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    Criterion's March Titles Include 'Topsy-Turvy,' 'The Times Of Harvey Milk, 'The Mikado' & More

    The Criterion Collection has unveiled their lineup of titles for March and it's a little thin, but still has plenty to make your wallet tremble with fear.

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  • Spout
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    Remake, Sequel or Leave Alone - What to Do With These 1980s Walt Disney Movies

    Disney has done the unusual in its choice to produce "TRON: Legacy." While most films of its kind and time would be looked at for a remake, the Mouse House decided to give its 1982 cult classic "TRON" a sequel, 28 years after the original's release. In some ways the new movie is like a remake. Structurally it follows many of the same exact steps. But its story couldn't exist without the events of the first film. It clearly means to update and modernize this story, though, particularly with better effects but also in terms of where the tech and software industries are at almost 30 years later.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Gender Watch: Geena Davis and PTC on Sexualization of Women and Girls On Screen

    - Blue Valentine had to fight to get a fair R rating from the MPAA because the films shows female oral sex - female pleasure - while mainstream film and television continues to promote women and girls as objects of and targets for male desire without any examples of how to articulate or assert themselves against cultural stereotypes. The attention given to Blue Valentine's rating signifies our culture's imbalance in male vs. female sexual perspective and power. We are so used to seeing women as objects of desire, that when they are recipients of pleasure we don't know how to deal. It's not enough to show girls or women rolling their eyes in annoyance or acceptance of "the way things are" - we need to see them changing the paradigm. Below, two forces trying to do just that:

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  • The Playlist
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    Blake Edwards, Creator Of 'The Pink Panther,' Dead At 88

    Blake Edwards, the creator behind such comedy classics as "The Pink Panther" series (the good Peter Sellers versions, not the egregious Steve Martin films), the still underrated "The Party," "10," and "S.O.B.," has died at the age of 88.

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  • Caryn James
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    The Televised SAG Awards: So Good and Yet So Bad

    The Screen Actors Guild has always been the sanest of awards, and its television presence almost perfect until it goes off-the-charts wrong, a so-near-and-yet-so-far thing. Because all the prizes are to actors, the ceremony is stars-stars-stars from movies and TV, none of those pesky lighting and make-up categories that clutter the Oscar show with people we don’t know. No bad songs we'll never hear again. But the SAG ceremony is cluttered with actors giving canned speeches about how wonderful their union is, and when they got their SAG cards, which can only make the rest of us think, “Lighten up, it’s a Hollywood awards show, not a documentary version of Norma Rae.”

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Pink Panther Director Blake Edwards Dies at 88, Video Clips

    I grew up on the films of Blake Edwards, who has died at age 88. He is yet another example of a director whose kind we will not see again. Just as wife Julie Andrews was schooled in vaudeville, he possessed a range of skills that few can match today. Most impressively, he knew how to get a laugh from slapstick: the well-timed pratfall, the double take. No one else could have delivered the zany laughs in the best of the long-lived Pink Panther series, A Shot in the Dark. Edwards worked with the brilliant Peter Sellers to create the unforgettable klutz Inspector Clouseau, complete with clotted French accent and killer assistant, Cato, who could pounce on him at any moment, and with composer Henry Mancini, who scored almost all of Edwards’ films.

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  • The Playlist
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    New Poster For 'Paul' Reveals An Alien With As Many Hang-Ups As Mark Zuckerberg

    We got introduced to Mark Zuckerberg in early teasers for "The Social Network" as a punk, genius, prophet, traitor and billionaire, and using that same approach, the new domestic poster for the upcoming geek comedy "Paul" gives a little insight into its titular alien.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paul Greengrass Talks Bourne, Green Zone, Short Movie Day 8

    Brit actor David Morrissey interviews director Paul Greengrass (Bourne films and Green Zone) in this short movie for Dunhill’s Day 8:

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    Oscar Isaac Joins Channing Tatum-Led Ensemble Indie 'Ten Year'

    While the rehabilitation of Channing Tatum is not complete and hasn't even started in the eyes of the public, 2011 will in some ways begin the campaign by his PR team and agents to transform the actor from mindless "G.I. Joe" bo-hunk to semi-serious actor.

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