Charming Watercolor Portraits of Pop Culture’s Greatest Showdowns

Artist Scott Campbell (aka “Scott C.”) has a unique stock-in-trade: he creates downright winsome, child-like watercolors dramatizing the “great showdowns” in pop culture. In his collection Great Showdowns: The Return (out next Tuesday, with a foreword by Edgar Wright), he presents an all-new assortment of movie confrontations, drawing on everything from Hot Fuzz and Pulp Fiction to Teen Wolf and Nosferatu. And he was kind enough to share a selection of them with us; check them out after the jump. … Read More

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15 of the Greatest Beach Scenes on Film

Despite the unseasonably chilly weather, it’s about that time to head to the sandy shores of your choice. If, by chance, you’re unsure of the proper way to enjoy your beach visits, you’re in luck: the beach has proven to be a familiar setting for a Hollywood movie or two. While sometimes used as a place for rambunctious fun and often chosen as the backdrop for romance, the beach is a go-to cinematic spot… Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 SF Events

San Francisco is home to a breathtaking diversity of cultural events. Between our fair city’s world-class museums, restaurants, bars, art galleries, music scene, festivals, and clubs, between all that is weird and quirky and purely San Franciscan, there’s something going down, somewhere, every single day of the year. Check out our Flavorpill social discovery engine, where you can create and share events with friends, and follow our carefully curated editors’ picks. Below, you’ll find Flavorpill’s top picks for this week — just a little bit of help as you set out into this beautiful wide world of SF’s happenings.  … Read More

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10 Stage-to-Screen Musicals Hollywood Got Right

Adapting a musical, Broadway or otherwise, to film is a tricky business. Musicals have their own specific magic that can sometimes feel inextricably tied to the stage, and their inherent theatricality can, if not handled correctly, come off as unbearably camp on the big screen. On Friday, we got chills after watching the new international trailer for Les Misérables, and, especially after Anne Hathaway’s performance on SNL last night we are registering our feelings as squarely hopeful that the film will knock us out. Though Hollywood has had many failures in this area (Phantom of the OperaNine), some of their adaptations have been completely brilliant, in some cases even overtaking the original productions. After the jump, we’ve put together a list of some of the best ever stage-to-screen musicals — both to warm you up for Les Mis and just maybe to give a little inspiration to the producers and directors of the upcoming film remakes of Jersey Boys and Into the Woods. Make it work, you guys. … Read More

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Timeline: The Life and Death and (Maybe?) Rebirth of the Hollywood Musical

In spite of all our best efforts, Rock of Ages — currently sitting at 38% fresh among top critics on Rotten Tomatoes — is out this Friday, because if the multiplexes were missing anything this summer, it’s painfully earnest renditions of “Waiting for a Girl Like You” and Tom Cruise in assless chaps. Yes, the movie musical has fallen on rather hard times, but if we can learn anything from tracking its ebbs and flows of popularity, it’s that you can never count the genre out; after the jump, we’ve put together a brief but educational timeline to illustrate the many beat-downs and comebacks of the movie musical. … Read More

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The Most Memorable Sleepovers on Film and TV

In case you couldn’t tell, we’re big fans of coming-of-age movies here at Flavorpill, so we’re really looking forward to seeing The Myth of the American Sleepover, which came out Friday and, promisingly, reminded New York Times critic A.O. Scott of Freaks and Geeks and Dazed and Confused. Although the movie isn’t entirely, or even mostly, about a slumber party, it can’t help but remind us of some our favorite sleepovers on film and TV. Ten of the most memorable, from Grease to Beverly Hills, 90210 to Superbad, are after the jump. … Read More

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The 15 Greatest Ladies Grooming Moments in Movies

Even movie characters have to get ready in the morning. Though our daily grooming routine is one of the most mundane activities we can think of, somehow other people’s adventures (and misadventures) in beautifying themselves are still kind of fascinating. Case in point: we recently came across this hilarious list of film’s 25 Greatest Male Grooming Moments over at Details, and we loved it so much that we decided the ladies needed some love too. While there aren’t as many blatantly ridiculous moments as in the guys’ list (apparently, movie beauty is not for the faint of heart), there are some great ones in the mix. Click through to see our list of great ladies’ grooming moments in film, and let us know which of your favorites we’ve missed in the comments! … Read More

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What’s on at Flavorpill: Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we started off the morning with a hit of breathable coffee instead of our usual Saturdays roast. We swooned over The (NSFW) Poetry of Craigslist and cheered that MoMA acquired the @ symbol for its permanent design collection. We ogled a visual timeline of Delta uniforms, and realized they ain’t what they used to be. We supported a decision to return Grease to its R-rated roots. We wondered who Stefano Tonchi will bring with him when abandons one lettered fashion mag (T) for another (W). We were bummed to have missed out the Art Handling Olympics this weekend and comforted ourselves with the announcement of a television show from the pranksters at The Onion. We heard that new signage for the New York MTA got nixed in budget cuts and that Diablo Cody wasn’t exactly pleased with the first season of her show United States of Tara. And last but not least, we were equally amused, impressed, and horrified at these cigarette packs as book… Read More

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The 35 Best Dance Sequences in Film

Forget the so-so acting and formulaic plots — there is a long and illustrious history of great dance moments captured on film. Be it Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire tap dancing, John Travolta doing the disco, Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray practicing lifts in the water, or Julia Stiles fusing ballet and hip hop, everyone has a favorite dance scene that they have tried to memorize and perform. After the jump, we have compiled our favorite dance scenes from film in chronological order. We’re willing to bet you won’t stay in your chair for long. … Read More

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