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Would Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY be a hit today?

Article: Would Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY be a hit today?

How exactly would the contemporary Hollywood spin machine deal with Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke’s epic masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY? Four decades later, it’s still pretty hard to say what exactly the film is about. Both breathtakingly beautiful and confoundingly abstruse, 2001 is mind-blowing, genre-defying filmmaking. But that doesn’t mean it’d be an easy sell.

RIP Gore Vidal, literary icon and political pot-stirrer

Article: RIP Gore Vidal, literary icon and political pot-stirrer

Celebrated essayist, provocative novelist, inspired scriptwriter… Gore Vidal, who died yesterday at the age of 86, was an integral element of the American cultural landscape he so often criticized. For more than 60 years, he stirred the artistic and political pot, writing more than 25 books and running for office twice (unsuccessfully).

His third novel, The City and the Pillar, was one of the first books to deal frankly and unapologetically with a gay protagonist; it created a scandal in 1948 among both the book-reading public and critics. (For all of those reasons it has become an important work in gay literature.)

RIP filmmaking legend Chris Marker

Article: RIP filmmaking legend Chris Marker

Influential French filmmaker Chris Marker died yesterday, one day after his 91st birthday.

The prolific documentarian, artist and writer, whose work spanned more than six decades, kept his private life very private — to the extent of reinventing and subverting his most basic biographical details.

ABOUT CHERRY brings the sexy — and the struggle

Article: ABOUT CHERRY brings the sexy — and the struggle

Check out this über-hot trailer for the new movie ABOUT CHERRY from IFC Midnight, starring James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, Lili Taylor and Ashley Hinshaw.

First pics from Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

Article: First pics from Robert Redford's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

Earlier this week, Collider published pictures from the set of THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, the political thriller starring, directed by and produced by our very own Robert Redford.

One big step forward for gay rights… and two steps back

Article: One big step forward for gay rights… and two steps back

Doesn’t it feel sometimes like the more progress we make and the more dialogue starts opening up, the more the whack jobs and haters come out (so to speak) of the woodwork?

Now Playing on SUNDANCE CHANNEL: A DIRTY SHAME, THE ORGASM DIARIES, more sexy stuff

Article: Now Playing on SUNDANCE CHANNEL: A DIRTY SHAME, THE ORGASM DIARIES, more sexy stuff

Sweaty, hot, gnarly, thrilling — summer sex is all that, and also often hilarious. From John Waters’ delightfully dirty parody A DIRTY SHAME to the angsty adultery of LITTLE CHILDREN (don’t let the name throw you), we’ve got sexy summer movies to satisfy your every desire.

Indie fans rejoice — Johnny Depp will star in Wes Anderson's new film

Article: Indie fans rejoice — Johnny Depp will star in Wes Anderson's new film

It’s a dream pairing, one that’s almost hard to believe hasn’t happened before. Leading man Johnny Depp will return to his indie roots (WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE?, ED WOOD, BENNY & JOON) to star in auteur Wes Anderson’s next project, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL.

Buy yourself some movies, will you?

Article: Buy yourself some movies, will you?

Time to jingle those piggy banks and see what shakes loose — if you’ve ever wanted some of the best of contemporary and classic films for your very own, here’s your chance. Barnes & Noble is offering all of Criterion Collection’s movies at 50% off, including such faves as HAROLD AND MAUDE, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST, 12 ANGRY MEN, BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, THE THIN RED LINE, THE 39 STEPS, RUSHMORE and the miniseries CARLOS. Most titles are available on beauteous Blu-ray.

Anderson Cooper: Yep, he's gay

Article: Anderson Cooper: Yep, he's gay

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” With those words, CNN journalist Anderson Cooper came out in an email published in his friend Andrew Sullivan’s column on The Daily Beast.

It has long been speculated that the popular news anchor and reporter is gay, but Cooper has fastidiously remained silent regarding his sexual orientation.

Hey Girl, be like Wonder Woman or Julia Child!

Article: Hey Girl, be like Wonder Woman or Julia Child!

Girls, are you ready to change the world? No, really. You can — and you’ll hardly be alone. Just take a look at the Hey Girl, What Have You Done Lately? Tumblr for inspiration. There’s Wonder Woman, that Amazonian warrior princess who always gets the bad guys — and can hold her own in the über-male world of superheroes. (Not to mention Lynda Carter, the strong and beautiful actress who played her.) And let’s not forget Julia Child, who singlehandedly elevated the level of American cuisine while inventing the concept of celebrity-chef TV star.

Aaron Sorkin's dialogcycle and the promise of The Newsroom

Article: Aaron Sorkin's dialogcycle and the promise of The Newsroom

Fresh off the premiere of The Newsroom, the latest addition to the supremely wordy oeuvre of writer-creator Aaron Sorkin, the Internet was all abuzz over this