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Ashley Judd, Pulp Queen

"Double Jeopardy is my jam!!! I ain't mad at cha, Miss Ashley! " - Dorian

"Ashley reminds me of Ida Lupino, who in the '40s had a lot of talent but was undervalued because of her association with genre potboilers." -Brookesboy

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Slant analyzes the new poster for Madonna's W.E. 
Empire Sacha Baron Cohen taking the Threnadier role we thought was going to Geoffrey Rush in Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Miserables. 
In Contention Kris & Anne give their top ten films of the year 
Stale Popcorn on the plans to 'update' American Psycho. Hollywood executives can be so thick. It's a satire about the 80s. You don't "update" what something is about.

The Hairpin looks back at Love, Actually a predecessor of the current all star roundelay that is New Year's Eve
New York Magazine an inner monologue of a critic watching Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady (I missed this somehow last week but it's great)
Animation Magazine has been hopping lately. Lots of features on the animated contenders including the ones we've heard the least about like the Spanish old age drama Wrinkles
YouTube Pulp Fiction in chronological order. I was totally taken by surprise by how it begins but it all came back to me.
The Wrap this news makes me giggle. Lifetime Television is planning to remake 1980's The Blue Lagoon. This is what's called a missing the point. The only reason anyone watched the original film was for the nudity. 
The AV Club chats with Diablo Cody about Young Adult. Check out this great exchange on the film's origins:

Diablo Cody: “Am I some kind of stunted woman-child that’s living vicariously through her characters?” And then I thought, “Stunted woman-child—that’s a character.”
AVC: Now you’re living vicariously through a character who’s living vicariously.
DC: Yeah, it’s like Escher.

Living through film characters. Sigh. Don't we all to some degree. If we're being honest with ourselves. 

Which film character have you found yourself living through?

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I'm a wee bit ashamed to admit it on this blog, but I love Love Actually. As in, it's one of my favorite movies of all time. I'll watch it any day.

I think one of the things I appreciate most about it, and something that other films with these interwoven storylines could learn from it, is that while all the characters have ties to each other, the film doesn't use that interrelatedness to push the story along or push its morals onto the audience. Unlike in some movies (*cough* Crash *cough*), you can't really predict who is going to appear in another character's arc. As a result, your reaction ends up being "oh, interesting" rather than "oh, duh" or "oh, gross."

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Wow I just revisited the late Satoshi Kon's classic animation "Millennium Actress" today, and it really is the perfect film about "living vicariously through a character who’s living vicariously"! If they ever turn it into a live-action film, it would be the ultimate actressexual experience.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterButtercup

I just watched Love, Actually this afternoon and I still love it! That list is hilarious, though I am slightly ashamed that I never noticed the "three subplots in which a man falls in love with his female subordinate" thing. That's a little gross... But the movie is so much fun!

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDominique

talking about Tom Hooper's adaptation of Les Misérables there's a rumour about the casting of Éponine: Léa Michele (hmmm), Scarlett Johansson (ahm?), Taylor Swift (Jesus!) and Evan Rachel Wood (well...) were in consideration for the role. Who would you cast?

I would suggest Carey Mulligan once she sings so well and acts even better, but I would be interested in seeing Mia Wasikowska or ScarJo in this project...

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEd

I found myself totally in retrospective mode post-Young-Adult-viewing. I felt so much for her and felt that, in many ways, I'm a lot like her.

...which I guess makes me a bitch.


December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeau

Yay! I'd much rather see Sasha Baren Cohen than Geoffrey Rush.

@ Ed - Lea Michelle or Evan Rachel Wood.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip

This really isn't the appropriate place for this, but I re-watched The Help yesterday and wanted to ask you a question Nat - did you notice that from the theatrical version they cut out the entire scene where Skeeter and her family go to dinner at the senators house? I've never seen something like that before.. deleting scenes between theatre and DVD. I think it may have helped the movie though? Even though it's still LONG. Also, Viola and Jessicas performances got better on the second viewing. Especially Viola.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Love Actually hate is so bleh. I watch it every year and my heart grows three sizes bigger every time.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan T.

Wow that re-edited version of Pulp Fiction totally blew me away.
I'd completely forgotten the order and some parts I hadn't even really thought about.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmir

I want to be everything that Susan Sarandon is while looking like Jessica Lange circa The Always Postman Rings Twice. Other times I'm simply the Dil character from The Crying Game soaking about continous rejecting for real life Stephen Rea(s).

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