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The House Next Door Poster Lab: Cosmopolis "a tame puppy to the preview's rabid dog"
The Mary Sue a Captain America surprise for soldier and son. Awwww 
24 Frames the Genesis Awards, honoring animal friendly media, were handed out. Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Born to be Wild won best feature and best documentary respectively.
The Hairpin why 1995 was the best year for movies

The Wrap Frank Langella's new memoir dishes about other famous actors, including affairs with Rita Hayworth and La Liz.
The Sheila Variations anatomy of two pratfalls by physical actors Elvis Presley and Cary Grant.
The Wrap interesting. The great X-Men writer Chris Claremont also wanted Angela Bassett to play Storm when he first imagined his team on movie screens. And he wanted Kathryn Bigelow to direct. 

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Serious Film Michael's review of The Hunger Games 
Cinema Blend 10 differences between The Hunger Games books and movies. 
The Wrap the breakdown of the audience for this massive opening. Not the usual kind.  

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1995 power! Awesome year at the movies. Babe is maybe the best family film ever made, Casino & Heat are two of the best crime films of the last 30 years, and that's saying nothing of masterpieces like Nixon, Basketball Diaries, Sense & Sensibility and on and on. Quality action movies in Die Hard with a Vengance and Crimson Tide, plus, at the other end of the spectrum, Dead Man, The Usual Suspects, Mighty Aphrodite. Don't know that I'd go so far as to say it was the best year ever, but I agree with the post's conclusion - if I could only pick one year's worth of movies to watch for the rest of my life, I could do a hell of a lot worse than good ol' '95.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoark

Thanks for the link to Waxman's article, Nat. Reading all the hullabaloo leading up to the release I thought it was interesting that here was a film being predicted as a blockbuster - with a young female protagonist. (Outside of Twilight, isn't that supposed to be box office poison?)

Sharon's article reflects something I've seen since at least the time of Titanic, and probably before that (since the 1980's, actually) - astonishment when a particular film becomes a blockbuster on the strength of an audience made up mostly of women/girls, and/or families, or mature couples; a bit of talk that more films will be focused towards them -and then nothing, until another such hit comes along and everyone is astonished all over again

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

Frank better go into details why he left his then wife for Whoopi Goldberg. I'm curious what they purchased when the paps caught them leaving a sex shop together?

Nathan baby did you get your piece of MDNA today?

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

God, who knew Frank Langella was such a pompous creep?

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

They did an excellent marketing job focusing on the dystopia and the action. Not having read the books and having only the information they wanted to give me, I was surprised this had mostly a female audience and was also surprised by the comparisons with Twilight. Only reading some reviews I learned there was a love story.

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteriggy

I've met Chris Claremont last year, such a nice and funny guy. : )

I love Bryan Singer's X-Men and X2, but I wonder how Kathryn could take it, maybe Strange Days style.

When are you going to finish your 2011 bitch awards?

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterremy

In just anecdotal observations, it feels we like have a generation of female readers that started with say...Harry Potter, grown into Twilight, and now have latched onto the Hunger Games...I'm sure that's a flawed analysis based on the person, but hey whatever, I'm glad people are reading books I guess.

Now ladies, if you'll please, A Song of Ice and Fire is awaiting you ;-)

March 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Frank Langella: Because reciting poetry = BORING. Maybe it's explained better in the actual book with a sampling of what he actually chose, but unless it's something way overplayed like "This is how the world ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper", I'd say Langella comes across as a total slob a-hole for saying that.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

I'd go with 1999, but I love the spirit of that Hairpin post. It's just refreshing to see someone mention Showgirls (which, come on, is a hilarious, rewatchable movie) mentioned along with Seven and Leaving Las Vegas as one of the highlights of 1995. (And of course Awards Daily scoffed at the movies highlighted in the piece, which I suppose includes not only Showgirls but also Clueless and even something like Apollo 13. God, the commentary over there is unbearable.)

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne
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