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26 Aug 2015 // 3:30 PM

Movie Star Jackie Chan Caught Between East and West

Jackie Chan has just published an autobiography in Chinese, Never Grow Up, Only Get Older, and the title is more than apropos.

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24 Aug 2015 // 11:00 AM

PopTalk: Breaking Down the Dollars and Cents of Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo offer both indie and major filmmakers an array of opportunities to see their visions realized. But does it come with strings attached?

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‘Lucky’ Jesse Eisenberg Has Two Very Different Films in Theaters Now

“I would never cast myself in anything,” Eisenberg said, sounding a bit like one of the directors he most admires, Woody Allen.

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‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Hamilton’ Speak to Modern Protests Through Hip-hop

Rap is sometimes seen as having gone soft, handed over to people singing of a kind of wish fulfillment more than their desire to have wishes fulfilled. But the return of highly serious work in a hip-hop context changes the game.

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Netflix Is Challenging the Big Theater Chains With Its ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Opening

Netflix continues to make inroads in the movie space.

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14 Aug 2015 // 12:16 PM

Amy Schumer Soars with the Rise of the Supercomic

At 34, Schumer is benefiting from the rise of the supercomedian, the elite group of stand-up comics who have been catapulted into the kind of fame once reserved for rock stars.

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Jon Watts Who? One Director’s Super-size Leap to ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot

Jon Watts still can’t quite wrap his brain around the fact that — at age 34, with just two low-budget features to his name — he has landed one of the most coveted directing gigs in Hollywood.

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10 Aug 2015 // 1:30 PM

Watts Riots Still Mostly Off Hollywood’s Radar After 50 Years

There is almost no mention in mainstream film of the riots, nor of many of the harder-edged truths that accompanied them.

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Will ‘Goosebumps’ Movie Scare Up the Audience the Popular Books Did?

There was a time when the idea of a movie based on the Goosebumps series of books would have seemed as natural as a Harry Potter visit to the wand shop.

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A Survivor Sifts Through the Ashes in the Haunting ‘Phoenix’

Phoenix is an intoxicating witches’ brew, equal parts melodrama and moral parable, that audaciously mixes diverse elements to compelling, disturbing effect.

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Call for Papers: Do You Believe in Life After Auto-Tune?

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"Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

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