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Together Again: Sofia Coppola followed Kirsten Dunst from girlhood to womanhood

5 hours ago

With Together Again, Jesse Hassenger looks at actors and directors who have worked together on at least three films, analyzing the nature of their collaborations.

For a long time, it seemed as if Kirsten Dunst might be hell-bent on becoming America’s sweetheart at any applicable age. In her younger days, she appeared as the girl hero of two different movies, Jumanji and Small Soldiers, that were essentially about toys coming to life and wreaking adorable havoc on picturesque towns. She has also played bubbly teenagers (Bring It On, Dick, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Get Over It), the beloved crush of Spider-Man, and the original Manic Pixie Dream Girl, among others, usually falling somewhere on a spectrum between cheerleader type and girl next door.

Yet there has long been a river of melancholy rushing below Dunst’s shiny, oft-blond exterior—an unarticulated sadness that creeps in past her warm, sometimes heavy-lidded »

- Jesse Hassenger

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Movie Review: Young Morrissey mopes his way toward stardom in the biopic England Is Mine

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In the grand scheme of pop culture, Morrissey and The Smiths are undoubtedly influential, but still questionably household names at this point. That makes the appeal of England Is Mine a shaky proposition: It’s a biopic that ends before its subject’s life-changing work even really begins, so those without the knowledge to fill in the gaps will almost certainly leave wondering why they should care. Director Mark Gill, who grew up in the very same Manchester neighborhood as Morrissey, paints a romantic picture of a sullen teen whose life, while drab, doesn’t really explain his shyness or depression. And his film ends just as Morrissey, the singer and lyricist behind The Smiths, meets Johnny Marr, whom fans will know constitutes the other half of a once-in-a-lifetime musical partnership.

But for those who don’t know how the story continues, England Is Mine won’t do much to »

- Josh Modell

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Newswire: Synopsis for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass teases the evolution of the Shyamaverse

8 hours ago

M. Night Shyamalan’s 2000 superhero movie Unbreakable is the rare film that’s still cool to like, even if it wasn’t a commercial or critical smash on its original release, but due to an unfortunate series of events that can only be described as “his next few movies,” Shyamalan has had trouble recreating that level of coolness. Earlier this year, though, he successfully got people excited about this career again with Split, a particularly weird thriller that revealed itself to be a semi-sequel to Unbreakable in the final moments. That gambit paid off, and it got people so hyped on Unbreakable again that Shyamalan began moving forward with Glass, a team-up movie of sorts that would formally combine the worlds of Split and Unbreakable.

Now, Universal Pictures has released the first synopsis for Glass (via Collider), giving fans their first glimpse at the future of what we’re »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Camp used in filming Friday The 13th to offer totally safe tours for promiscuous teens

11 hours ago

Presumably after laughing off the warnings of Crazy Ralph, the operators of Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco in Hardwick, New Jersey have decided to open the grounds to the public and offer rare tours of the property. Beyond a chance to see what sort of things Boy Scouts get to do while camping these days, this is also notable because Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco was the location used for filming the original Camp Crystal Lake in the first Friday The 13th movie. If you believe the stories, it’s also where a little boy named Jason drowned because the people who were supposed to be watching him were having sex, but that’s probably not true (and it’s definitely no reason to suspect that local resident Pamela Voorhees has been murdering teenagers for revenge).

This comes from Bloody Disgusting, which says that the camp will be holding its next public tour (the fourth one »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in September

12 hours ago

Amazon Prime doesn’t always get as many new movies and TV shows added to its streaming library as its competitors do every month, but Prime tends to make up for that with a more reliable selection of exclusive and original content. September will be no different, with Prime subscribers getting season two of Tig Notaro’s One Mississippi, season four of Transparent, and James Gray’s explorer drama The Lost City Of Z with Charlie Hunnam and Robert Pattinson. The’ll also be getting a new half-season of kids show Wishenpoof!, but that’s not as high-profile as the other three.

Originals aside, Prime subscribers can also watch the recent Magnificent Seven remake, the Ben-Hur remake, and an actual NFL football game between the Bears and the Packers—though you could argue that it’s also a remake of last year’s Bears/Packers game, but with a few »

- Sam Barsanti

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Around Town: The team behind Blade Runner 2049 recreated sets from the original movie

13 hours ago

Blade Runner 2049 fans at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con were treated to a surprise with elaborate recreations of the White Dragon Noodle Bar and the Spinner from the original movie. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Newswire: Joss Whedon fan site shuts down after 15 years

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Over the weekend, Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole posted an essay detailing the Avengers director and Buffy The Vampire Slayer creator’s extensive history of infidelity and apparent habit of hiding behind his feminist beliefs as a way to justify lying to his wife and spending time with his female colleagues. Cole explained that one of the reasons for her essay was to let people who idolize Whedon and celebrate his work know that he’s not necessarily the man that they think he is. That message may have made a big impact on Joss Whedon fan site Whedonesque, because in a brief post this morning, the site’s administrators announced that they’re closing it down after 15 years.

The post and further comments from the people who ran the site don’t specifically say that the announcement is because of Cole’s essay or what she said »

- Sam Barsanti

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Newswire: It to scare up a massive opening weekend, analysts predict

16 hours ago

True cases of culrophobia are vanishingly rare, so no matter what your friends might claim on social media, they can still see the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. And Variety’s box-office analysts seem to think they will, estimating a relatively massive $50 million opening weekend for the Andrés Muschietti-directed adaptation. That “relatively” is because the movie’s coming out in September rather than in the peak summer months, and because it sports an R rating for “violence/horror, bloody images, and for language,” according to horror site Dead Central. As it stands now, the biggest September opening of all time is Hotel Transylvania 2, which scored a $48 million debut in 2015 with the benefit of a PG rating, but without the massive amounts of hype that have surrounded It’s trailers—the initial trailer was viewed on YouTube more than 197 million times in its »

- Katie Rife

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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: Nah, this ain’t right

17 hours ago

Jerry Lewis is dead, the moon is blotting out the sun, fascism is somehow still a thing, and a just-above-direct-to-video-grade Midnight Run retread with the tagline “Get triggered” is No. 1 at the box office. It would take a Panglossian level of optimistic naïveté to not point out that something just seems wrong here.

Anyway, The Hitman’s Bodyguard—which is sort of fun in spots—dominated this one of the weakest weekends of the year, making an estimated $21.6 million to land in the top spot. Meanwhile, Steven Soderbergh’s eccentric heist film Logan Lucky—which is pretty fun overall, give or take an English-accented Seth MacFarlane—ended up coming in at No. 3 with just a little over $8 million, which befits its underdog point of view, but sadly robs the world of a spin-off focused on Daniel Craig’s fussbucket career criminal Joe Bang. Meanwhile, last »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Top 5: Futurama’s John Dimaggio picks his all-time favorite voice actors

17 hours ago

John Dimaggio has the kind of résumé that would leave most voice actors envious. He’s best known for his work on Futurama as Bender, but he’s also made appearances on Adventure Time, American Dad! and Samurai Jack. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, he took part in the I Know That Voice panel. The 2013 documentary is being developed into a television series, with each installment focusing on a particular voice actor and exploring their creative process and career trajectory. Before the panel, we sat down with Dimaggio to find out which classic voice actors most inspired him. »

- Baraka Kaseko

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Newswire: Joss Whedon’s ex-wife Kai Cole says he’s a “hypocrite” for preaching feminist ideals

20 August 2017 6:52 PM, PDT

Whether it’s deserved or not is debatable, but Joss Whedon has a reputation for being a feminist writer/director who has a particular penchant for strong, well-rounded female characters. However, someone who probably knows Whedon better than most people has now stepped forward and declared that the perception of him as some kind of feminist hero is wrong. That person is Kai Cole, his ex-wife, and she has written a guest blog for The Wrap in which she says that he’s a “hypocrite preaching feminist ideals.”

Details about the relationship between Whedon and Cole have been fairly slim up until now, as she says she’s “a very private person” in her post, but Us Weekly says the two were married in the ‘90s, separated in 2012, and finalized their divorce in 2016. Cole lays out the early days of their relationship in her post, recounting how they »

- Sam Barsanti

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