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Watch: Supercut Celebrates William H. Macy's Perfect Performances As Our Favorite Cinematic Losers

A few years ago, in a conversation about Stanley Kubrick’s “The Killing,” a friend said of character actor Elisha Cook Jr., “It’s always fun watching him get abused and humiliated.” Not everyone can convincingly play losers and lowlifes so that you both pity and loathe the characters. One modern-day actor who has picked up where Cook Jr. left off, albeit with much more sadness, is William H. Macy. And a new video tribute highlights the sad and pathetic characters the actor plays. Read More: William H. Macy's Impressive Feature Directorial Debut 'Rudderless' Subtitled “Cinema’s Number One Loser,” the Macy tribute from Huffington Post’s Oliver Noble and Ben Craw (via Uproxx) runs just over four minutes and features the most famous sad sacks the actor has played, including Jerry Lundegaard of “Fargo,” Little Bill in “Boogie Nights,” George Parker in “Pleaseantville,” the desperate-for-love Quiz Kid Donnie Smith in “Magnolia,
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Interview: William H. Macy Talks Directing Rudderless, MPAA, And Co-Starring In Paul Thomas Anderson Films

Deadbeat father. Quiz Kid Donnie Smith. 70's porn assistant director. Down-on-his luck car salesman who hires the wrong goons to kidnap his wife to collect some ransom money.  These are some of the many prominent characters actor William H. Macy has played on screens big and little. Now he has something new to add to his prolific portfolio: filmmaker.  Last year, his directorial debut Rudderless had its world premiere at the renowned Sundance Film Festival. It had a small theatrical run and tomorrow it's available on DVD. I reviewed it while at Sundance and recommend adding this film to your collection.  Rudderless is a poignant and strangely inspiring movie about loss, pain, and bearing your heart to the world while coming apart at the...

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Kanye West's Nonprofit Donda's House Gives Chicago's Young People Access to the Arts

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Kanye West's Nonprofit Donda's House Gives Chicago's Young People Access to the Arts
Kanye West's beloved mother, Donda West, may have died in 2007, but her spirit has inspired a nonprofit that's giving young people in Chicago the arts education they deserve. Donda's House officially opened its doors in August 2013, "but the idea of Donda's House came about in December 2011," the nonprofit's co-founder and executive director, Donnie Smith, tells People. "That year, my husband Che 'Rhymefest' Smith ran for City Council," she says. "He wanted to launch an arts program for youth. Based on our research, somewhere along the lines of 75 percent of black and Latino young people in the United States do
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Kanye Wests's Nonprofit Donda's House Gives Chicago's Young People Access to the Arts

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Kanye Wests's Nonprofit Donda's House Gives Chicago's Young People Access to the Arts
Kanye West's beloved mother, Donda West, may have died in 2007, but her spirit has inspired a nonprofit that's giving young people in Chicago the arts education they deserve. Donda's House officially opened its doors in August 2013, "but the idea of Donda's House came about in December 2011," the nonprofit's co-founder and executive director, Donnie Smith, tells People. "That year, my husband Che 'Rhymefest' Smith ran for City Council," she says. "He wanted to launch an arts program for youth. Based on our research, somewhere along the lines of 75 percent of black and latino young people in the United States do
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NBC Invites Ken Jennings on Quiz Show, Backs Out

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NBC Invites Ken Jennings on Quiz Show, Backs Out
A million seconds is a lot to keep track of, so it makes sense that NBC's Million Second Quiz has seen some choppy waters in the ratings department. In what Deadline calls a "last-ditch stab for momentum," the show contacted Ken Jennings, (Jeopardy! champion, real-life Quiz Kid Donnie Smith) about coming to appear on the show. Travel plans were quickly assembled, then immediately dissembled. Suddenly "there had been a 'miscommunication,'"  Jennings blogs. "The network, for unspecified reasons, was not willing to fly 'trivia champions' in for the show. I could fly myself to New York if I like, they said. I wouldn't even have to wait in line." Score!
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HeyUGuys IMDb250 Project – Week 22

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The IMDb250. A list of the top 250 films as ranked by the users of the biggest internet movie site on the web. It is based upon the ratings provided by the users of the Internet Movie Database, which number into the millions. As such, it’s a perfect representation of the opinions of the movie masses, and arguably the most comprehensive ranking system on the Internet.

It’s because of this that we at HeyUGuys (and in this case we is myself and Barry) have decided to set ourselves a project. To watch and review all 250 movies on the list. We’ve frozen the list as of January 1st of this year, find it here. It’s not as simple as it sounds, we are watching them all in one year, 125 each.

This is our 22nd update and my next five films watched for the project. I had a few
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Boogie Nights and Magnolia Blu-ray Reviews

Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the most talented and most frustrating of the artists to emerge from the mid-90’s boom of next-generation film school brats. Though his first film was shuffled and recut, his sophomore effort was launched like the second coming. That film is Boogie Nights (1997), which - without setting the world on fire - became something of a cult hit, doing well enough to launch Anderson as a serious director. His follow up - 1999’s Magnolia - was viewed less favorably, though it too had its staunch defenders. With his cadre of returning players (Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, John C. Reilly, Melora Walters, Phillip Baker Hall, Ricky Jay, and William H. Macy), and stars like Tom Cruise, and Mark Wahlberg, Anderson was both one of the most successful (critically) and least successful (fiscally) of the new auteurs. My reviews of Boogie Nights and Magnolia after jump.
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'Magnolia' Bloomed Ten Years Ago Today; We Haven't Forgotten

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Magnolia

Photo: New Line Cinema Beware of anyone who associates with Ricky Jay. He shows up in the films of David Mamet, who always loves a good con. He's the narrator of one of my favorite movies of 2009, The Brothers Bloom, also a movie about con artists. When there is trickery and sleight of hand afoot, look around and you might notice a large bearded man peering around the corners.

I know a magician. He's a pretty damn good one. His name is Jerry. To tell you more is to reveal his secrets. I asked him a few weeks ago which magician he is most impressed by. I mentioned some popular names like David Blaine (you know, to help him out). He shook his head at every name I mentioned and said, "That's easy. The greatest magician I've ever seen is Ricky Jay."

Ricky Jay pops
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Wear This: “Big Earl Partridge Productions, Inc” T-Shirt, Based on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia

The shirts from Last Exit to Nowhere are for the true movie geeks out there. The epitome of esoteric, these references can only be spotted by the sharpest of movie fans and create an unspoken beyond between the wearer and the person envying the wearer for wearing such a cool shirt.

Today Letn debuted a new shirt displaying the name and logo of “Big Earl Partridge Productions, Inc.” from Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. For those who don’t know or don’t remember, Bepp, Inc. was the studio behind “What Do Kids Know?” a jeopardy-like program that ruined the life of former young genius Donnie Smith (William H. Macy) and is currently ruining the life of young genius Stanley Spector (Jeremy Blackman). The eponymous “Big” Earl Partridge is a feeble man dying of cancer (played by Jason Robards in his final feature film performance). Now you can have all
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