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    Portland Tales: Aaron Katz's "Cold Weather"

    The movement that doesn’t want to be known as “mumblecore” has been maligned for its focus on privileged, white twentysomethings (though to this charge, I’d argue that most American films focus on privileged, white something-or-others). Nevertheless, I’ve been quite taken by many of these modest proposals in the past (The Puffy Chair, Hannah Takes the Stairs, Mutual Appreciation, Humpday), encountering numerous moments of genuine recognition amidst its descriptions of awkwardness, aloofness, aloneness; which is to say, as something of a disclaimer, I don’t have a bone to pick with mumblecore, and I’ve found the level of vitriol directed at it by some critics outsized. Dance Party, USA and Quiet City established Aaron Katz as a member of the movement, and the latter film in particular distinguished itself from the pack by striving for an aesthetic appeal in a genre noted for being devoid of such concerns. Yet though Katz has a more developed eye, his ear and feel for naturalistic conversational rhythms—the bread and butter of mumblecore—are less so. Dance Party, USA was impressively assured for a first-time feature filmmaker, but Quiet City, though more visually eloquent, seemed to be inarticulate itself rather than an illustration of inarticulateness, a failing likely due in part to casting.

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  • Women and Hollywood
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    No Shocker - Hollywood is Sexist and Ageist

    I spend a lot of time talking about the plight of women directors, but make no mistake it is just as bad for women writers. The latest statistics show that only 10% of the top 250 grossing films released in 2010 were written by women. That in no way counts the movies written about women, these are just the movies written by women.

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  • The Playlist
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    Review: 'I Am Number Four' Is A Sci-Fi 'Twilight' With a Sense of Humor

    Based on a novel co-authored by shamed memoirist James Frey, "I Am Number Four" is a sci-fi take on the same sort of material that has made 'Twilight' an international sensation. Instead of sparkly vampires, though, it's a handsome, hounded alien played by Alex Pettyfer that takes center stage. And while it succeeds in some respects, particularly in the fact that it has a sense of humor and some jaunty action set pieces, it all too often falls into the same draggy aimlessness that largely defines the 'Twilight' franchise.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    R.I.P. Uncle Leo

    R.I.P. Uncle Leo

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  • The Playlist
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    Henry Cavill Got The 'Superman' Gig Because No One Laughed When He Put On The Iconic Suit

    Like any casting run-up for any comic/franchise/tentpole film, a number of actors were rumored and wishlisted, but the names that were in the final running for Zack Snyder's "Superman" included Matthew Goode, Matthew Bomer, Armie Hammer, Joe Manganiello and Colin O’Donaghue. However, what eventually landed Henry Cavill the gig was something as simple as those in the audition room not giggling when he came out dressed in the iconic suit.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    "Jeopardy!" Unleashed: Watson in Focus.

    On “Jeopardy!” this week, an unlikely contestant has been raking in the dough. Watson, the IBM supercomputer pitted human champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, easily beat its competitors with its rapid-fire ability to seemingly process data faster than any organic brain in history. Or so it seemed, until “his” circuitry started to show. Like many viewers, I was less interested in Watson’s ability to clean up shop than in cyber-god’s occasional slip-ups. The most glaring incident arrived at the end of Tuesday night’s competition, when Watson missed the question on Final Jeopardy with a hilariously telling error.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Sarah Jessica Parker Wants "Sex and the City 3" For 2016?

    So says this, which suggests Ms. Parker wants the third movie to explore parenthood. What a perfectly fresh and appropriate topic for a movie about 3 women in their 50s and one in her 80s.

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  • The Playlist
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    Scoot McNairy Lands Major Role in 'Cogan's Trade'; Eyed For 'Prometheus' & 'Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'

    Casey Affleck Looks To Be Out Of The Picture, But Young Unknown Is On The Verge; Ben Mendelsoh Also Joins CastUpdate: And speaking of inexpensive, on-the-rise talent, Variety reports that "Animal Kingdom" thesp Ben Mendelsohn (who played the nervy Pope in the acclaimed Aussie flick) has also joined "Cogan's Trade." He and McNairy will play junkies who hold up the high stakes poker game, with Pitt tasked to find them.

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  • The Playlist
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    Halle Berry Returns & Carla Gugino Joins 'New Year's Eve'

    Our favorite movie of all time -- one that we've even puzzled ourselves with our repeat reportage of -- is Garry Marshall's "New Year's Eve." Or it will be when it eventually comes out.

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  • Caryn James
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    Release Colin Firth! His Long-Delayed Interview Is On Piers Morgan Tonight

    As much as we all love Oscar publicity, it's hard to compete with world crises. Colin Firth's taped, weeks-old interview for Piers Morgan Tonight, originally scheduled for January 28th, has been announced and postponed twice as the show covered events in Egypt. Some people on Twitter are saying that Colin Firth is Piers' Matt Damon - but when Jimmy Kimmel perpetually apologizes to Damon for bumping him from the show, that really is a joke.

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