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Jason Reitman Is Here to Save All You ‘Men, Women & Children’ From Your Evil Screens

The first important image of Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children is for his production company, Right of Way Films — a logo of a man with a rolling suitcase in front of a bank of windows. It recalls, of course, his 2009 Best Picture nominee Up in the Air,and I’m gonna go ahead and put this out there: reminding everyone of the greatness you’re capable of is probably not a great idea when you’re on a losing streak. Following last year’s bizarrely tone-deaf adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day, Reitman’s latest is a peculiarly alarmist ensemble piece about how, in spite of our copious technology, we’re all just so disconnected, man. When Reitman burst on the scene with Thank You for Smoking back in 2005, he seemed bent on making another Dr. Stragelove; based on his new picture, he’s apparently spent those years harboring the desire to make another Crash. … Read More

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‘Dallas Buyers Club': Come for the McConaughey, Stay for the Leto

There’s been no shortage of commentary on the second act of Matthew McConaughey’s career, and for good reason — the Texas actor and heartthrob transformed himself, in the space of a mere calendar year, from the snort-worthy star of interchangeable dopey romantic comedies to one of our most interesting and unpredictable actors. So the fact that he is so very good, tough, touching, human, and physically astonishing (he lost nearly 40 pounds for his latest role), isn’t quite news. What’s interesting about his new film, Dallas Buyers Club, is the similarly remarkable work of Jared Leto, another actor whom we’d all but written off. … Read More

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Exclusive Supercut: Actors’ Pre-Fame Roles in Woody Allen Movies

This just in from the Mostly Unobserved Anniversaries Department — yesterday marked 20 years since the release of Manhattan Murder Mystery, Woody Allen’s cracklingly entertaining 1993 reunion with Diane Keaton. But that film also marked the film debut of one Zach Braff, who (circle of life) will star in Allen’s forthcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Bullets Over Broadway. Braff is just one of the many actors who got an early break in a Woody Allen movie; it’s a rite of passage for a young actor, and everyone from Sylvester Stallone to Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Larry David to Henry Cavill turned up in Allen films early in their careers. Here are some of the best appearances by actors in Woody movies, before they were famous: … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in October

It’s October, which means that prestige movie season is in full swing, and there are plenty of big, potential Oscar contenders slated for release this month: Argo, Cloud Atlas, um, Here Comes the Boom, maybe? Point is, the art houses are all but overflowing with terrific offerings this month, from dramas and documentaries to comedy and horror; our picks for the month’s dozen best bets are after the jump. … Read More

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This Week in Trailers: ‘Passion,’ ‘The Impossible,’ and a Cage Double-Header

Every Friday here at Flavorwire, we like to gather up the week’s new movie trailers, give them a look-see, and rank them from worst to best — while taking a guess or two about what they might tell us (or hide from us) about the movies they’re promoting. We’ve got nine new trailers for you this week, featuring Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Nicolas Cage, Rachel McAdams, Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, John Cusack, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace, Vanessa Hudgens, Ty Burrell, and Rob Corddry; check ‘em all out after the jump, and share your thoughts in the comments. … Read More

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Trailer Park: Shakespeare, Santa, and Spacey

Welcome to “Trailer Park,” our regular Friday feature where we collect the week’s new trailers all in one place and do a little “judging a book by its cover,” ranking them from worst to best and taking our best guess at what they may be hiding. This week, we’ve got eight new ones—everything from cancer comedies to Shakespearean dramas to, God help us, holiday fare. Check ‘em all out after the jump. … Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Russell Brand and Helen Mirren in ‘Arthur’

We have to admit, of the many, many, many remakes of 1980s movies currently in production, Jason Winer’s new version of Arthur seemed one of the most egregiously unnecessary. If you haven’t seen the original (and really, there’s no excuse for that — it’s streaming on Netflix, for goodness’ sake), it really is a perfect comedy, and we’re not quite sure how these folks presume to improve upon it. But, that said, they’ve made some wise casting decisions: those of us who like Russell Brand (and you either love him or you hate him, it seems) can see him filling the Dudley Moore role well enough, while the decision to switch the gender of John Gielgud’s Hobson to a female, and cast Helen Mirren in it, is rather ingenious. Most exciting of all, mumblecore ingénue Greta Gerwig, so wonderful in last year’s Greenberg, is a perfect choice to play the Liza Minelli role. So it seems strange that she’s barely present in the film’s newly-released trailer, while Jennifer Garner — playing Susan Johnson, the object of Arthur’s arranged marriage, a very secondary character in the original — is all over the damn thing. Maybe they’re just advertising the more recognizable face?

And while we’re at it, does it seem strange that this oh-so-up-to-date-remake is being advertised entirely with songs that pre-date the original? (“All Right Now”? Seriously?) But, those concerns aside, there are some laughs in the trailer, so we remain on the fence about this one — reluctantly optimistic, if you will. Watch the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Beating out both Jennifer Garner and Keri Russell, Gossip Girl Blake Lively has been cast as the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Green Lantern. [via THR]
2. Billy Name, resident photographer of Andy Warhol‘s Factory for seven years, is missing his archive of negatives. [via NYT]
3. How… Read More

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The Five-Pronged Ben Affleck Likability Index

Save for the Britney Spears meltdowns and Tom Cruise couch-jumping fiascos of the world, public opinion on any given celebrity is usually a pretty static thing. Everyone likes Will Smith. People have generally good feelings about Reese Witherspoon. Everyone hates Katherine Heigl lately, but it’s not like she isn’t a teensy bit deserving of all that ill will. What we’re getting at here is that, for being a generally likable celebrity who’s never gotten himself into a weird public spat with Matt Lauer, Ben Affleck is an oddly polarizing figure. His career hasn’t been unlike that of a politician in that his approval ratings have run a wide gamut over the years.

This month he’s back in theaters as a stoner sidekick type in Mike Judge’s Extract, and it suddenly finally feels o.k. to embrace B-Fleck again. Why now? We think we’ve managed to distill Ben’s likeability down to five simple… Read More

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