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New Trailer: INTO THE WOODS

This is one we’re looking forward to: INTO THE WOODS us an adaptation of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway musical, and stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick and Chris Pine.
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Tragic Hero: THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

I’ve had a long fascination with the rebel hero who meets with a tragic end. It started with Matt Dillon as Dallas in the movie version of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. The hero of my latest novel, Ruin Me, is a law-breaking street artist. But as we all know, truth is stranger – and more devastating – than fiction. This week, there’s a new documentary called THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY about programming genius, activist, and anti-hero, Aaron Swartz, co-founder of Reddit.  Under the weight of outrageous felony indictments charged to make an example of him, he killed himself last year at the age of 26 — but not before instigating changes that help all of us every time we blog or search the internet. Check out this trailer.… Continue
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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS NYC Premiere

It’s with puffy eyes that I write this post about the NYC premiere of THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Puffy eyes because I spent two hours last night ugly crying as I watched Gus and Hazel on screen. The TFIOS scene at Zigfield Theatre was overwhelming. There were throngs of screaming fans–mostly fangirls, so the decibels were high pitched and LOUD–and a blue carpet instead of a red carpet. Inside the theatre things were calmer, although the tween girls behind me were VERY excited about meeting the brother of Ansel Elgort (aka Augustus Waters). Before the film, the producers, director, screenwriters, and actors were announced to loud cheers. But the loudest cheers of all went to John Green, the author of the book. I thought it was awesome that people were most excited about him.… Continue
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Vampire Weekend

In the mood for a vampire love story? Look no further: Tilda Swinton (love her!) and Tom Hiddleton star in Only Lovers Left Alive, the latest movie by Jim Jarmusch (Night on Earth): Set against the romantic desolation of Detroit and Tangier, an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. Their love story has already endured several centuries at least, but now they have to deal with the arrival of her wild and uncontrollable younger sister. Can these “wise but fragile outsiders” continue to survive as the modern world collapses around them? If you see Only Lovers Left Alive this weekend, let us know what you think!… Continue
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ELEANOR & PARK: The Movie

Entertainment Weekly reports that the bestselling “misfit” YA romance Eleanor & Park is being made into a feature film by Dreamworks: “Every girl who has read it says, ‘That was me in high school, or that was me in 7th grade,’” Holly Bario, DreamWorks president of production, told EW. “It reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.” Rainbow Rowell will write the screenplay. Okay, let the dream casting begin. Who do you pick?… Continue
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It’s Raining Men…Again

Channing Tatum fans, rejoice: The sequel to Magic Mike will start shooting this fall, according to New York Magazine.  The title? Magic Mike XXL. Yeah, they did. And if for some reason you missed this male stripper movie the first time around, call HBO immediately. (It’s available On Demand this month). It’s the full package, so to speak: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, and Mathew McConaughey pre-Oscar win. (Or, if you want to take a shortcut, go to YouTube and search “Channing Tatum Pony dance.” I wish I could post it here – really, I do. ) What did you think of this movie, and will you be going back for more? Continue
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Following FIFTY SHADES

It’s only been a month since filming wrapped on Fifty Shades of Grey, but star Dakota Johnson already has her eye on her next role. Deadline Hollywood reports that the actress is in talks to play the love interest of Johnny Depp in the film Black Mass, the story of Irish mobster Whitey Bulger and FBI agent John Connolly. But Fifty Shades fans, don’t worry: Deadline also reports that she is slated to return for three – possibly four – future Fifty Shades movies. Who are you more excited to see her with onscreen, Jamie Dornan or Johnny Depp?Continue
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Hot and Bothersome

The new movie poster for Maleficent was unveiled yesterday. Evil has never looked so good, right? In Entertainment Weekly, Angelina Jolie talks about how her daughter Vivienne got to play the role of toddler Princess Aurora: “Other three-and four-year old [actors] wouldn’t come near me. ” They needed a kid who wasn’t afraid of the horns, eyes, and claws. Awww. I might have to see the film just so see the cute little debut! Maleficent comes out on May 30. Will you be seeing it?… Continue