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    Spout About: How to Do "Twins 2"; "Avengers" is a Ponzi Scheme; Real Mothers Adapted for Film

    While I don't think it anything but a bad rumor, I am quite curious about the "Twins 2" buzz circulating around the blogosphere (originating at Hollywood Insider). It really is an awful idea and would likely just end up either a "Grumpy Old Twins" or "Twins Too" concept, the latter involving a new g...

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    Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with Sidney Poitier

    Last night, Sidney Poitier was honored at Lincoln Center, where he received this year's Charlie Chaplin Award. Coincidentally, it's also Teacher Appreciation Week in America. Specifically today is Teacher's Day. As Morgan Freeman recognized on stage at Alice Tully Hall, Poitier played a teacher in m...

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    Spout About: "Pompei"; Bin Laden Movie Associations Continued; "Fast Five" Trumps "The Avengers"

    Before I get into more of the Osama bin Laden movie stuff, I thought I'd open today's discussion roundup with the news about Paul W.S. Anderson's next movie, an "adventure" blockbuster about the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and destruction of Pompei (titled "Pompei"). While it has been quite a few years since that disaster took place (back in the summer of 79 -- as in just plain 79 CE), it's still always kind off weird when true catastrophes like this are exploited for popcorn fare (see the Titanic list I posted recently). That's not what I find especially curious this time, however. I'm more thinking about how this week this kind of disaster mov...

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    Spout About: "Fast Five" Homoeroticism; Shakepeare's "Terminator"; Werner Herzog's Best Voiceovers

    I'm genuinely intrigued to see "Fast Five" strictly for its representation of Rio, mainly because it looks like more favela-focused poverty porn in the trailers and clips. How does it compare to the city's image in "Rio," which the "Fast and the Furious" sequel will be competing against this weekend? Alas, nobody is talking about location depictions on opening day. They're all too concerned with the homoeroticism of "Fast Five" instead. Yesterday I linked to a list from IFC's Matt Singer ranking the new film's best lines hinting at a subtext. But there's also Jeff Wells' focused quoting on "The Gayness" illustrated in Manohla Dargis' NY Times...

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    Spout About: "Cinema Verite"; "Scream 4" Feminism; Sonny Corleone's Manhood; "Trollhunter" Trailer

    Did anyone else catch "Cinema Verite" over the weekend? The dramatic telling of the making of "An American Family" debuted on HBO, and I do believe it deserves an award for the most on-the-nose movie of all time. Was it a gag to make a movie about the beginnings of reality television by presenting the most scripted-y script ever written (by David Seltzer, who wrote the Oscar-winning doc "The Hellstrom Chronicle" around the same time the Louds were being filmed)? The best/worst part came early on when Diane Lane, as Pat Loud, spoke the line that was basically the equivalent of "my son is in New York City, staying at the...umm...wait for it...w...

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    Tribeca 2011: Ten Picks for Must-See Flicks

    Are you attending the Tribeca Film Festival this year? Then we'd like you to meet the five kids in the above image. The one in the middle is actually 56, but among them she's probably the least able to take care of herself. Not that she's handicapped in any way save for being spoiled by a fortune that's now disappeared. Find out why in the documentary "The Good Life." Like the other four kids (of "NEDS," "Turn Me On, Goddammit," "Bombay Beach" and "The Bully Project"), she could really use a friend right now, or at least an audience. And of the 93 feature-length stories offered up by the festival starting tomorrow, hers is one that should be ...

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    "Scream 4" Shows Us What Great Satire Should Look Like

    Towards the end of my Originals post about the “Scream” trilogy, I voiced a few hopes about what I wanted the new installment to be like. Not only did I think “Scream 4” needed to maintain the comic timing and well-structured scares of the first films, but it also had to do something entirely new, and break from the often soapy narrative progress of the earlier three movies. So when I went to go see it last night, I was more than a little surprised. “Scream 4” is exactly what I wanted it to be, for the first hour or so; then it starts twisting in on itself so quickly and effectively that by the end it had entirely one-upped my hopes for the s...

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    100 Years of Terrible "Titanic" Exploitations in Film, TV and Slides

    99 years ago today, the Titanic sunk after striking an iceberg the night before. It was a terrible tragedy that took the lives of 1,517 people. But you wouldn't know its seriousness from the century of bad portrayals, jokes and exploitations of the incident, including the awful idea for a 3D re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic," which is set to open exactly one year from now for the centennial (celebration?). I'm curious what the worst sort of capitalization of the catastrophe was, though, and if Cameron is simply following an acceptable line of action. The following are some of the examples, mainly cinematic, that I might find a tad disre...

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    The Originals: The "Scream" Trilogy Sustains Reflexive, Soapy Horror Brilliance Over Three Films

    Satire is tricky, especially in a genre as well defined as the slasher flick. A filmmaker can take the “Scary Movie” approach, and just fill up 90 minutes with as many bad gags as possible, trying to overload the audience with references and blatant spoofing. That rarely ends well. However if you maintain a balance, a fine line between self-conscious lampooning and some genuinely good genre filmmaking, you can end up with a classic. “Scream” and “Scream 2” are exactly this kind of tongue-in-cheek parody -- movies that not only keep a funny tone full of meta jokes and self-referential dialog but also master the tropes of the genre and keep you...

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    Would You Really Want James Cameron and Peter Jackson Focusing on Writing Over Effects?

    Having been sufficiently entertained by "Avatar" and "TRON: Legacy," I'm growing out of the need to take issue with movies that put technical spectacle above screenwriting craft. Would I like to see James Cameron do a low-budget film with brilliant dialogue? If I had to choose that over the "Avatar" sequels, no. Seriously. Plenty of people are making well-written films, but very few make movies as impressive, effects-wise, as Cameron. So I'd prefer he do what he does best. And it's not like he's a terrible director that can't hold it together with otherwise great visuals (such as Lucas and many, many others). Honestly, if you disregard much o...

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