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  • Women and Hollywood
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    2012 Oscar Contenders Fail the Bechdel Test

    Another brilliant cultural criticism from Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency

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  • The Playlist
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    Rising Brit Actor Jamie Blackley Lands Co-Lead In '300: Battle Of Artemisia'

    Remember back in 2007 when Zack Snyder delivered his first motion comic? Sorry, no, we mean remember back in 2007 when Zack Snyder directed his first graphic novel adaptation which stuck closely to the visuals of its source material? Well, audiences worldwide loved it to the tune of about $450 million, and although it's taken nearly five years to set up a sequel, the pieces are finally beginning to fall into place for the prequel "300: Battle of Artemesia."

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  • The Playlist
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    Imogen Poots, Anna Friel & Tamsin Egerton Join Steve Coogan In Michael Winterbottom's 'The King Of Soho'

    He might be coming off one of the more unsatisfying films of his career, in the shape of "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" adaptation "Trishna" with Frieda Pinto and Riz Ahmed, but given his career so far, we're always going to be keenly watching what Michael Winterbottom is up to.  And that goes double for anything he's working on with British comic/actor Steve Coogan, who he's previously teamed with on "24 Hour Party People," "Tristam Shandy: A Cock And Bull Story" and "The Trip." And the good news is they're on the verge of getting going on another collaboration, and  a trio of actresses has just joined them.

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  • Press Play
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    GREY MATTERS: LOST GIRL is goofy, sexy entertainment, in a BUFFY vein

    "Lost Girl" is no big deal, and yet, for me, on sheer level of affection, it’s up there with the ludicrously better "Luck," and I can barely wait for each episode to air. So WTF, right? Looked at on paper (or screen) my affection becomes even more baffling. It’s yet another televisual offering where creatures of legend turn out to be true – see "Grimm," "Mirror, Mirror," "Once Upon a Time," "Red Riding Hood," "Snow White and the Huntsman," etc. The production values and directorial style vary between modest and meh, and on first approach it at best achieves the amusement level of a third-tier "Buffy" episode.

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  • Press Play
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    OSCARS DEATH RACE: WAR HORSE

    In his review of "War Horse" for IFC.com, Matt Singer noted that "I did like one scene which is complete enough as its own unit of story and character that it could be pulled out of the film and played as its own short subject." The scene, of course, is the one in which said horse, Joey, makes a gallop for freedom but becomes hopelessly entangled in the barbed wire that separates the British and German lines. A soldier from each side comes out to aid Joey; for a moment, the Great War pauses to admit compassion -- and Steven Spielberg pauses to work small.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance' Is A Metal Album In Cinematic Form

    The Marvel Comics character of Ghost Rider has always been more than a little alternative. Considerably darker and more haunted that contemporaries like Spider-Man and the Hulk, the demonic creation of trio Roy Thomas, Gary Friedrich and Mike Ploog found himself starring in more horror-centric stories, only ocassionally clashing with sunnier heroes in sales-boosting stunts. While the comic creation existed on the fringe of the industry, Mark Steven Johnson's 2007 adaptation "Ghost Rider" was a far more generic, populist attempt to appeal to the masses. It was, by design, a pop song, except it viewed itself as a catchier Massive Attack track when it was more of an O-Town b-side. Bring the kiddies.

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  • The Playlist
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    Berlinale 2012 Review: 'A Royal Affair' Is A Good-Looking But Unadventurous Period Drama Elevated By Fine Performances

    Considering how very few people on earth we would rather watch on a movie screen than Mads Mikkelsen, colour us baffled to find ourselves slightly out of step with the rapturous reception accorded his latest film, the Danish-language period drama "A Royal Affair." Premiering tonight in Berlin, the film apparently drew cheers from press (though not in our auditorium), and has, in the few hours since, been hailed by some as the saviour of the competition. The film we saw, however, was a perfectly decent, lavishly mounted costume drama, probably above average for this sort of thing, but hardly earth-shattering and certainly not the best film we've seen so far.

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    Iran and Film News Today: 5 Arrested Filmmakers and Reaction to the Possible Oscar for A Separation

    This Berlinale I was quick to visit Farabi Cinema Foundation, the Iranian government's consistent source of films at Berlin and Cannes. I asked for news of the industry's friend Katayoon Shabi of Sheherazad Media International whose arrest in September last year with five other filmmakers was reported in N.Y. Times. Payvand Iran News reports on what the Iranian deputy culture minister for cinematic affairs has to say about "Nader and Simin, a Separation" as a possible Oscar nominee in the Best Foreign Language Films category and what it would say about U.S. Iranian politics.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Red Band Trailer Watch: 'Friends with Kids'

    Remember “Kissing Jessica Stein”? Maybe not – screenwriter-actor Jennifer Westfeldt’s bi-curious indie family comedy was 11 years ago after all. Now she’s back again, adding director and producer to her resume with “Friends With Kids" (March 9). The film’s tag line "Love. Happiness. Kids. Pick two" kinda says it all.

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  • Press Play
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    NELSON CARVAJAL VIDEO ESSAY: The top 10 best films of 2011

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play contributor Nelson Carvajal has created this terrific look at the top 10 best films of 2011. Take a look.

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