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Terry Zwigoff Talks Battling Over 'Bad Santa,' His Preferred Director's Cut & Much More In Candid Interview

20 December 2012 10:13 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This weekend in San Francisco, Sf Sketchfest, the people behind the San Francisco Comedy Festival, are producing a day's worth of holiday-themed programming at the historical Castro Theatre. The centerpiece of this day-long event is a director's cut screening of "Bad Santa," the insta-classic by "Ghost World" filmmaker Terry Zwigoff that stars Billy Bob Thornton as a boozing, thieving St. Nick. Zwigoff will be at the screening, along with Tony Cox (who plays Thornton's midget sidekick) and Lauren Tom (who played Cox's wife), to do a post-screening Q&A. We got the chance to talk to Zwigoff about the movie's surprising cultural longevity, where he's been since 2006's "Art School Confidential" (a "fiasco," according to Zwigoff), what projects he's been offered, what it was like working with the Coens (who produced "Bad Santa") and the Weinsteins (who produced and distributed via Dimension »

- Drew Taylor

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Capitol Films: home to great-sounding movies you'll probably never see

26 November 2012 2:40 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A political sex satire from the director of Silver Linings Playbook and a cop film from Tony Kaye are among the casualties of the company's financial woes

If you went to the movies over the weekend, it is possible you saw Silver Linings Playbook, David O Russell's screwball romcom, tipped to repeat the Oscar success of his previous film, The Fighter. If you enjoyed Silver Linings – and it's likely you did – it's possible your interest has been piqued in the director's back catalogue. Perhaps you're eager to root out his other movies – caustic soap Flirting with Disaster, polarising comedy I Heart Huckabees, George Clooney war flick Three Kings, political sex satire Nailed.

What's that? Not heard of Nailed? Odd, given it boasts a top-drawer cast and a killer plot about a waitress without health insurance (Jessica Biel) who has a nail accidentally lodged in her brain, travels to Washington to »

- Catherine Shoard

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Peep Show's funniest moments - by the man who wrote them

23 November 2012 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The El Dude brothers are back. But what are the most memorable scenes from the last seven series? Writer Sam Bain picks his favourite lines and reveals some of the secrets behind the show

Series 1 Pilot

Jeremy: "He's normally back by now. Maybe he's dead? Oh, there he is, he's not dead after all."

This line was filmed for the pilot which was never broadcast. But it's always been a reminder to me of why writing voiceovers for Peep Show is so fun. The sort of appalling, throwaway thing you can think in half a second but would never ever say can happily be broadcast on television to thousands of people. (Or in this case, no people.)

Series 2, Episode 1: Dance Class

Mark: "If there isn't a place here for people who stand against everything you believe in, well then what sort of a hippy free-for-all is this?"

Peep Show's »

- Sam Bain

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Check Out John Cusack And Emma Roberts In First Photos From Adult World

12 November 2012 6:54 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After starting her career with teen and family flicks like Wild Child and Hotel For Dogs, Emma Roberts looks to be making a shift to the, err,  Adult World. After making the transition from kiddy movies to slasher horror Scream 4, Roberts is taking it down a notch for Adult World, a comedy drama by Scott Coffey co-starring John Cusack. And whaddya know, a bunch of new photos from the film just landed online today.

Roberts plays Amy Anderson, a recent college graduate with a degree in poetry who moves back in with her parents to begin what she hopes will be a dazzling literary career. Those with a degree in poetry (ahem) will know only too well the disappointment of realising the only way to pay your bills is to get a job in a biscuit factory. Or failing that, an adult book store.  After acquiring a stack of rejection letters, »

- Gem Seddon

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With Over 500,000 Total Views, ‘Squaresville’ Wraps Up Season 1

25 October 2012 9:02 AM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Squaresville, the teen dramedy from creator Matt Enlow, has been on our radar since it was just a wee little Kickstarter campaign back in 2011. Since then, the series has signed up with Big Frame and has gained a solid following. Now, after 16 episodes, the first season of the show has come to an end. The finale was recently released, revealing a key secret about one of the main characters and ending the season on a bit of a cliffhanger. Squaresville stars Mary Kate Wiles (Lizzie Bennet Diaries) as Zelda, a precocious teen whose best friend is Esther, played by Kylie Sparks. So much about this series, from the setting to the 'feel' to the give-and-take between the two leads, reminds me of Ghost World, the comic book that became a critically acclaimed film. Squaresville's finale definitely contains most of these appealing elements. If you've seen part of the series so far, »

- Sam Gutelle

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Julie Plec Lists Favorite Vampire Diaries Episodes

10 September 2012 11:21 AM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Three years ago today, The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW.

In celebration of that event, and with just over a month to go until The Vampire Diaries Season 4 kicks off, executive producer Julie Plec has taken to Twitter to list her favorite Tvd episodes by order of their air date.

It's an interesting, fun list. Read through it below and then try to name your top hour in show history...

Season One

Friday Night Bites -- for our first understanding of who Damon was and who was he going to become.

You're Undead to Me: for Mads Langer's 'Beauty of the Dark' montage, brought to you by @TheJoshuaButler, ending with 'What are you?'

Lost Girls for @kevwilliamson at his finest: Damon and Vicki.

History Repeating: because Marcos directed it w zero prep during the darkest time of Season1 and it rocked, & for football brother-bonding.

Let the Right One In »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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Julie Plec's Favorite 'Vampire Diaries' eps

10 September 2012 8:53 AM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

Three years ago today, The Vampire Diaries premiered on The CW and we never looked at a soapdish the same way again!

Last night, in honor of the anniversary, executive producer Julie Plec took to Twitter and listed her all-time favorite episodes -- but cautioned fans from getting too crazy with the 'shipper reactions. "Don't turn this into shipper politics, you guys. Just because an episode has some Amazing scenes doesn't mean it has to be one of my faves."

Photo - Season 4: First Look!

Luckily for me, many of my favorite episodes made the cut -- and we learned a few things along the way. God bless Sigur Ros! You'll see!

Season One

Friday Night Bites -- for our first understanding of who Damon was and who was he going to become.

You're Undead to Me: for Mads Langer's 'Beauty of the Dark' montage, brought to you by @TheJoshuaButler, ending with 'What »

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Trailer for A Christmas Story 2 on Blu-ray and DVD: The Holiday Gift for People You Hate

5 September 2012 3:34 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Summer of 2012 is barely over and we're already running headlong into the holiday season with this new trailer for A Christmas Story 2.  The official sequel is (thankfully) going straight to Blu-ray/DVD and you can pick it up with the original in a combo two-pack (only on DVD) on October 30th.  The follow-up film once again centers on Ralphie, his family and friends on the approach to yet another Christmas.  In the true spirit of the holiday, A Christmas Story 2 seeks to feed off of the nostalgia for the original film like a parasite and trick you into wasting your hard-earned money.  Season's greetings! Directed by Brian Levant (Jingle All the Way - which I actually liked...), A Christmas Story 2 stars Braeden Lemasters (Easy A) as Ralphie with Stacey Travis (Ghost World) playing the mother and Daniel Stern (Home Alone) as the Old Man.  (C'mon, Stern.  I know times are tough, »

- Dave Trumbore

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The 27 meanest high school girls in the movies

23 August 2012 2:47 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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High school, as Buffy The Vampire Slayer literally reminds us, can be hell. Here then, are 27 movie mean girls who make it so...

Some are smart and conniving, some as dumb as a bag of hammers, some are literally evil, some just high school evil, but they all share three things: they're girls, they're mean, and they go to high school. Join us as we count down the 27 meanest high school girls in the movies...

27. Betty Rizzo - Grease 

Ah Grease, with your insidious message that taking up smoking and dressing like a massive-haired figure skater was the way to your true love's heart, you truly are a classic amongst teen movies.

Even after seven seasons playing the First Lady in The West Wing, Stockard Channing is still best known as spunky Rizzo, the girl with an acid tongue and a quick, if not always intelligible, »

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‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ Director in Talks to Direct ‘Bad Santa 2′

1 August 2012 9:09 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Bad Santa - directed by Terry Zwigoff (Ghost World) - followed the misadventures of Willie (Billy Bob Thornton), a drunken mall Santa who sets out to rob shopping centers around Christmastime. It was both critically and financially successful and started Thornton down a path of portraying foulmouthed authority figures (Bad News Bears, School for Scoundrels).

While we’ve known for severals years that a Bad Santa 2 was in the works, word comes today that Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine) is in early talks to direct the film.

Pink is no stranger to raunchy and offbeat comedies, having directed – in addition to Time Machine - Accepted and episodes of New Girl and Happy Endings. However, his potential involvement in the Bad ...

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- Amirose Eisenbach

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Interview: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Bring ‘Ruby Sparks’ to Life

24 July 2012 12:04 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – It’s been six years since award-winning music video helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris released their feature directorial debut, “Little Miss Sunshine.” It went on to become one of 2006’s most beloved sleeper hits and garnered a busload of accolades, including two Oscars. Yet it took many years for the couple to find the perfect script for their sophomore effort.

They found it in Zoe Kazan’s remarkably inventive debut screenplay, “Ruby Sparks,” which tells the story of a lovesick author, Calvin, whose dream girl suddenly materializes in his apartment. Kazan also happens to be the real-life girlfriend of Paul Dano, who memorably played the brooding, oft-silent teen Dwayne in “Sunshine.” The film stars Dano as Calvin, Kazan as his tailor made love, Ruby Sparks, Chris Messina as Calvin’s bewildered brother, and a talent-packed ensemble including Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Steve Coogan. Hollywood Chicago spoke with »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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'Deep Throat': How The Controversial Linda Lovelace Movie Changed Culture

28 June 2012 2:35 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Four decades after the pornographic film "Deep Throat," we need not one, but two biopics on the star of the movie, Linda Lovelace. (The first stars Amanda Seyfried. The other which may never happen -- stars Malin Akerman.) These dueling projects are just one measure of how big a deal "Deep Throat" remains 40 years after it went into wide release, on June 30, 1972. Other measures include the multi-billions in profits earned each year by a porn-film production industry that scarcely existed before "Deep Throat," the level of household-name fame the film's title earned amid the Watergate scandal, the countless courtroom challenges over whether porn merits First Amendment protections, and the still-ongoing debate over whether porn is good or bad for women -- a debate embodied by the life story of Lovelace herself, still the most famous/infamous porn star who ever lived. And then there's the snickering or prickly reaction you »

- Gary Susman

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Review: Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture

27 May 2012 10:09 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture

By Rob Salkowitz

McGraw-Hill, 304 pages, $27.00

Comic book fandom was a natural outgrowth of science fiction fandom, splintering off in 1961 as the revival of superhero comics was clearly here to stay. In that year, sci-fi fan and future author Richard Lupoff published Xero, the first comics-only fanzine. Just a few years later, in 1965, the first comic convention occurred in New York City, birthplace of the first science fiction con back in 1939. The success of the zine and the con inspired others to produce their own tributes to the comics of their youth and comics fandom spread rapidly, fueled by the nationwide furor ignited by ABC’s Batman in 1966.

Interestingly, the first to write about comic conventions and its attendees was Fredric Wertham, the very man pilloried for almost single-handedly destroying the field with his poorly researched Seduction of the Innocent. Since then, fans and »

- Robert Greenberger

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Report Card: B

23 May 2012 12:49 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

With fans already buzzing and speculating over The Vampire Diaries Season 4, let's stop and take one final look back, shall we?

What worked? What failed? What do we hope to see continue and who do we hope to never see again? Pour one out for Alaric Saltzman, Tvd viewers, and review the following TV Fanatic Report Card.


Best Character: Caroline Forbes. The top three characters are out because they were each involved in the tiresome love triangle. Rebekah has to be considered a contender because she's layered, interesting and extremely attractive. But she also wasn't prominent enough. Klaus earned this honor at midseason, but I thought the show fell too in love with this villain and should have killed him off at the end. Caroline and her bubbly attitude, as we all know, simply rules.

Worst Character: Bonnie Bennet. Just too dour for my taste. Smiled for maybe a »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Before Sunset"

4 May 2012 1:23 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

Klaus can't really be gone... can he? One brother won't really leave town... will he? Matt doesn't really think he's like a ninja... does he?

All of these pressing Vampire Diaries topics, courtesy of the latest insanely awesome episode, "Before Sunset," are tackled below by your TV Fanatic Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Dan Forcella and Eric Hochberger. Gather around and jump in now!


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: Call me sticky and pour me on pancakes, because I'm a sap these days. From last week's unanimous favorite scene - the group saying goodbye to Alaric - to this week's kitchen-based toast, I'm getting a kick out of seeing the friends gathering together so often. Too bad one of them will clearly be dead one week from today.

Eric: Can I pick the whole episode? Man, that was good! If I had to pick one, »

- (TV Fanatic Staff)

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Before They Assembled: The Best Performances From The Cast Of 'The Avengers'

3 May 2012 12:59 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For all the many strengths of "The Avengers," there's one important element that writer-director Joss Whedon can't take credit for: the casting. Of the main characters, only one, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, hasn't appeared in one of the previous five Marvel movies that have led to this point. So given the casting committee that assembled The Avengers, it's something of a miracle that it's ended up with one of the most enjoyable collections of actors in a big tentpole movie for quite some time.

Of course, for the most part, it's to be expected: while there are a few newcomers in the mix, the principle cast have close to a century of experience in the movies between them, and countless great performances in their back catalogs. With "The Avengers" finally hitting U.S. theaters tomorrow, we've picked out the greatest performance of each of the seven members »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Name That Movie: Avengers Stars Edition

3 May 2012 5:30 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

One of the best things about The Avengers is that we get to see a handful of our favorite movie stars all in one place. With A-day swiftly approaching, we thought we'd brush up on some of the superheroes' filmography. See if you can match each picture to the movie starring an Avenger! Question 1 of 5Name that Scarlett Johansson movie: The Nanny Diaries Match Point Lost in Translation Ghost World »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Open thread: what films have you been watching?

27 April 2012 8:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The good, the bad, and the blockbusters … whatever you've seen recently, we'd like to hear about it

What films have you seen recently? Whatever you've been watching, we'd like you to tell us about it.

You can either leave a comment in the thread below, or tweet your thoughts with the hashtag #gdnreview. We'll pick the best and show them off here once a week.

Here's what some @guardianfilm followers had to say about recent films they'd seen:


Watched The Avengers this week & I say it's the funniest superhero film so far. Whedon has an eye for something fresh & fun.


Saw Delicacy. Beautiful film. Very moving, sad and brilliantly funny all at once. Audrey Tatou excellent in it


Lockout sees Pearce channelling Willis in a slice of scifi action nonsense. Particularly enjoyed the radge Scottish baddies


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Highly stylised, flawed and inferior film remake, »

- Adam Boult

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Review: The Art of Daniel Clowes

21 April 2012 10:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

The Art of Daniel Clowes

Edited by Alvin Buenaventura

224 pages, $40, AbramsComicarts

The world appears to have caught up with Daniel Clowes, the artist who looks at the ordinary and conveys that feeling of loneliness and cluelessness so many of us feel on a daily basis. When he grew up, just three years behind me, he saw the pop art era in a vastly different way, an artist’s way I suppose. He had an unremarkable childhood and was trained at the Pratt Institute, graduating in 1984. He desperately wanted to find a commercial art job.

“I was trying to get work as an illustrator in the ’80s, but no art directors actually ever called, which is what led me to throw up my hands in despair and slink back to comics. Originally, I was hoping to find a writer to collaborate with, since I was much more interested in the drawing part of the equation, »

- Robert Greenberger

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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Heart of Darkness"

20 April 2012 1:53 PM, PDT | TVfanatic | See recent TVfanatic news »

The Vampire Diaries took one step Forwood... and then a couple backward in the romance department on "Heart of Darkness."

How is our Round Table panel of Matt Richenthal, Steve Marsi, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella feeling about events and characters these days? They chime in on the latest episode below...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?

Matt: The final one, only because I can legitimately say I didn't see it coming. The show has teamed up many characters in nearly three seasons, but a dark alter ego of Alaric's and the Original Witch taking on her daughter's form? Yeah. I couldn't have predicted this one.

Steve: The instant you knew Dark-laric had finally resurfaced. Matt Davis sold it with one look ... and help from a shift to more eerie Vampire Diaries music. But still.

Eric: This whole episode belonged to Alaric and Stefan. Do I »

- (Matt Richenthal)

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