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Lianne Spiderbaby Plagiarism Inspires Anger, Sorrow

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 16, 2013 11:34 AM
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The latest film writer to be caught stealing others' work is Liane "Spiderbaby" MacDougall, or, as mainstream news outlets have taken to calling her, "Quentin Tarantino's girlfriend." The news started to circulate over the weekend that MacDougall had lifted from several writers in pieces on her own website and at Fearnet. (The offending pieces have been removed, and any trace of MacDougall's existence has been scrubbed from Fearnet's site.) Defamer has a detailed timeline of how MacDougall backtracked, apologized, and then went underground, disabling her website and deleting her Twitter account.

Here There Be Monsters: Why Hollywood Should Keep Destroying Cities

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 15, 2013 4:56 PM
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Critics have attacked this summer's blockbusters for exploiting 9/11. But what else are we afraid of?

Veteran Writers Bring Fresh Perspective With New Site, Critics a Go Go

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 15, 2013 12:34 PM
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Veterans critics are doing their own thing all over the place these days. Last week brought the launch of The Dissolve; now, Peter Keough, of the dearly departed Boston Phoenix, and Henry Sheehan, whose past outlets include the L.A. Reader and the Orange County Register, are trading cross-country posts at Critics a Go Go.

'The Newsroom' Season 2 Promises Less and Delivers It

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 15, 2013 12:13 AM
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The season-spanning story is designed to seem ambitious, but this Newsroom feels like a scaled-down show; there's less egregious overreach, but nothing's come in to replace it. It’s a tamed beast, no longer the unicorn of absurdity it once was. It's less of a disappointment, but mainly because we know not to get our hopes up now.

Do Summer Movies Suffer From Multiple Climax Syndrome?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 12, 2013 3:41 PM
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Summer blockbusters keep getting bigger, but is there a better way?

Is 'Orange Is the New Black' the Year's Best New Show?

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 11, 2013 1:09 PM
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Is this women-in-prison series the year's best new show?

Fade In: The Dissolve

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 5:39 PM
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When word got out that a group of Chicago-based writers were coming together to start a website devoted to film, critic James Rocchi quipped that it was "like seeing a unicorn at a Safeway." Five weeks later, we've got our unicorn, and it's a beaut.

Rex Reed Still World's Worst Film Critic

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 10:22 AM
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  • 35 Comments
The movie reviews of Rex Reed inspire fierce debate: Questions like, Is he the worst critic alive, or the worst critic in history? Is he a terrible writer, or a terrible person who happens to write? Is he a a greater waste of column inches or oxygen?

Channel Guide: The Bridge

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 10, 2013 9:00 AM
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Reviews of FX's The Bridge are (near-)united in praise for Demian Bechir's performance and for the show's exploration of its border territory.

Paul Schrader Profiles Lindsay Lohan for Film Comment

  • By Sam Adams
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  • July 9, 2013 1:33 PM
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The knives have been out for Paul Schrader's The Canyons, which starts Lindsay Lohan and porn star James Deen in a tale of sex and murder in the Hollywood Hills, since the New York Times Magazine ran a wickedly sharp account of the filming titled "Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan in Your Movie." (Hint: Nothing good.) An unnamed source at SXSW leaked the news that the film had been rejected for "quality issues," a major ethical breach for which festival director Janet Pierson subsequently apologized. The few minutes of footage which turned up on YouTube looked embarrassingly amateurish; if someone on the inside had wanted to sink the film's chances at a distribution deal, that would have been the footage to leak.

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