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Broadway World James Whale's Showboat finally on DVD
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Antagony & Ecstacy reviews The Fault in Our Stars with the best review title going anywhere. The rest of the review is another reminder that Tim Brayton is one of the essential online critics.

AP "Dame" Angelina Jolie? She just received an honorary title in England
Deadline Keanu Reeves will take the role vacated by Daniel Craig in that Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) Renée Zellweger picture The Whole Truth so it's back on
In Contention is The Judge with Downey Jr and Duvall an Oscar contender?
Deadline Tom Hiddleson will star as Hank Williams in an upcoming biopic and do his own singing!
The Black Maria looks back at the brief swing music renaissance in 90s cinema. Oh I used to love Swing Kids
Employee of the Month interviews the incomparable performance artist Taylor Mac
Yahoo horrifying slapstick bathroom humor of Paddington teaser will break the hearts of anyone who loved the actual dignified humble character of Paddington in book form. Sigh... here's another flop for Nicole Kidman (who does not appear in the teaser)
Pop Watch wants blockbusters to lighten up and return to fun times. Agreed. Love the list of who is to blame.

Though we already gagged over this on Twitter, if you haven't yet seen it because you were mainlining OITNB or (gasp) offline, here is Sarah Paulson introducing her new character... excuse me, new characters on American Horror Story season 4. Meet "Bette" and "Dot"...



I can't think of an actress on TV that I'd like to see two of more right now, can you?


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Love Sarah Paulson. Would like to see more of her on the big screen.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I bit confused and nettled by that "Pop Matters" article calling for light-hearted blockbusters: firstly, for the too often echoed demand that big movies MUST conform to a particular tone or aesthetic (breezy in this case) and the dismissive insinuation that those who opt for or exalt the opposite end of the spectrum MUST just have their head up their ass. And secondly, an example he gives of a successful not-to-serious blockbuster is "Drive". How could anyone describe "Drive" as either a blockbuster or as frolicsome summer fare? Also is anyone else tired the nauseatingly hyperbolic praise that movie gets (despite that I actually like it quite a bit)?

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJJsDiner

About "Paddington", then I'd like to point something out.

While I don't like the teaser or the design of the bear (since he looks spiky and creepy, not fuzzy enough), then I still remain optimistic. The footage screened at Cannes was met with VERY positive reactions (unlike Kidman's Grace of Monaco) and the film might be Kidman's most well-received movie in years.

Hawkins, Heyman, Kidman and Emma Thompson are all involved. I have faith.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAngelica

Mary Steenburgen has been added to the season three cast of OITNB! Yay I like her.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Steenburgen also going to the dark side on the final season of Justfied. What she brought to the table in the last season was already quite promising.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Agreed, JJsDiner. There's plenty of light-hearted fluff every summer. The new trend of SOME blockbusters going darker or more serious merely provides a balance.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertony

I think you might have buried the lead on the Angelina Jolie honorary knighthood story; Daniel Day-Lewis was knighted for "service to drama." Sir Daniel doesn't have much of a ring to it unfortunately.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

Daniel Day-Lewis will now be Sir Daniel... as Angelina is not British (and the Damehood is honorary) she won't be...

Just to clarify, while most actors who receive these honours get them because of being, well, an acting legend, Angelina's is solely due to her humanitarian work. Very rare for a non-Brit and very deserved, but she's not quite Maggie, Helen, Judi, Eileen, Angela or Harriet yet... speaking of which, when will Harriet Walter start inheriting those amazing roles for British women of a certain age? I get the impression that 'Dame' is looked upon very favourably at the top of someone's Hollywood CV...

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkermit_the_frog

Holy shit, Dame Angelina!

And that pic of double Paulson is horrifying!

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

Also agree with the posters that have spoken up against the article about blockbusters. All through reading it, I was trying to put my finger on why I didn't feel it was right. Then, when I read his sentence about BATTLESHIP, I realised that he doesn't get it. BATTLESHIP was one of the least serious blockbusters of the past five years, and I liked it for that. As soon as AC/DC cranked up with the old guys on the warship, I understood that Berg was just winking at the audience and we were just to sit back, not rationalise and have a load of fun with it. If the writer saw it as a movie "straighter than SAVING PRIVATE RYAN", then I am not on his/her wavelength.

June 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

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