Midnight in Paris

50 Best Films About Writers, Ranked

Hollywood is famous for its treatment of writers. They are the low man on the totem pole, the person banned from the set, the guy who wrote the Great American novel drinking himself to death in Los Angeles, rewriting dumb scripts. It’s funny, as Hollywood is also obsessed with portraying “writers” on screen. Flavorwire’s definitive, ranked list of the 50 Best Films About Writers of all time features the requisite mix of biopics, book adaptations (what’s up Stephen King and John Irving), foreign films that actually feature female writers, po-mo meta surrealist studies of madness (very frequent), and the works of Woody… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. According to TMZ, Lil Wayne was hospitalized yesterday in Texas after suffering “seizure-like symptoms” on his private jet, but has been released and is now “doing better.”

2. If you liked “Losing You” as much as we did, you’ll be happy to hear that Solange Knowles’ upcoming full-length called True will be… Read More

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Movies That Stole Their Plots from ‘The Twilight Zone’

Okay, we’re not accusing these movies of actually stealing their plots from The Twilight Zone, but our recent Netflix binges in the Zone have revealed more than a few familiar stories. With all those addictive twists and turns, who can really blame The Truman Show or Final Destination for using Rod Serling’s thrilling TV show as inspiration? The latest flick to raise our Twilight Zone brow, Zoe Kazan’s adorable Ruby Sparks, gave us the idea to gather a list of some popular films that may or may not have taken plot points from the acclaimed series. Check ’em out (and a couple spoilers, so proceed with caution) after the jump, and hit the comments to lets us know of any other films that seem to be missing Serling’s classic opening and closing narrations. … Read More

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Wonderful Sketchbook Illustrations of Famous Films

Have you ever tried to draw the movies? In her 2012 Sketchbook Project, which we spotted over at Super Punch, designer and illustrator Caroline Hadilaksono has illustrated a few of her favorite movies across the pages of her notebook, to great effect. The drawings are more than just recreations of static moments in film — each sketchbook spread encompasses a few scenes, and succeeds in giving an impression of the film in question rather than just drawing a picture of it. Click through to flip through Hadilaksono’s sketchbook, and then be sure to head over to her website to see more of her great work. … Read More

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2012 Comedy Awards Nominations Feature Some Baffling Snubs

Comedy Central has announced the nominees for their 2012 Comedy Awards, and we have to admit, we find their choices just a little bit baffling. Oh, don’t worry — you’ve got your Bridesmaids and your Midnight in Paris. The Artist is all over the place. But the snubs are pretty shocking: Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s Young Adult, which critics loved, didn’t score a single nomination. Even poor Charlize Theron’s acclaimed performance in the movie was overlooked in favor of Cameron Diaz, who got a nod for freaking Bad Teacher. Meanwhile, Horrible Bosses got so many nominations (including Best Comedy) you’d think it was a lost Charlie Chaplin film.

The TV list is similarly confusing. Look, we love 30 Rock, too, but let’s acknowledge that its reign is ending. And while it’s nice to see Parks and Recreation finally getting the recognition it deserves, there’s another Thursday-night NBC comedy that’s surpassed Tina Fey’s show in consistent comedic brilliance: Community, which didn’t get a single nomination. Seriously? In a year when Saturday Night Live is among the nominees in the writing category, no one thought Dan Harmon and co. were ripe for a shout out? Also conspicuously absent: Conan was passed over in the late-night bracket in favor of both Jimmy Fallon and David Letterman. Could O’Brien’s industry-darling status be wearing off?

If you’re as underwhelmed by these nominations as we are, you can blame the panel of insiders who make up the Comedy Awards Board of Directors — which includes, among others, Carol Burnett, Stephen Colbert, O’Brien, Joan Rivers, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin. Meanwhile, if you’re still interested in watching the awards, the ceremony will be held April 28th and is scheduled to air on Comedy Central May 6th. The entire list of nominees is after the jump. … Read More

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Ranking the Best Picture Nominees According to Their Design Aesthetic

If you’re like us and doing the obligatory Oscar week movie-cramming in preparation for Hollywood’s big night, here’s something else to think about when considering your pick for Best Picture: the anthropological question of good taste. We took it upon ourselves to rank this year’s nominees according to their design aesthetic. Wikipedia defines aesthetics as the study of sensory or sensori-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste. So, what films have it? What films don’t? Does it matter?

Click through to see how the nine nominees measured up, and let us know in the comments if you agree with us, or if you’re now questioning our good taste. … Read More

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How to Prioritize Your Oscar Week Movie-Cramming

The Oscars are six days away, and you know what that means: only one more week to see every major nominee, in order to appropriately cheer, jeer, and second-guess on Sunday night. But time has flown in these early months of 2012 — we got distracted by the Super Bowl, and then we suddenly had to watch Knicks games, and now, here it is Oscar time. How on earth are you supposed to get through all of the major nominees? It’s easy to go into a tailspin — what do you see? What can wait? What should you avoid, now and forever?

Have no fear. Flavorwire is offering, as a public service, a priority ranking of the nominees for the major awards (Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress), so you can sift through the 18 nominees and see what time will permit you to see. Let’s be clear: this list is only tangentially related to the actual quality of the films at hand (since, as we’ve discussed, the Oscars often don’t reflect that quaint notion). And it’s not a prediction list per se (that will come later in the week). But it is a guide to working your way through the stuff that’s probably going to matter come Sunday night. Sift through with us after the jump. … Read More

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The Flavorpill Guide to DIY Pop-Culture Halloween Costumes: Film

Halloween: It’s always more complicated than you want it to be. Even if you’ve got your plans set, it’s a struggle to find the perfect costume — without resorting to the same crappy, overpriced, pre-packaged getups everyone else will be wearing. Thankfully, just as we did last October, Flavorpill is helping you out with a series of easy DIY costume guides tackling various pop-culture realms. Don’t worry — there’s no sewing involved.

In our new installment, we’ve taken on some of this year’s most memorable screen characters. Whether they demand our attention with fire (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), light up the celluloid with their gorgeousness (Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard), or bear an eerie resemblance to their real-life persona (Mel Gibson), these Halloween costumes are sure to be conversation starters and win you the praise of spooky celebrators everywhere. … Read More

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‘Midnight in Paris’ Isn’t Even One of Woody Allen’s Top 10 Hits

Everyone should see Woody Allen’s newest movie, Midnight in Paris: It’s a smart and funny escape to the Paris of classic cinema and ’20s literature — and a lesson about the dangers of nostalgia. It’s easily our favorite film of his since the ’80s, and it deserves all the success it’s having. But don’t believe… Read More

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Believe It or Not, Everyone Loves Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’

It’s no secret that we haven’t exactly been holding our breath for Woody Allen’s new movie, Midnight in Paris. We thought the trailer verged on self parody, and we didn’t even include it on our list of Cannes films we can’t wait to see. But, lo and behold, we may have judged Midnight in Paris too soon. Allen’s festival-opening love letter to the City of Light, which makes its theatrical debut this weekend, is getting almost universally excellent reviews. We round up the raves after the jump. Let us know in the comments whether you’re planning to give latter-day Woody a shot. … Read More

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