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The Historian Lays Bare the Cost of Academic Life

25 November 2014 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Smart people (in this case, academics) do stupid things in The Historian, and since first-time writer/director Miles Doleac has the tendency to spell things out, one professor actually asks another how anyone so smart can be so stupid. Likewise, an embittered Valerian Hadley (William Sadler) feels compelled to tell Ben Rhodes (Doleac) that he'll end up just like him, even though it's obvious that the resentful department head is the ghost of tenured future for the upstart, who arrives at a new university with a successful book, a shattered marriage, and an exalted view of academic rigor. SAn assistant professor of classics at the University of Southern Mississippi (where he shot The Historian), Doleac captures the rhythms of academic life in a leisurely t »

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Films Smart People Think Are Clever

27 October 2014 8:29 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

You’ve probably already spotted the Esquire UK post called “Films Stupid People Think Are Clever” where the likes of Christopher Nolan and David Fincher are given the shortest end of the stick. It’s a worthless article that represents the easiest kind of contrarianism: People like these things? Let’s say we don’t like them, but not really explain why. Now, I’m a reasonable un-stupid person by all the traditional rubrics. My Iq is three digits, my Sat score was four, and I’m probably one (maybe two) practice sessions away from being able to walk and chew gum simultaneously. I’ve read books like “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” and “Love in the Time of Cholera,” and I think I’ve understood them. They’re about girls, right? Just kidding. I’m also smart enough to recognize that Esquire’s trolling traffic-magnet doesn’t deserve a response. Or »

- Scott Beggs

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MSNBC's President Phil Griffin Defends ‘Strong Brand’ Amid Ratings Woes

13 October 2014 10:42 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

MSNBC was “leaning forward” with wide-eyed smiles in 2012 amid record numbers for the network. What a difference two years makes. “You can look at the dysfunction in Washington, the wariness about politics, the low approval ratings,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin told Bill Carter of the New York Times on Sunday. “That's had an impact. But we've got to adjust; we've got to evolve.” Also read: MSNBC's Phil Griffin: ‘We Have a Monopoly on Smart People’ Griffin is now answering questions about his network's recent slide to third place in the cable news ratings. In the third quarter, MSNBC fell »

- Jordan Chariton

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Sr Geek Picks: Early ‘Roger Rabbit’ Animation, ‘DuckTales’ Song with Real Ducks & More

9 September 2014 7:53 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find the Ducktales theme song with real ducks; the idiot’s guide to smart people: sports; an early unmade version of Who Framed Roger Rabbit with Paul Reubens; and find out who’s faster Superman or The Flash. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!


DuckTales Theme Song with Real Ducks

What’s the only thing better than the DuckTales theme song? The DuckTales theme song with real ducks!


The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People: Sports

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- Justin Vactor

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Feeling Nostalgic? TV Might Remind You That the Past Wasn't So Great

8 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you're feeling glum about the state of the world today, just watch basic cable. There, you'll stumble across a number of current shows set in past decades -- or reruns from a few decades ago -- and you'll be reminded that things weren't any better back then.

This past week saw the Season 1 finale (and perhaps the series finale) of "Halt and Catch Fire," the AMC drama about '80s techies trying to build a then-revolutionary new portable computer. Unlike many of the other period shows built on the "Mad Men" model, this one doesn't make the past look sexy; the clothes and décor are as tacky as they should for a series set in 1983, and the cutting-edge gadgetry all looks clunky and slow to today's eyes. (The computer the characters are trying to build is considered lightweight at 15 pounds.) The season built toward the unveiling in the penultimate episode of the machine, »

- Gary Susman

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 300 – Rise of an Empire (2014)

22 June 2014 6:43 PM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

You can’t keep a crazy Persian king down. And thus, after getting his ass handed to him by 300 Spartans in Zack Snyder’s 2006 hit “300,” Persia’s self-styled God-king Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) is back for another helping of Greek butt kicking. This time around he’s brought along vengeful gal pal Artemisia (Eva Green), a Greek orphan who has a major grudge to settle with her fellow countrymen, especially those vaunted Spartans. And so the stage is set for another Hellenic bloodbath, this time on the seas and with the Spartans playing background noise. Taking the lead is Athenian General Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton), a master tactician who may have just bitten off more than he can chew when Artemisia brings the entire Persian Navy to battle. Directed by relative newcomer Noam Murro, who does a hell of a job despite having only the moderately budgeted 2008 movie “Smart People” under his belt, »

- Nix

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Going with the Flow: Bryan Hirota & Danielle Plantec talk about 300: Rise of an Empire

22 April 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Bryan Hirota and Danielle Plantec about the visual effects work created by Scanline for the latest instalment of the 300 franchise…

Bryan Hirota

“I was the client contact and handled the on-set supervision for Scanline in Bulgaria,” explains Scanline VFX Supervisor Bryan Hirota. “Once principal photography wrapped I stayed in the La office and supervised the teams there. Danielle was in Vancouver nearly full-time and supervised the teams in that location. Given her experience working in the Munich office for a number of years it made sense for Danielle [Plantec] to oversee the work sent there as well. Stephan oversaw all Flowline simulation.” Orchestrating the visual effects for the stylish historic epic helmed by Noam Murro (Smart People) was Richard Hollander (Wall•E). “I’ve known Richard for many years so it was easy to establish a dialogue with him while we were in Bulgaria during principal photography »

- Trevor Hogg

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Hateship Loveship Review

10 April 2014 7:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It is fitting that Hateship Loveship features the most awkward romantic chemistry between two lead actors of any film in 2014 (a year that has already brought us the insipid Winter’s Tale and Breathe In) since it also has one of the most awkward titles of any film in recent memory. Yes, the film’s title is abbreviated from the title of an Alice Munro short story that requires you to take a deep breath before mentioning it: Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. However, what may have blossomed on the page does not quite gel in an elongated feature-length format, despite a surprisingly strong effort from a subdued Kristen Wiig.

The actress plays Johanna, a caretaker who performs her duties with the utmost care and precision, like a shier version of Anthony Hopkins’ loyal butler from The Remains of the Day. After an old lady she nannies dies, Johanna still »

- Jordan Adler

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Above Average Gives Viewers Some Animated ‘Swimming Lessons’

3 April 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

In March, the Above Average channel debuted a trio of new series as part of its spring content lineup. It has now added a fourth with Swimming Lessons, an animated comedy about a middle-aged deadbeat who takes a job teaching beginners-level swimming. Swimming Lessons' protagonist is Mr. James, who is "an inch away from rock bottom" after losing his job and his life. He moves back home and picks up four swimming students, each of whom is defined by his or her most dominant personality trait. There is a spoiled rich kid who is one step from Stewie Griffin, a train wreck named Dear Baby Jesus, a fat child who needs to get exercise before he has a heart attack, and a weirdo with voices in her head. Swimming Lessons has picked up the Wednesday slot previously occupied by the three-episode Idiots Guide To Smart People

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- Sam Gutelle

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Anna Kendrick, Sam Worthington Join Jennifer Aniston For Cake

2 April 2014 11:25 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Who can say no to cake? Apparently not Jennifer Aniston. Following the massive success of her R-rated comedy We're The Millers, Aniston has signed on to headline and executive produce an indie dramedy called Cake. And she's bringing a bunch of friends on board for the ride. What began as a Black List script with buzz is now an indie production with a dazzling ensemble. The Wrap reports Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), William H. Macy (Shameless), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies), Britt Robertson (Delivery Man), Lucy Walters (The Brass Teapot), Camille Mana (Smart People), and Manuel Garcia Rulfo (Bless Me, Ultima) have all joined Cake's cast. THR adds that The Good Wife's Mamie Gummer, daughter of Meryl Streep, has also signed on. Penned by Patrick Tobin (No Easy Way Out), Cake will center on Claire (Aniston), a bitter woman who is absorbed in »

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Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina Join Jennifer Aniston in ‘Cake’ (Exclusive)

1 April 2014 6:07 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sam Worthington, Anna Kendrick, Chris Messina, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy. Britt Robertson, Lucy Walters (“Shame”), Camille Mana (“Smart People”), Manuel Garcia Rulfo (“Bless Me, Ultima) and Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (“Secrets & Lies”) will join Jennifer Aniston in the indie movie “Cake,” TheWrap has learned. Daniel Barnz (“Won't Back Down”) will direct from Patrick Tobin's script, which was voted to the 2013 Black List. Also read: Jennifer Aniston in Talks to Star in New Line Comedy ‘Mean Moms’ (Exclusive) Aniston will play an acerbic woman named Claire who becomes fascinated by the suicide of Nina (Kendrick), a woman in her chronic pain. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Mega Dan Harmon interview, part 3: 'Rick and Morty'

24 March 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Welcome to the third and concluding portion of the long interview I did with Dan Harmon a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. In part 1, Harmon discussed the initial process of his return to “Community” and the beginning and end of his feud with Chevy Chase. In part 2, he talked about some of the specific goals of “Community” season 5 and the non-impossibility of a season 6 (and a movie). In part 3, our focus mostly shifts away from “Community” to deal with Harmon’s other show of the moment, the Adult Swim animated sci-fi comedy “Rick and Morty,” a kind of dark, twisted spin on the Doc Brown/Marty McFly relationship from “Back to the Future,” only where Rick is an alcoholic sociopath and Morty is the learning disabled grandson he takes horrific advantage of. (I reviewed it earlier this year.) We talk at times about the differences and similarities between the two shows, »

- Alan Sepinwall

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The 'Idiot's Guide' to understanding music snobs -- Video

23 March 2014 1:42 PM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

If you choose your favorite bands based on their obscurity, the following video is not for you. (Unless you have a sense of humor. Do music snobs have a sense of humor?)

For everyone else, the comedy network Above Average has created a guide to interacting with the world’s most picky music fans. It’s the second installment in their tongue-in-cheek Idiot’s Guide to Smart People series, and it’s quite humorously spot-on.

The video opens by explaining to viewers (a.k.a. “idiots”) that “it takes a smart person to love music in a way that takes »

- Amber Ray

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Sr Geek Picks: Everything Wrong With ‘Goonies,’ ‘Dredd’ With Puppets, & More!

19 March 2014 12:01 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find everything wrong with Goonies in 8 minutes or less; Dredd with puppets; the idiot’s guide to smart people: music; if Google was a guy (part 2); 8 bit Happy Gilmore; and The Art Of Love. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!

If you have any Geek Picks of your own, please send them to srgeekpicks(at)gmail(dot)com and you could be featured in a future post!


The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People: Music (Ep. 2 of 3)

Only smart people can love music in a way that takes all the fun out of it.


Everything Wrong With Goonies In 8 Minutes Or Less

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- Justin Vactor

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Above Average’s New Content Slate Begins With Jeff Goldblum

11 March 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Above Average continues to churn out new series at a rapid pace. The YouTube channel run by Saturday Night Live production company Broadway Video has debuted a new content slate, which includes three new series. The first new series to debut is Monkey Love, an animated comedy about a male chimpanzee who masquerades as a human woman in order to find love. The first man on his docket is a dopey dad played by Jeff Goldblum, and future guests include Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Tim Meadows. As you might have guessed from the description, Monkey Love is, um, unusual. The other two entries in Above Average's new content slate play things much closer to the belt. The Idiot's Guide To Smart People is also animated; it teaches the 'ignorant' among us how to talk politics, religion, and music with the so-called 'smart' people of the world. Naturally, The Idiot's »

- Sam Gutelle

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300: Rise of an Empire smashes The Lego Movie off top UK spot

11 March 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Togas-to-go and abs to die for atop the UK box office, while Grand Budapest Hotel books in a surprise third

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The winner

Seven years after the original 300 film, and with Gerard Butler's slain character missing this time around, it was by no means certain that audiences had an appetite for second helpings. But backers Warners and Legendary Pictures will be plenty happy with the opening numbers for 300: Rise of an Empire in the Us and internationally. In the UK, the film, from director Noam Murro (Smart People) and starring Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton (Animal Kingdom), achieved a robust £2.76m debut. While that's well down on 300's opening salvo – £4.75m including previews of £784,000 – it's not bad for a film that seemed short of marketable elements other than the 300 brand name.

Rise of an Empire knocked The Lego Movie off the top spot after a three-week run. »

- Charles Gant

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Box office report: '300: Rise of an Empire' conquers the weekend with $45 million; 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' sets record

9 March 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

300: Rise of an Empire speared its competition and kept on raking in the dollars on its opening weekend.Warner Bros. and Legendary’s hyper-stylized 3-D sequel earned an estimated $45 million from 3,470 theaters. Despite lackluster reviews, audiences turned out in droves to watch Eva Green’s Atremisia and the rest of the scantily clad warriors take to the sea for battle in the $108 million pic. Smart People director Noam Murro took the helm from Zack Snyder this time around — though Snyder produced and wrote the film. Audiences (62 percent male) slapped the epic with a B Cinema Score.The lure of IMAX helped. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'300: Rise of an Empire' Cuts Through Box Office with Big $45 Million Debut

9 March 2014 6:23 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Sullivan Stapleton is about to become a big ticket in the U.S. Warner Bros. Pictures' "300: Rise of An Empire" where he plays Themistokles alongside Eva Green as Artemisia, has now earned an estimated $45 million on its debut weekend. The film which as a $110 million production budget, averaged $12,983 from 3,470 theaters, while overseas the adventure has grossed over $87.8 million. "Smart People" helmer Noam Murro directs from the script by original "300" director Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad, based on the graphic novel by "Xerxes" by Frank Miller. In second, DreamWorks' "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" also performed well with around $32 million grossed from 3,934 theaters, averaging $8,261. The animation voiced by Ty Burrell, Max Charles and Stephen Colbert, has earned $65.8 million from international territories, and holds $145 million production budget. Third place "Non-Stop" from Universal showed a 46% change in its sophomore weekend with $15.3 million earned. Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore star in the Jaume Collet-Serra action »

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Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

8 March 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Eight years after Zack Snyder revived the sword-and-sandal subgenre and inspired millions of men to revisit the gym with his adaptation of Frank Miller's 300, he has scripted a return to ancient Greece. Directed by Noam Murro (Smart People), the movie 300: Rise of an Empire is a self-indulgent video game fantasy at best.

The film opens with a recap of the events of 300 and an introduction to Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton), the new lead, who's head of the Greek army. The action proceeds to explain how Themistokles is not just the hero who led the Greeks to victory over Xerxes, but was himself responsible for the enmity held by Xerxes toward the Greeks.

Artemisia (Eva Green) is introduced as the leader of Xerxes' forces, and the two commence with a series of battles consisting of ships crashing into each other as warriors fight to the death on top of the sinking wrecks. »

- Mike Saulters

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300: Rise of an Empire Review

7 March 2014 10:57 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The new film 300: Rise of an Empire is a follow-up, of sorts, to 300 (2006). Zack Snyder is still the lead writer on this new incarnation but the director of the new film is Noam Murro. Murro’s only prior feature directing experience was a film called Smart People (2008) and it is a good guess you didn’t see it as it grossed less than $10M domestic. It is interesting that the new film bookends its predecessor. The timeline of 300: Rise of an Empire starts prior to 300 and ends after it. You don’t see that very often. The people making this movie clearly expect the audience to grasp that complexity with little difficulty and in the current spoon-fed culture that Hollywood is known for that is a bit impressive. The creators here boldly launch into a visceral tale that parallels not only the initial film’s violence and visual »

- Steven Gahm

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