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How ‘Mad Men’ Appropriated the Ethos — and an Icon — of ’70s Cinema

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Amidst all of the con-man shenanigans and cancer drama of this week’s Mad Men, there was one tiny, throwaway detail that gave this viewer a surge of delight. As Don lounges in his motel room while awaiting the leisurely repair of his car, chatting with his young doppelganger Andy, he casually sets down the paperback he’s been enjoying and, hey, wouldn’t you know it, it’s The Godfather. The show’s always taken great pains to put the books of the moment in the hands of their characters, and make no mistake, a paperback of Puzo’s bestseller is a snug fit for the mid-1970 timeframe. But from our vantage point, The Godfather is more than a motel paperback — it’s one of the great movies of the 1970s, and its appearance in Don’s hand plays like a subtle acknowledgment of the debt Mad Men has always held to the cinema of the era.
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“And That’s How I Got To Be Rich”: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert on the New ‘Star Wars,’ Critics, and Those Special Editions

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Okay, first things first: George Lucas has not yet seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer that we all lost our minds over this week. But, as with that brief tempest-in-a-teapot over not seeing the last one, it’s not a question of snubbing, but of trailer-viewing preference. “I just saw it on CBS, but I’m gonna try to look at it,” he told Stephen Colbert at a Tribeca Film Festival “Tribeca Talks” conversation Friday afternoon, explaining, “I want to see it on the big screen.”

“I’ve got it on my phone,” Colbert interjected, taking out his device helpfully.
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Cinema’s Most Stereotypical Irish Characters, Ranked by Offensiveness

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Well, kids, St. Patrick’s Day has arrived, and you know what that means: green clothes, green beer, four-leaf clovers, “luck o’ the Irish,” and drinking, lots and lots and lots of drinking. Frankly, if you’re of the Irish persuasion (as your correspondent is) the fact that the big Irish holiday is synonymous with getting blotto, blackout wrecked is sort of offensive! But then again, that’s just one of the many Irish stereotypes that have worked their way into the culture, and I’m gonna go ahead and blame movies. No, just kidding, movie-blaming is what tone-deaf culture warriors do. But on this day of love for the Irish, let us pause to acknowledge a few of the cinematic caricatures that can disappear any day now.
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The Iconic Fashions of ‘The Godfather’

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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.
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7 Totally Lame Movie Sequel Plot Twists

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Entertainment Weekly’s big new cover story on the upcoming Terminator: Genisys (yes, that’s actually spelling it, this is not a gag) has got fans of the series plenty riled up — and for good reason. It seems that the geniuses behind the flick have gone and screwed up the story’s mythology in a pretty major way, creating an epic “ret-con”/continuity issue that would be shocking, were it not so common among sequels to beloved movies. You’ll find the spoiler after the jump, along with a few other examples of sequels that asked us to swallow some pretty strange reveals.
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The Stories Behind 10 Iconic Movie Scenes

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Sixty years ago today, Marilyn Monroe stepped on a subway grate and made movie history. She was shooting a film called The Seven-Year Itch in New York City, and the image of her on the grate, the train passing underneath blowing up her skirt, would become one of the most iconic in all of cinema. To commemorate that magic movie moment, we’ve gathered behind-the-scenes tales of that and nine other classic movie scenes. (We didn’t include Raiders. Harrison Ford shot the guy with the sword instead of fighting him because he had the trots. We’re assuming you knew that one.)
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25 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Godfather’

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On this day in 1972, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather had its debut screening in New York City. “The lights come on, and it was the eeriest feeling of all time: there was not one sound. No applause. The audience sat there, stunned,” producer Albert S. Ruddy said of the premiere. Despite a series of casting struggles, firings, accidents, and behind-the-scenes drama, The Godfather helped usher in the era of the modern blockbuster (something Steven Spielberg’s Jaws would solidify a few years later) and became the highest grossing film that year. We’re taking a look at some fascinating, fun facts you might not know about the crime epic that Stanley Kubrick once called the greatest movie ever created.
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