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  • Spout
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    "Larry Crowne" Embarrasses Everyone Involved, Including the Audience

    Nia Vardalos’ and Tom Hanks’ script for “Larry Crowne” is a painful and embarrassing experiment in light-hearted comedy. This ridiculous disaster tries so hard to be funny and falls so violently flat to the floor that you almost want to give it a hug as the credits roll. The feeling is even more pronounced by the complete lack of emotion evoked by the characters themselves, and the plot moves forward in mindless and predictable fashion. Never for a single moment is the inevitable happy ending in doubt, no matter how desperately Vardalos and Hanks try to create narrative tension and real conflict. At times heart-wrenchingly terrible while in other moments simply dull, “Larry Crowne” will give you little more than a strong sense of empathy for the unfortunate cast and crew, shackled to a mind-bogglingly mediocre screenplay.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    In Theaters This Weekend - Marc Singer's Acclaimed Documentary "Dark Days" Gets A Re-Release

    Not interested in seeing Transformers: Dark Of The Moon, nor Larry Crowne this weekend, AND you live in New York City? No sweat, you won't be missing much. Trust me on that!

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    First Four MBA/MFA Students Graduate from NYU

    First Four MBA/MFA Students Graduate from NYU

    NYU is more impressive--and expensive--than it was in my day. When I transferred from upstate Hamilton College --having run the film society and disc-jockeyed at WHCL-FM-- to Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, my father was furious that I was giving up my hard-won scholarship aid for full-freight tuition. I had to work part-time at the Bleecker St. Cinema to make up the difference. But I loved it.

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  • The Playlist
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    Christopher Nolan Producing Supernatural Thriller For Terminally Underrated Director Keith Gordon

    Becoming a true titan of cinema, of which there are few, the kind who can get anything greenlit, who take critical plaudits and giant box office success in equal measure, isn't easy. Even Martin Scorsese and Stanley Kubrick relied on studio patronage to get their films out, leaving... let's say Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg and James Cameron at the top of the list. And, by following up billion-dollar success "The Dark Knight" with "Inception," a difficult passion project that made a ton of money and got a Best Picture nomination, Christopher Nolan joined them.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Chris Rock Will Dish Out Fatherly Advice In Romcom "What To Expect, When You're Expecting"

    Chris Rock has reportedly signed on to co-star in a Lionsgate project titled What To Expect, When You're Expecting, which already stars Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker and Anna Kendrick!

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    More: casting
  • Women and Hollywood
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    Hollywood Feminist of the Day: Romola Garai

    The 28-year-old busy actress (soon to be seen in One Day) is now appearing onstage in London at the Royal Court in The Village Bike by Penelope Skinner. In an interview with the London Evening Standard she talked about a variety of things including how gender politics has become "the binding theme of her work." (who says that?)

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Flashback To 1972 - "The Thing With Two Heads"

    Now here's a film that's just begging to be remade...! You can stream it right now on Netflix by the way. Thank me later :)

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    More: Flashback, LOL
  • The Playlist
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    Sweet Baby Jesus: 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' Adds Anna Kendrick & Chris Rock

    James Cameron memorably imparted a distasteful analogy when he was doing the press rounds for “Avatar” and journalists would ask what the filmmaker-cum-megalomaniac’s next project would be. “You don't ask a woman if she wants to have more kids when she's crowning.” snapped the tousled-haired millionaire. As unpleasant as the image of Jim Cameron splayed on a doctor’s table waiting for his gold-plated “baby” to drop from his loins undoubtedly is, it’s an appropriate metaphor for another trend that’s crowning for real: bland self-help non-fiction books nonsensically translated into fiction films. To wit: “He’s Just Not That Into You”, “Marley & Me”, “Yes Man” and now the stupidest one yet, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”, a fictional adaptation of the perennially popular series of books penned by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel that guide men and women who are -- duh -- expecting to bring a child into the world in the near future.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Kids Today: Azazel Jacobs's "Terri"

    The terror of teenhood is in full flower in Azazel Jacobs’s alternately disarming and discomfiting Terri. Mostly gone is the (intentionally) coddling warmth of Jacobs’s breakout, the melancholic and marvelously musty Momma’s Man. That film was as much an act of devotion to the director’s parents—the legendary found-footage-alchemist Ken Jacobs and artist Flo Jacobs—as it was an ambivalent expression of stunted youth, which has been perhaps the favored topic of boy filmmakers everywhere over the last decade or so but which Jacobs related with tenderness and a lack of cliché. Momma’s Man’s veiled-thin-as-gauze autobiographical protagonist may have been a grownup, but he was as fearful of the future as any imaginable gawky adolescent, returning to his parents’ womb-loft in Tribeca while in the midst of marital problems. Terri (played by relative unknown Jacob Wysocki), on the other hand, has had no experience with women to have even manufactured a perception of his relation to them. He’s stuck in that post-pubescent netherworld, unsure of his next move, or even if there is a next move, so intractable and eternal does his stasis seem. Read Michael Koresky's review of Terri.

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  • The Playlist
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    Is Ben Foster Part Of The Cast For Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'?

    Regardless of whether that plot synopsis from last night is legit or not (and Fox have denied it), we're more excited for "Prometheus," the sci-fi tale that seems to be set in the same universe as the "Alien" films, and that marks director Ridley Scott's first science fiction movie since "Blade Runner," than we thought we'd be, considering it started off as that most redundant of movie phenomenons, a prequel. Scott and writer Damon Lindelof have been talking a good talk about the originality of the film, and they've assembled quite the cast, with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Guy Pearce and Logan Marshall-Green. And now it's being alleged that another top actor has joined the cast.

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