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We’ve all met Tracy Flick — the eager-beaver student that charms the right teachers, wins all the awards and corners the big scholarships. Alexander Payne’s witty, perceptive look at High School shows the predicament of a model teacher who can’t help but sabotage a pupil’s run for class president. Reese Witherspoon’s wholly original characterization scores big, and Matthew Broderick plays what is probably his best screen role.

Election

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1999 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 103 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 5, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Klein, Jessica Campbell, Phil Reeves, Molly Hagan, Delaney Driscoll, Mark Harelik, Colleen Camp.

Cinematography: James Glennon

Film Editor: Kevin Tent

Production Design: Jane Ann Stewart

Original Music: Rolfe Kent

Written by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor from a novel by Tom Perotta

Produced by Albert Berger, David Gale, Keith Samples, Ron Yerxa

Directed by Alexander Payne

“What
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"Jessica Jones" - Krysten Ritter In "Esquire"

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Take a look @ images of actress Krysten Ritter aka Marvel's street-smart "Jessica Jones" in "Esquire" magazine:

"Marvel's Jessica Jones" is the web TV series created for Netflix by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name...

...set in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second in a series of shows that will lead up to a "Defenders" crossover miniseries.

Following the former superhero who opens her own detective agency, the series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Tall Girls Productions, with Rosenberg serving as showrunner.

January 2016, Netflix renewed "Jessica Jones" for a second season.

"...she's damaged yet determined. She's powerful but not your average hero.

"Now, she's hunting down her worst nightmare.

"Meet Jessica Jones, the reluctant hero of the Netflix original series 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'. 

'Jessica Campbell Jones
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Krysten Ritter In "Esquire"

Take a look @ new images of actress Krysten Ritter aka Marvel's street-smart "Jessica Jones", in a pictorial for the April 2016 issue of "Esquire" magazine:

"Marvel's Jessica Jones" is the web TV series created for Netflix by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, set in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' (McU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise, and is the second in a series of shows that will lead up to a "Defenders" crossover miniseries.

Folliwing 'Jessica Jones', a former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero career, the series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios and Tall Girls Productions, with Rosenberg serving as showrunner.

January 2016, Netflix renewed "Jessica Jones" for a second season.

"...she's damaged yet determined. She's powerful but not your average hero.

"Now, she's hunting down her worst nightmare.
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Marvel's Jessica Jones

Network: Netflix

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: November 20, 2015 — present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachel Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Travel.

TV show description:

Born Jessica Campbell, she and her family were in a lethal car crash with a military convoy transporting radioactive substances, which have imparted the girl with super strength. As her family's sole survivor of the wreck, Jessica is adopted by the Jones family and takes their surname.

Rebounding from atrocities she endured as Superhero Jewel (as well as a brief stint as Knightress), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) opens her own New York City private detective agency -- Alias Investigations. As she tries to start her life over, the still-traumatized,
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"Marvel's Jessica Jones" - New Footage

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Take another look @ action footage from Marvel TV's live-action superhero TV series "Jessica Jones", starring Krysten Ritter ("Breaking Bad") as a hard-drinking, short-fused, super-strong private investigator, debuting November 20, 2015 on Netflix:

"...she's damaged yet determined. She's powerful but not your average hero.

"Now, she's hunting down her worst nightmare.

"Meet Jessica Jones, the reluctant hero of the Netflix original series 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'. 

"Produced by Marvel Television, the series takes viewers inside the dark, gritty world of a former superhero...

"...desperate to destroy the man who once controlled her every move.

"By melding psychological themes, suspense and street ­level action with moments of levity, the series marks a unique and highly anticipated addition to Marvel's television landscape..."

'Jessica Campbell Jones Cage' was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and illustrator Michael Gaydos, debuting in Marvel Comics' "Alias" #1 (November 2001) as a former superheroine who became the owner and sole
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"Marvel's Jessica Jones" - More Action Footage

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Sneak Peek a new trailer, revealing more action footage from Marvel TV's live-action superhero TV series "Jessica Jones", starring Krysten Ritter ("Breaking Bad") as a hard-drinking, short-fused, super-strong private investigator, debuting November 20, 2015 on Netflix:

"...she's damaged yet determined. She's powerful but not your average hero.

"Now, she's hunting down her worst nightmare.

"Meet Jessica Jones, the reluctant hero of the Netflix original series 'Marvel's Jessica Jones'. 

"Produced by Marvel Television, the series takes viewers inside the dark, gritty world of a former superhero desperate to destroy the man who once controlled her every move.

"By melding psychological themes, suspense and street ­level action with moments of levity, the series marks a unique and highly anticipated addition to Marvel's television landscape..."

'Jessica Campbell Jones Cage' was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and illustrator Michael Gaydos, debuting in Marvel Comics' "Alias" #1 (November 2001) as a former superheroine who became
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Mike Colter Cast to Play Luke Cage in Marvel/Netflix Live Action Series

Marvel has apparently cast Mike Colter over Lance Gross to play Luke Cage in its Jessica Jones series that's coming to Netflix in a year or so; and likely the in the Luke Cage stand alone series that will come after. Comic book geeks will know that Jessica Jones was later known as Jessica Campbell Jones Cage, because she eventually marries Luke Cage, the African American superhero, both of them of the Marvel universe. The couple had a daughter as well. When this project was first announced in 2010, I wondered whether we could expect to see Luke Cage worked into the TV series (it wasn't said at the time); now, we know that he will. Although Cage will also star in his own...
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Lance Gross and Mike Colter in the Running to Play Luke Cage in Marvel/Netflix Live Action Series

Marvel has reportedly begun screen-testing actors and actresses for the role of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in the upcoming Netflix series based on Jessica Jones, from Melissa Rosenberg ("Twilight" screenwriter). Comic book geeks will know that Jessica Jones was later known as Jessica Campbell Jones Cage, because she eventually marries Luke Cage, the African American superhero, both of them of the Marvel universe. The couple had a daughter as well. When this project was first announced in 2010, I wondered whether we could expect to see Luke Cage worked into the TV series (it wasn't said at the time), and it now looks like he will. Although Cage will also star in his own series,...
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Alexander Payne BFI Retrospective - Election

Simon Columb reviews Election from BFI Southbank's Alexander Payne retrospective...

Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. So the age-old saying goes. Election, Alexander Payne’s second feature, hit cinema screens in 1999 and immediately found a fan-base by deconstructing this mantra and showing it in all its school-emblem colours. Kicking off Reese Witherspoon’s career and reviving Matthew Broderick’s (with a neat play on his Ferris Bueller role from the mid-eighties - rather than a student who bunks, he’s a teacher who adores education), Election is also a triumph in combining four-narrations that equally highlight our own different attitudes towards ambition and success while portraying how they are often incompatible.

We are first introduced to keen-o student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) and her teacher Mr McAllister (Matthew Broderick). Tracy is a hard-worker and ambitious student, focused on becoming school president. Mr McAllister – winner of teacher of
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Best Movie Ever?: "Election"

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Now that you've voted, let's remember something important: There is nothing more depressing than a movie that wants to convey the melodrama of high school and fails. I hate, hate, hate bad high school movies. Every time I watch one, it feels like a lazy distortion or an insult to my own high school memories, of which I'm very protective. Is it really that hard to write about high school as something more than a popularity contest? I'm asking you, the screenwriter of She's All That. Because I think of ages 14-18 as a time of great self-realization, self-definition, and fun. There are spurts of trauma too, but the idea that high schools are divided squarely into winners and losers is bizarre and dumb. One movie that gets it right is Election, Alexander Payne's 1999 satire that centers around a student council election,
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10 Great Debate Scenes Listed by Time: Tracy Flick, Woody Allen, 'The Candidate' & Frank the Tank Make the Cut

10 Great Debate Scenes Listed by Time: Tracy Flick, Woody Allen, 'The Candidate' & Frank the Tank Make the Cut
Now that the Presidential debates have wrapped up for the 2012 election, Time has compiled a list of the ten best debate scenes in film history. Included in the comedy-heavy list are Woody Allen's Fellini rant in "Annie Hall," Alicia Silverstone's gum-popping Haitian refugee speech in "Clueless" and Reese Witherspoon's brittle overachiever Tracy Flick opposite slacker Jessica Campbell in "Election." Full list below, along with a few clips. What debate scenes has Time left out that should be added to the list? 1. Tim Robbins opposite Gore Vidal in "Bob Roberts" 2. Denzel Washington's Wiley College debaters opposite the all-white Harvard team in "The Great Debaters" 3. Will Ferrell's Frank the Tank opposite Jeremy Piven in "Old School" 4. Robert Redford as Bill McKay in "The Candidate" 5. Alicia Silverstone's Cher expounding on Haitian refugees in...
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5 Things We Learned About 'Freaks & Geeks' From The Av Club's Epic Walkthrough With Paul Feig

While the show only lasted a season (although ratings were enough that, were it on today, it would be a big hit), so much of what's proved successful in the comedy world in the last decade can be traced back to " Freaks & Geeks." Executive produced by Judd Apatow, who's been behind many of the most successful comedies in recent years, from "Anchorman" to the upcoming "The Five-Year Engagement," and created by Paul Feig, who reunited with Apatow for last year's smash hit "Bridesmaids," it followed a group of nerds and burnouts in a Michigan high school.

And looking back, the cast is a who's who of the people that have made you laugh in recent years: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Samm Levine and Busy Phillips were all in the original cast, along with Linda Cardellini, while her screen brother John Francis Daley wrote the screenplay for
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23 High School Movies That Get The Passing Grade

Considering it's where most of us (bar the weird home-schooled kids) spend our crucial formative years, where we have our first fights, our first loves, our first tentative steps into adulthood, it's no surprise that high school has long been a popular setting for movies. A range of genres (though generally leaning towards comedy) have taken place in those hallways, particularly from the 1980s onwards, when John Hughes, among others, made an entire career out of the lives and loves of 15-18 year olds.

The latest film to head back to class is "21 Jump Street" (review here) the big-screen reboot of the '80s TV show, which stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as youthful-looking cops who are sent back to high school in order to bust a drug-running ring. While you might assume this to be another lazy remake, you'd be very wrong, as Tatum, Hill, co-writer Michael Bacall,
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Marvel planning ‘Jessica Jones’ TV series

According to various sources, Melissa Rosenberg, the screenwriter who penned the script for Twilight, has been hired by Marvel to write and produce a TV show based on the character of Jessica Jones:

Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics universe, created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. Jones debuted in the series Alias as an embittered former superheroine who had used the aliases Jewel and Knightress. After hanging up her costume, she became the owner and sole employee of Alias Private Investigations.

Tilted Aka Jessica Jones, the series will run on ABC and is fully expected to be the first official Marvel project to appear on the network. Jeph Loeb and Joe Quesada will share producing duties with Rosenberg while Jessica Jones creator Brian Michael Bendis will take on the role of script consultant.
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Luke Cage’s Superhero Wife Is Getting Her Own TV Series!

Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight screenwriter) is reportedly writing and executive producing a TV series based on Marvel superhero Jessica Jones.

I’m no comic book geek, so I’m not at all familiar with the character, and thus had to look her up. Feel free to do the same; Wikipedia was my main source.

One item of note for Jessica Jones is that, she’s later known as Jessica Campbell Jones Cage. The last name should give you a hint as to where I’m going with this, especially if you’re a follower of the Marvel universe.

You see, Jessica Jones eventually marries Luke Cage, the African American superhero, also a Marvel character. The couple had a daughter as well.

Jessica Jones is Caucasian by the way. At least, I didn’t find anything that led me to believe otherwise.

And so my main interest here is whether we can
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Political Movie Quotes to Rock the Vote!

Political Movie Quotes to Rock the Vote!
It's Election Day, and U.S. citizens are heading to the polls! In celebration of our blessed freedom, "Extra" has put together a list of some of the best political movie quotes. Check em' out! And get out there and vote!

Top 20 Political Movie Quotes'Man of the Year' (2004)

"Politicians are a lot like diapers. They should be changed frequently, and for the same reasons." —Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams)

'Swing Vote' (2008)

"All the world's
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Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 17, "The Little Things"

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Revived and Derived:
"Freaks and Geeks" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night's episode.

Episode 17

The Little Things

Teleplay by Jon Kasdan

Story by Jon Kasdan & Judd Apatow & Mike White

Directed by Jake Kasdan

"You know what all my protesting accomplished in the '60s at Berkeley? 16 scars on my head from a teargas canister." -- Mr. Rosso

Three storylines run through "The Little Things": the impending arrival of Vice President George H.W. Bush at McKinley (and the possibility that Lindsay might get to ask him a question), Sam's growing dissatisfaction with his relationship with Cindy Sanders, and the revelation that Ken's girlfriend Amy (Jessica Campbell) was born with both male and female genitalia. They seem like vastly different subjects for a single episode,
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Election: No 14

Alexander Payne, 1999

Election was a novel before it was a film, but Tom Perrotta only got a publisher after film-maker Payne read Election and optioned it. In Payne's hands, Election transcended its roots as the sharply observed tale of a high-school president contest, to become an allegory for American politics, in which the sharp-elbowed battle the stupid and manipulated.

Like Payne's later films, About Schmidt and Sideways, this centres on the great sadness at the heart of a man. In this case it's Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a high-school teacher unhappy in his marriage, whose hatred of the overachieving pupil Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) is such that he persuades the class jock Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to run against her for the school presidency. McAllister then becomes so deeply embroiled in the race that he tries to fix the vote. Witherspoon has never been better, and Broderick, puffy and harassed,
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Revived and Derived: "Freaks and Geeks" Ep. 12, "The Garage Door"

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Revived and Derived:
"Freaks and Geeks" is now airing on IFC, and we thought we'd take this opportunity to revisit the show that launched a thousand bromance movies. Every week, Matt Singer and Alison Willmore will be offering their thoughts on that night's episode.

Episode 12

"The Garage Door"

Written by Gabe Sachs & Jeff Judah & Patty Lin

Directed by Bryan Gordon

"You'll never be friends. Maybe in, like, two years, but you're never really going to be friends again until Nick gets another girlfriend, and then you're just going to want him back, and then this whole thing's going to start over again." -- Kim

Alison: Romantic concerns rule this episode of "Freaks & Geeks," which offers a spectrum of relationships starting, progressing and ending. There's Ken's crush on "tuba girl" Amy (Jessica Campbell, best known as Tammy "Who cares about this stupid election?" Metzler), there's Daniel's new turn-the-other-cheek strategy with Kim and there's Nick
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The Tracy Flicks of the World -- Dellamorte reviews Election on Blu-ray

We’re ten years out from Election, and the film has done nothing but age gracefully. Though high schools may feature more cell-phones and texting, the essential elements have not changed. At all. Mathew Broderick plays Jim McAllister, a high school teacher who gets embroiled in a controversy when there’s a school election for president. The main candidate, the only candidate is Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), who had an affair with Jim’s best friend Dave Novotny (Mark Harelik), who was also a teacher, and was fired for the affair. Because Jim doesn’t want to be that close to Tracy he enlists Paul Metzler (Chris Klein) to run against her. Paul was the star quarterback but broke his leg, and so he’s really into running for that, but approaches life with a zen-like dumbness. His sister Tammy (Jessica Campbell) is a lesbian who has a ...
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