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NYT Critics Dargis and Scott Weigh In On Everything That Rankles Them About the Film Industry

The NYT has published a fairly fabulous series of "emails" from their two top film critics -- that would be Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott -- openly addressed to a number of groups throughout the industry, including everyone from Megan Ellison and Sony to "directors," "Hollywood liberals" (with Amy Pascal and Steven Spielberg CC'd) and "everyone who is freaking out about the new Barbie and Peeps movies." In other words, they're cutting a wide, mischievous swath. Read some excerpts, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 12:35 PM
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Fandor Now Categorizing Its Films Using the Bechdel Test -- And They Want Your Help

"Wendy and Lucy"
Fandor is going above and beyond the typical ideas of a streaming service. Beginning May 5, the site is incorporating a pop-up survey that appears with whatever film a viewer has chosen to watch. The three-question survey is the Bechdel test! Answers from the survey will help Fandor catalogue their content, so that all Bechdel-passing films can be found on a dedicated landing page.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 6, 2014 11:36 AM
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Shailene Woodley Says She's Not a Feminist Because "You Need Balance"

Shailene Woodley is a pretty amazing quote generator (her Earth Mama comments about foraging in the woods and making her own lotions have inspired numerous listicles and clickbait fodder), and now she's said a few things to TIME about, as they call it, the "F" word. That would be feminism.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 5, 2014 4:26 PM
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Who Should Play Elvis in the New Biopic to Be Directed by Baz Luhrmann? (CLIPS)

Baz Luhrmann's films are larger than life, flamboyant to the nines, and heavily music-oriented in one way or another (he loves his soundtracks) so it makes total sense that he'd be lining up an Elvis Presley biopic as his next project.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 1, 2014 3:33 PM
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Yes! The Onion's New Website Clickhole Will Skewer Clickbait-y BuzzFeed and Upworthy

Hats off to those bright folks over at the Onion, who have created a new parody website taking aim at click-bait sites Buzzfeed and Upworthy. Called Clickhole (ha!), it will go live this summer. But stop on over to the site now, so that you can receive a step-by-step tutorial on how to click your mouse (double ha!).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 1, 2014 2:39 PM
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Eric Rohmer's Lovely 'A Summer's Tale' Finally Arrives on the Big Screen

Fans of Eric Rohmer, start getting excited now. The French auteur's light-as-air classic "A Summer's Tale," the third film in his Four Seasons film cycle and the only one to never before receive US theatrical distribution, is arriving this summer on the big screen. It hits theaters June 20 at New York's Lincoln Plaza, and July 18 at various Laemmle theater locations in LA. A national release is set to follow.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 30, 2014 4:33 PM
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Go Beatles Crazy This Summer with 'A Hard Day's Night' Restoration in Theaters (UPDATED WITH NEW TRAILER)

Janus Films is set to release a brand new 4K restoration of the Beatles’ delirious, anything-goes musical “A Hard Day’s Night” -- where John, Paul, George and Ringo play slapstick versions of themselves, hounded by gaga fans -- in more than 50 cities over the July 4 weekend, including New York’s Film Forum, LA’s Cinefamily and San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 29, 2014 11:44 AM
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Coppola Joins Fincher, Rogen and More for PGA's 2014 Produced By Conference

The sixth annual Produced By Conference, put on by the Producers Guild of America, is nailing down its prestigious guest list of speakers. Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola has been added to the roster.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 28, 2014 3:50 PM
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John Travolta Hits the "Bollywood Oscars," Eyeing Role in a Bollywood Film (VIDEO)

It was nothing but Bollywood this past weekend for John Travolta. The star, who blew up the internet a couple months ago when he presented "Frozen" star Idina Menzel as Adele Dazeem at the Oscars, was honored at the International Indian Film Academy Awards (or the "Bollywood Oscars") in Tampa on March 26, where he received an Outstanding Achievement in International Cinema award. He also dropped some hints about being close to signing on to star in a Bollywood film -- Shekhar Kapur's "Paani."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 28, 2014 3:25 PM
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Geoff Boucher Launches 'Humans from Earth' Screening Series and Podcast

Geoff Boucher, founder of the LA Times' Hero Complex, is kicking off a new monthly screening and stage-interview series May 2 at the American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theater: Humans from Earth. Designed as a showcase for all things Comic-Con culture, the series bows with the cult classic “Slither” and writer-director James Gunn (who’s currently in post-production on Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”).
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 26, 2014 1:31 PM
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