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The Whole Nine Links Frightening visual fusions of voice actor and cartoon characters
Stale Popcorn on Melissa McCarthy doing Divine for EW. He doesn't mention it but two Drag Race alums are in the ensemble photo. Go Pandora Boxx!
Boy Culture Madonna and Lola promote the new "Material Girl" contest. If I liked reality TV I would die from wishing they had one.
In Contention looks back at the Oscar glory of Titanic before it's 3D rerelease
Grantland interviews character actor Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Rum Diary, Norman)
Film Studies For Free collects academic essays on the "philosophy of horror". I may definitely read some of the links offered if I can find the time because, as someone who has always been puzzled by the ardent love of this genre, I should look for answers to this question: "Why are those of us who enjoy the genre so attracted to watching things that, in real life, would be repellent to us?"
Gemma Correll "the neverending circle of creative woe" -- so perfect!

Bullett Mary Louise Parker is not ready to quit Nancy Botwin (Weeds). Writes a letter to her signature character instead. 

I hope you are doing better than the last time I saw you. I can't imagine you have changed much despite incarceration, fetching little recidivist that you are. You know I mean that with love. 

This is fun but I wish she was ready to quit her. Would love to see her do something new -- MLP not Nancy.

Indiewire honors Like Crazy with this top-grossing indie romance list in the US. Revealing. That'll be a tough list to crack, I think. Notice how 80% of them are Oscar nominees of some sort. I added the global gross since IndieWire didn't.

1. My Big Fat Greek Wedding - $241 (worldwide $368)
2. Brokeback Mountain - $83 (worldwide $178)
3. Atonement - $50 (worldwide $129)
4. Lost in Translation - $44 (worldwide $119)
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  - $34 (worldwide $72)
6. Amelie (2001) - $33 (worldwide $173)
7. (500) Days of Summer - $32 (worldwide $60)
8. Garden State - $26 (worldwide $35)
9. Vicky Cristina Barcelona - $23 (worldwide $96)
10. The Kids Are All Right (2010) - $20 (worldwide $34)

Ugh, I hate being reminded that Eternal Sunshine wasn't the #1 blockbuster of 2004!

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Ugh, I hate being reminded that Eternal Sunshine wasn't the #1 blockbuster of 2004!
No it wasn't? Ugh, I don't wanna hear that.

There are so many movie roles waiting for MLP... (at least inside my head)

October 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEva

Thanks for the links, Nat (is this the first time I've actually posted a reply on Stale Popcorn directly? Quite possibly so.)

That little letter from MLP is wittier than anything I've seen on Weeds since...season 2? (It's become like a girlfriend I couldn't quite quit - but I think season 6 may have done it for me. Lousy season, perfect cliffhanger ending - that's enough.) Which makes me wonder if MLP oughtn't turn her time and efforts to writing instead of (or in addition to) acting? She's a bit limited as an actress but I don't doubt her intelligence, either.

October 31, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

I sort of do a double take at that list thinking...Atonement is a romance? Even though I suppose it sort of is, but I remember that trailer that used to play in 07 set to Lifehouse's You and Me and I always thought subsequently how strangely that film was marketed. Although, with all the themes the film has it's difficult to put it into one so I suppose choosing any arbitrary theme would seem weird.

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