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    Mad Men Era Commercials from the 60s

    Missing Mad Men? Check out these commercials from the 60s: favorites: Noxzema -- "take it off, take it all off," and 007 After Shave--"License to Kill...Women."

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    Ava Gardner Loves That Man: Show Boat

    For your pleasure, here's Ava Gardner (dubbed by Annette Warren) singing Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine" from the 1951 musical Show Boat. Ella Fitzgerald, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Lena Horne and Judy Garland all covered this, and Helen Morgan made i...

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love Reviews: Refreshingly Upscale, Contrived, Genial Messy Comedy, Real Actors

    Each time a studio presents a new romantic comedy I face it with dread, unless Judd Apatow is involved. He works hard at finding some grain of truth about how men and women relate to each other. (Check out this candid KCRW podcast interview.) I'm allergic to fake studio gloss, and was surprised by t...

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    Michel Gondry Directs Bjork's Crystalline

    Michel Gondry directs yet another wonky Bjork video, "crystalline." Always fun. Check out older ones below.

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love Ad Meeting: Steve Carell Has a Big Head

    In case you never noticed, Steve Carell, whose comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love opens Friday, has a big head. Check out this Funny or Die video:

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    Soderbergh's Tyranny of Narrative, Haywire at SDCC, Can Carano Hold a Candle to Action Star Jolie?

    Steven Soderbergh presented footage from Haywire at Comic-Con. It was well-received. In ThePlaylist's interview with the director, he admits they weren't sure if Comic-Con was the right fit for the film, but "ultimately we decided, yeah, this is our take on the action film and we should show it off....

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    Trailer Watch: Margin Call Spells Out Doom for Wall Street Financial Crisis

    Check out this taut trailer for writer-director J.C. Chandor's indie Margin Call, inspired by true events leading to the 2008 financial crisis. Here's our Sundance interview with Chandor and star Zachary Quinto. The all star cast (with also includes Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Mo...

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    Comic-Con Exclusive: Gale Anne Hurd Talks Walking Dead, Comic Book Movies, Girls Gone Genre

    There's a reason Gale Anne Hurd turned from producing movies like The Terminator, Aliens and The Punisher to cable series like The Walking Dead. HBO, AMC, FX, Showtime, USA and other cable networks are where the smart writing, production values and character development are. And Comic-Con demonstrat...

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    From Dusk Till Dawn Clip: Tarantino Kisses Salma Hayek's Toes

    You may have heard about Quentin Tarantino's reputation as a foot fetishist. What film clues exist of this orientation? Well, you can start with his memorable cameo in Robert Rodriguez's 1996 From Dusk Till Dawn, a steamy scene with Salma Hayek, below. (Tarantino co-wrote the flick with director Rod...

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    Two Documentaries Get Personal: The Kids Grow Up vs. Sherman’s March

    Sometimes it’s personal, writes Matt Brennan in this week’s “Now and Then” column on the two documentaries The Kids Grow Up and Sherman’s March (trailers below):One is inherently subjective, a collation of interviews, impressions, laughter and tears. The other is only ostensibly objective, a histo...

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