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Even Jennifer Lawrence’s Brilliant Performance Can’t Save David O. Russell’s ‘Joy’

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They used to call them “Women’s Pictures.” A staple of popular filmmaking in the mid-20th century, they told heart-wrenching stories of strong women and the storms they faced; they featured fierce actors like Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Of course, they weren’t directed by women, because they didn’t really let women make movies then (hahaha, then), yet a subset of directors like Douglas Sirk, George Cukor, and Vincente Minnelli made a specialty of them. If the new comedy/drama Joy teaches us anything, it’s that it took a special kind of male filmmaker to tell these stories, and David O. Russell is not cut from that cloth.
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10 Hilariously Deceptive DVD Covers

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It’s of kind of heartwarming that Dinklage is now a marketable name, considering part of his role in the film is complaining about how people of his stature are underused in cinema; it’s also the most recent example of DVD and Blu-ray distributors using a secondary actor’s subsequent fame as a slightly dishonest selling point. …Read More

10 Admirable Actors’ Actors

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Anthology Film Archives is celebrating the work of Robert Ryan, an actor known for his villainous roles who was called “one of the greatest actors in the history of American film” by the esteemed Martin Scorsese. The cinema house calls Ryan an “actor’s actor,” which got us thinking about other stars who are admired by their peers for their versatility, dedication, and ability to lose themselves in a role. Be sure to share your favorite actors’ actors, below.
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