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  • Women and Hollywood
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    The Return of Anjelica Huston

    I remember a time when Anjelica Huston was a movie star.  From the mid-80s to the mid-90s she was making some really great movies.  Prizzi's Honor, The Dead, The Addams Family, The Grifters and then, poof, she disappeared.  Her parts got smaller as she got older.  Happens to lots of women.  Thank goodness for Wes Anderson because he singelhandedly kept her on our radar screen in a bunch of his films.  Every time I would see her I would say god I love Anjelica Huston.  Why isn't she in more films? 

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  • The Playlist
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    Viggo Mortensen Says "The Best Teacher Is Experience" In New 'On The Road' Poster

    The long wait is over, and with an official trailer finally here, and a Cannes premiere almost a certainty at this point considering it hits theaters in France in the midst of the fest, the marketing push for "On The Road" is now begining in earnest, and a new poster has arrived.

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW '12 Review: 'Girls Against Boys' Is A Feminist (But All-Too-Familiar) Revenge Tale

    One of the more interesting aspects of this year's SXSW Film Festival is how it opened with Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's barbed horror deconstruction "Cabin in the Woods" and then, for much of the rest of the festival, was content with showing movies that reiterated all the bad habits and hoary clichés that "Cabin in the Woods" so effortlessly lampooned. (This includes everything from the failed Clive Owen ghost story "Intruders" to the endlessly misogynistic "V/H/S.") It was like starting the festival with a documentary about the quagmire in Iraq and then showing a bunch of movies celebrating combat. And while "Girls Against Boys" (which was just picked up by Anchor Bay, which more or less assures its destiny as cult darling) doesn't totally succeed in its lofty goals, it is one of the more enjoyable entries in the festival, if only because it at least attempts to tease out meaning and subversion in a slate dominated by the same old shit.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Watch The Beautiful French-Language Trailer For Xavier Dolan's "Laurence Anyways"

    One of my most anticipated films of 2012, Xavier Dolan's third feature "Laurence Anyways" has dropped a gorgeous first trailer - a 3 minute, French language offering set to Moderat's hypnotic "A New Error":

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  • The Playlist
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    SXSW '12: Lena Dunham, Judd Apatow & The Team Behind 'Girls' Discuss The Brilliant New HBO Show

    Over the past decade, SXSW has turned into one of the countries most exciting showcases for feature films and shorts as well as the programs for music and interactive. So consider this something of a milestone that one of the most exciting premieres to take place at the Paramount Theatre this year was not a film at all but the first three episodes of a new HBO series. The event was the first time the cable juggernaut had utilized the festival as a showcase for one of its shows and though one might have guessed a sneak peek of the new season of their fantasy epic “Game of Thrones” would be an easy lay for the geek-centric crowd, instead the network decided to put their big promotional push towards “Girls,” a new comedy from writer/director/star Lena Dunham. This actually makes sense because Dunham premiered her first two features at the fest which included her breakout, “Tiny Furniture,” which won the prize for Best Narrative Feature. "Girls" revolves around the relationships between 4 college friends - Hannah (Dunham), her best friend Marnie (Allison Williams), hipster princess Jessa (Jemimi Kirke), virgin Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) - and their trials and tribulations working, dating and living in NYC.

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  • The Playlist
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    Fans Petition For A 'John Carter' Sequel, While Disney Tries To Figure Out Who To Blame For The Movie

    Well, one week has passed since Disney's "John Carter" hit theaters with a wave of bad press and lukewarm reviews, with the estimated $250 million film opening to an underperforming $37 million at home, while doubling that figure overseas for a total debut of $108 million. And while it's not a flat out bomb, it's hardly a success either, a film that will likely leave Disney in the red considering some estimates have said that the film would need to do at least $600 million to be considered a winner. That's not going to happen. In the aftermath, a couple of interesting stories have emerged, from defenders who claim the film has been unfairly maligned and industry folks who want to blame somebody for Disney's disaster.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    Misogyny Run Rampant

    I'm feeling a bit depressed this morning.  It's March and we are supposed to be celebrating the strides that women have made, yet, right now it feels like things suck.  I'm hearing some horrific stories of how women are being treated in the entertainment business.  I see crazy stuff happening on the campaign trail where candidates say they want to get rid of Planned Parenthood and roll back other advances made for women.  And don't get me started on the Sandra Fluke/Rush Limbaugh stuff.  That makes my head want to explode.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Pondering The Seemingly Dismal Outlook For Black Filmmakers Working Within The Hollywood Studio System

    Looking over the top 300 grossing films of 2011 released in the USA (via Box Office Mojo), just 6 of those 300 titles were directed by black directors – Madea’s Big Happy Family, Jumping The Broom, Laugh At My Pain, Shame, Pariah and Mooz-lum.

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  • The Playlist
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    Set Photos Of Michael Winterbottom's 'King Of Soho' Unveil Steve Coogan As Porn Baron Paul Raymond

    After unveiling "The Trip" last year and with "Trishna" arriving this summer, the prolific and versatile Michael Winterbottom shows no sign of slowing down, and is currently-lensing "The King Of Soho," his biopic of porn baron Paul Raymond that'll reunite the helmer with regular collaborator Steve Coogan. Courtesy of some set photos, we now have our first look at the actor as Raymond as well as first glimpses at Tamsin Egerton and Anna Friel as Raymond's mistress and wife, respectively.

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  • Criticwire
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    Barbed Wire: 'Seeking Justice'

    Those looking for a return to form from Nicolas Cage may need to seek elsewhere.

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