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The Playlist's 15 Favorite Movie Dance-Offs

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 19, 2013 2:42 PM
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Our 15 Favorite Movie Dance-Offs
As we embark on another awards pre-season, and anticipate the legions of “For Your Consideration”-style advertising we have to look forward to over the coming months, we felt it an opportune moment to highlight a film that is unlikely to be figuring largely in those conversations: this week’s “Battle of the Year” starring widely disliked person Chris Brown alongside Joshes Holloway and Peck. Because the funny thing is, no matter how B-grade its cast, formulaic its plot or potentially jingoistic its premise (“Bring that trophy back for AMERICA”) there will be a certain segment of the Playlist population who will don sunglasses and fake mustaches and go see it. It’s a dance movie, you see, and the love that a shockingly high proportion of us bear this unworthy genre is one of our best kept secrets.

New Image From 'Lovelace' Starring Amanda Seyfried, Sarah Jessica Parker Cut From Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2013 3:09 PM
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From wide-eyed, love-stricken Cosette in "Les Miserables" to the uniquely talented porn star Linda Lovelace in "Lovelace," two very different sides to Amanda Seyfried will have been displayed within weeks of each other. But with the latter film gearing up for a Sundance Film Festival premiere, it looks like there have been some changes made on the way from the editing room to the screening room.

Eddie Murphy Is The Most Overpaid Actor In Hollywood According To Forbes

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 5, 2012 9:41 AM
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Once seen as a series of soaring precedents afforded to Hollywood's best and brightest, the massive paychecks given to high-profile actors and directors today have since grown smaller with the film industry's cost-cutting measures. However, for an elite group of individuals, their price tag remains as high as it ever was, but now a recent list has revealed a slow reversal has begun for those once deemed financially golden.

Sarah Jessica Parker To Make Amends For 'Sex And The City,' Takes Role Of Gloria Steinem In 'Lovelace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2012 6:21 PM
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We'll say this; in its first couple of seasons, "Sex and the City" was a breath of fresh air. A witty, bawdy comedy about women in New York City, it initially presented four very complex characters as they navigated their careers and love lives in the big city. But pretty soon they all became one dimensional harpies on a never-ending hunt for sex, shoes and shopping and as they moved up into higher tax brackets, their problems became the stuff most of us could only dream of having. And let's not even talk about those bloated movies.

Review: Forget About Your Heart, 'New Year's Eve' Just Wants Your Money

  • By Kimber Myers
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  • December 7, 2011 12:43 PM
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If you've managed to make it through two hours of "New Year's Eve" with the idea that it's about anything more than box office returns and home entertainment bank, Warner Bros., New Line and director Garry Marshall are more than happy to set you straight. In a largely unfunny series of credits bloopers, Jessica Biel's character gives birth to twins, and she couldn't be happier to have "Valentine's Day" pop out of her vagina in both DVD and Blu-ray formats (on sale now!). We're not naive enough to imagine that studio films are purely about artistry (and not cynical enough to think that it's never present), but we wish those behind "New Year's Eve" had at least pretended they were trying to entertain us while they rummage through our pockets for loose change.

Review: 'I Don't Know How She Does It' Is A Pained, Unfunny, Politically Questionable Bore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 13, 2011 10:58 AM
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One of the "charmingly neurotic" tics of the main character of "I Don't Know How She Does It," played brittlely and with affected strain by Sarah Jessica Parker, is making to-do lists. Since the year is 2011 and editing software has come a long way, we see her visualize the list as the prepares for sleep – everything from arranging her daughter's play date to doing some Kegel exercises (yes, seriously) – with words and small images appearing tattooed on the ceiling of her bohemian chic Boston apartment (accompanied by a never-ending stream of voice-over narration). While watching "I Don't Know How She Does It," which at a swift 89 minutes still feels longer than the "Three Colors" trilogy combined, you'll be tempted to make a similar mental inventory of things that you could (and should),instead of watching this wretched claptrap, which we're fairly certain has single-handedly set the feminist cause back a good 35-40 years.

'I Don’t Know How She Does It' Soundtrack Features Bill Withers & Sarah Jessica Parker Singing

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 31, 2011 6:15 AM
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If the upcoming female-centric comedy. "I Don't Know How She Does It," isn't on your radar at all, don't worry, you're not alone out there. The picture is currently battling "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," for the coveted 2011: Audiences Have Zero Awareness About This Film Award, so you shouldn't feel bad if you've barely heard of it.

Naomi Watts Looks Dowdy In First Look Photo From Clint Eastwood's 'J. Edgar'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 16, 2011 6:45 AM
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Plus New Photos Of Sarah Jessica Parker, Lea Michele & Sofia Vergara In 'New Year's Eve'We suppose she wasn't meant to be glamorous or pretty in this picture. WB has released a first look photo of Naomi Watts in Clint Eastwood's biopic "J. Edgar" starring Leonardo DiCaprio, and the actress looks positively dowdy and frumpy. That's by design. She's playing Helen Gandy, a Justice Department file clerk who ended up being Hoover’s personal secretary. Not the sexiest role in the film, though in one version of Dustin Lance Black's screenplay, if we recall correctly, there is one brief sequence where she and Hoover attempt to go out on a date, which doesn't really work out. Following Hoover's death in 1972, Gandy spent weeks destroying his personal file, thought to be where the most incriminating material he used to manipulate and control the most powerful figures in Washington was kept, though we're pretty sure Eastwood's drama won't extend that far into his history.

Aline Brosh McKenna To Adapt Graphic Novel 'Rust' For 20th Century Fox

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • July 16, 2011 5:23 AM
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There are quite a few screenwriters that we here at The Playlist think are incredibly overrated. Someone like Allan Loeb ("21," "The Switch") comes to mind, but Aline Brosh McKenna wouldn't be far behind him. She's a rom-com writing star, penning films like "27 Dresses" and "Morning Glory," though she hasn't had much critical success since "The Devil Wears Prada" in 2006. It's possible that she's moving away from her roots, as Deadline reported yesterday that she's signed on to adapt graphic novel "Rust: Visitor in the Field" for 20th Century Fox.

Watch: Sarah Jessica Parker In 'I Don't Know How She Does It' Trailer. We Don't Know How We Did It.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 27, 2011 1:42 AM
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A few weeks back, "Bridesmaids" struck something of a blow for the female-fronted comedy, by doing what so few have in recent years, and remembering to be funny and touching while failing to be patronizing, unpleasant, one-dimensional and misogynistic in its depiction of its characters. Did it mark an opening of the floodgates? After all, the film's breakout star Melissa McCarthy, not exactly your traditional female lead, has already landed a starring role in a new project, while the more imminent films in the same genre, projects like "Bad Teacher" and "What's Your Number," seem to give some reason for optimism. Were the days of the mind-meltingly awful rom-com about an unappealing lead juggling career, family and love, trying to have it all and discovering that she can't, she has to be a wife and a mother, finally over?

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