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‘My Little Pony: Equestria Girls’ – To Be or Not to Be A Pony?

In 2013 Hasbro Studios did a pretty risky thing with one of their biggest franchises. They decided to take My Little Ponies and humanize them in a movie called My Little Pony: Equestria Girls. In that film one of the characters, Twilight Sparkles, discovers a mirror which allows her to travel into an alternate universe in order to recover a crown that was stolen from the Crystal Empire. Upon her arrival she is horrified to learn that she has turned into a human. This was a risky move for Hasbro because being magical ponies was their schtick.

Though there isn’t any four-legged characters walking around, I’m assuming it was a hit with the My Little Pony community because Hasbro decided to bring the Esquestria Girls back a few more times since. Now the My Little Pony: Equestria Girls have an all-new show which just premiered on Youtube. I had
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Shooting The Disaster Artist Was Really Weird For Everyone Because James Franco Directed it in Character as Tommy Wiseau

I've been hearing great things about James Franco's new film The Disaster Artist. The movie is based on the true story of the making of the legendary terrible film The Room, which is known as “the ‘Citizen Kane’ of bad movies.” The movie looks hilarious and weird in the best of ways, but apparently, it was a very strange experience for the cast and crew while shooting the movie. Why? Because Franco directed it in character as Tommy Wiseau!

/Film recently attended a screening and Q&A for the film in James Franco and Dave Franco shared some stories of what it was like for them making the movie, and it sounds like it was a pretty insane experience! Here's the conversion that went down:

James: When else am I ever going to direct a movie and play the movie where the lead is directing a movie and playing the lead?
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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey

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The Craziest Hollywood Movies of the 21st Century — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

In honor of Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!,” which just became one of the only movies to ever earn an “F” Cinemascore rating, what is the craziest movie that a major Hollywood studio has released this century?

Joshua Rothkopf (@joshrothkopf), Time Out New York

Talk about a self-answering question. Unless you can point to another movie that brews such an aggressive whirlwind of psychosexual anxiety, starring the biggest star in the world (who is also romantically involved with the director), then we’re talking about “mother!” I’m sure you’ve got “The Wolf of Wall Street” at the ready as an alternative, but how crazy is that film, given
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Watch James Franco Celebrate 'The Room' in Wild 'Disaster Artist' Trailer

Watch James Franco Celebrate 'The Room' in Wild 'Disaster Artist' Trailer
Tommy Wiseau turns his Hollywood dreams into a catastrophic reality in the hilarious new trailer for James Franco's The Disaster Artist. The film stars Franco as cult film legend Tommy Wiseau and chronicles the making of Wiseau's infamous movie, The Room, as well as Wiseau's friendship with the movie's co-star Greg Sestero (Dave Franco).

The clip opens with Wiseau and Sestero bonding over their shared Hollywood dreams, yet floundering in their pursuit. Sestero admits he's in awe of Wiseau's fearlessness, even though it doesn't pay off, like when he
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The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Classic Movies for People Who Don’t Watch Older Films — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

A recent article (based on a very unscientific poll) argued that millennials don’t really care about old movies. Maybe that’s true, and maybe it isn’t, but the fact remains that many people disregard classic cinema on principle. These people are missing out, but it only takes one film — the right film — to change their minds and forever alter their viewing habits.

This week’s question: What is one classic film you would recommend to someone who doesn’t watch them?

Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker), Hello Beautiful, /Film, Thrillist, etc

Rebel Without a Cause.” I’ll out myself by saying that I’ve only recently seen this film
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1941: A Great Comedy For Slim Pickens Day

On Monday, August 28, 2017, Turner Classic Movies will devote an entire day of their “Summer Under the Stars” series to the late, great Louis Burton Lindley Jr. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, well, then just picture the fella riding the bomb like a buckin’ bronco at the end of Dr. Strangelove…, or the racist taskmaster heading up the railroad gang in Blazing Saddles, or the doomed Sheriff Baker, who gets one of the loveliest, most heartbreaking sendoffs in movie history in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Lindley joined the rodeo circuit when he was 13 and soon picked up the name that would follow him throughout the length of his professional career, in rodeo and in movies & TV. One of the rodeo vets got a look at the lank newcomer and told him, “Slim pickin’s. That’s all you’re gonna get in this rodeo.
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The 100 Greatest Comedies of All-Time, According to BBC’s Critics Poll

After polling critics from around the world for the greatest American films of all-time, BBC has now forged ahead in the attempt to get a consensus on the best comedies of all-time. After polling 253 film critics, including 118 women and 135 men, from 52 countries and six continents a simple, the list of the 100 greatest is now here.

Featuring canonical classics such as Some Like It Hot, Dr. Strangelove, Annie Hall, Duck Soup, Playtime, and more in the top 10, there’s some interesting observations looking at the rest of the list. Toni Erdmann is the most recent inclusion, while the highest Wes Anderson pick is The Royal Tenenbaums. There’s also a healthy dose of Chaplin and Lubitsch with four films each, and the recently departed Jerry Lewis has a pair of inclusions.

Check out the list below (and my ballot) and see more on their official site.

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese,
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One, Two, Three

Some like their comedy hot and some like it cold. Billy Wilder opted to step on the joke accelerator to see what top speed looked like. One of the most finely tuned comedies ever made, this political satire crams five hours’ worth of wit and sight gags into 115 minutes. The retirement-age James Cagney practically blows a fuse rattling through Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s high-pressure speeches, without slurring so much as a single syllable.

One, Two, Three


Kl Studio Classics

1961 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 115 min. / Street Date May 30, 2017 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis,

Howard St. John, Hanns Lothar, Lilo Pulver

Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp

Production Designers Robert Stratil, Heinrich Weidemann

Art Direction Alexander Trauner

Film Editor Daniel Mandell

Original Music André Previn

Written by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond from the play by Ferenc Molnar

Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder

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Interview: Director Pat Healy of ‘Take Me’ at Chicago Critics Film Festival on May 15, 2017

Chicago – An original voice, in an original conceptual movie, is a rare category of cinema art. Director and lead actor Pat Healy, working from a script from Mike Makowsky, has fashioned “Take Me,” a thriller about kidnapping and having the tables turned.

Healy is Ray, a kind of loser who stumbles upon a new business… providing kidnapping scenarios for willing clients. Business is bad – there is an hilarious opening with Ray trying to get a loan from a local bank – until a new client emerges (Taylor Schilling of ‘Orange is the New Black’), who wants more from the service than the faux kidnapper had ever provided. The film, rich with tones of darkness and redemption, is exquisitely fashioned by Pat Healy, in his first feature length film as a director.

Director and Lead Actor Pat Healy of ‘Take Me

Photo credit: The Orchard

Pat Healy has been a journeyman actor,
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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Darth Vader in Hilarious Star Wars Video

Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Darth Vader in Hilarious Star Wars Video
Darth Vader is easily one of the greatest, if not the single greatest movie villain in the history of cinema. A lot of that has to do with the brilliant voice work by James Earl Jones in the original Star Wars trilogy. Not only just his iconic voice itself, but the lines and the way in which they were delivered. But what if instead of James Earl Jones, Darth Vader was voiced by action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger using lines from his own movies? You need no longer wonder.

YouTuber Jason Einert decided to take it upon himself to take some of the most famous scenes featuring Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and swap out James Earl Jones' dialogue for Schwarzenegger's. The video has been on YouTube since 2012, but it has recently been making the rounds again. So if you've never seen it, now would be
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Criterion Now – Episode 14 – July 2017 Announcements, Criterion Art, Fire Walk With Me

This episode takes a look at Criterion from the artistic lens, as we talk film with illustrators Caitlin Kuhwald and Michele Rosenthal. Caitlin has designed covers for Amarcord, The Organizer, To Be or Not to Be, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, and many more. Michele has designed images inspired by her “Affection” of Criterion. We talk about the July announcements, Twin Peaks, Buena Vista Social Club, Trips to Italy, and all sorts of other topics.

Episode Notes

8:00 – July Announcements

32:00 – Newsletter Clue – Fire Walk With Me

38:30 – Buena Vista Social Club

42:30 – Jonathan Demme Rip

46:00 – Short Takes (Diabolique, A Taste of Honey, Woman of the Year)

54:00 – FilmStruck

Episode Links Criterion Now Facebook Group Criterion Close-Up 24 – With Caitlin Kuhwald Criterion Close-Up 34 – With Michele Rosenthal The Mean Magenta Will Eisner Sam Spratt (artist of The Lure poster) Episode Credits Aaron West: Twitter | Website | Letterboxd Caitlin Kuhwald: Website | Twitter | Instagram Michele
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‘To Be or Not to Be’: Ernst Lubitsch’s Comedy of (T)Errors

Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not to Be, that controversial World War II farce/satire/dark comedy about a group of ham actors who go on a mission to save Polish resistance from the Gestapo – and, in the course of doing so, ridicule the Nazi war machine as well as Adolf Hitler himself – recently turned 75, and is one of those films that age like good wine.

“Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?” seems precisely the kind of question you should not put into one of your actors’ mouth in a farcical comedy shot at the beginning of 1940s, when the Nazis were gradually turning Europe into a wasteland. “I prefer a slow encirclement” would be, then, a perfect illustration of a witty repartee every director making movies at that time ought to stay away from. Yet Ernst Lubitsch, that German virtuoso of sophisticated American comedy who taught millions of viewers how to use allusion,
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NYC Weekend Watch: ‘Yi Yi,’ ‘Under the Cherry Moon,’ Wim Wenders & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Quad Cinema

Though sold-out, the Kenneth Lonergan-presented screening of Yi Yi may have tickets available as of showtime.

The Lina Wertmüller series continues running.

Four Play” brings together The Who, Paul Schrader, Michael Curtiz, and Fassbinder.


“Welcome to Metrograph: A-z” brings essential Mizoguchi, Truffaut, and Sturges this weekend.

Alphaville continues to screen.

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Review: In The Discovery, People Are (Literally) Dying to Experience the Afterlife

… Who would fardels bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But that the dread of something after death, The undiscovered country, from whose bourn No traveller returns, puzzles the will, And makes us rather bear those ills we have Than fly to others that we know not of? --William Shakespeare, Hamlet The question of what, if anything, exists beyond the realm of human existence is one that has been imagined, theorized, and speculated upon since well before Shakespeare wrote the above words in the voice of his gloomy Dane, contemplating suicide in his "To be or not to be" soliloquy. Hamlet says that it is fear and lack of knowledge of "the undiscovered country" of the afterlife that makes us endure a hard life rather than...

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Locarno Blog. "The Party"

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The Notebook is the North American home for Locarno Film Festival Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian's blog. Chatrian has been writing thoughtful blog entries in Italian on Locarno's website since he took over as Director in late 2012, and now you can find the English translations here on the Notebook as they're published. The Locarno Film Festival will be taking place August 2 - 12.If I think back to my earliest memories of the cinema, one fact—along with the names of certain films—leaps to mind. Or rather, not a fact, but a sensation. A sensation that fades into a hazy memory. At the movies I laughed at the twists and turns of bodies that could transpose acrobatic moves into everyday life, and at other bodies, too, ones that really were made of rubber, or seemed to be. Bodies that could be bent out of shape and absorb incredible falls, shocks and
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NCIS Season 14 Episode 7 Review: Home of the Brave

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I know other reviewers probably thought this episode was The Best Ever, but NCIS Season 14 Episode 7 for me came across as preachy, heavy-handed, and uneven. To make matters worse, the crime the team was investigating (when they weren't childishly fighting over Tony's apartment) was painfully predictable.

While it was nice having Robert Wagner back as Dinozzo Senior, his appearance simply could not salvage "Home of the Brave" for me.

The issue of people who illegally entered the country as children, infants even, is definitely a painful and sensitive one. However, I would argue that Victor Medina serving as the representative of such individuals did not exactly have much nuance; the man was practically a saint, and even the thing he supposedly did wrong (the bar assault) he did right.

Perhaps it would have made for more interesting television if the man had not been so painfully perfect in every way aside from his immigration status.
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The Search for Family in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ Harmony Korine’s New Ad, Music of ‘Twin Peaks’ & More

Dailies is a round-up of essential film writing, news bits, videos, and other highlights from across the Internet. If you’d like to submit a piece for consideration, get in touch with us in the comments below or on Twitter at @TheFilmStage.

Edward Yang’s little-seen The Terrorizers will get its first theatrical run at BAMcinematek from October 21 through 27.

Watch a video essay on the search for family in There Will Be Blood:

Little White LiesNick Chen on how Brian De Palma influenced the films of Noah Baumbach:

If Hitchcock is a language, then De Palma has been fluent in it for decades: Obsession is Vertigo, Body Double is Rear Window, and so on. “I was the one practitioner that took up the things he pioneered,” De Palma asserts in Baumbach’s film. Alternatively, there’s Blow Out – often deemed the most representative of his aesthetic – which
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The Top Ten Funny Ladies of the Movies

The recent box office success of The Boss firmly establishes Melissa McCarthy as the current queen of movie comedies (Amy Schumer could be a new contender after an impressive debut last Summer with Trainwreck), but let us think back about those other funny ladies of filmdom. So while we’re enjoying the female reboot/re-imagining of Ghostbusters and those Bad Moms, here’s a top ten list that will hopefully inspire lots of laughter and cause you to search out some classic comedies. It’s tough to narrow them down to ten, but we’ll do our best, beginning with… 10. Eve Arden The droll Ms. Arden represents the comic sidekicks who will attempt to puncture the pomposity of the leading ladies with a well-placed wisecrack (see also the great Thelma Ritter in Rear Window). Her career began in the early 1930’s with great bit roles in Stage Door and Dancing Lady.
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The Carer review – Brian Cox twinkles in touching odd-couple drama

Cox’s adorable grump learns to laugh again in a British film with witty touches from co-writer Gilbert Adair, and only a faint taste of Werther’s Original

Those with unhappy memories of Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet, that sucrose vision of sweet old British thesps in a nursing home, might flinch at this. Brian Cox plays Sir Michael Gifford, an adorably grumpy old Shakespearian actor with the beginnings of Parkinson’s, who makes life hell for his family and nursing staff. But his new home care assistant is Dorottya (Coco König), a cheeky young Hungarian drama student who makes him laugh and reminds him of his younger self. A touching odd-couple friendship commences, which exasperates Sir Michael’s daughter, Sophia (Emilia Fox), and his secretary and former lover, Milly (Anna Chancellor), who are suspicious and maybe a little envious of this new relationship.

This film looks like it’s going
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Silk Stockings

It's in glorious Technicolor Metrocolor, CinemaScope and StereoPhonic Sound! Fred Astaire's final MGM musical gives him Cyd Charisse and a Cole Porter score, plus some nice Hermes Pan choreography. The script and Rouben Mamoulian's direction aren't the best, but the combined magic of the musical and dancing talent saves the day. Silk Stockings Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1957 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Janis Paige, Peter Lorre, George Tobias, Jules Munshin, Joseph Buloff, Wim Sonneveld Cinematography Robert Bronner Art Direction Randall Duell, William A. Horning Film Editor Harold F. Kress Original Music Cole Porter Written by Abe Burrows, Leonard Gershe, George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath, and Leonard Spigelgass Produced by Arthur Freed Directed by Rouben Mamoulian

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

On the Town?  The Pajama Game?  Damn Yankees?   The Warner Archive Collection's next musical up for the
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