Film & TV

TV Networks Court YouTube Crowd in Quest for Digital Viewers

Lisa Richwine

For the first time, cable TV network Nickelodeon staged a casting call at VidCon, a convention that draws stars of YouTube and social media like Vine, Instagram and Snapchat and their passionate followers. The Viacom-owned channel's talent search is one way traditional TV networks are recruiting Internet personalities to build audiences. YouTube stars include comedians, beauty gurus, product reviewers, gamers, musicians and fitness buffs who post videos of themselves, often looking directly into the camera.​

Inside the World of FEMEN Protestors

Gabriella Tutino

These topless women are FEMEN, an activist group that uses “sextremism” tactics to shed light on injustices. Founded in 2008 by Anna Hutsol, FEMEN originally started in Kiev before branching out to France for both expansion reasons and political asylum for its members. As of today, there are FEMEN branches in Germany, Canada, Turkey and Israel. The documentary follows the activist group from December 2011 to August 2012, as they plan and stage protests in Kiev, Zurich, Belarus, Paris and Moscow. 

The Role of Feminism in Action Movies

Megan Walsh

It is unequivocally a good thing that feminism is at the forefront of the public mind, and that media is being held accountable for failing female narratives. There has been a definite clamor for more female-led projects, particularly in regard to popular mainstream films, most especially action movies, considering they are currently dominating the market. With such a suffusion of films dealing in similar subject matters, it's hard not to notice that they've been telling the same stories for years, and those stories all revolve around white men.

Francis Ford Coppola Shares Passion for Food, Film With Cuban Students

Daniel Trotta

Director Francis Ford Coppola was reflecting on his brush with Fidel Castro, the blandishments to make another gangster film, and the pressure of borrowing at 29 percent interest to shoot "Apocalypse Now." But first he needed to cook pasta for 150 film students. Coppola, the multiple Oscar winner and maker of the "Godfather" films, was in Cuba as a guest instructor at the International School of Cinema and Television.

Woody Allen Explores Murder, Morality in 'Irrational Man'

Chris Michaud

As a little kid, future filmmaker Woody Allen was preoccupied with three things - baseball, magic and murder. It's that last one that serves as the grist for his latest film, "Irrational Man," which opens in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. In "Irrational Man," Allen explores themes of morality, infidelity, passivity and mortality, familiar ground for fans of earlier fare such as "Crimes and Misdemeanors," "Manhattan Murder Mystery" and "Match Point."

Amy Winehouse Biopic Hits the Big Screen

Rollo Ross

A much-anticipated documentary about the late British singer Amy Winehouse hits cinemas next week amid a dispute between its makers and her father, who has called the film misleading. Mitch Winehouse has disassociated himself from "AMY," which follows the Grammy Award winner from her childhood to her death. The biopic uses home videos, photos, reports and performances to show Winehouse's path to a career as an acclaimed singer. ​

How ABC Ruined Eddie Huang’s ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

Kaitlin Ebersol

But the show departs from expected sitcom tropes in one crucial aspect, groundbreaking because it hasn’t happened for two decades: Fresh Off the Boat is a sitcom about Asian-Americans. In early February, entertainment critics and the Asian-American community alike eagerly anticipated the pilot episode, holding their collective breathe to see how this show would depict a minority that remains largely unrepresented by the media. 

'Entourage' Revives Hollywood Exploits With More Glitz on Big Screen

Alicia Avila

The pool parties, glamorous girls and fast cars of "Entourage" are back in a movie spinoff of the hit HBO show. Entourage, due in U.S. theaters on Wednesday, revisits the bromance between a group of friends from Queens, New York, who become high-flying Hollywood power players. "The theme of friendship is universal and really doesn't change," said Entourage creator and director Doug Ellin.

Shining a Light on Harold Hayes and the Glory Days of ‘Esquire’ Magazine

Gabriella Tutino

Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s documents the rise and fall of both Esquire and Hayes’ presence in the social and cultural mainstream. Written, directed and narrated by Tom Hayes, Harold Hayes’ son, the documentary features interviews with past and present Esquire writers, editors, photographers and staff, as well as film clips and sound recordings of Harold Hayes at work and at home. The documentary dives into both Harold Hayes’ past and Esquire’s history; this context is important because it demonstrates just how fateful it was for their two paths to coincide. 

‘The Loft,’ ‘Seventh Son’ Arrive on Home Video

Forrest Hartman

Director Eric Van Looy’s remake of the Danish film “Loft” is an off-kilter morality play marked by unseemly characters, unlikely actions and a multitude of twists. The plot centers on five men – Vincent (Karl Urban), Chris (James Marsden), Luke (Wentworth Miller), Marty (Eric Stonestreet) and Philip (Matthias Schoenaerts) – who agree to rent a secret loft where they can take women without their wives’ knowledge.

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