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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Fasten Your Seatbelts: Political Animals is Coming

    Folks it looks like this miniseries will kick some serious ass.  Maybe it will be another pop culture force that will help bang the gong for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: A Death Foretold: Foreshadowing in MAD MEN

    "Mad Men"'s season-five death obsession dominated recaps and comments threads throughout the last 12 weeks—with good reason, as it happened.

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  • Caryn James
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    Amy Poehler Visits IFC and (More Important) Me!

    This Friday, Amy Poehler is Scott Aukerman’s guest on his supersmart, funny new IFC series Comedy Bang! Bang! which does for talk shows what Christopher Guest mockumentaries have done for dog shows, community theater and other cultural touchstones. Poehler’s deadpan turn as an earnest star in a wig big and blonde enough for a Real Housewife is a great fit for the show’s droll satire. But wouldn’t you rather come out and see her in person? Poehler, whose brilliant series Parks and Recreation has just ended its best season yet, will be my guest on stage at the 92nd St. Y this Friday (ticket info here; the event is sold out but you can still join the waiting list).

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  • The Playlist
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    Antonio Banderas Will Cameo In A Scene With Penelope Cruz In Pedro Almodovar's 'Standby Lovers'

    When Antonio Banderas and Pedro Almodovar unveiled "The Skin I Live In" in 2011, it marked their first collaboration in over twenty years, in a film that was excitingly new territory for both director and actor. We wondered how long it would be before the duo paired up again, and thankfully, the wait will be shorter than two decades.

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  • Shadow and Act
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  • The Playlist
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    Apparently The First 45 Min. To 1 Hour Of 'World War Z' Is Fine…The Rest, Not So Much

    When it was revealed that Paramount's “World War Z” was going to be heading back for extensive reshoots, we can’t have been the only ones wondering how they were going to shoehorn Channing Tatum into this movie. Ah, maybe we’ve got our Paramount stories mixed up here, but the studio, which is celebrating its 100th year, isn’t having the best anniversary so far. “The Dictator” underperformed last month, and the move of “G.I Joe: Retaliation” left them without a summer tentpole – and this in the same year that they pushed back “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” 10 months to early 2013. Their hopes for the rest of the year will be pinned on “Paranormal Activity 4,” “Flight,” and the Tom Cruise vehicle “Jack Reacher” to make up some of the cash those aforementioned films won't be bringing in/must be los. And in the case of "World War Z," it could be quite a chunk of change.

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  • Press Play
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    VIDEO ESSAY: Cocaine du Cinema

    Cocaine’s presence in movies is a tricky object to dissect. Even with an awful, bloody contemporary history under its belt, cocaine seems to be the “cool” drug for modern cinematic heroes and heroines.

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  • The Playlist
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    Family Matters: 10 New Images From 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2'

    Well, it's all coming to an end in 2012. The adventures of Edward, Bella, Jacob and everyone else will be capped off with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2" this fall, but the story still has more characters to add. As fans know, 'Breaking Dawn -- Part 1' was essentially one long wedding video that was highlight by Edward and and Bella finally doing the deed, but the lesson here is: use protection, folks. The result of that intimate encounter was a birth that nearly killed Bella, forcing her to take vampire blood in a transfusion, and now she and Edward have a new daughter Renesmee (named after her grandmothers). And she's growing up very fast.

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  • ReelPolitik
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    "Special Flight" Takes Off with Powerful Tale about Detention

    One of the best films playing at this year's Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, and a recent award-winner at Full Frame, is Swiss filmmaker Fernand Melgar's profoundly affecting "Special Flight," which follows a group of close-knit illegal immigrants awaiting deportation in a Swiss detention center. The movie presents a deeply humanistic portrait of the men, hailing from Kosovo to Kinshasa, as well as their kind Swiss caretakers. But the genteel surroundings and tender treatment belie the painful hypocrisies of their situation. The Swiss system might have a pretense of civility, but as the increasingly disgruntled detainees eventually discover, they're screwed from the start. One inmate says it best: "We get overfed, but we're deprived of our freedom."

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: International Trailer For 'Django Unchained' Puts New Footage Into The Chamber

    While it may seem like a no-brainer on paper, The Weinstein Company are rolling the dice a bit on "Django Unchained," the new film by Quentin Tarantino. A spaghetti western, tackling a controversial subject that isn't exactly one that's guaranteed to light up the box office, and that will be released right at the height of the Christmas season....we guess you either go big, or go home. And the new international trailer for the film serves up another look at the movie that, if nothing else, promises to be nothing like the competition when it hits theaters.

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