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    The Mix: 'The Dark Knight Rises' Gets Fully Expected PG-13 Rating; Katy Perry Was Eyeing A Role In 'The Help' & More

    Better batten down the hatches! "The Dark Knight Rises" has now landed an official rating and it's not that shocking, fully expected PG-13. The MPAA warns viewers the movie contains "intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language." In other news, the sky is blue and grass in ...

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    Whit Stillman & Chris Eigeman Discuss Their Indie Classic 'The Last Days Of Disco' With Lena Dunham At BAM

    As part of the ramp up to promote her terrific new HBO series “Girls” -- which we really can’t say enough good things about -- BAMcinematek in Brooklyn invited filmmaker Lena Dunham to program a series entitled “Hey, Girlfriend! Lena Dunham Presents” featuring a diverse slate of films all centered a...

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    The Films Of Whit Stillman: A Retrospective

    Famously dubbed the “the WASP Woody Allen” and the “Dickens of people with too much inner life” by reviewers and critics when his comedy-of-manners indie pictures arrived in the early 1990s, Whit Stillman’s ironic, clever and urbane examinations of upward and downward social mobility and the shallow...

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    Critic's Notebook: Why Whit Stillman, not 'Titanic,' Defines the '90s

    The nineties are back! That's the general takeaway from a crop of trend pieces responding to two new releases this week, one that piggybacks on the popularity of a late nineties hit and another that is one. As all sentient beings know by now, James Cameron's "Titanic" reemerge...

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    Can Tap Dancing Save Your Life? Whit Stillman On The Retro-Utopia of Damsels in Distress

    Once glance at Damsels in Distress reminds you that Whit Stillman is a true original. This delicious, sharp, sometimes daffy film give us a benign coven of flower-named college students - Violet, Lily, Rose and Heather – in a story that is technically set in the present but actually exist...

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    Damsels In Distress—movie review

    It’s difficult to know what to make of Whit Stillman’s 'Damsels in Distress'. When I screened it for my class at USC my students’ reaction was all over the map. One young woman said it was possibly the worst movie she’d ever seen, while a young man raised his hand to say that he loved it; many other...

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    Whit Stillman On Why His Comeback, 'Damsels in Distress,' Was Born Out of Rejection

    After a 14-year absence from feature filmmaking, Whit Stillman -- the beloved chronicler of preppy, privileged and highly literate youth -- makes his comeback this Friday with the release of "Damsels in Distress." Despite his time away from the big screen, Stillman hasn't been res...

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    Review: The (Mostly) Delightful 'Damsels In Distress' A Welcome Return By Whit Stillman

    From the moment the Sony Pictures Classics logo pops up not in the usual blue -- but in cupcake frosting pink -- you know that Whit Stillman's first film in 13 years (!) is going to be something special. While word from Venice -- where the film closed the festival before heading to TIFF -- was good,...

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    Breaking the Silence, Sort Of: Whit Stillman's DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

    Wherefore art thou, O Whit Stillman? Though never exactly a blur in motion, the minor auteur managed to generate three hyper-stylized, hyper-talky meditations on manners, morality and money throughout the ‘90s—the last of which, "Last Days of Disco," proved his best known and arguably finest.

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    Whit Stillman Talks Making 'Damsels In Distress,' His Connection To The Current Generation & More

    Yes, it’s been a while since Whit Stillman released a film. But that story has already been done to death. The important fact is that Stillman is back, rejuvenated, and from the sound of our recent interview, looking to get back in the saddle again soon.

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