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Salon Nathan Rabin apologies for coining the term "Manix Pixie Dream Girl" (Must Read!)
Dazed Director David Gordon Green cites 10 new directors we should all familiarize ourselves with including the directors of Land Ho! and Blue Ruin two acclaimed indies this year
Variety Uma Thurman auctioning off an evening with her complete with cocktails and a Pulp Fiction screening. The journalist writing this must be very young because they refer to Tarantino's smash as "the movie that launched her career". Umm... she'd already been famous for 6 years at that point and had headlined movies. Fact check anyone?
Gold Derby which episode could win Kevin Spacey the Emmy this year? (My guess: none) 

Superhero Hype interviews the producers of the new TV series Agent Carter (starring Hayley Atwell) which takes place after Captain America: The First Avenger but still in the 1940s
Guardian Mowgli, the only onscreen actor, cast in Jon Favreau's otherwise CGI Jungle Book. Do you think he's sweating considering Andy Serkis' rival motion capture Jungle Book?
Business Insider interesting interview with Hasbro on how toys become movies
Hollywood Elsewhere objects to the poster for The Skeleton Twins. Do you?
Empire new teaser poster for the horror movie Horns with Daniel Radcliffe. Wasn't that supposed to come like 3 years ago. Feels like I've been hearing about it since time began
In Contention new actors added to the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Glad to see that the departure of John Boyega for those new Star Wars movies didn't throw that one off course. 
Kenneth in the (212) what do you think of the Whitney & Bobby actors? 
Playbill last chance to see Rocky the Musical on Broadway. The boxing musical (what a weird combo, eh?) will close in August
EW first official stills from Avengers: Age of Ultron 

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I love Crash (Cronenberg version) so I was 100% delighted by this joke until it reminded that James Spader is still everywhere (ugh) on film and television despite being a majorly irritating screen presence. Well, we'll always have sex, lies and videotape (1989);  he was wonderful that one time.


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I'd prefer to not assume that a bad journalist who doesn't fact check is simply "young."

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

Baffled by your resentment of James Spader and John Cusack. Since their filmography has tons of titles you revere.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

3rtful - everyone has actors who are turnoffs for them. And sometimes those actors work with all the people you love thereby making you resent them more. For instance: Nicolas Cage has worked with most of the actresses I most love. So I've had to sit through a shit ton of his movies.

July 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Photo by photo commentary:

1: Ooh. Intense "something's the matter" stares.
2: Still not, entirely, loving these, but a later photo implicitly confirms these are just street clothes.
3: Banner and Stark looking at science in a blue tinted lab. Slightly risking headaches, but okay.
4: Eh, easy Black Widow action shot.
5: Again, just an easy action shot.
6: Okay. Scene of four of our characters shooting the breeze. That was kind of missing in the clash of ego's nature of the first one and hopefully it's mostly framed exactly like this in the movie.
7: The obligatory "cast direction" shot.
8: They aren't showing us the Scarlet Witch or Quicksilver costumes, indicating what they're leaking in images aren't official reveals of their "superhero" wear.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

catbasket -- good point. I only meant that anyone who was conscious of movie culture before 1994 would have known that.

July 16, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I prefer Spader over Cusack. One became a much worse actor when he lost his looks. The other is James Spader.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

3rtful: Dude? Cusack was NEVER really that much of a "looker". He was a "boy next door", ESPECIALLY by Hollywood standards. He lost his way by slowly losing sight of his talents, acquiring a bizarre lack of faith in his abilities and the failed desperate attempt to pretty much entirely model his career, in a fashion, after the "James Stewart" model that that caused.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Nathaniek, The Guardian has a response to Rabin's post


July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan


Excuse me. Young John Cusack was adorable. I'd take him over all these poor things that pass for hot guys these days.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Oh I think James Spader is totally irritating BUT I quite like him when he's playing an irritating character. He kind of has a head start in that regard. :-) I mean Pretty In Pink and Baby Boom? Delicious audience hatred.

July 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Alamitos Beach

Ah, those were the days...

(Unlike many, I loved Cusack in The Paperboy, FWIW.)

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Yes! for Cusack in The Paperboy...the Oscar nom that should've happened...but didn't.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMB76

BTW...I finally saw all of the 2012 Best Supporting Actor performances...I can get fully behind the PSH/Master nom...but the other four...oh no...where was Javier in Skyfall? Fassbender in Prometheus? Dwight Henry in BotSW? Cusack and McConaughey in Paperboy? McConaughey in Magic Mike? That 2012 BSA category was a serious lack of imagination on the Academy's part.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMB76

I love James Spader.

Funny as hell in Boston Legal and The Office.

Great dramatic work in
Crash --- Sex, Lies and Videotape---- White Palace---- Secretary-----

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUlrich

Kevin Spacey is a delight in Chapter 26 of HoC, and Robin Wright seems like a lock for the win in Chapter 17.
I still root for Jon Hamm to finally win an emmy though.

July 17, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

I like young John Cusack too! So cute in Say Anything and Better Off Dead... I think he lost his mojo post High Fidelity.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterchoog

Technically, you can only "launch" once, correct? I would say Pulp Fiction was the movie that "took Uma Thurman's career to the next level."

Before that, she was the lead in a Gus Van Sant movie; starred in films with Robert DeNiro, Bill Murray, and Richard Gere; and was in the very first film rated NC-17. She may have not been a huge star, but she was already on her way somewhere and had launched.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCinesnatch

I actually like Spacey, but if he beat Jon Hamm, I'd... I'd... well, who am I kidding? I'd roll my eyes and sigh like I do every year.

July 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

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