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Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, and Tilda Swinton Reportedly Joining New Coen Brothers Film

The good news continues for those who have (rightfully) been championing Channing Tatum as more than just a pretty face… Read More

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’22 Jump Street': It’s Time to Kill the Buddy-Comedy “Gay Joke”

I’d have to see it again with a clicker and an abacus to collect the proper data, but if I had to guess, I’d estimate at least half of the jokes in Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 22 Jump Street are generated by one of three running gags. They are, in descending order of effectiveness: the film’s uproarious awareness of itself as a bigger, louder, more expensive sequel; the fact that, even undercover as college students, protagonists Schmidt and Jenko (and the actors who play them, Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) are a good decade too old, and look it; and that the professional partnership between Schmidt and Jenko, and the strain their college experience puts on it, is something akin to a gay relationship. The meta-sequel and old-guy stuff is very, very funny. The “ha ha, that’s so gay” business leaves a sour aftertaste — particularly in light of Mr. Hill’s recent PR troubles. … Read More

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10 ’80s Nostalgia Movies That Are Better Than Most Actual ’80s Movies

Parachute pants, giant boomboxes, breakdancing, the Fat Boys, and even (in a sequence after my own heart) Casey Kasem’s “long distance dedication”: yes, the ‘80s live on, or at least they do in the new comedy Ping Pong Summer, out today in limited release. It’s the latest entry in the cinematic ‘80s nostalgia movement — a bit of an ironic idea, since those of us who lived through the decade recall that there weren’t that many great movies being made then. But there have been some awfully good ones set then, and with that we dust off our Trapper Keepers and Rubik’s Cubes and select the very best post-’80s ‘80s movies. … Read More

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The Seven-Month Delay on the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Is a Blessing, Not a Curse

Jupiter Ascending is the newest film from the Wachowskis, the sibling team responsible for the Matrix trilogy, a $150 million science-fiction/action epic starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Its July release date was staked out over a year in advance, with the publicity machine clicking right along on that timeline: first trailer last Christmas, second trailer at the beginning of the summer, posters in the multiplexes, magazines on the newsstands, etc. And so it came as a bit of a shock when, last night — after most of the sites covering the film had closed up shop for the day — distributor Warner Brothers quietly announced that they’re pushing the film off its July 18 release date to a new spot clear in February of 2015. And movie fans issued a collective Uh-oh. … Read More

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The ‘Forbes’ Highest-Paid Actresses List and the End of the Movie Star

Every year, Forbes releases its lists of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors and actresses, presumably to give schoolteachers and cops and social workers an opportunity to think a little harder about their choices. This week saw the release of the ten highest-paid actresses list, topped by Angelina Jolie at $33 million a year. Putting aside the rather glaring issues of gender pay — that top $33 million paycheck would barely land Jolie in the top ten of male actors — here’s a question: Angelina Jolie? Seriously? Angelina Jolie hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2010. (The year, not the forgotten 2001 sequel.) That film, The Tourist, is mostly remembered these days as the punchline for Golden Globes stories. It made a little bit of money, but certainly not enough that its leading lady should still be coasting on it. Yet this year’s Forbes lists are mostly interesting as confirmation of what we’ve been suspecting for a while: that movie stars don’t matter anymore. … Read More

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25 ‘Die Hard’ Knockoffs for ‘Die Hard’s’ 25th Anniversary

Break out your blood-smeared undershirt and go crawl around in an air duct: this month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Die Hard, John McTiernan’s seminal action movie that made Bruce Willis a star, Alan Rickman a go-to villain, and the simple formula of a lone hero, a contained location, and a brilliant supervillian into one of Hollywood’s most durable. And though Fox paid its own dubious tribute to the franchise with its most recent sequel, the true testament to the film’s influence is the sheer volume of Die Hard imitators unleashed in the quarter-century since its release. … Read More

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