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Today in Pugs and Severed Heads: Links You Need To See

I’ve not read the regional online magazine The Bitter Southerner before, which makes sense considering I’m Californian. But one thing Californians and Southerners have in common is a deep, abiding love of dogs, so of course I clicked through when someone linked to a story about Carolina dogs in the magazine. The long essay by Southern sportswriter Cy Brown describes the author’s discovery that his dog, Penny, is a “Carolina Dog,” a type of primitive breed and the only dog native to North America. If you’re a dog lover, a history aficionado, or a Southerner, you need to read “A Carolina Dog.” … Read More

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Rooney Mara Signs on to ‘Blackbird’ Adaptation, Helmed by Acclaimed Theater Director Benedict Andrews

Variety reports that Benedict Andrews, who directed the highly buzzed Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert-starring production of The Maids, is… Read More

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Rooney Mara’s Casting Isn’t the Only Problem With ‘Peter Pan’s’ Native American Character, Tiger Lily

There are few characters so beloved by children and Hollywood executives alike as J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. The character, who showed up in many of Barrie’s plays and novels, has been reimagined countless times in other plays, books, and films. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that we’re getting yet another take on Peter Pan, this time with yet another “origin” story, titled Pan. Directed by Joe Wright, the film will star Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard and Garrett Hedlund as Hook, although the titular character has yet to be cast. But the most controversial casting so far has been Rooney Mara as “Indian princess” Tiger Lily, which has caused outrage among critics who have accused the film of “whitewashing” one of the few Native American characters in the literary canon. … Read More

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Sisters Are Braiding Beards Around Their Faces for Themselves: Links You Need to See

Discrimination is terrible (but not as long as it’s targeting overexposed street art). That lesson and more in today’s links!  … Read More

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Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ Is a Delicate, Poignant, Tech-Savvy Romance

When we meet Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), the hero of Spike Jonze’s exquisite new film Her (which closed the New York Film Festival last weekend), he is a reservoir of melancholy. His wife is divorcing him, his job is depressing, and he lives a life of crushing solitude. He is, in short, the perfect audience for OS1, the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system; “It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness,” boast the ads. And sure enough, Samantha, the voice (provided by Scarlett Johansson) that purrs from his desktop and smartphone, is bright, and funny, and wonderful — everything he can no longer imagine in a partner. Early on, as he pours his soul out to her, he utters one of the movie’s key lines: “I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with my computer.” But he does, and he falls in love with her as well. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Movies You Need to Stream This Week

Welcome to Flavorwire’s streaming movie guide, in which we help you sift through the scores of movies streaming on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s great stuff from Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen, Julianne Moore, James Franco, Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Mark Ruffalo, Jonah Hill, Paul Giamatti, Clive Owen, Annette Bening, Nick Offerman, Isaiah Washington, Jonathan Groff, Steven Soderbergh, Olivier Assayas, David Sedaris, and more. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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The Malick-Style ‘Ain’t Them Bodies Saints’ Is Better Than Anything Malick’s Made in Years

Since the Sundance debut of Ain’t Them Bodies Saints back in January, the name of Terrence Malick has been dropped in reference to it nearly as often as that of writer/director David Lowery. The influence, to be sure, is hard to miss: a rural Texas setting; an abundance of sun-kissed, magic-hour photography; even an Affleck, Casey in this film matching Ben in Malick’s spring release, To the Wonder. The comparisons haven’t been entirely flattering. “Lowery, it can’t be denied, has Malick’s moves down pat,” writes The A.V. Club’s A.A. Dowd. “It’s the Malick touch that eludes him.” Dowd may be right — inasmuch as the “Malick touch” has lately verged on self-parody and narrative inertia. Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, on the other hand, is better than anything Malick has made in at least a decade. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in August

We’re almost there, you guys. We’re almost there. Soon the summer movie season — which this year seemed even louder, uglier, and dumber than ever, though that could just be me getting old — will draw to a close, and the fall will begin. Hollywood, with an eye on those little gold statues, will release movies with, oh, nuance and complexity and that sort of thing. But you don’t have to wait until September; the indies are getting a jump on the majors, countering Blockbuster Fatigue™ with some truly marvelous limited… Read More

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