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‘Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête)’: At Odds with Itself

Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast remains a bizarre, eerie and unusual film, filled with dark characters, troubling themes and some truly awe-inspiring visuals.

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TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 4

The 2010-2011 season meant saying farewell to cult favorites Friday Night Lights and Smallville, as well as the ongoing mania surrounding one of TV's most mediocre shows, Glee.

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We Can Be Heroes: Talking ‘Supergods’ with Grant Morrison

Grant Morrison’s ability to make connections between seemingly humdrum events and grandiose ideas becomes infectious. Reading Supergods and immersing in his ideas gives one as much kick as a radioactive spider bite.

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DC’s ‘Flashpoint’ Shows Why We Should Make Demands of Our Art

While Flashpoint might seem nothing more than an interregnum prior to DC's September reboot, Geoff Johns manages perhaps the most credible meditation on current events and the best use of the superhero genre to date.

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15 Jul 2011 // 4:00 AM

TV’s Most Memorable Commercials

This year is the 70th anniversary of the first TV commercial, so we cast our glance back at the some of the most memorable ads of all time.

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‘The Superman Motion Picture Anthology, 1978-2006’: My Supermania, Reawakened

Most of the films in this anthology will be kryptonite to you. But if you are looking for the origins of the 20th century's pop culture fascination with gods and heroes, this is the set for you.

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Discover a Hero in ‘Cedar Rapids’

What's at first blush a light-hearted comedy is actually a much more profound tale.

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Boys Get Naked Better than Girls

In games like Kabod Online, male characters expose themselves to an audience. This makes them look stronger, more powerful, more manly than they do with their clothes on.

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The Changing Nature of the Nature of Art

As artists have become less concerned with telling stories and more concerned with creating emotional connections and mimicking experiences, art has shifted from creating beauty to expressing the heady nature of 'truth'.

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Great Entrance, Unca Scrooge: Warren Spector Finds Richness in DuckTales

It's not so much that Warren Spector, the visionary behind Epic Mickey and the legendary Deus Ex, conforms to the genius of DuckTales' generic conventions--it's that he evolves them.

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Selling Sex: The Media, Fantasy, and How I Fell in Love with Britney Spears

It all started when I was in Walgreens buying deodorant and I saw her looking me right in the eye with a glossy glow from the cover of an October 2010 issue of US Weekly.

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‘Campus’ Series Premiere

The new series from the makers of Green Wing feels like comedy by the numbers.

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Wonders of the Universe: Music to Watch Stars By

The key to the success of pop-star turned physicist Professor Brian Cox's shows is in their titles: Wonder. Each episode is replete with stunning nature photography shot in some of the grandest locations on Earth.

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14 Apr 2011 // 5:59 AM

New James Bond movie coming to theaters next year

LOS ANGELES — James Bond fans holding their breath about the fate of the superspy franchise can exhale a little. MGM and Sony have announced a

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“It Will Change the Genre Forever”: An Interview with “The Walking Dead’s” Jeryl Prescott

"It seemed like an odd marriage: Frank Darabont and AMC ... and zombies." Jeryl Prescott talks about how her Southern roots prepared her for this story of zombie apocalypse in the South.

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‘Tomorrow, When the War Began’ Offers Meaningful Teen Bonding

Joss Whedon once claimed that he and his friends loved shows like Dawson’s Creek and Party of Five but that they really didn’t

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National Theatre Live Shocks ‘Frankenstein’ Back to Life

Why did you create me? The plaintive question adorning National Theatre Live posters may echo critics’ question about the need for yet another in a long line of Frankensteins. Previous Frankensteins and monsters have been entertaining but less socially relevant. The National Theatre’s production, as directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, to use a cliché, is Alive!

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Five Hot Chicks and the MPAA, Why Can’t This Be Europe? Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’

PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.

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21 Mar 2011 // 4:04 AM

Wiseguy, Huh?

Wiseguy may have been the best television show ever. Made way before cop shows like The Shield and The Wire, the stories revealed the ambiguities

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Counterbalance No. 25: Television’s ‘Marquee Moon’

Television’s 1977 masterpiece Marquee Moon is the 25th Greatest Album of All Time, but is it too “too too” to put a finger on? Counterbalance’s Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn see it all backward.

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'Cube Escape' Is Free, Frustrating, and Weirdly Compelling

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"The Cube Escape games are awful puzzle games, but they're an addicting descent into madness.

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