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Melissa McCarthy Responds to Rex Reed's 'Identity Thief' Review

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 14, 2013 12:02 AM
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In his review of this spring's "Identity Thief," New York Observer film critic Rex Reed called its star, Melissa McCarthy, a "tractor-sized" "humongous" "female hippo" and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success." Later, he addressed the controversy generated by his comments on WOR Radio, where he refused to apologize, said that he objected to people "using health issues like obesity as comic talking points," and insisted that his review was "constitutionally protected, so there's nothing anybody can do" to stop him.

The Showrunner as Auteur: How TV Critics Have Learned From Film Critics' Mistakes

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 13, 2013 5:15 PM
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  • 2 Comments
More: Television

Does Sofia Coppola Have a Problem With Privilege, or Do Her Critics?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 13, 2013 3:01 PM
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  • 25 Comments
There’s an insidious bias at work, a tacit assumption that women’s art is always about themselves while men can stand outside and objectively comment.

From the Wire: From China With Love (Of Additional Revenue Streams)

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 13, 2013 1:07 PM
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  • 0 Comments
When movies aren't cutting out potentially objectionable material for the Chinese market, they're cutting in additional scenes featuring Chinese actors and storylines.

VODetails: 'Twixt'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 13, 2013 10:26 AM
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Is the latest film from Francis Ford Coppola worth your VODollars?
More: VODetails

Neil LaBute Trashes Theater Critic Who Trashed His New Play

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 12, 2013 5:33 PM
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  • 3 Comments
"A critic casts a eunuch's shadow," LaBute said.

How Hit Movies Become Flops

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 12, 2013 4:00 PM
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  • 25 Comments
Hype can be a movie's yellow sun and Kryptonite all rolled into one.
More: Superman

A Young Roger Ebert's Letter to the Editor of 'Amazing Stories'

  • By Matt Singer
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  • June 12, 2013 11:59 AM
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  • 1 Comment
Here's a cool discovery. Ian Schoenherr runs a blog called John Schoenherr devoted to the work of his father, who was an award-winning illustrator for science fiction magazines and children's books. In a new blog post, the younger Schoenherr tracks down an issue of the sci-fi pulp Amazing Stories that featured one of his dad's pieces. Flipping through the magazine's August 1957 edition, he found another item of interest: a letter to the editor from one Roger Ebert, the future Pulitzer Prize winning film critic, then just a 15-year-old science fiction fan from Urbana, Illinois.

Much Ado About the Man of Steel: What Comic Book Filmmakers Can Learn from Shakespeare

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 12, 2013 10:05 AM
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It's definitely better than "Superman Returns." Or it's worse. Or maybe the comparison is besides the point.

Laura Poitras and the Snowden Leak: How a Documentary Filmmaker Put a Human Face on the PRISM Scandal

  • By Sam Adams
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  • June 11, 2013 1:49 PM
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Sam Adams on "one of the sharpest and most gifted documentary filmmakers in the field" and her role in NSA leak.

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