read myself. Maybe I should be all pissy about it since Bart has long criticized the whole blog situation but he’s naturally suited to the ...

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Most of the time this site has been running our government was under Republican rule. It started around 1999, just a couple of years before 9/11, which really did change everything. Being that the Hollywood machine is mostly on the left, the mood has been in a downturn; nothing has ...

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Chris brought up the topic of good movies about (maybe for) women. Let’s ponder it, shall we? What are some of the good ones? Or rather, what are the some of the best ones? Who are the best female characters on film? Best, meaning not just not a fantasy incarnation ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AX9Y40efqAY[/youtube] Nikki Finke (much to David Poland’s utter horror) reports on Deadline Hollywood Daily that Warner Bros. is indeed going to take another look at The Women: English has told the media that the most brutal part of her 15-year battle to make The Women “was getting financing. Studios still ...

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Slashfilm gets the exclusive: Wall-E has to be cutest Pixar character ever.

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Update: Diablo Cody almost fainted when Johnny Depp won his award for Best Comedic Performance. He did look, well, seriously gorgeous. Earlier: MTV is liveblogging the red carpet. Watch if you can stand even a second of it. I never can. Almost worth it to see Robert Downey, Jr. and ...

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Already, the documentaries this year have proven to be the best filmmaking has to offer. One of the most hyped thus far, American Teen, could do more than just garner Oscar attention; it could bring younger people into the genre, always a good thing because, let’s face it, that’s where ...

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC3mxWFtNjE[/youtube] If the kids at my daughter’s elementary school are any indication, Wall-E is going to be GIGANTIC. My daughter already seems to have a “relationship” with the cartoon character and has inserted his name into various songs, like the HSM2 song, Fabulous: “Wall-E needs a little fabulous, is that ...

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Oh, with so much bad news around it’s nice to get a little good news. Yes, after weeks of trashing by many a fanboy blog, and even a Manohla Dargis pan, Sex and the City has defied expectations, as Fantasy Mogul’s Steve Mason reports, and made a whopping $27 mil ...

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Why does it seem like every cover Angelina does is a news event practically? But especially this one. Ange takes the July cover of VF to prepare for the opening of Wanted and eventually Changeling (The Exchange?). Source: Just Jared.

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Another gem dug up by ONTD, the Coens’ Burn After Reading trailer. Looks funny, especially Brad Pitt and Frances McDormand. Once Clooney and Tilda show up it’s starts to feel like an Ocean’s 11 movie. But who cares; it’s still going to be a spectacular experience: Burn After Reading trailer

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ONTD points us to the IMDb news that the actor both Peter Jackson and Guillermo Del Toro were “thinking of” is none other than AD heart throb James McAvoy: “A number of names have been doing the rounds, including Daniel Radcliffe and Jack Black, but James (McAvoy) is the one ...

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(Spoiler alert) I thought you would all enjoy this review by a ten year-old classmate of my daughter’s. She has written it as part of a newspaper we’re putting together: We all love Indy I mean, what‚Äôs not to love? First of all, there‚Äôs the hat. The hat is awesome ...

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After being pulled from Christian Dior ads in China, the company and Stone released a statement of apology, Stone said: “Due to my inappropriate words and acts during the interview, I feel deeply sorry and sad about hurting Chinese people,” Stone said in the statement. “I am willing to take ...

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Cinematical posted this Peter Jackson/Guillermo Del Toro snippet about the casting of the young Bilbo: That doesn’t mean they aren’t hard at work trying to find the main hobbit himself. Says Del Toro: “We are writing based on [Ian Holm’s performance], but other than that, we have ideas [of who ...

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In the flurry of last year’s hurried Oscar season, it seemed that The Painted Veil was kind of lost in the shuffle. The film seemed to have been screened too late. Many who saw it absolutely loved it. It took me a while to catch up with the film. Usually ...

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EW points us to this Asylum piece that takes issue with some of the things that don’t make sense in Indy 4. For my money, the three waterfalls part was where I scratched my head, not just because they never could have survived the third one but because it lacked ...

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Another look at The Road at the NY Times by Charles McGrath: “What’s moving and shocking about McCarthy’s book is that it’s so believable,” Mr. Hillcoat said. “So what we wanted is a kind of heightened realism, as opposed to the ‘Mad Max’ thing, which is all about high concept ...

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Katie Rich at Cinemablend has compiled a Sex and City geomap (I am not entirely certain whether this is an advertorial tie-in or just an organic story, either way…) that shows their readers exactly where the gals found themselves in Manhattan at various points during the show and film. Rich ...

The State of the Race

In this photo provided by the Producers Guild of America, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu accepts the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for outstanding producer of theatrical motion pictures for “Birdman” on stage at the 26th Annual Producers Guild Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision for Producers Guild of America/AP Images)

When this website first began its grand experiment of cracking the code of why some films make it into the Oscar race and why other films don’t, there were three major ...
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ADTV continues its Making the Case series with today’s entry for HBO’s Silicon Valley to win Outstanding Comedy Series. Clarence praises the shaggy-dog nature of the workplace sitcom and engaging ...
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From Sasha’s review of Youth at Cannes in May: Paolo Sorrentino just hit it out of the park here at Cannes, delivering what has to be the most compelling screening ...
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