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Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia comedy queen and feminist rock-star extraordinaire from the band Sleater-Kinney, is embarking on a new project that will take her headlong into the wonderful world of Austen fandom. Brownstein will complete the screenplay of Lost in Austen, begun by three-time Oscar nominated writer (When Harry Met Sally) and director (Sleepless in Seattle, Julie and Julia) Nora Ephron, but cut short by her passing in 2012. Though this will be her ... Read More
Press circuits are a busy requirement of promoting a new movie - and as fans, we get that. And we kind of love it. I mean who doesn’t love seeing one of their favorite stars hilariously banter with some charismatic late night personality? For all of the world to see. Which may or may not have been scripted.   AOL’s BUILD Speaker Series is the cool older cousin of the hyper press circuit family. Though billed as a series that “bring[s] to ... Read More
In case you’ve never heard of it, Into the Woods is basically the best musical ever.  Literally.  It is a work of genius born from the genius of the ever-magnificent Stephen Sondheim and bestowed upon our world as a heavenly gift.  Just to be clear, I’ve never actually seen it performed live on Broadway. I have, however, seen a film of its original, 1987 Broadway run (which featured total legend, Bernadette Peters as the witch).  ... Read More
Even before the harrowing details of his daughter’s sexual-abuse allegations against him were published in The New York Times last February, Woody Allen’s work was getting tough to take. His annual offerings more often than not obsessively orbit around not-quite-appropriate relationships between fresh young ingénues and much older men. Infidelity runs riot through his narratives, as does an uncomfortable undercurrent of lady-bashing. In each ... Read More
Drinking Buddies director Joe Swanberg zooms in on the lives of lost and confused 20-somethings in his latest slice-of-life drama. Anna Kendrick stars as Jenny, a gal who moves to Chicago after a breakup to live with her film-director brother Jeff (Swanberg), his novelist-turned-stay-at-home-mom wife Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), and their adorable two-year-old son Jude (played by Swanberg’s real-life son). Together with her friend Carson (Lena Dunham), Jenny pushes ... Read More

Movie Review: Lucy

BY Gwen Berumen in Movies

Luc Besson’s Lucy tells the tale of a young student (Scarlett Johansson) in Taipei who is at the wrong place at the wrong time. Lucy is forced to become a drug mule after a Taiwanese mob inserts a bag of drugs (CPH4) into her body for transportation. Soon after, however, the bag starts leaking the drug into her system and her brain begins functioning beyond the capabilities of an average human's brain.   The film rests on the myth that humans use only ... Read More
Mood Indigo isn’t a commentary on our society, nor is it the feel-good film of the summer. Michel Gondry’s latest endeavor reads like a twisted storybook, weaving realistic tropes with fantastic visions of both the intensely light and the intensely dark. In fact, it opens with a Boris Vianauthor of L'Écume des Jours, quote the book on which the movie is based. The quote is translated as “the story is entirely true, because I imagined it ... Read More
Straight Outta Compton is an upcoming biopic about rap group N.W.A that is being released next year via Universal Pictures. As a MASSIVE N.W.A fan, I was super excited. While biopics aren’t generally so ‘bio,’ it’s still exciting to pretend that you are living with the times that film is featuring. However, while hip-hop is supposed to be about uplifting a culture that gets stepped on by white supremacy, women don’t seem to get a ... Read More
It’s about time we had the female-driven answer to "127 Hours". Written and spoken tales of surviving in the American wilderness have been around since the beginning of our history and are a fundamental part of our country's lore. But, as history and our modern media would have it, these tales traditionally focus on men - our Lewis and Clarks, our Jack Londons. But where are our Sacagaweas?  Strayed's own image from her journey Cheryl ... Read More
Tired of seeing free movies? Nope. Interested in seeing kick-ass women in lead roles? Hell yes. Lucky for you, Videology’s Strong Female Lead series kicks off this August, and they’re celebrating women in cinema by screening a different movie every month, each with a powerful female at the center of the action.  The Williamsburg video store/bar/screening room is host to all kinds of fun screening parties and themed bingo nights, and it begins its ... Read More
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