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Top Ten: The Greatest People/Things Born on June 6th!

6 June 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

They say it's your birthday.♬ ♩♬♩♬ it's my birthday, too. 

Herewith, in semi off the cuff order, the greatest peoplethings born on this day in history. Happy June 6th!

Honorable mention...

Jason Isaacs -The impossibly hot 49 year old actor studied to be a lawyer but if he had stuck with it we would have never had his Captain Hook, or his Lucius Malfoy, or his bickering married screenwriter in Friends With Money, or even known who he is. Tragedy averted.

Vc Andrews - not for writing the ridiculous "Flowers in the Attic" but for inspiring the ridiculous genius of Parker Posey's Waiting for Guffman scene in which the brilliant comic actress uses it for her small town theater audition.

"and who's on top and who's on bottom now? Huh?!"

Top Ten June 6th Birthday Peoplethings!

10 Levi Stubbs

From the Four Topps to Audrey II.  I ♥ Little Shop of Horrors, don't you. »


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Book Review: “Philip Kaufman,” By Annette Insdorf

24 April 2012 11:17 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

One of the pleasures of Annette Insdorf’s new book on the director Philip Kaufman — titled, simply, Philip Kaufman (University of Illinois Press, $22.00) — is how jargon-free it is: while it implicitly subscribes to the auteur theory, which credits the film director as the creative author of a film, it does so through the type of patient close readings that have fallen out of fashion.

The first book-length assessment of Kaufman’s oeuvre, which will reach 14 films when Hemingway and Gellhorn premieres on HBO in May, Philip Kaufman is a shrewd and very readable study. It seeks not only to locate Kaufman’s distinct visual style and philosophical bent across his body of work, but also to elevate Kaufman to a unique niche in American and world cinema: as a Euro-style auteur living in the U.S in the age of commercial cinema, whose work across genres resists easy categorization but »

- Charles Lyons

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Titanic 3D Box Office: Much Better Overseas

8 April 2012 3:33 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Titanic 3D Gary Ross / Jennifer Lawrence / Liam Hemsworth / Josh Hutcherson's The Hunger Games Passes $300m? Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg's American Reunion landed at no. 2 on the North American box office chart, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. At 3,192 locations, the R-rated comedy took in $21.5 million — including $660,000 earned at Thursday midnight screenings. That's quite a bit lower than the $25 million some had been expecting as late as Friday evening, or the near-$30 million predicted by Box Office Mojo a few days ago. If those estimates are correct, Universal will surely claim that American Reunion easily surpassed the $18.7 million earned by the original American Pie at 2,508 sites in 1999. In 2012 dollars, however, American Pie would have earned approximately $29 million. And what that means is: many more tickets were sold for American Pie than for American Reunion. Also, remember that American Reunion cost a »

- Zac Gille

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[Now Streaming] Your ‘American Reunion,’ ‘Titanic’ and ‘Damsels in Distress’ Alternatives

5 April 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Each week within this column we strive to pair the latest in theatrical releases to worthwhile titles currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week we offer alternatives to American Reunion, Titanic and Damsels in Distress.

Jim and the gang are back to relive old times and tackle some new adventures at their high school reunion. Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Thomas Ian Nicholas and Mena Suvari co-star.

Craving more from the American Pie cast?

Loser (2000) American alumi Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari go to college in Amy Heckerling’s spirited remake of The Apartment. He’s a dork from the Midwest and she’s an edgy girl with a troubling taste for older men. How can such losers make a love connection? Jimmi Simpson and Greg Kinnear co-star.

Boys and Girls (2000) Jason Biggs plays the cool kid in this college-set rom-com. (He’s even got those regrettable bleached tips in his hair! »

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Daily Briefing. "Bad Fever" and a New Mediascape

2 April 2012 8:01 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

There'll be a party following the single screening of Bad Fever this evening at the Downtown Independent Theater in Los Angeles. Nick Schager, originally for the Voice, now in the La Weekly: "Writer-director Dustin Guy Defa's stark indie trains its character-study gaze on Eddie (Kentucker Audley), a socially dysfunctional 20-something who — while living at home with his dour mom (Annette Wright), hanging out in empty diners and entertaining stand-up comedy dreams by recording anecdotes on cassette — strikes up a random romance with Irene (Eleonore Hendricks), who lives in an abandoned school and has a fondness for kinky videotaping. Eddie and Irene are kindred misfits in search of some direction and contentment, and if Defa's aesthetics are mundane, his leads' performances are not, especially in the case of Audley, whose darting eyes and hushed, stuttering speech express confused longing with transfixing, train-wreck magnetism."

The New Yorker's Richard Brody: "Defa exerts »

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