Hero, heroine.

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"You sound like a very scary guy."
At the London Times, Kevin Maher has an entertaining piece inspired by the aging 4s (those would be "Live Free or Die Hard," "Indiana Jones 4" and "Rambo 4") on the various tricks make-up artists, stunt coordinators and trainers use when dealing with creakier leading men:

If your movie revolves entirely around the unblemished perfection of your central macho middle-aged actor there is, of course, the miracle of “digital enhancement” – removing wrinkles digitally in a postproduction suite. “I know plenty of actors who’ve had this done, and plenty of editing suites that are doing it. It’s quite common now to simply lose the wrinkles in postproduction, especially on tight close-ups. A lot of actors now will be digitally enhanced.”

While we’ll have to wait until June 27th to see how audiences favor these, er, matured franchises and film heroes, Scott Bowles at USA Today notes that in comic book adaptations, success seems guaranteed no matter what your reviews, as long as you have a male lead. He cites "Catwoman" and "Elektra," as well as a phrase we’ve never come across before:

The question of women’s roles in superhero stories — dubbed the "women in refrigerators" debate after a Green Lantern issue in which the superhero’s girlfriend was found dismembered in an icebox — began on comic pages and websites but has spilled onto the big screen.

At the Film Experience Blog, Nathaniel R. leads off an Action Heroine Blog-a-Thon that offers a nice counterpoint to the above discussion, or, actually, 47 counterpoints. And over at the Sydney Morning Herald, Andrew Taylor turns to gender in another genre, the biopic, suggesting that not only do we seems to prefer biopics of women to be about "misery, hardship and tragedy," but that

Oscar, its French equivalent, Cesar, and their award statuette cousins love misery. They also appreciate an actor who endures a little of that hardship herself. [Angela] Bassett pumped iron for two hours a day to replicate Tina Turner’s muscular physique for What’s Love Got To Do With It? Similarly, [Nicole] Kidman reportedly walked into a river over and over again for her suicide scene in The Hours.

We’re not sure we agree with all of his points — biopic misery has been pretty equal opportunity lately.

+ Diet hard! Ageing action heroes turn back the clock (London Times)
+ Male heroes draw comic fans (USA Today)
+ Action Heroine HQ (Film Experience Blog)
+ Hollywood’s female formula (Sydney Morning Herald)

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The Power Compels You to Take the Exorcist Movie Quiz

Catch an all-day Exorcist marathon on Sunday, November 1st.

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The Exorcist is a modern horror classic thanks to many of its haunting images: the ominous stairwell, the spider walk, the face of the demon. Before you catch IFC’s all-day Exorcist movie marathon on November 1st, take this quiz to see how well you remember the film, its sequels and its influence in pop culture.


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8 Movie and TV Parodies From That ’70s Show

Catch That '70s Show Mondays & Tuesdays from 6-11P on IFC.

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That ’70s Show never missed the chance to make a mockery of major movies and TV shows from the Me Decade. Before you dive into IFC’s Thanksgiving Day Sweatsgiving That ’70s Show marathon, check out some of the show’s best spoofs of Star Wars, the Superfriends and more.

8. Star Wars

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The 1977 release of Star Wars affects the That ’70s gang as much as it affects the rest of society: totally and awesomely. The season one episode “A New Hope” sends the gang to a galaxy far, far away (well, the cinema), leading Eric to star in his own Force-powered dream with everything from Red Kenobi to a R2-D2 vacuum.

7. Batman

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When a drunken Jackie makes Fez‘s dreams come true by hitting on him, he faces a superheroic internal struggle starring himself as a tiny Batman and Riddler. Of course, Fez-man hasn’t always been so heroic.

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6. The Super Friends

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Kelso gets to be Batman in an entire ’70s gang of Super-pals in a super-powered fantasy. Though their battle against Red Luthor — who, let’s be honest, would triumph over the REAL Super Friends — is weakened when all Wonder Twins Hyde and Jackie want to do is make out.

5. Shaft

Isaac Hayes, who wrote and performed the original and incomparable theme for the ’70s flick Shaft, provides a significantly less tough “Theme for Fez” in the episode “Spread Your Wings.”

4. The Continental

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When Fez tries to get to third base with Big Rhonda in the basement, the camera switches to second-person as she watches him making his attempts in the style of Renzo Casena in the TV series The Continental. (The 1950s series was also famously parodied by Christopher Walken on SNL.)

3. Psycho and other Hitchcock classics

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Halloween episodes are always a good excuse for costumes and parodies. “Too Old to Trick or Treat, Too Young to Die”  memorably parodied Hitchcock classics like Rear Window, The Birds and, of course, Psycho‘s iconic shower scene.

2. Annie Hall

Eric and Donna took on the roles of Alvy Singer and Annie Hall in a spoof of a memorable scene from the classic Woody Allen and Diane Keaton comedy.

1. I Love Lucy

In a fun take on the Lucille Ball sitcom classic, Fez’s fantasies veer all the way to monochrome, creating an alternate world where he has a relationship and Red might even talk to him for two sentences without calling him a dumbass.

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Stale Love Life?

5 Ways to Get Ready for Tonight’s Benders and Improve Your Relationship

Catch Benders tonight at 10P ET/PT on IFC.

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Tonight on a brand-new Benders, Karen has a surprise for Paul while Andrew has to deal with a motormouth girlfriend. Before you settle in at 10P ET/PT to watch, check out five ways tonight’s episode can improve your romantic life.

1. Communicate Your Needs in the Bedroom.

Communication is important in any relationship. Sometimes you want to talk about your day, and sometimes you feel like Anthony and just want to fall asleep listening to the latest Marc Maron podcast.

2.  Work on your excuse game.

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However, if you do need to find a way to, say, drone out your talkative girlfriend, don’t follow Anthony’s lead. Come up with an excuse that doesn’t lead to you mispronouncing “tinnitus.”

3. Rescue a cat together.

A pet can be a great way to inject some warmth into your relationship. Just make sure your significant other doesn’t break out into hives at the sight of a friendly feline.

4. Keep your lady away from Jim Breuer.

The Breu-ski cannot be trusted around the fairer sex.

5. If all else fails, remember: Use the Chubby.

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To make a relationship work, remember: there is no try, only do. If Paul didn’t work hard to keep Karen, she’d probably be Mrs. Brue-ski right now.

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Stoner Wisdom From That ’70s Show’s Circle

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The gang from That ’70s Show had some of their deepest conversations in “The Circle.” They also never failed to crack themselves (and us) up. Get high on knowledge with some deep thoughts from “The Circle.”

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