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Still from "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"

Meet the Reviled Movie Blogger Who Inspired Last Week’s ‘Amy Schumer’

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If you’re lucky, you have no earthly idea who Jeffrey Wells is. Writer of, in his words, “a daily stream-of-Hollywood-consciousness column for Hollywood Elsewhere,” Wells is the kind of fringe gadfly that can seem omnipresent when you live in a particular bubble (in this case, that of online film writing), only surfacing beyond the Twitter conversations of hate-readers and head-shakers when he writes something particularly noxious — which, to be fair, is pretty often. Such was the case last weekend when he penned this little missive, accusing The Village Voice’s Stephanie Zacharek and LA Weekly’s Amy Nicholson of some kind of lady groupthink conspiracy for daring to like Hot Pursuit, surmising that the pair “were guided by the same liberal compassion instinct that led Henry Fonda to vote not guilty for that Puerto Rican kid in 12 Angry Men.” But what’s particularly jaw-dropping/hilarious about Wells’ otherwise (typically) loathsome and sexist post is the idea that he would, this week of all weeks, drop a 12 Angry Men reference, considering that the week’s most-discussed half hour of television was not only a riff on that film but, at its core, a 30-minute middle finger to Mr. Wells.
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Quvenzhané Wallis Can’t Save the ‘Annie’ Reboot, But Her Performance Is More Important Than Critics Let On

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When I checked the Rotten Tomatoes page for the Annie reboot this morning, I was surprised to see its positive ratings had crept up past the 20 percent mark. I was surprised because the critical response to the film has felt so universally negative: vicious review after vicious review has reveled in “hard knock life” and “the sun’ll come out tomorrow” puns that are about as unoriginal as the movie’s dialogue, all in the service of complaining about Annie‘s lack of originality.
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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Cameron Diaz

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Trailers for the Annie remake featuring a tarted-up Cameron Diaz as the mean Miss Hannigan are cringeworthy (highlighting some of the problems actresses over 40 face), but Diaz has proven to be a gifted comedian so perhaps she stands a chance. It was disappointing to see that SNL followed suit by shoving her into a few tight skirts and some lingerie for tonight’s episode, but Diaz’s energy and professionalism steal the spotlight. This is her first time on the Studio 8H stage since 2005 (she’s hosted three times before), but Diaz doesn’t miss a beat. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars bring the funk in a flashy set. See how it all went down, below.
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25 Must-See Movies For the Fall

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Hey there reader, been to the movies lately? If the box office reports are any indication, I’m guessing not — and who can blame you? We’re currently in the weird dead zone between the tentpole blockbusters of the summer and the prestige, Oscar-friendly pictures (and, increasingly, tentpole blockbusters) of the fall. But relief will be here soon enough, so in the interest of helping you mark up your movie-going calendar, we’re looking ahead to the fall films we’re anticipating most.
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Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Disappoints

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When the Coen Brothers took home a bundle of awards for their 2007 adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men, including the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, the 1992 National Book Award winner found himself shot into a whole new realm of fame. By then, McCarthy was already on a professional hot streak: in April of 2007 Oprah had picked his latest novel, The Road, for her Book Club. Literature lovers had already known of McCarthy’s greatness, but now everybody knew, and everybody wanted to read him. You could hardly go anywhere without seeing somebody clutching a copy of the book the Coens had adapted, or the post-apocalyptic novel that Oprah loved so much (and would eventually be turned into a well-received 2009 film).
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It’s Easy to Love Actors Like Gwyneth Paltrow: Just Ignore Their Terrible Personalities

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“Gwyneth Paltrow is not the most courteous scooter driver,” went the Vulture headline last week, and skimming it, this reader had one immediate thought: there is not one thing in that headline I care about. I don’t care about scooters; I don’t care about who is and is not good at driving them; and I especially don’t care about how the Oscar-winning actress stacks up in the scooter-courtesy derby. But here’s the real question: why does anybody care?
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