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In a recent interview, Dustin Hoffman said we are at an all-time cinematic low. Is he correct?
While Hollywood is enjoying a record-breaking summer at the box office, not everyone is having a great time at the cinema. In a new interview, Dustin Hoffman (Ishtar, Little Fockers, Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium) has lamented the state of cinema, calling it the worst it’s “ever been”.
But what do you think? We want to know about your best and worst years at the cinema. Did you have a memorable 1999 watching Fight Club, Magnolia, The Sixth Sense, All About My Mother and Being John Malkovich? Or was 2003 a disaster for you enduring Daredevil, Boat Trip, The Cat in the Hat, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and Dumb and Dumberer?
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- Benjamin Lee
The new comedy "Get Hard" stars Kevin Hart as an unlikely coach who trains Will Ferrell for a stint in prison. In one scene, Hart insists that Ferrell go to a top La brunch spot and give oral sex to a random patron in the bathroom to learn -- I guess? -- the mechanics of prison rape. Yes, this movie equates consensual gay sexual activity with actual rape. Cut to Will Ferrell in a restaurant bathroom gagging at the sight of a penis for the amusement of a multiplex audience. Could it be the most homophobic scene in a comedy of the past ten years? It's certainly a candidate. To commemorate this weirdly ignorant movie, we've compiled a list: movies with homophobic scenes so blatant, they made us shudder. Sometimes a movie reeks of homophobia (See: that ol' heart-warmer "Cruising") and sometimes it's just a couple of moments in a »
- Louis Virtel
Will Ferrell will turn 48 years old this summer. That’s how old Marlon Brando was when he was in The Godfather. Ferrell’s post-SNL movie career — and he has been gone from the show for 13 years — has been among the most successful in the show’s history; he has now been headlining big-budget studio comedies for more than a decade. This means there’s a trove of Ferrell movies to dig through and rank. Twenty-seven, to be exact. Now, to properly rank Ferrell movies, we had to put down some ground rules: No movies in which Ferrell is only a voice actor — this excludes Megamind, but not The Lego Movie; no movies that went direct to video — sorry, 1997’s Men Seeking Women, in which Ferrell was a supporting actor to Grant Shaud. And no glorified cameos — sorry, Wedding Crashers, Starsky & Hutch, and, yikes, Boat Trip. This list isn’t »
- Will Leitch,Tim Grierson
"Weird Al" Yankovic has made a career out of satirizing pop music, but after 32 years and 14 albums, he's finally ready to pursue his true calling: Authentic American folk music. The (former) king of pop parody stopped by The Late Late Show on Monday, where he chatted with guest host Thomas Lennon and debuted his new act with a bold, chilling performance (the full episode is available to watch above; "Weird Al" goes folk at 33:10).
"What I'll say is, going forward, I just want to write songs about things that matter — people living free, »
4 items from 2015
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