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Directors Select The Revenant, Inside Out; Ex Machina First Feature, Pytka For Lifetime 

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The Big Short’s Adam McKay Says He “Loves Controlled Chaos”

The Big Short‘s Adam McKay Says He “Loves Controlled Chaos”

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David Thomson On Jean Stein’s Studio-Era Hw’d History, “West Of Eden”

“The best book ever done on the terrifying social dysfunction of the beautiful people.” David Thomson On Jean Stein’s Studio-Era Hw’d History, “West Of Eden”

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A Brief History Of The Long Career Of Sumner Redstone

A Brief History Of The Long Career Of Sumner Redstone

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Behind The Westmore Hw’d Makeup Dynasty

Behind The Westmore Hw’d Makeup Dynasty

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In Celebration of Zsa Zsa At 99

In Celebration of Zsa Zsa At 99

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How Joan Didion Was Writing About H’wd Diversity In 1968

How Joan Didion Was Writing About H’wd Diversity In 1968

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“Spike Lee’s mission has been to refocus attention on Jackson’s art rather than on the scandal and speculation that have fogged his legacy.”

“Spike Lee’s mission has been to refocus attention on Jackson’s art rather than on the scandal and speculation that have fogged his legacy.”

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A Further Internet Head-Shake At The Coens’ Answers To Jen Yamato On Diversity

“The Coens’ answer comes from a place of privilege. As white directors, they have plenty of opportunities to tell stories about white people. Representation is not something they’re actively fighting for in Hollywood; the stories they tell are the norm. Nonwhite directors don’t have the same opportunity.” A Further Internet Head-Shake At The Coens’ Answers…

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Looking At A Golden Age Of Hand-Painted Ghanaian Movie Posters

Looking At A Golden Age Of Hand-Painted Ghanaian Movie Posters

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In Praise Of The “Academic Vigor” Of Paul Dano’s Acting Preparations

In Praise Of The “Academic Vigor” Of Paul Dano’s Acting Preparations

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Jonnie Rosenbaum Asks “Whose Cinema?” Between Producers And Consumers

Jonnie Rosenbaum Asks “Whose Cinema?” Between Producers And Consumers

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Does Novelist-Screenwriter John Green Challenge The “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” Archetype?

Does Novelist-Screenwriter John Green Challenge The “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” Archetype?

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Why Fury Road deserves the best picture Oscar

“Why Fury Road Deserves The Best Picture Oscar”

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Anthony Edwards On Oscar And Diversity At NAACP Image Awards

Anthony Edwards On Oscar And Diversity At NAACP Image Awards

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Friday Box Office Estimates

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J. Hoberman On The Innovations Of The Assassin, Amy And Tangerine

J. Hoberman On The Innovations Of The Assassin, Amy And Tangerine

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Diego Luna On Audiences Speaking Up To See The Diverse Voices They Want

Diego Luna On Audiences Speaking Up To See The Diverse Voices They Want

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Isaac Butler On The Greatness Of Michael Mann’s Thief

“The thrill doesn’t come from narrative tension; it instead comes from what Mann is able to do with light, sound, and texture—the way he composes them all in a breathtaking dance.” Isaac Butler On The Greatness Of Michael Mann’s Thief

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Chicago Rahm May Ask George Lucas To Move His Museum Off The Lakefront

“That’s a decision we’re going to work together with George Lucas and Mellody.” Chicago Rahm May Ask George Lucas To Move His Museum Off The Lakefront

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“There are critics who see their job as to be on the side of the artist, or in a state of imaginative sympathy or alliance with the artist. I think it’s important for a critic to be populist in the sense that we’re on the side of the public. I think one of the reasons is, frankly, capitalism. Whether you’re talking about restaurants or you’re talking about movies, you’re talking about large-scale commercial enterprises that are trying to sell themselves and market themselves and publicize themselves. A critic is, in a way, offering consumer advice. I think it’s very, very important in a time where everything is commercialized, commodified, and branded, where advertising is constantly bleeding into other forms of discourse, for there to be an independent voice kind of speaking to—and to some extent on behalf of—the public.”
~ A. O. Scott On One Role Of The Critic

“Every night, we’d sit and talk for a long, long time and talk about the process and I knew he was very, very intrigued about what could be happening. Then of course, one of the fascinating things he told me about was how he had readers who were reading for him that never knew it was Stanley Kubrick. So if he heard of a novel, he would send it out to people. I think he did it through newspaper ads at the time. And he would send it out to people and ask for a kind of synopsis or a critique of the novel. And he would read those. And it was done anonymously. But he said there were housewives and there were barristers and all sorts of people doing that. And I thought, yeah, that’s a really good way to open up the possibilities. Because otherwise, you’re randomly looking, walking through a bookstore or an airport. I said, “How many people are doing this?” It was about 30 people.”
~ George Miller’s Conversations With Kubrick