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Film Review: ‘America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth’

17 October 2014 5:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

After porn and advertising, movies rank high among the most corrosive forces influencing young Americans’ ideas of sexuality today, which makes Darryl Roberts’ latest social-outrage essay, “America the Beautiful 3: The Sexualization of Our Youth,” a clever tool with which to fight back. While Roberts doesn’t have either the marketing budget or the filmmaking resources to launch a full-blown counter-attack, he has shrewdly chosen a mass-media format to reach parents and mature young viewers. The unwieldy result serves as a contemplative yet frustratingly superficial critique of a toxic situation in which audiences are being treated as sexual objects at increasingly early ages.

A racy counterpart to Roberts’ 2008 docu, which dealt with how mass media are shaping a generation’s ideas of body image and self-esteem, this latest film seems destined for home viewing, where people renting it for the wrong reasons might actually stand to learn something amid the »

- Peter Debruge

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Why Former Robin Chris O'Donnell Thinks Ben Affleck as Batman Was an "Easy Decision"

15 October 2014 4:50 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Chris O'Donnell had the distinction of playing Robin twice: once to Val Kilmer's Batman in 1995's Batman Forever and again to George Clooney's version of the Caped Crusader in 1997's Batman & Robin. So when he stopped by our La offices recently, we had to ask what he thinks about the franchise's newest Dark Knight, Ben Affleck. "I think he'll be great. I think it's an easy decision for Ben to do that. He's got nothing to lose - he's a made man, so to speak, in Hollywood. He directed Argo. He won an Academy Award. There's no downside," Chris told us. "And the fact of the matter is, having been through it myself, there is nothing that has a greater reach internationally than a film like Batman. Ben's a smart businessman. He knows that, and if you thought you couldn't expand his brand further, he will by virtue of Batman. »

- Lindsay-Miller

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Picturehouse to release Gloria

6 October 2014 12:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has acquired all Us rights to Gloria, the biopic based on the true story of Latin American pop icon Gloria Trevi. Universal will distribute in Latin America.

Picturehouse acquired rights from Matthias Ehrenberg of Mexico City-based production outfit Río Negro and has scheduled a first quarter 2015 release.

Trevi was the bestselling artist known as the Mexican Madonna who, with the assistance of her manager-husband, rose to fame in the 1980s and 1990s. She was jailed on charges of running a sex cult and eventually acquitted in 2004.

Sofia Espinosa stars alongside Marco Perez. First-timer Christian Keller directed from the screenplay by Sabina Berman.

Ehrenberg, Barrie M Osborne and Alan B Curtiss produced. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Picturehouse Acquires ‘Gloria,’ Pop Biopic Of The “Mexican Madonna”

6 October 2014 10:41 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Picturehouse has acquired U.S. rights to Gloria, the controversial Mexican biopic based on the rise, fall, and rise of Latin American pop-rock icon Gloria Trevi. The musical drama stars Sofia Espinosa as Trevi, the singer-songwriter who earned the nicknames “The Mexican Madonna” and “The Supreme Diva of Mexican Pop” with her sexually- and politically-charged brand of chart-toppers in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. After signing off on the project, Trevi attempted last year to block the project from moving forward. A January 2015 release is now planned with Universal Pictures International releasing the film in Mexico and Latin America.

Trevi, who’s sold over 20 million records in her 25-year career, is no stranger to controversy. In 2000 she, manager-husband Sergio Andrade, and a backup singer were arrested and charged with corrupting minors in a sex cult; Trevi spent over four years in jail before being acquitted and freed. She released »

- Jen Yamato

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Top 50 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • Week Of 10/3/14

3 October 2014 7:41 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Felix Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is not at the top of the charts this week. Instead, the #1 spot in the Top 50 belongs to DisneyCollectorBR. The online video destination of adults showcasing and playing with children's toys witnessed a 15% uptick in views to end the week with more than 80.5 million. That's nearly 2 million views better than PewDiePie's 78.7 million. In third place is a newcomer to the Top 50. Unbox Therapy had a particularly great week thanks to some iPhone 6 flaws. The Canadian tech and gear-focused channel ended the week with nearly 63.2 million views. Next up in the #4 spot is StampyLongHead. The young British gamer who loves his Minecraft scored over 43.1 million views in the last seven days. And rounding out the Top 5 is Katy Perry. Despite no major music video releases in the past two months, the American pop star's music video catalog is still getting views. Perry's channel ened the »

- Joshua Cohen

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Exclusive Premiere: Asha Sing's party pop 'Satellite' video

23 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You may have picked up on Asha Sing's beat last summer with her infectious "Mercy." And this summer is hardly over, according to her new music video for "Satellite." Today, HitFix exclusively premieres the vid from the Miami-based artist, below. Again, Sing actively incorporates her Desi roots with a handful of Holi powder around her pool party. "Satellite was really fun for me to make because it was the first time I got to take more of a directors role. We specifically created a story where I got to show my personality and more of my acting chops," Sing said. "The best part was that a lot of my best friends and family were in the video. We were cracking up the entire shoot trying to finish." This fall, the former Shakira backup dancer sets off on her Be Unique Tour in South Florida to middle and high schools, to »

- Katie Hasty

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Labyrinth of Lies’

13 September 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A principled young prosecutor in post-wwii Germany uncovers inconvenient truths about his country’s recent past in “Labyrinth of Lies,” an intelligent and arresting fact-based drama that plays like a more streamlined version of the high-minded, blunt-spoken, socially conscious “prestige pictures” made by Stanley Kramer and similarly ambitious American auteurs during the 1950s and ’60s. , the campaign to identify, locate, and bring to trial some 22 “very normal Germans” who had actively facilitated the Final Solution at Auschwitz — but remained unpunished, and largely forgotten, long after the war ended. Commercial prospects and awards potential are such that Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American distribution rights for the film shortly after its Toronto Film Festival premiere.

Alexander Fehling (“Inglourious Basterds”) evinces an effective mix of naivete, idealism and implacable dedication — along with flashes of self-righteousness, and bottled-up rage that occasionally is uncorked – in the lead role of Johann Radmann, a composite of »

- Joe Leydon

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5 Things To Know About Robert Pattinson's New Gal Pal, Fka twigs

4 September 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It looks like Robert Pattinson may have a new lady in his life. The Twilight star, 28, has been spending quality time with British singer Fka twigs, a source tells People. "He is smitten," a Pattinson pal says. Here are five things to know about the 26-year-old artsy stunner, whose debut album, LP1, is getting rave reviews. 1. She was born Tahliah Barnett. Nicknamed "twigs" because of the way her joints crack, the singer added the acronym Fka ("Formerly Known As") to her moniker because American pop duo The Twigs already snagged the name. "The only way I won't have to change »

- Melody Chiu, @chiumelo

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Miley Cyrus Gives Advice - Smoke Some Weed, Ignore Facebook, Instagram Comments

2 September 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Miley Cyrus is giving life advice again, the American pop singer says she believes people could be a lot happier if they just smoke some weed and ignored negative comments and posts on Facebook and Instagram. The 21-year-old singer believes social media - such as Facebook and Instagram - causes more damage to your mental health than smoking cannabis. She explained: ''I put some picture of me smoking weed... on my Instagram because I was brought up in the way that we never thought marijuana was bad. ''You know what hurts your brain? Googling yourself. You know what hurts your brain? Instagram. ''You know what hurts your brain? Reading comments on Facebook.'' The 'Wrecking Ball hitmaker - who caused controversy last year when she danced provocatively up against Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 -doesn't want to be a role model for young girls because all she's »

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Charles Burnett's Other Masterpiece 'To Sleep With Anger'

13 August 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

"To Sleep With Anger" was released with a small bit of fanfare in 1990. Charles Burnett had already acquired a reputation as one of our most important homegrown auteurs even if most of the audience, black and white alike, were unfamiliar with his work. The film was released at something of an apex for Black American Cinema (and Black American Pop Culture in general). "Do The Right Thing" had only been released a year before, "Boyz N The Hood" was less than a year away; new black auteurs were appearing every year with a mandate to be successful and say something authentic about our experience in this country. Heady times. Danny Glover had »

- Brandon Wilson

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Lauren Bacall Dead At 89

12 August 2014 9:23 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One of the most iconic figures of Hollywood’s Golden Age is no longer with us. Today, sultry-voiced actress Lauren Bacall died at the age of 89 after suffering a massive stroke, multiple sources confirm.

Bacall is perhaps best known for her partnership with fellow Hollywood legend Humphrey Bogart, both on-screen and off. In 1944 classic To Have and Have Not, Bacall’s first big screen role (and the one in which she delivered her most iconic line: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow”), the sparks between the two ignited one of the film industry’s most enduring love stories. The pair married the next year and went on to star in such 1940s classics as The Big SleepDark Passage and Key Largo, staying together until Bogart’s death in 1957. Bacall was later engaged to Frank Sinatra and married another acting legend, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Playlistmania

31 July 2014 10:04 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Tim Sommer, rock raconteur extraordinaire, recently wrote a playlist for Tim Broun's blog Stupefaction. (#1 choice shown above.) Mr. Sommer has lately been writing a daily column in The Brooklyn Bugle (motto: "On the Web because paper is expensive") that immediately became the one thing that I read every day, just so I can enjoy his combination of cultural erudition and lunatic whimsy. In one of his Bugle columns he wrote about making the list. And in that article he posited other approaches/lists that I found myself wishing he had made as well. But he's undoubtedly got better things to do with his time. I apparently do not, however (okay, I do, I just have poor impulse control), and made my own lists based on his criteria.

And here they are. I could have gone thirty deep on each of these lists just as he did on Stupefaction (well, maybe »

- SteveHoltje

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'The Giver' Tori Kelly Music Video and First Experiences Featurette

29 July 2014 7:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Weinstein Company has released yet another music video from The Giver for the new song "Silent" by Tori Kelly, following the One Republic video released earlier this month. In addition, the studio has partnered up with Sb Projects for an initiative known as "First Experiences," a series which chronicles the recipient's first experience on video. The first featurette showcases young Torren, who attends her first concert after being confined to a hospital bed for the past 12 years of her life, due to a respiratory illness.

Take a look at the Tori Kelly music video and featurette, then read on for more information on the First Experiences initiative, then check out the exclusive Comic-Con comic book created for The Giver.

The Weinstein Company has partnered with Sb Projects in anticipation of the premiere of The Giver, starring Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites and Jeff Bridges, to present The Giver "First Experiences" videos, »

- MovieWeb

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'The Giver' Music Video and First Experiences Featurette

29 July 2014 7:52 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Weinstein Company has released yet another music video from The Giver for the new song "Silent" by Tori Kelly, following the One Republic video released earlier this month. In addition, the studio has partnered up with Sb Projects for an initiative known as "First Experiences," a series which chronicles the recipient's first experience on video. The first featurette showcases young Torren, who attends her first concert after being confined to a hospital bed for the past 12 years of her life, due to a respiratory illness.

Take a look at the Tori Kelly music video and featurette, then read on for more information on the First Experiences initiative, then check out the exclusive Comic-Con comic book created for The Giver.

The Weinstein Company has partnered with Sb Projects in anticipation of the premiere of The Giver, starring Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brenton Thwaites and Jeff Bridges, to present The Giver "First Experiences" videos, »

- MovieWeb

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Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide • June 2014

28 July 2014 8:36 AM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg's PewDiePie channel is at the top of the charts for its fourth month in a row. The online video destination with close to 30 million subscribers continues to increase its monthly view count despite already receiving an almost unbelievable amount of monthly views. PewDiePie's brand of Let's Play and other video game-related programming scored nearly 351.1 million views in the 30 days of June. That's a 13% increase over the channel's numbers from the 31 days of May. Shakira is next up in the #2 spot. The international pop star saw a 39% uptick in views on the month thanks to the enduring success of her 2014 World Cup anthem, "La La La". That track and the rest of her music video catalog amassed a total of more than 287.9 million views during June. Perennial chart topper DisneyCollectorBR is up next in third place. The online video channel showcasing how both adults and »

- Joshua Cohen

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Song of the Week: Fierce Bad Rabbit - "Dreaming of Things To Be"

23 July 2014 3:14 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Don't know much about this American pop-rock quartet, but I'm sucker for a nice clean guitar hook and tight pop song structure. Apparently their lead vocalist Chris Anderson now makes Boston his home, moving from the band's homebase in Fort Collins, Colorado, but I couldn't tell if you if that will be an issue moving forward, Check out two stellar tracks from their forthcoming September release Living Asleep. Suffice it to say, if your into Band of Horses, The Shins, or Arcade Fire, Fierce Bad Rabbit will most certainly appeal to you.

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- Dusty Wright

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Dustin Lance Black And Leonardo DiCaprio Team For Lindbergh TV Series

17 July 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

TV miniseries are all the rage these days, from Fox’s 24: Live Another Day to FX’s Fargo, and it’s not hard to see why. The ability to play a story out across a whole season allows writers and directors to toy with convention and pursue ambitious plots that just wouldn’t work as well on the big screen, while the limited episode count and commitment attracts big name stars like Halle Berry (on CBS’s Extant) and Matthew McConaughey (who did a one-season run on ‘anthology series’ True Detective, which is basically a set of self-contained miniseries from the same showrunner). Now, Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk) has become the latest Hollywood talent to contract the miniseries bug, and will be adapting Scott Berg’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Lindbergh for Paramount Television.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran and Kevin McCormick are all set to produce the miniseries, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Harrison Ford's 7 Greatest Roles

13 July 2014 6:58 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Legendary actor Harrison Ford Turns 72 today, and in his impressive career he has been responsible for developing two of the most iconic movie characters in American pop culture.

To celebrate the man who created so many characters we all desperate wished we could be growing up – and honestly still kind of wish we could be – we take a celebratory look at Harrison's seven greatest roles.

#7. Dr. Richard Kimble – The Fugitive

Ford plays a man wrongly convicted of his wife's murder who – due to random circumstance – escapes from custody in a frantic effort to find the real killer and clear his name. All the while, he's hunted down by Us Marshall Tommy Lee Jones, which would be terrifying for anyone.

Best Quote: "When I came home, there was a man in my house. I fought with this man. He had a mechanical arm. You find this man. You find this man."

#6. Bob Falfa – American Graffiti »

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Baymax Introduces Himself in New 'Big Hero 6' Viral Video

10 July 2014 11:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A new viral video brings us more Baymax, Hiro's robot best friend in Big Hero 6. Watch as the giant white andriod introduces himself while showing off his transformation skills, giving the Autobots and Decepticons a run for their money. Baymax is part of the Marvel superhero team Big Hero 6, who band together to save their city San Fransokyo from a terrorist threat in this animated adaptation of the comic book. Check it out as Baymax attempts to embed himself deep into American pop culture before his big screen debut this fall.

Big Hero 6 is an action comedy adventure about brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the fast-paced, high-tech city of San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city. »

- MovieWeb

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Before Borat There Was Christo: Watch Sacha Baron Cohen's 1990s Albanian Reporter

3 July 2014 9:05 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been eight years since Sacha Baron Cohen broke through into the mainstream with “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” and though Cohen hasn’t reached the same level of success on his own since, there’s something to be said for the lasting mark the character has left in American pop culture. As the actor gears up to shoot the action comedy “Grimsby,” now’s the time to take a look back at how the character of “Borat” came to be. Big thanks to Open Culture for pointing us to a pair of video excerpts from BBC Two’s long-since departed “Comedy Nation” that showcase Borat’s predecessor, Christo. The two characters are virtually the same, the only difference being that Christo is from Albania instead of Kazakhstan. The two videos show Christo infiltrating the upper class society of Britain and venturing »

- Cain Rodriguez

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