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Is America Ready for ‘Dear White People?’
5 years ago

Is America Ready for ‘Dear White People?’

Lee’s 1989 classic made us confront race in ways that couldn’t be avoided.

“Dear White People” should repeat that film’s repercussions… and then some. But is the nation ready to …
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Director Jason Reitman’s Fall as Fast as His Rise
5 years ago

Director Jason Reitman’s Fall as Fast as His Rise

Director Jason Reitman, son of comic mastermind Ivan Reitman (“Ghostbusters”), delivered a triple play of features few directors could equal out of the gate.

Then Hollywood’s law of physics kicked in. “Young Adult.” “Labor …
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Lionsgate, Tribeca Team for Latest Streaming Service
5 years ago

Lionsgate, Tribeca Team for Latest Streaming Service

Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises are teaming to provide a new on-demand service starting in the first half of 2015.

Tribeca Short List doesn’t have a price tag yet. What we know is …
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In Praise of Harvey Weinstein’s Bipartisan Turn
5 years ago

In Praise of Harvey Weinstein’s Bipartisan Turn

He recently vowed to crush the NRA with a feature film to star Meryl Streep, and he opened his wallet repeatedly to support President Barack Obama’s two presidential runs.

That …
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HiT Blu-ray Review: ‘Life After Beth’
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5 years ago

HiT Blu-ray Review: ‘Life After Beth’

“Life After Beth” says so. It also reminds us that “Shaun of the Dead” cracked the zombie-comedy code in ways its successors can’t.

This zom-com hybrid sounds high-larious on paper, …
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HiT Rewind: ‘Scream’ (1996)
5 years ago

HiT Rewind: ‘Scream’ (1996)

The 1996 film’s opening sequence did more than scare us silly. It shook up the horror genre by roasting its hoariest cliches. That two-step became a template for the film’s sequels …
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HiT Rewind: ‘Jennifer’s Body’ (2009)
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5 years ago

HiT Rewind: ‘Jennifer’s Body’ (2009)

The same can’t be said for the horror comedy “Jennifer’s Body,” penned by Oscar winner Diablo Cody.

The celebrated screenwriter wisely deflates much of the pressure associated with her first …
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‘Good Lie’ Writer on Why She Wouldn’t Take Faith Out of Film
5 years ago

‘Good Lie’ Writer on Why She Wouldn’t Take Faith Out of Film

“There were moments where I had people look at the film and say, “take all that [spirituality] out,’” Nagle says of a movie following Sudanese refugees fleeing to America. “While others said, …
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Ex-Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Revels in ‘Stench of Failure’
5 years ago

Ex-Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Revels in ‘Stench of Failure’

By  •  TV

The portly comic survived a suicide attempt, heroin addiction and the loss of his dream job to star in his own Comedy Central special debuting at midnight tonight, Oct. 18.


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HiT Movie Review: ‘Fury’
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5 years ago

HiT Movie Review: ‘Fury’

“Fury,” from the creator of “End of Watch” and “Sabotage,” strays from that sensibility.

Yes, the U.S. soldiers battling the final gasp of the Nazi regime are heroes to the …
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