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    RS 29—Surface Tensions: "L.I.E." and "Firstborn"

    Forget about the clumsy and poorly executed chase scenes, the hideous worst-of-the-eighties synth-rock soundtrack, and the clichéd ending in which the nuclear family stands triumphant and intact inside their suburban paradise (or cage)—Michael Apted’s now largely forgotten 1984 Paramount Pictures melodrama Firstborn is, above all, a conservative Reagan-era tale. The paranoia of previous decades about the infiltration of external forces into the social fabric now took place in the realm of the picket fence and driveway. It anticipates a cycle of movies in the early 1990s, such as John Schlesinger’s Pacific Heights or Curtis Hanson’s The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, which suggested that good Americans are never safe. It may be your nanny or your tenant, or, like in Firstborn, your mother’s new boyfriend, but someone will threaten the wholesomeness of the family one way or another. If in the 1970s and early 1980s it was time for America to heal its wounds with action and violence-driven products such as the Rambo and Death Wish series and, within the horror arena, the suburb was under siege by psychologically perverse creatures that came from the outside world to contaminate and menace it (The Last House on the Left, Halloween, or A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name just a few), in the 1990s any fellow American—male or female—could come in and shred the domestic paradise of the middle class to pieces.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Shonda Rhimes On Her New Series + Her "Pessimistic" Brand Of TV

    It doesn't have a lot of shiny, happy people. I don't know if that's a real hallmark. I'm always very sensitive to the fact that people somehow think the shows are light and airy or optimistic. I don’t feel like I've ever written anything light, airy, or optimistic, because I'm not that person. People always tell me they associate my shows with romance and funny stuff and happiness, and I always think, I just put a shooter in the hospital that blew someone's brain out."

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  • Spout
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    Posts About "Green Lantern"

    “Green Lantern” is a Lousy, Lazy Success

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  • The Playlist
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    Bunk! 'The Wire' Star Wendell Pierce To Play Blues Legend B.B. King In New Biopic

    Patrick Fugit Joins Him In 'B.B. King And I'We suspect we've said this before, but, while we love basically every character on HBO's much-missed masterpiece "The Wire," our favorite may have been Detective William 'Bunk' Moreland, as embodied by Wendell Pierce, the warm beating heart of the show, but capable of regular badassery (watch the Season 3 confrontation with Omar, one of the great pieces of television acting by both Pierce and Michael K. Williams, for proof). Like many of the show's stars, the 49-year-old actor has gone on to bigger, if not better, things -- he's currently one of the key cast members in David Simon's 'Wire' follow-up "Treme," and before the year is out he'll crop up in both the comedy "Horrible Bosses" and in mega-franchise film "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. 1." But it looks like he's finally landed a long overdue starring role.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Poster Watch: Sarah's Key starring Kristen Scott Thomas

    I loved this book and I cannot wait for the film. It opens here on July 22.

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  • Spout
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    The Ode of a Woody Allen Completist: 44 Films, 44 Quotes

    I am a Woody Allen completist, and successfully so. I have seen every last one of the director’s feature films, including those he wrote but didn’t direct. I’ve seen his 1994 TV version of “Don’t Drink the Water,” and I’ve tracked down the un-aired TV program “Men of Crisis: The Harvey Wallinger Story,” only available at the Paley Center for Media in both NYC and LA (and totally worth the trip). I’ve enjoyed each and every last moment of the experience, and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. I haven’t yet seen “Midnight in Paris,” but I’ll be on it at the first available opportunity.

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  • The Playlist
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    Trailers & Clips: The 'Zookeeper,' 'Super 8,' 'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' & 'Good Neighbors'

    Also Alex Gibney's Ken Kesey-Centered Documentary, 'Magic Trip'Alright, a whole slew of new trailers and clips have arrived. Lets do this. Hold your nose.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Bridesmaids Box Office Stays Strong

    Just a little bit of news on the box office for Bridesmaids. Variety has reported that it beat Thor at the box office on Monday and Tuesday. As of yesterday, the gross was over $32 million which means it has made back its production cost in the first week.

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  • The Playlist
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    James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel & Lilli Taylor To Star In Porn Drama 'Cherry'

    Guessing James Franco's next step is an entirely foolhardy pastime. The absurdly busy polymath star jumps from project to project seemingly at random, with recent movements including playing a guy who chops his own arm off, a blockbuster about super-intelligent monkeys, a stint on a soap opera, making his directorial debut, teaching a college class about himself, a collection of short stories, a Julia Roberts vehicle adapting a self-help book, a stoner comedy parody of 1980s fantasy movies, a mega-budgeted Disney prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," and fucking up the Oscars.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Preview Of New J.J. Abrams CBS Series "Person Of Interest" Co-Starring Taraji P. Henson

    Well… we know Taraji P. Henson is the female lead in this, playing an NYPD homicide detective, but she's nowhere to be found in the below 3 1/2-minute first-look at the crime-thriller series, which CBS picked up to debut this fall, Thursdays nights at 9 p.m.

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