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Pop Culture’s Most Fashionable Vampires

Jim Jarmusch’s sublime meditation on the vampire myth arrives on Blu-ray August 19. Only Lovers Left Alive unites Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as centuries-old lovers, Adam and Eve, who feast on the finest art, literature, music, and, naturally, blood. But Jarmusch’s movie is hardly a traditional tale of the undead. As our own Judy Berman wrote of the film: … Read More

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Al Fresco Cinema: The Best Outdoor Movie Spots in the Country

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IMAX and 3-D attempted to amp up the movie-going experience, but for our money, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars in the great outdoors — or local city park, for that matter. Putting a refreshing spin on cinema, the following al fresco spots are our favorites in the nation. Pack a picnic and make a date. To pack in even more refreshing summer fun, NYC & LA culture vultures should check out our custom Flavorpill summer guides. From flicks to food and comedy, we’ve rounded up the top events of the season. … Read More

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Delightfully Minimalist Movie Posters

In the battle between minimalist movie poster designers, we suspect Spanish studio atipo would win the war. Their Papers for Characters series, first spotted on A.V. Club, transforms iconic movies such as Rear Window and Jaws by simplifying them to the extreme, in poster form. In some cases, the one sheets have simply been cut or crumpled. Other poster adaptations use various textures and colors to mimic flesh, water, and more. They’re a refreshing and playful twist on the minimalist trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, anytime soon. … Read More

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Conjoined Twins in Pop Culture

Earlier this week, actress Sarah Paulson teased a photo of her character for the upcoming carnival-set installment of American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show. She’ll star as conjoined twin sisters Bette and Dot in the series. Set in Jupiter, Florida at one of the last remaining freak shows of the 1950s, the struggling outsiders are forced to contend with the “evil forces” who do not understand them. It’s fantastic news for fans of the outrageous series (but somewhat bitter for those who wish Daniel Knauf’s Carnivàle was still on the air). Twins of all types have fascinated audiences for centuries, from the mythological figures of history to the vaudeville acts of the 1920s. But there’s something about conjoined twins that remains mysterious and potent for pop culture narratives. Their bodies are meshed, but their stories are unique. Here are eight instances of conjoined twins in pop culture that mesmerized and entertained. … Read More

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14 Awesome Bill Murray Moments

You never know when Bill Murray will randomly show up at your next party. The actor has a penchant for playfully interrupting the social gatherings of strangers before vanishing like the mythical creature of cool that he is. There’s even a website tracking his whereabouts and spoofing his stunts, all of which seem to end with Murray telling a group of shocked strangers, “No one will ever believe you.” There are endless stories about the wryly jovial screen star surprising fans and being awesome, but we’ve gathered 14 of the best Murray moments for your enjoyment. … Read More

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10 Must-See Movies at This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

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In the 14 years since it was founded by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff, the Tribeca Film Festival has gone from a neighborhood favorite to one of the East Coast’s most expansive and impressive film festivals. Beginning with April 16’s premiere of the Nas documentary Time is Illmatic, Tribeca will take over several cinemas throughout the city to present an impressive slate of narrative and documentary films (the 2014 slate, culled from over 6,000 submissions, includes 87 features from 32 countries). Your film editor was lucky enough to get an early peek at a handful of this year’s movies, so here are a few that you’ll want to seek out. And if you happen to be an American Express® Card Member, lucky you — individual presale tickets for these films, and the rest of the Tribeca slate, are on sale today exclusively to Card Members! The rest of you cinephiles can score tix starting on Monday, April 14. … Read More

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Fictional Languages You Can Actually Learn Right Now

Language is the fabric of the world. In pop culture, invented languages bring fictional worlds to life, teaching us about their culture. Spoofing the ‘90s language program Muzzy, we spotted a Game of Thrones video parody that teaches children how to speak Dothraki (featured after the break). If you want to take things a step further and actually learn the language, there’s a tutorial for that. We found other language lessons online – all videos teaching fictional dialects inspired by pop culture favorites. Start speaking High Valyrian, Klingon, and more, below. … Read More

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Artists Pay Tribute to the Work of Stephen King in Exhibition ‘King for a Day’

With fifty novels, hundreds of short stories, and dozens of film adaptations to his credit, author Stephen King is a force to be reckoned with. The horror scribe has crafted his own unique universe, where striking characters are confronted with strange and terrible things. Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is paying tribute to the writer through April 6. The exhibition King for a Day, which we learned about on Laughing Squid, presents work inspired by the author’s books and films. A portion of the proceeds will benefit King’s charity of choice, the Haven Foundation — an organization that provides grants to freelance writers and artists experiencing career-threatening emergencies. Preview the work from King for a Day in our gallery, and visit the Hero Complex website for more information. … Read More

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‘Game of Thrones’ Characters and Their Muppet Counterparts

Muppets Most Wanted hit theaters over the weekend, taking audiences on a world tour while the Muppets become embroiled in another crazy caper — this time involving a European jewel heist. The dastardly goings-on in the new movie have us jonesing for the backstabbing, betrayal, and bloody battles within the Seven Kingdoms of HBO’s Game of Thrones. With the premiere of Season 4 right around the corner, we couldn’t resist a little comparison between the Muppets family and the houses of… Read More

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Vivian Kubrick’s Photos Captured on the Sets of Stanley Kubrick’s Films

Vivian Kubrick, daughter of legendary director Stanley Kubrick, collaborated with her father on a number of his films. As a teen she directed a documentary for the BBC, The Making of The Shining. She captured footage during the shooting of Full Metal Jacket, intending to create another doc, but wound up scoring the movie instead (under the pseudonym Abigail Mead). She also made appearances in several films, including Barry Lyndon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. It seems clear that father and daughter shared a deep creative bond. Vivian recently took to Twitter to share a wonderful series of photos that she captured while hanging out on the set of her father’s famous films. It’s like seeing Kubrick’s movies with a new pair of eyes. The rare images include Vivian lounging in the Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, playing with a baby chimp during the making of 2001, and more. An incredibly touching photo of father and daughter together reveals the special relationship they shared. See more in our gallery. … Read More

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