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From Bare Butts to Scary Santas: 10 Banned Movie Posters

Another day, another controversy incited by the oft-prudish rulings of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). This time it’s Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem that’s the target, a poster for the film banned due to star Christoph Waltz’s bare bottom (featured after the break). This isn’t the first time the MPAA or another ratings board has put the kibosh on a poster, frequently unwarranted. We revisited the cases of ten banned movie posters (and one unofficially banned image) so you can be the judge. … Read More

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12 American Hit Movies That Caused International Controversy

Zhang Jieli, an officer in the People’s Liberation Army, took to the pages of the People’s Liberation Army Daily to warn Chinese moviegoers that Guillermo del Toro’s monsters-fighting-robots epic Pacific Rim is, in fact, a big ol’ slab of American propaganda that “exported the U.S.’s rebalancing of its Asia-Pacific strategy.” For decades now, American movies have set off controversies, battles, and outright bans around the world. Here are a few prominent… 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, and other services to find the best of the recently available, freshly relevant, or soon to expire. This week, there’s good stuff from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nicolas Cage, Anna Kendrick, Michael Peña, Sacha Baron Cohen, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson, Anna Feris, Michael C. Hall, and Elisabeth Shue, plus three brilliant documentaries. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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10 of Film’s Biggest Provocateurs

Danish filmmaker and journalist Mads Brügger boasts a first name that seems worthy of his work, which he has dubbed “performative journalism.” He went undercover as a European Ambassador in the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR), armed with hidden cameras and credentials obtained on the black market. There, he brokered deals with corrupt blood diamond kingpins, leisurely traded diplomatic titles, and exposed a litany of murder, bribery, and bureaucrats from hell. The Ambassador balances a dark absurdity with terrifying revelations of exploitation, shocking fraudulence, and greed. The film opens in New York today, and we thought this would be a good time to explore some of cinema’s most controversial figures (mainly directors) — several of which Brügger has been compared to. The Huffington Post called him the “most provocative filmmaker in the world.” See if you agree after viewing our gallery after the jump. … Read More

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The Quirkiest Film Titles in Cinema

Moonrise Kingdom director Wes Anderson is a master at creating quirky, endearing, and gorgeously detailed films, and his latest project with a recently cast Johnny Depp — which we reported this morning — is proving to be no different. So far, we know the upcoming film — likely to also star Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Edward Norton, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, and Angela Lansbury — will be set in Europe and that the director is calling it The Grand Budapest Hotel. It’s another whimsical title in a long list of delightfully zany film names like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Darjeeling Limited, or… well, take your pick. Anderson is hardly alone when it comes to choosing eccentric titles, and we’ve compiled a list of cinema’s quirkiest movie monikers after the jump. Leave us a note with your favorites below. … Read More

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Dear Costume Department: ‘The Dictator’

If you didn’t watch the red carpet coverage of the Oscars this year — and didn’t, for the first time, feel a little bit sorry for Ryan Seacrest — then yes, we suppose it’s possible that you haven’t gotten wind of Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest undertaking, The Dictator. But odds are that you’ve seen this spectacle coming; let’s just say that the film’s protagonist, Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, is a man who makes the late Muammar Gaddafi’s sartorial choices look positively understated. With that in mind, here’s what we hope the leader of the Republic of Wadiya is wearing, on top of the state-issued white waistcoat and aggressive gold epaulettes. … Read More

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Watch the Opening Scene of Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator'

The hype for Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest foray into satirical character creation, The Dictator, has been going on for so long that it’s hard to believe the movie’s premiere is still about three weeks away. (Remember that incident with Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars?) Thankfully, the marketing overload hasn’t managed to dampen our excitement for the film, which Baron Cohen wrote and stars in as Admiral General Aladeen, the totalitarian leader of a fictional Middle Eastern nation called Republic of Wadiya. Paramount has just released a roughly two-minute clip of The Dictator‘s opening, an introduction to Aladeen by way of a truly bonkers newsreel. Watch it after the jump, and let us know if you’ll be lining up to see the movie when it opens May 16th. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Yesterday The Hunger Games — which doesn’t hit theaters until March 23rd, mind you — beat the record set by Twilight: Eclipse for first day advance ticket sales on Fandango. As diehard Katniss fans, we suppose this is a good thing, but we’re not sure we’ll be strong enough to brave scary throngs of… Read More

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Sacha Baron Cohen Banned from the Oscars

It still tickles us that grand prankster Sacha Baron Cohen played a lawman of sorts in Martin Scorsese’s love letter to the golden age of filmmaking, Hugo. The film is based on Brian Selznick’s 2007 novel, which is set in the 1930s and follows an orphaned Hugo (Asa Butterfield) who lives… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. President Obama was caught singing again! — this time at a blues concert featuring Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Jeff Beck that was part of the In Performance at the White House series airing on PBS. Watch the adorable clip of him belting out a few bars of “Sweet Home Chicago” … Read More

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