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Ron Mwangaguhunga

Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers

Can We Get a Black Widow Movie?

Can we get a Black Widow movie up in this? Most of the Avengers – Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man – are bankable franchises. And fans of those franchises, to be sure, put their butts in seats to the record-breaking tune of a $200 million opening weekend, beating the previous opening record held […]

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The difference between movie stars and actors

Is there a difference between “movie stars” and actors? Both of them act, obviously, but one of them does it as an art form and the other does it – how does one say this? — for the adulation and the box office. There has been endless speculation about psychological motivations. Why would someone need […]

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The 10 toughest women movie characters

We’re just a few months into 2012, but it’s already shaping up to be the return of female protagonists handing out swift justice to the forces of evil. In January we saw Kate Beckinsale kicks some serious ass as “Underworld: Awakening” opened to wide release and Michael Fassbender, secure in his manliness, admitted that fighting […]

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Why Patrick Dempsey should play Dr. Strange

Our writer explains how “Dr. McDreamy” would be the best choice for the “Sorcerer Supreme.”

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The top 5 Batman villains

In The Dark Knight Rises, Batman faces an incredibly brutal villain named Bane, a behemoth well known to readers of the graphic novel. “He’s a big dude who’s incredibly clinical, in the fact that he has a result-based and -oriented fighting style,” actor Tom Hardy said of Bane, the character he plays, in Empire. “It’s […]

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Comedy categories would make the Oscars more relevant

Let’s face it: the Oscars are not as cool as they used to be. Oscar, at age 83, is showing signs of tarnish. It is becoming a less and less compelling event for the digital youth culture. Last year’s Academy Awards were the sixth top social TV tentpole event of the year after the MTV […]

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10 graphic novels and comics that should be movies

The following are Ron’s picks for comics that should get the cinematic treatment. For our weekly column on other books we think should be adapted, the aptly titled “Adapt This,” click here. We are in the midst of a graphic novel renaissance. Anticipation for the upcoming Batman movie is at record high levels. The Walking […]

The Revenge of the Nerds: How the 80’s movie foretold the rise of Geek Culture (photo)

The Revenge of the Nerds: How the 80’s movie foretold the rise of Geek Culture

“Revenge of the Nerds,” that significant 80s cultural artifact, was a genuinely prophetic film. At the time of its release in 1984 it was morning in America and a muscular foreign policy against the then-Soviet Union nudged popular culture to valorize brawn and social ease and raw good looks. Introspection and lusting in one’s heart […]

Zombies as a metaphor: a discussion on the undead in popular culture (photo)

Zombies as a metaphor: a discussion on the undead in popular culture

“Traveling in a fried-out combi/ On a hippie trail, head full of zombie.” – Men at Work, “Down Under” I have, like everyone, been thinking about zombies in pop culture. Let’s face facts: we live in a golden age of zombie. What is the most successful show on GetGlue? “The Walking Dead.” Further, the 24/7 […]

Is Johnny Depp the next Nicolas Cage? (photo)

Is Johnny Depp the next Nicolas Cage?

Nic Cage was incandescent in “Moonstruck.” Then something happened. The bad film choices, the bad life choices and, we cannot fail to note, the eccentric fudgesicle stories all sort of overtook what was once a very promising and serious film career. Let me put it this way: no one would question whether or not Meryl […]