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Vadim Rizov

Bill Murray teaches us how to leave the room. (photo)

Bill Murray teaches us how to leave the room.

We’re living through a golden age of Bill Murray interview — which is to say he’s actually doing them. On TV, Letterman‘s the only host sharp and pissy enough to keep up with a guy whose public appearances almost always involve some kind of performance art element. Many comedians have a reputation for being self-loathing […]

Fitting into a box, lessons to be learned from faith-based films. (photo)

Fitting into a box, lessons to be learned from faith-based films.

In an interview with genre cult figure Philip Ridley at Twitch comes the following disclosure: “The kind of films I’ve been interested in making are not very easy to get off the ground. They don’t fit into a neat box or category.” It’s a variation of a common lament of filmmakers who have trouble working […]

Albert Brooks’ secret epic aspirations. (photo)

Albert Brooks’ secret epic aspirations.

Despite his status as one of the more cerebral comics to emerge from the ’70s, Albert Brooks — unlike rough stand-up contemporaries Woody Allen and Steve Martin — has never been much of an essayist, and certainly not a book-writer. Until now: next May will see the publication of his first novel, “2030: The Real […]

Clooney going to court vs. the Mel Gibson tapes. (photo)

Clooney going to court vs. the Mel Gibson tapes.

There was something refreshingly old-fashioned, in this week of Mel Gibson, in the sight of George Clooney arriving at a Milanese courtroom to a press corps cluster so big the judge had to get a bigger space to accommodate all the journalists and paparazzi. Clooney showed up in his usual natty style, offering 90 minutes […]

The box office futures market has no future. (photo)

The box office futures market has no future.

Tucked inside the controversial but long overdue financial reform bill that passed yesterday was a clause that will mean a lot to the movie industry. The hot disputed box-office futures market that had been set to launch this summer — in which investors could buy and trade shares in upcoming movies based on their predicted […]

The unexpected cult status of Peyton Reed’s “Bring It On.” (photo)

The unexpected cult status of Peyton Reed’s “Bring It On.”

The New Beverly in Los Angeles is hosting a tenth anniversary midnight screening of “Bring It On,” this weekend. By virtue of being better than it needs to be, “Bring It On” is one of the few studio teen films of the last decade to earned non-studio-manufactured goodwill, a small cult of genuine affection. Part […]

Los Angeles is getting to play itself again. (photo)

Los Angeles is getting to play itself again.

There’s been an increase in movies, shows and commercials are being shot in LA — 16% more this quarter, according to the Los Angeles Times. It’s part of an ongoing recovery after Hollywood staged a retreat from itself, in search of bigger and better tax incentives elsewhere. For most moviegoers, there’s not going to be […]

When anticipation becomes everything. (photo)

When anticipation becomes everything.

Slate cartoonist James Sturm has been conducting an experiment in seeing what his life would be like if he quit the internet entirely for four months. It’s a fascinating series — not least because he’s already had a lapse — that reminds us that even those who work at home are no less plugged-in to […]

Jack Ryan, the character who can’t seem to hold down a franchise. (photo)

Jack Ryan, the character who can’t seem to hold down a franchise.

In an interview with the AV Club that ran through his past roles, CiarĂ¡n Hinds made a revealing statement about his participation on the last installment in the Jack Ryan movie, “The Sum of All Fears.” He recalled coming up to director Phil Alden Robinson on the second day of the shoot and saying “It’s […]

The “Greenberg” DVD cover promises a cheery rom com that’s not, you know, misanthropic at all. (photo)

The “Greenberg” DVD cover promises a cheery rom com that’s not, you know, misanthropic at all.

Late last year, there was a kerfuffle over the “degaying” of the “Humpday” DVD cover. The theatrical poster featured a shirtless Mark Duplass and Joshua Leonard looking at each other in front of pink floral wallpaper. The DVD went instead for a blue backdrop and inserted Alycia Delmore between the two guys, apparently to convey […]