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    Can Todd Solondz Survive? "Dark Horse" Still Dark Horse with Distribs

    Todd Solondz's "Happiness" and "Life During Wartime" are among my favorite American independent films. While Solondz was a household name in the indie movement in the mid-'90s with "Welcome to the Dollhouse" and the searing social satire "Happiness,"...

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    Imagine That: Todd Solondz Was Called By Drew Barrymore For 'Charlie's Angels'

    Independent filmmakers dipping their toes and/or being lured by the bigger budgets and better catering tables of studio productions is nothing new. But if there is any director out there who we could never see navigating those waters (without seriously compromising their vision) would be Todd Solodn...

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    Venice '11 Review: Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse' Deconstructs Man-Child Comedies, Mostly Toothlessly

    If there's one theme that's been prevalent -- nay omnipresent -- in American comedy (and some dramas) in the last half-decade or so, it's that of arrested development. The male (for they are usually male) who've been so coddled by parents, by society, by expectations, that they remain locked in a st...

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    First Look: Christopher Walken, Selma Blair & Mia Farrow In Todd Solondz's 'Dark Horse'

    While it was first vaguely described as an "edgy character drama," some details have arrived on Todd Solondz's new feature, "Dark Horse," which will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Ok, those details are slim, but the TIFF website says the film is an intimate dark ...

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    What Could Have Been: Jon Lovitz & Dana Carvey Were Once Considered For 'Bad Boys'

    Jon Lovitz Also Talks About His Scenes From 'Happiness' That Were CutOK, so the "Bad Boys" we know and grudgingly love stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, but what if it had instead starred two pasty white dudes from "Saturday Night Live"?

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    movie review: Life During Wartime

    I vividly recall the year Todd Solondz’s Happiness debuted at the Telluride Film Festival. His deadpan treatment of such sensitive subjects as pederasty and masturbation polarized the assembled moviegoers; some walked out in disgust, others stayed and were full of praise. Only a filmmaker a...

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