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10 Films Featuring Fantastic Female-Led Casts

Earlier this week it was announced that Stories We Tell director and Atom Egoyan muse Sarah Polley is writing an updating of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel Little Woman. The project will be led by women, in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Naturally, we’ve been busy doing a little dream casting for the upcoming picture.

We’re still flummoxed by the backlash about the recently announced all-female Ghostbusters reboot. Female-led productions have been around since the dawn of cinema and the work of film pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché. Here are ten movies that feature only (or largely) female casts. … Read More

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10 Small TV Towns with Dark Secrets

Every time we think we’re ready to dismiss M. Night Shyamalan, he reels us back in. The trailer for the filmmaker’s new producing project Wayward Pines debuted this week. If Shyamalan’s The Village and David Lynch’s Twin Peaks made creepy babies, they would probably look something like this TV series. The show is centered on Matt Dillon’s character, “an outsider and Secret Service agent into the depths of the strange little town, as he becomes increasingly aware of its evil underpinnings. He’s aided in his discoveries by a typically rebellious Juliette Lewis.” Since we love a good show about a small town with dark secrets, here are ten other TV towns that have something to hide. … Read More

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50 Fearless Female Firsts in the Arts

March is Women’s History Month — a time to pay “tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.” Since the national celebration’s beginnings in 1981, women have continued to break the gender barrier and contribute significantly to the historical evolution of various forms of art. Here’s a look at some of those women — the filmmakers, writers, singers, and other creative pioneers who paved the… Read More

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The Iconic Fashions of ‘The Godfather’

Stanley Kubrick said it was possibly the greatest movie ever made. The Academy awarded it three Oscars. And critics wrote that it was the “the most brutal and moving chronicles of American life ever designed.” Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather opened today back in 1972. The story of an aging mafia Don (Marlon Brando) who gives control of the family “business” to his reluctant son (Al Pacino) became a milestone in American filmmaking. There are no accidental choices in Coppola’s film, including those from award-winning costume designer Anna Hill Johnstone. We revisit some of The Godfather’s most iconic fashion statements, below. … Read More

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Can You Guess the Movies Behind These Stripped-Down Posters?

We always appreciate a good guessing game, which is why French artist Madani Bendjellal’s series of retouched movie posters without their titles rates high on our quiz list this week. Bendjellal, whose work we discovered on Fubiz, leaves just a few clues for film poster fans to figure out the name of these iconic movies, based simply on the artwork. It’s a great way to highlight the illustration and photography of each poster’s design. For the advanced visual guessing gamer, some of these will be easy to uncover, but Bendjellal has thrown in a few head-scratchers for good measure. Test your inner movie geek, and guess the identity of these untitled posters. … Read More

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Film’s Most Fashionable Bands, Ranked

This week, the first photo from Universal Pictures’ Jem and the Holograms live-action adaptation popped up online. The musical movie stars Aubrey Peeples as Jem, the onstage alter-ego of Jerrica Benton, who owns Starlight Music and runs a foster home for girls. Jem and her band are the epitome of 1980’s fashion, boasting big hair, neon colors, and gaudy accessories. The picture inspired us to take a look at some of cinema’s most fashionable bands. In the spirit of competition, we’ve also ranked them. Here are ten of the best-dressed bands in film (or at least some of the most interesting) who made the cut. Feel free to add to our list, below. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Dakota Johnson

Now that we’ve all recovered from SNL’s awkward 40th anniversary celebrations, Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson guest hosts to welcome us back to Studio 8H. Johnson’s appearance doesn’t make things un-awkward, but she brings a subtle humor to the proceedings that will either win you over or lull you to sleep. See how Johnson fared during last night’s episode and determine if audiences can separate her from the role of Anastasia Steele, below. … Read More

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Television’s Most Realistic Mom-Child Relationships

There was something oddly comforting about watching Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson having an awkward mother-daughter spat with mom Melanie Griffith on the Oscars red carpet. When asked if Griffith had seen the film, in which Johnson plays an oft-nude virginal initiate into the world of BDSM, she said no and that she didn’t need to see it to know her daughter was a good actress. Cue a familiar eye roll and a few fed-up expletives from a bratty Johnson. … Read More

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The 50 Best Movies About Hollywood

While many movies set in Tinseltown feature similar tropes and concerns — the awe-struck wannabe, a ruthless deal gone wrong, and a wrong career move that turns deadly — no two movies about Hollywood are exactly alike. The diversity of subjects in these films speaks volumes of the variety of La La Land residents who make up the Hollywood experience. Whether it’s a modern-day Babylon or a dream factory, movies about Hollywood are striking both for their cynicism and star-struck naiveté. In time for the release of Maps to the Stars, director David Cronenberg and screenwriter Bruce Wagner’s long-gestating satire, here is Flavorwire’s list of the 50 best movies about… Read More

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10 Classic Movie Diva Showdowns

“Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, except backwards and in high heels,” goes the famous quote from an old cartoon. The actress is the subject of a film retrospective at MoMa through March 27. “A sassy woman, a street smart girl, a lady with chutzpah, and dame with integrity… she played them all. She was them all. It is her strength that continues to speak to future generations and to women in particular,” writes Meredith Grau of the prolific actress. MoMA’s lineup honoring the dancing diva boasts several films with multiple starlets who demand the spotlight. Here are other great stories with classic movie divas that go head-to-head when it comes to relationship rivalries, showbiz struggles, and more. … Read More

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