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Laugh Until It Hurts: The Best War Comedies

Posted 10/18/2014 12:00 PM by
Laugh Until It Hurts: The Best War Comedies

While it seems like an unlikely mash up, combining war and comedy genres reveals how conflict can often be… funny. These seven war comedies filled with weapons of ‘laugh destruction,’ all found in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” illustrate how war can be hell-arious.

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Top 10 Sex Scenes That Will Make You Say WTF?!

Posted 10/17/2014 5:00 PM by
Top 10 Sex Scenes That Will Make You Say WTF?!

All top ten lists are, by their nature, subjective, but this one is especially so–because one person’s “WTF” sex scene is another person’s monkey spanking material. (Exhibit A: We’d qualify a lot of porn as WTF.) That’s said, here are 10 scenes that make us scratch our heads.

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Top 10 Cult Classic Movies That Flopped First

Posted 10/17/2014 11:46 AM by
Top 10 Cult Classic Movies That Flopped First

Great films don’t always do great things at the box office. These ten unforgettable hits were too dark, too unique or too poorly marketed to bring in the audiences they deserved upon release. Each has been saved from obscurity by hoards of fans who couldn’t wait to share them with others. It’s that kind of passion alone — not reviews, awards or earnings — that make a film a true classic.

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The Big Tease: 5 Movies Where Cher’s Hair Was (Awesomely) Big

Posted 10/17/2014 9:00 AM by
The Big Tease: 5 Movies Where Cher’s Hair Was (Awesomely) Big

Cher is a classic triple threat: singer, actress, HUGE hair. While her hair has been spectacularly large throughout her career, we think it should have its own credit in these movies. At the very least, it should have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was a challenging task, but we’ve done extensive field research and uncovered the top five movies where Cher’s hair ruled.

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Step Into the Ring: 10 Reasons To Rewatch “Fight Club”

Posted 10/16/2014 12:00 PM by
Step Into the Ring: 10 Reasons To Rewatch “Fight Club”

All the hubhub about David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” reminded us that it’s been 15 years since we first saw Fight Club—high time to look back at the 1999 movie that achieved cult status. Tyler Durden is definitely going to be on our asses, as we’re clearly been breaking the first two rules of Fight Club, but without further ado, the top 10 reasons you need to rewatch Fight Club are:

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Expert Opinion: The Cliburn Award-Winning Pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Classical Music In the Movies

Posted 10/16/2014 11:00 AM by
Expert Opinion: The Cliburn Award-Winning Pianist Vadym Kholodenko on Classical Music In the Movies

Classic composers provide the soundtrack for so many memorable movie scenes–from Strauss in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange.” To get some insight about how classical music can define a movie, or be redefined by a movie, we spoke to Vadym Kholodenko–winner of the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013 and first artistic partner of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He gave us the scoop on pianists in movies, the best classical documentary and which composer is most suited to scores.

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“DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Recapped and Revealed (Episode 3)

Posted 10/15/2014 11:00 PM by
“DREAM SCHOOL: NYC” Recapped and Revealed (Episode 3)

Issues. There are a lot that can be found in this episode, from staff to student, that reflect today’s educational system.

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6 Questions with “THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Costume Designer Edward Gordon

Season 1, Episode 1

Posted 10/15/2014 2:00 PM by
6 Questions with “THE HONORABLE WOMAN” Costume Designer Edward Gordon

THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s costume designer Edward K. Gordon talks about the challenges in dressing a character as complex as Nessa Stein, which designers she wore and the secret to “getting the Stein style.”

Q: Some of your past credits include Skins and Secret Diary of a Call Girl – projects that have very different feel from THE HONORABLE WOMAN. What have been some of the best practices you’ve carried over from project to project? What are some of your initial steps when embarking on a new project?

A: For me, the work always starts with the script. If I am lucky enough to be presented with a great script, with characters that I believe/relate to my job, it is easy and all I have to do is honor the writing. Although I have done a varied body of work through my career, I bring the same aesthetic dogma with me to all my work. My ambition is always to present characters on screen in a way that might not be quite what people were expecting. I really believe in the power of clothes to help tell a story, and I am fortunate to work in a visual medium. With each great new character I try to create a look that is distinctive and unique to that person—although grounded in reality and truth there is always a slightly aspirational look to the way I dress people. Just to mix things up even more, the next job I’m doing is War and Peace for the BBC and Harvey Weinstein!

Q: Looking to the pilot episode, that initial green-cheetah print dress is definitely a statement piece—especially when you consider the juxtaposition Nessa’s character has against the rest of the cast. What motivated that style choice? The dress also seemed to linger though the episode, as Nessa simply didn’t change her clothes—can you speak to that?

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It’s a Wild World: Top 10 Survival Movies

Posted 10/15/2014 10:00 AM by
It’s a Wild World: Top 10 Survival Movies

When you can’t get away from the cube (hello, endless conference calls and sad desk lunches), a good adventure movie will have to do.

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8 Fantasy Movies from the ’80s Made Possible By “Star Wars”

Posted 10/15/2014 9:00 AM by
8 Fantasy Movies from the ’80s Made Possible By “Star Wars”

No doubt about it: “Star Wars” had an astronomical impact on the movie industry. It was the first huge summer blockbuster that mixed genres, spawned a trilogy (and then franchise), had amazing special effects, and an epic “hero’s journey” plot. It opened the door for a surge of similarly-themed fantasy movies with intricately imagined universes inhabited by different races and species who coexist peacefully–or not so much. Here are 8 fantasy movies from the 80s that couldn’t have done it without Star Wars.

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Bang, Bang! Top 10 Movie Shootouts

Posted 10/14/2014 11:29 AM by
Bang, Bang! Top 10 Movie Shootouts

The noise! The destruction! The mad dash to safety! There just aren’t many scenes in cinema more tense and exciting than a good old-fashioned gunfight. These ten unforgettable showdowns set new visual standards and inspired generations of youthful finger pointing and “pew! pew!” sounds. Get fired up!

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Law & Order Seasons 1-10: Cast Faceoff

Posted 10/13/2014 12:00 PM by
Law & Order Seasons 1-10: Cast Faceoff

Law & Order: the show that launched a thousand spinoffs aired for an even twenty seasons, from 1990 to 2010. Twenty years with an ensemble cast and six main characters means there was a bit of a revolving door as characters (and actors) came and went. Some of the cornerstones stuck it out for the long haul, like S. Epatha Merkerson’s Lt. Anita Van Buren, Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy, Stephen Hill’s DA Adam Schiff, and of course, Jerry Orbach, who continued to play Detective Lennie Briscoe up until his death. But even one new character changed a cast’s chemistry from year to year. There’s much debate on which is the “golden season” that strikes the perfect blend, but we’re here to put that to rest once and for all.

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Better the Second Time Around: Movie Sequels That Don’t Disappoint

Posted 10/13/2014 9:00 AM by
Better the Second Time Around: Movie Sequels That Don’t Disappoint

It’s a rare week when a sequel or a franchise movie isn’t playing in a local movie theater. Most are just a pale imitation of the original, but every now and then a sequel comes along that equals its predecessor, or on those rarest of occasions, betters it. Here’s a list of the best sequels—all featured in “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.”

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Wicked Awesome: Top 10 Boston Crime Thrillers

Posted 10/10/2014 11:16 AM by
Wicked Awesome: Top 10 Boston Crime Thrillers

When it comes to settings for crime thrillers, New York City usually springs to mind. But from character-driven tales of small-time crooks caught up in the Irish Mafia or high-octane heist thrillers, the home of the Red Sox has also scored its fair share of gritty films. Check out our list of the 10 best Boston crime thrillers below.

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4 Must-See Movies You Can Watch Right Now

Posted 10/09/2014 1:42 PM by
4 Must-See Movies You Can Watch Right Now

Did you know you can watch movies right here on SundanceTV? Here’s what’s available to stream this month, including a career-best performance from Richard Gere, a glimpse inside the world of fashion’s ultimate tastemakers and two feature debuts from notable directors.

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