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Watch: a Serpentine Scarlett Johansson Menaces in ‘The Jungle Book’ Trailer

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Scarlett Johansson seems to have ventured so far into her tech-saturated post-humanness that she’s come out the other side, back in nature. She’s been a clone, an alien, an operating system, and a person who can disappear into the space-time continuum by using 100 percent of their brain capacity; now, in the first trailer for Jon Favreau’s/Disney’s live-action The Jungle Book, you get to see her as a snake.
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10 Delightfully Subversive Movie Musicals

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Today, the Criterion Collection issues a sparkling new DVD/Blu-ray special edition of All That Jazz, Bob Fosse’s mini-masterpiece. Based on its reputation (and, in a great part, thanks to the subsequent film version of Fosse’s Chicago, whose opening number provides the title), the casual viewer might presume it to be a standard, formulaic musical — when, in fact, it is anything but. After the jump, we’ll take a closer look at All That Jazz, and a few other musicals that buck the genre’s long-held traditions.
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The Most Frightening Gangsters on Film

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You’d be hard pressed to find a movie tough guy with a more diverse filmography than Bob Hoskins. The English actor passed away earlier this week. With a burly silhouette, an aura of cockney cool, and a glimmer of menace in his eyes, the versatile performer charmed audiences as a sympathetic everyman and heroic detective (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), but was startling as a vicious gangster in films like The Long Good Friday. The straight-talking star played a number of cinema toughies during his colorful career. In honor of Hoskins’ reign of terror, we revisited some of cinema’s most frightening film gangsters.
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