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Backlash Against Ghostbusters Doesn't Add Up

19 July 2016 4:59 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The level of hatred lobbied against 2016's Ghostbusters is enough to suggest that it should be an extremely controversial film, yet it is totally benign. What is really going on?

The trolls are taking over. Not long ago, they were restricted to just the comments section on posted articles, typically political in nature. And then, suddenly, everything became offensive to their tender little minds. Gradually, they took over the forums, spewing their judgemental rhetoric at anyone who threatened their sphere of fragile existence. Celebrities joined twitter to communicate with their fans, only to get lambasted by foul-mouthed keyboard jockeys. Suddenly the life choices of the famous were open for commentary by anyone with a smart phone and some free time. 

Everyone with an internet connection now feels that their opinions are more important than everyone else's’. There was GamerGate, and then video game developers received death threats for delays, and »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy

18 July 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As of September 8, “Star Trek” will have officially been a part of American pop culture for 50 years, and it has one of the most robust and passionate fandoms in pop culture history. Fandom is basically a synonym for love — and “Star Trek” is currently in the process of telling some fans how to express their love.

It has been, to be frank, a bit of a mess.

How One Fan Film Set Things Off

In May 2016, one of the nerdiest things ever written was filed with the United States District Court. In a ruling by Judge R. Gary Klausner, His Honor declared that a lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios should proceed, because:

“Although the Court declines to address whether Plaintiffs’ Claims will prosper at this time, the Court does find Plaintiffs’ claims will live long enough to survive Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.”

This followed many pages of »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Star Trek’ Wants to Regulate Fan Culture, But It’s Not Going to Be Easy

18 July 2016 3:58 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As of September 8, “Star Trek” will have officially been a part of American pop culture for 50 years, and it has one of the most robust and passionate fandoms in pop culture history. Fandom is basically a synonym for love — and “Star Trek” is currently in the process of telling some fans how to express their love.

It has been, to be frank, a bit of a mess.

How One Fan Film Set Things Off

In May 2016, one of the nerdiest things ever written was filed with the United States District Court. In a ruling by Judge R. Gary Klausner, His Honor declared that a lawsuit filed by Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios should proceed, because:

“Although the Court declines to address whether Plaintiffs’ Claims will prosper at this time, the Court does find Plaintiffs’ claims will live long enough to survive Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss.”

This followed many pages of »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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The Real Nils Sjöberg: Calvin Harris' Feud with Taylor Swift Has Turned This Swedish Man's Life Upside-Down

13 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It's not a great day to be named Nils Sjöberg. See, Taylor Swift asked to be credited with a pseudonym for her cowriting credit on Calvin Harris and Rihanna's hit "This Is What You Came For," and she picked "Nils Sjöberg." This is either an anagram no one has figured out yet (… Kendrick Lamar?) or some kind of nod/veiled jab at the prominence of Swedish men in the current American pop songwriting landscape. Either way, it's made life hard for the real Sjöbergs out there. At least one Nils Sjöberg - the Communications Manager at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Movie Review – Yoga Hosers (2016)

29 June 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yoga Hosers (2016)

Directed By Kevin Smith

Starring Johnny Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, Adam Brody, Justin Long, Natasha Lyonne, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Tony Hale, Ralph Garman, Tony Hale, Harley Morenstein, Tyler Posey, Austin Butler, Jason Mewes and Vanessa Paradis.

Synopsis:

Two teenage yoga enthusiasts team up with a legendary man-hunter to battle with an ancient evil presence that is threatening their major party plans.

As a director, Kevin Smith has taken a rather divisive career turn in recent years. Gone are the days when the Fatman on Batman was an indie darling churning out critically acclaimed hits like Clerks, Chasing Amy and Dogma, and in his place is a podcaster who no longer cares about film conventions with outings like Red State and Tusk. This is a director who said he was retiring from the game to focus on podcasts, and now finds himself prepping another sequel to Clerks, »

- Luke Owen

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Mindy Kaling Inks Multi-Year Deal with Universal TV (Exclusive)

14 June 2016 9:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mindy Kaling is staying in business with Universal Television, which producers her show “The Mindy Project.”

The writer, exec producer and star has inked a multi-year deal with Universal TV for acting, producing and writing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Kaling’s comedy “The Mindy Project” is currently in the midst of its 26-episode fourth season at Hulu where it landed, after being cancelled by Fox, it’s home for three seasons. “Mindy Project” has been renewed for a fifth season, which will reportedly consist of 16 episodes.

Signing onto a new multi-year deal will keep Kaling in the NBCUniversal fold for time beyond a fifth season of “Mindy Project,” meaning the studio has the multi-hyphenate for more seasons of the streaming series or for developing new projects.

The deal marks the first big move for Universal TV’s new president Pearlena Igbokwe, who has taken the place of former prez Bela Bejaria with whom Kaling has a close relationship.

“I’m so pleased that the first new deal to be closed after settling into Universal Television is with Mindy Kaling,” said Igbokwe. “She’s incredibly funny and smart, and she has her pulse on what it takes to produce, write and star in television that is relevant and insightful. I’m eagerly looking forward to terrific things ahead from Mindy in both half-hour and one-hour television.”

NBC entertainment president Jennifer Salke added, “Mindy has truly made her mark in the creative community as a prolific storyteller, role-model to many, and a wildly funny artist who is clearly in the zeitgeist of American pop culture. We are thrilled to continue our relationship with her at Universal Television for many years to come.”

The Emmy-nominated Kaling is a WGA and SAG award winner. Before creating “Mindy Project,” she starred on NBC’s “The Office,” and also served as a writer, penning 23 episodes, and rose the ranks as a producing, ultimately becoming exec producer on the workplace comedy.

Kaling is repped by CAA and 3 Arts.

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- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Film Review: ‘Te3n’

9 June 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For years now, the spirit of Bollywood has poured itself into the nooks and crannies of American pop culture (you can see it in everything from “Moulin Rouge!” to the tabla beat of the Nick Jr. girl-power genie cartoon “Shimmer and Shine”). Once in a while, though, the genuine article — a Bollywood movie — gets a wide release in the U.S., and when that happens, it offers a rare opportunity for some serious cultural co-mingling. When “Lagaan” opened it 2001, it was like seeing a cinematic bulletin in the form of a blissed-out epic sports musical. (The most exotic thing about it isn’t that it was Indian — it’s that it was a four-movie movie about Indians learning to play cricket.) Now, the Bollywood industry is unleashing a very different sort of movie in America, different in that it’s actually much closer to what we watch everyday.

The fascination of “Te3n” (no, »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Hudson Hawk at 25

28 May 2016 11:16 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

If there is a reliable truism that can coexist alongside the American film industry’s dance of death with economically insane budgets that now routinely soar north of $200 million, it is that (most) critics and potential ticket-buyers can be counted on to review bad buzz and publicized woes of dollars and production instead of the actual movie once it finally finds its way to a screen. And it may in fact be true that the drama behind the scenes often outstrips the quality of the wide-screen finished product, though certainly this is not always the case. The reception of big-budget box-office flops like John Carter, The Lone Ranger, Jupiter Ascending and Oliver Stone’s Alexander are but some late examples of our number-crunching obsession with pop culture minutiae and the fascination of a behemoth’s preordained fall. Most who trudged out to see any of these films during their theatrical »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson 1958-2016

22 April 2016 10:53 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Prince didn't give a fuck what anybody thought about him.

You could say that's just what he wanted us to think, but his actions back up my assessment. Over and over he made choices that went against conventional wisdom. In the process, he built a counterintuitive career that made him a superstar, loved by the masses but also respected by such unimpeachable icons as Miles Davis (who compared Prince to Duke Ellington).

Saxophonist, composer, and musicologist Allen Lowe wrote yesterday, "As we pay tribute to Prince and others like him who have died recently, it's just a little too easy to repeat the clichés that describe them as expressing our generation, our history, our current world. In truth, as Richard Gilman said many years ago, what makes an artist great is not so much that he or she is of their time or a part of history but rather that »

- SteveHoltje

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Bad Rap’

22 April 2016 7:41 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Asian-American rappers battle not only other lyricists but also ethnic and music-industry stereotypes in “Bad Rap,” filmmaker Salima Koroma’s documentary portrait of four aspiring musicians endeavoring to break into a genre reluctant to accept them. Edited with a rhythmic gracefulness that nicely harmonizes with its subjects’ verses and beats, it’s a unique look at the difficulty of achieving stardom and respect in an unresponsive marketplace, and most engaging when investigating questions of legitimacy in the hip-hop (and mainstream American pop-cultural) world — issues which should help it carve out its own non-fiction niche, albeit most likely via streaming services.

As newcomer Koroma (who wrote, directed, shot and edited) cogently illustrates, Asian-American rappers have — despite some in-roads in the ’80s and ’90s, courtesy of minor breakout stars like Mc Jin — largely been relegated to fringe performers, thanks to the fact that they aren’t viewed as “authentic” by African-American (and, »

- Nick Schager

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Tribeca Film Review: Tom Hanks in ‘A Hologram for the King’

19 April 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “A Hologram for the King,” Dave Eggers’ seriocomic lament for the American Dream, a sad-sack businessman loses himself amid the shimmering sands and empty skyscrapers of a Saudi Arabian metropolis-in-the-making — an appropriately surreal, mirage-like backdrop for a journey where failure and frustration are very much the point. But a different kind of frustration gradually takes hold in writer-director Tom Tykwer’s intriguingly offbeat film adaptation, which broadens the story’s humorous and romantic elements at the expense of its deeper, more existential qualities: Not unlike the holographic display referenced in the title, the result plays like a striking but somewhat faltering visual projection of its source material. Still, the movie does make the most of another sly, persona-tweaking performance from Tom Hanks, which should do its part to boost commercial interest when Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions releases it April 22, following its Tribeca Film Festival premiere.

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- Justin Chang

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Michael Strahan Is Leaving 'Live' for 'Good Morning America'

19 April 2016 12:55 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Former football star Michael Strahan is changing jobs once again, though he's still sticking with television hosting: Strahan will leave his gig on "Live! With Kelly and Michael" for a spot as a co-host on "Good Morning America."

ABC made the announcement on Tuesday that Strahan would be making the switch ("Live!," produced by Disney, is also part of the ABC family). While the former New York Giants player has been making regular appearances on "Gma" in recent years, this move will be a permanent one.

"Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast. Over the past two years on 'Gma,' he's proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers," said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo sent to ABC staffers. "He will end a four year run »

- Katie Roberts

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Michael Strahan Quits ‘Live’ To Join ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’

19 April 2016 8:07 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

ABC is counting on former football player Michael Strahan to help it gain new ground in TV’s ever-intensifying morning-news wars.

Strahan, who has become a near-ubiquitous TV presence with his stints as a commentator for Fox Sports’ football coverage, the host of a new kid-award franchise on Nickelodeon, and, in recent years, an energizing force on the Disney-syndicated morning program “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” will join ABC’s “Good Morning America” on a full-time basis starting in September, ABC said Tuesday morning. He will retain his duties as a football analyst for Fox.

“Michael has been a stellar addition to the broadcast.  Over the past two years on ‘Gma,’ he’s proven to be a tireless and versatile broadcaster with an incredible ability to connect with people, from veterans to American pop culture icons and newsmakers,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff sent this morning. »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Staggered’ Chuck Lorre Inducted Into Nab Broadcasting Hall of Fame

18 April 2016 3:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Through more than 30 years in television, Chuck Lorre has risen to the top of the TV comedy business, collected multiple awards, and seen his shows and his characters enter American pop culture. On Monday, he was inducted into the Nab Hall of Fame.

But his favorite moment is much more personal.

Minutes after leaving the podium, Lorre told Variety about the moment that still gives him chills, all these years later. It was when he first joined “Roseanne,” during its third season, when it was the No. 1 show on TV.

“I went to the first rehearsal of the first script that I was involved with. There was a scene with John Goodman and Roseanne and Laurie Metcalf, and I remember they’re playing out the scene, and I turned to my friend who was the executive producer on the show, my boss, and I whispered ‘They’re saying what we wrote. »

- David S. Cohen

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Nick Jonas to Be Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame

18 April 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Nick Jonas continues to climb to new career "Levels." The Kingdom star will be honored with the Hal David Starlight Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's 47th Annual Induction and Awards in New York on June 9, People can exclusively announce. "Nick Jonas is one of the brightest and most versatile young talents on the American pop scene," Songwriters Hall of Fame co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff said. "A veteran of recording, television, movies and Broadway success ... he has been making his cultural mark in a variety of ways for more than a decade. Nick has literally grown up in public, »

- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff

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‘The Bachelor’ Producers: The Show Deserves An Emmy – The Contenders

10 April 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Martin Hilton, executive producer of The Bachelor, got right to the point today at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmy event. “This show has never won an Emmy. For anything!,” he told the audience dominated by likely voters. “And despite that, this show is a cornerstone of American pop culture.” Hilton shared the panel stage with Little Big Shots executive producer Robin Ashbrook, The Voice executive producer Audrey Morrissey and Mike Darnell, the executive who helped launch Am… »

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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Lord of the Rings

28 March 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We’re talking remakes again, and this time we’re dissecting not one but two popular films which were done previously as a single movie. This week, Cinelinx looks at Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring and Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Ever since J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic book trilogy first came out in the 50s’ there had been talk of adapting it into film but the epic scope of the story often deterred filmmakers of the era from taking on the task. In the early 70’s, director John Boorman (Deliverance, Excalibur) wanted to do a condensed 100-minute version of the whole trilogy but that plan fell apart.

Then, animator/producer Ralph Bakshi (American Pop, Cool World) unveiled his idea to do a two-part adaptation of the trilogy in animated form. Since Tolkien’s daughter was a huge fan of Bakshi’s previous »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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Disorder | 2016 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema Review

7 March 2016 10:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Ground Control: Winocour Pours on the Paranoia with Tense Thriller

Director and screenwriter Alice Winocour crafts a sweaty-palmed, Ptsd inclined thriller with sophomore effort, Disorder. Somewhat inclined as a French version of The Bodyguard (1992), itself a muddled American pop culture homage to Kurosawa’s 1961 samurai classic Yojimbo, this odd genre mixture arrives with troubling political undertones hovering in the paranoid perimeter of a debatably deranged security guard’s watch of a wealthy Lebanese businessman’s family. Decidedly simplistic in form, it’s an elegantly crafted exercise enhanced by its particularly complex audio design, initially positioning its sullen protagonist as merely a madman approaching a breaking point. But more is revealed in the frequent display of observational skills, including a variety of non-verbal cues shared between its main characters through increasingly murky intrigue.

Recently returned from serving in Afghanistan, Vincent (Mathias Schoenaerts) suffers from night terrors and bouts of debilitating paranoia. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Marguerite | Review

7 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Sing the Body Apoplectic: Giannoli Pays Thanks to the Music

French director Xavier Giannoli borrows an obscure piece of American pop culture for his latest feature, Marguerite, a 1920s Parisian high society dramedy based loosely on the life and career of New England socialite Florence Foster Jenkins. Oblivious to her glaring lack of talent, the wealthy soprano was the source of rampant ridicule, her folly reaching an unmitigated apotheosis following a sold-out Carnegie Hall performance in an instance of truth being stranger than fiction. Resting beautifully on the masterful shoulders of Catherine Frot, an oft-Cesar nominated actress who hasn’t had the deserving international acclaim she’s due, the film’s success hinges delicately on her performance, even with a cadre of supporting players otherwise subjugated to empathetic cliché or predictably reprehensible conduct.

Marguerite Dumont (Frot) has staged a benefit concert at her home, a sprawling chateau outside of Paris. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Marvel Renaissance: the problem with movie universes

1 March 2016 7:13 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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The makers of Marvel Renaissance talk to us about their documentary, the current state of comic book movies and more...

It’s difficult to believe that 20 years ago, pop-culture behemoth Marvel hovered on the brink of oblivion. Brought low by a falling sales and ill-advised business deals, Marvel filed for bankruptcy in 1996, prompting a galactic war between executives from which it almost never recovered.

That 90s wobble is probably a period Marvel would prefer to draw a veil over - something underlined by the reaction French filmmakers Philippe Guedj and Philippe Roure received when they pitched their documentary, Marvel Renaissance. Two self-confessed comic book lovers, the filmmakers had hoped that Marvel would be happy to help them tell the story of how the company survived its darkest hour and emerged, stronger than ever, as a multimedia powehouse in the 21st century.

Instead, Marvel refused to have any involvement, »

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