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Criterion Collection Pedro Almodóvar write about his experience making Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down (1990). I so love that one. So weirdly romantic in spite of its whole Stockholm Syndrome business
Natasha VC Brad Pitt before and after makeup. Hee
In Contention Tapley wonders if Eastwood's American Sniper will have an impact on Oscar with its Christmas release
The Dissolve John Lithgow has revealed that Pixar's The Good Dinosaur (which he does voice work on) has been completely reimagined
Buzzfeed investigation into 80s arcana: who deserved credit for Flashdance and didn't get it?



The Hairpin the best friends of romcom heroines, in order
The Guardian on "my favorite city in film: Blade Runner's LA
i09 Have you ever wondered how Replicants are made in Blade Runner?
Salon interesting piece on Lauren Bacall (and Bogey's) political activism which the obits have steered clear of mostly
Chiseler Bacall's recent death also prompted this look back at Humphrey Bogarts first actress wife, the now forgotten Mayo Methot
AV Club Keanu Reeves moves to television for a series called Rain about a half Japanese half American assassin but...
/Film ...there's also a TV show being developed based on Keanu's hit The Devil's Advocate in which he is not involved. Strange timing, eh?
RogerEbert.com interviews Ira Sachs on Love is Strange. That finally comes out this month. Do NOT miss it 
Cinema Blend Johnny Depp to star with his teenage daughter in Kevin Smith's Yoga Hosers. I do not understand what's going on with that career. I really don't 
Empire Bradley Cooper to headline a new franchise based on the "Mack Bolan" book series about a man at war with the Mafia

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Towleroad Portia de Rossi surprises Ellen DeGeneres on their anniversary
Entertainment Junkie on the Emmy contest for "Best Writing in a Drama Series"
Taye Diggs dancing. That's all. That's enough.
AV Club looks back at the seminal single "Stay" from Lisa Loeb. God, I loved that one. I can't remember if it was written for Reality Bites (1994) or not but if it was Oscar made the worse choice in not nominating it

The Stuff of Nightmares
Cinema Blend Chinese movie theaters projecting audience texts onto screen. 

ahem... I used to worry about keeping The Film Experience PG-13 because I knew teenagers were reading and when the site was first created you didn't want to be labeled NSFW because it shut you off from tons of traffic and search engines and so on and so on. And now I just feel like the biggest prude every day since even mainstream websites that people read at work print photo galleries of "bulges," naked celebrities, and charity events involving random civilians stripping. Case in point in the past 24...

Gawker imagining what's inside Jared Leto's pants courtesy of a quote from Alexis Arquette
Jezebel imagining what Disney Prince Charming dicks look like. 

So basically I am a prude and singing "Class" from Chicago right now as I type this. But I click on all these links, so, guilty

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I do not understand what's going on with that career. I really don't.

How can you be worrisome about a man's career? Knowing the age restrictions on women, and the come from nowhere rewriting of history with McConaughey -- you don't realize how much of a fucking boy's club the whole system is? Worry about women because their options and popularity shrinks with age, and no one is ever looking for a comeback for them except their gay fan base.

Kathy Bates may need to go back to drama school with Jane Fonda but she is fighting the good fight appearing in two recent Best Picture nominees and always likely a number seven or eight in the also ran for supporting actress nominations. We need to look at the women still trying and mourn those who no longer care -- Pfeiffer and a list of others.

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

Nathaniel--you are too funny. Seems like anything goes this days in the mainstream, including naked body parts. If you let your child have free-range on the internet, then it's your fault as a parent. However, that too is getting much harder to do.

So many great film/tv related links this week. Fallon's House of Cue Cards should surely be one of them! As should Barely Legal Pawn with the Breaking Bad guys and Julia-Louis Dreyfus.

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

/3rtful - didn't say i was worried about him.

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

3rtful: Yeah, I got exactly what he was saying about Depp. However: Though I acknowledge Clerks has some sizeable weaknesses and Smith is only just barely starting to become competent at the visual ends of filmmaking, this is probably the most interesting project on Depp's plate right now. What else is there? Well: 1. Into the Woods Jr. (Unless it's big with Oscar, pass). 2. Mortdecai (Johnny Depp's Gary Stu? No.) 3. Black Mass. (Would be interesting, but, unfortunately, Scott Cooper is NO ONE'S IDEA of a good writer.) 4. Tusk/Yoga Hosers (Depp as a stern modern tracker type like, oh, Terry Grant, the star of Mantracker? Interesting, not really like anything he's previously done and as much crap as you can toss on Smith for visual deficiency, I don't think he's ever been a HORRID writer.) 5. Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. (Do you really want to see him match his Burton/Verbinski style blockbuster performances without the sterner guiding hand Burton and Verbinski actually were?) As for London Fields, his role, though a crucial author surrogate of a part (that probably should have had the name changed to reflect the initials of the director or screenwriter), is going to amount to a cameo.

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Volvagia - lol. Scott Cooper was nominated for the USC Scripter Prize as well as the Spirit Award for the Crazy Heart screenplay so some people do think he's a good writer.

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

V & N -- I don't care about Johnny's career. Good actor, handsome guy, use to be interesting, but I don't care in the end.

I want a second Oscar for Bates, a Lead Oscar for Chastain, any Oscar for Moore, Bening, Davis (Viola and Judy), a third acting Oscar for Denzel. A Best Director Oscar for Paul Thomas Anderson for the sole purpose of making Tarantino insanely jealous.

August 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter3rtful

I think the podcast comment about Depp choosing projects so as to work with people he likes makes sense. In the case of the Kevin Smith films that could be spending time with his own daughter.
I can imagine his teenage daughter raising the old "Harley's Dad is letting her do it" line. (Smith mentioned on a talk show many years ago that the daughters were school friends so this is not a new connection.) Of course, I know nothing about what drove his choices.
I don't expect anything worthwhile from the project or that it will help anyone's career.

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterVaus

"Stay" wasn't written for "Reality Bites" -- Ethan Hawke saw Lisa Loeb singing that song in a coffee shop and the rest was history. She was the only unsigned artist to have a #1 Billboard 100 single for 20 years. It never happened again until "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore.

I am kind of sad that I knew all of this from the top of my head.

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjakey

I still have place for Johnny Depp in my heart. Though maybe after all these "freaks" he really should do something like Gilbert Grape again. That film stands out because he's actually "normal" there.
But I'll always love him as Edward Scissorhands. Always.

August 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

I'm with Nathaniel: it is appalling to me--that's the only adjective I can think of--that Michelle Pfeiffer is lacking an Oscar. (Hell, she didn't even get nominated for "White Oleander"--arguably the best performance she's given in some 15 years.) Fortunately, now that she seems to have slipped the pressure of being A Leading Lady via "Cheri" (which she was spectacular in) and is returning to her strengths as a terrific character actress--as her supporting turns in "Dark Shadows" and "People Like Us" proved handily. But what are the odds they'll film "Follies" in the next couple years, while Pfeiffer could still play Phyllis ("Could I Leave You?" "The Ballad of Lucy and Jessie")?

August 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDback

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