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Bradley Cooper May Don Director’s Hat in Possibly Beyoncé-Starring Remake of ‘A Star is Born’

Does a star really need to be born again? That question doesn’t really seem to matter: negotiations are underway between… Read More

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Vince Vaughn Is in Desperate Need of a Reinvention

“In Hollywood,” Eric von Stroheim famously said, “you’re only as good as your last picture.” These days, the assumed appendix seems to be, “so get your next one lined up before your last one tanks,” a principle unquestionably present in this week’s unfortunate box office. At the top of the slowest weekend of the year was Chappie; director Neill Blomkamp was wise enough to land his cherry gig helming the next Alien picture before critics (29% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences ($13.3 million opening weekend) got a look at his mash-up of Short Circuit and a Die Antwoord music video. And then, way down at the bottom of the top ten, was Unfinished Business, logging a miserable $4.8 million, the fifth flop in a row for star Vince Vaughn and a performance that would no doubt prompt the “Is Vince Vaughn over?” question, had he not already landed a much-ballyhooed spot in the cast of True Detective’s second season. So instead, the question becomes, “And what then?” … Read More

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Here’s Your First Look at Jason Momoa as Aquaman in ‘Batman v. Superman’

Batman v. Superman: the Dawn of Justice, will be the second of DC Comics’ shared universe films, in which just about… Read More

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The 50 Funniest Cameos in Movie History

This week, Olive Films is releasing, for the first time on Blu-ray, The Road to Hong Kong, the last of the seven “Road” buddy comedies starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Hitting theaters a full decade after the penultimate entry, Hong Kong is an occasionally funny and occasionally wheezy bit of business, with one honest-to-God great sequence: an unbilled cameo by Peter Sellers, who strolls into the picture and steals the damn thing outright. Hope and Crosby were early adopters of the kind of inside-joke comedy that yielded such cameos, which became increasingly common in the years that followed; we’ve gathered up some of the funniest in movie… Read More

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Finding Meaning in the Aftermath of the Super Bowl: Links You Need to See

Let’s start out with the most important part of the Super Bowl: the commercials. Who cares about the winner of the game when the real question is which commercial was best. Compiled here are both the best and worst commercials of the Super Bowl. Watch at your own delight and peril. … Read More

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Jeffrey Tambor’s Next Role Is as a Mob Accountant in…’The Accountant’

Between playing the unscrupulous corporate patriarch in Arrested Development (as well as his hippie twin brother) and the patriarch-turned-co-matriarch in Transparent, Jeffrey… Read More

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‘Gone Girl,’ ‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ and the Uncritical Cult of the Celebrity Penis

People, notably we of the painstakingly non-objectifying left-leaning media, seem to get candidly titillated at the prospect of the exposure of celebrity penis. Because of the peen’s dominance over so much cultural output, and the prominent spectacle of its desires therein, discussions of the peen seem protected from the forces that’d normally call out objectifying representation and objectifying media discourse; this is kind of, it turns out, a cloak of invisibility that hides us from ourselves. … Read More

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The 10 Worst Movies Based on Real Political Events

Last week, everybody got a big chuckle (some more than others) out of The Hollywood Reporter’s scoop that Michael Bay — best known for making movies about cars transforming into giant robots and blowing shit up — is in talks to helm 13 Hours, a political drama about the 2012 attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. And while most of those titters come from the participation of meathead entertainment maker and short-short connoisseur Bay (and from speculating on the various ways in which he could fumble the attack’s narrative, in light of its subsequent status as a political football), there’s also some rightful skepticism about the ability of anyone in Hollywood to make this particular “political drama,” since that’s a subgenre the movie industry seems so inclined to fuck up. So on this most political of days, let’s take a quick walk down that hall of shame, shall we? … Read More

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