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Alison Willmore

“Synecdoche,” Empathy and Charlie Kaufman (photo)

“Synecdoche,” Empathy and Charlie Kaufman

The Rumpus has a reprint of Charlie Kaufman’s introduction to “Synecdoche, New York: The Shooting Script,” which was published by Newmarket Press two years ago. In typical Kaufman fashion, it quickly leaps the boundaries of what you’d expect in an intro for such a project and looks on the whole process from above, dealing with […]

Who’s Afraid of the Golden Globes? (photo)

Who’s Afraid of the Golden Globes?

People like to rag on the Golden Globes, nominations for which were announced this morning, as irrelevant, pandering, pointless, lacking integrity and so on. But they’re looking at them the wrong way. The Golden Globes always struck me as being about the desire to get everyone to come to your party. Five nominations for best […]

The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo-Boo (photo)

The Assassination of Yogi Bear by the Coward Boo-Boo

God only knows how the unasked-for big screen adaptation of “Yogi Bear,” out this Friday, will end, but one guesses it won’t be as an homage to Andrew Dominik’s 2007 film about the last days of another character on the run from the law. I suspect this parody, created by Edmund Earle, has a bit […]

NYFCO, LAFCA and Other Acronyms Decide on the Best Movie of the Year (photo)

NYFCO, LAFCA and Other Acronyms Decide on the Best Movie of the Year

Across the country, film critic associations are weighing in with their votes on the best films and filmmaking of the year, and at the moment, “The Social Network” rules. On the East Coast, the New York Film Critics’ Circle have yet to offer their choices, but their web-based counterparts the New York Film Critics Online […]

Rating the MPAA Ratings System (photo)

Rating the MPAA Ratings System

Last week, the Michelle Williams/Ryan Gosling indie romance “Blue Valentine” received an R rating, having appealed the MPAA after initially being slapped with an NC-17. It’s the third film in recent months to receive a controversially harsh rating, along with “The King’s Speech” and “A Film Unfinished,” resurrecting the eternal debate about what our ratings […]

Steve Martin CAN Entertainingly Talk About Art (photo)

Steve Martin CAN Entertainingly Talk About Art

Last week, audiences at a Steve Martin talk at the 92nd Street Y were offered a refund after apparent complaints due to the fact that Martin was talking with interviewer Deborah Solomon about the art world and his new novel “An Object of Beauty” instead of, you know, funny stuff. As my colleague Matt Singer […]

Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Totally Reads Your Tumblr (photo)

Hey Girl, Ryan Gosling Totally Reads Your Tumblr

Fuck Yeah! Ryan Gosling is blog consisting entirely of images of the actor brooding alongside messages attesting to his imagined perfect sensitive boyfriendosity, all starting with “Hey Girl…” — for instance, “Hey Girl, sometimes I get so sad when we can’t watch ‘Golden Girls’ together.” It’s a weirdly hilarious response to Gosling’s slate of soulful, […]

James Franco, Kevin Bacon Are Their Own Biggest Fans (photo)

James Franco, Kevin Bacon Are Their Own Biggest Fans

The New York Times has a set of 14 videos in which “performers who defined cinema in 2010 capture classic screen types.” That includes James Franco, who flirts with and then kisses himself in the mirror, presumably… capturing classic actorly narcissism? It makes a natural pairing with Kevin Bacon’s new commercial for Logitech, in which […]

Want to See a New Movie on Opening Night Without Leaving Your Home? (photo)

Want to See a New Movie on Opening Night Without Leaving Your Home?

In the indie world, simultaneous (or near) theatrical/VOD releases have become commonplace, from Magnolia to our sister company IFC Films to Cinetic’s FilmBuff — Magnolia even offers an “Ultra VOD” that allows viewers to see certain titles before they’re in theaters. But how about a Hollywood movie? Lauren A. E. Schuker at the Wall Street […]

Trailering: “I Am Number Four,” or How to Engineer a Franchise (photo)

Trailering: “I Am Number Four,” or How to Engineer a Franchise

Below is the trailer for “I Am Number Four,” an upcoming sci-fi film starring indistinguishable pretty boy Alex Pettyfer (who previously played the lead in franchise misfire “Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker”) as a superpowered teen being hunted by what look like the Strangers from “Dark City.” He falls in love with Quinn from “Glee” at […]