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Adventures in Twitter || ||

WATCH: LOLs, Sadfaces Ensue When Comedians Read Twitter Insults Aloud

Will Ferrell - Jimmy Kimmel

Because it's always good to remember that when you're judging famous people on Twitter, they sometimes read it (and weep), Jimmy Kimmel corralled a gaggle of comedians and comic actors to read some of the meanest Tweet-critiques they've received for the camera. I think we can all take a few universal lessons from this video: Namely, that celebrities like Jason Bateman, Presidential candidate Roseanne, and Andy Dick really are like the rest of us little Tweeters -- well okay, maybe not Andy Dick. Also: Will Ferrell reads his @ messages while on the can, too! If that can't bring us together as a Tweeple, what will?
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Interviews || ||

On The Music, Martial Art -- and Muslim Hero -- of Silat Actioner The Raid: Redemption

The Raid: Redemption (2012)

As a member of the Jakarta police force, Rama (Iko Uwais) is one of dozens of SWAT agents about to be trapped within the concrete walls of a tenement building run by a nefarious slumlord, set upon by machete-wielding thugs and forced to fight his way out using knives, broken doorways, and at times, only his bare hands. The fighting style he uses to do so, leaving a trail of broken baddies in his wake, is silat -- a lightning-fast, bone-crunching Southeast Asian martial art that gets its best showcase in Gareth Evans’ festival sensation The Raid: Redemption.
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First Looks || ||

The Host Teaser: Stephenie Meyer's Freaky-Eyed Aliens Are Coming For Your Mind, Body, and Soul

The Host (2013)

It's brief, but the newly debuted teaser trailer for the sci-fi romance The Host is here to tantalize you with images of freaky-eyed pod people and star Saoirse Ronan's fierce, unearthly qualities. Adapted from author Stephenie Meyer's non-Twilight novel about a human and an alien symbiote who share the same body, The Host is headed to theaters in 2013 under director Andrew Niccol (In Time), and while this oughta give Host readers a twinge of anticipation, non-fans are likely scratching their heads wondering what Ronan's eyeballs and the vaguely Benetton-like reel of faces has to do with anything.
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Watch This || ||

VIDEO: How Deep is Morgan Freeman? Let Us Count the Ways

VIDEO: How Deep is Morgan Freeman? Let Us Count the Ways

The team at NextMovie today offers this stirring mash-up of deep thoughts proffered by Morgan Freeman — or at least characters played by Morgan Freeman. Even the guy in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves! Incredible.
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Review || ||

REVIEW: Rachel Weisz Shines Through the Contemplative Dankness of The Deep Blue Sea

REVIEW: Rachel Weisz Shines Through the Contemplative Dankness of The Deep Blue Sea

There are so few filmmakers willing to tackle the romantic melodrama these days that Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea is welcome just for its sheer novelty. An adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play, the picture opens with an attempted suicide and ends with an uneasy kind of redemption. It’s a love story with a great deal of furious, elegant handwriting packed between the lines, an exploration of immutable class distinctions and emotional and sexual repression in postwar England. And Rachel Weisz, as a woman who risks everything for the love of the wrong man, carries the mood and subtext of the material safely tucked in her dressing-gown pocket – she’s vulnerable and self-motivated in all the right measures.
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Adventures in Twitter || ||

Can't Wait For The Lone Ranger? Jerry Bruckheimer Has the Twitter Feed For You

Can't Wait For The Lone Ranger? Jerry Bruckheimer Has the Twitter Feed For You

While Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and director Gore Verbinski are working to turn Disney's rudderless blockbuster ship around with The Lone Ranger, Hollywood megaproducer and Twitter mainstay Jerry Bruckheimer has been busy dropping clues about and glimpses at the the making of the film from behind the scenes. If you are even the least bit interested in how this one's coming together, you could do worse than keep an eye on Bruckheimer's tweets.
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Close Reads || ||

Hunger Game-Changer: How Suzanne Collins Made the Most of Hollywood's Young-Adult Obsession

Hunger Games Do's and Don'ts

Suzanne Collins can start her victory lap now. The film version of her first Hunger Games novel is on the brink of blowing up box-office records – and critics and fans like it, too. Other young-adult fantasy authors haven’t been quite so successful in dealing with Hollywood. Some of Collins’s success was luck and good timing: her first Hunger Games book was released a month after Stephenie Meyer’s final Twilight novel appeared, sending publishers and studios alike scrambling for the next young-adult franchise. But Collins also skillfully played the game with and for the filmmakers, making deliberate choices about how she wrote the novels and how she helped market them to the books’ fierce fans. Forget teenage love triangles or wizards vs. werewolves; here's a far more practical list of dos and don'ts for when your popular young-adult fantasy book is being adapted by Hollywood. (Spoilers for lesser movies ahead.)
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Review || ||

REVIEW: Violence is Golden (and a Little Exhausting) in The Raid: Redemption

REVIEW: Violence is Golden (and a Little Exhausting) in The Raid: Redemption

Despite the late addition of "Redemption" to the title of The Raid, there's little to no atonement to be had in this stripped-down action movie. These characters are not here to have some kind of emotional journey, they're here to kick ass. And so much ass is kicked over The Raid's 100 minutes that viewers may feel a little bruised themselves upon exiting, for the most part in a good way -- this is a film that serves as a remind of just how wonderfully cinematic violence can be.
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In Development || ||

Brett Ratner Would Direct Midnight Run Sequel That Will Probably Never Happen

Brett Ratner Would Direct Midnight Run Sequel That Will Probably Never Happen

There's no script, no budget and no confirmed Charles Grodin to complement the "buddy" part of the "buddy comedy" formula that worked so well 24 years ago, but that's not stopping the zeitgeist from panicking over the current state of Midnight Run 2. To wit, Brett Ratner is now linked up as the director. Like we've never heard that before. Everybody calm down!
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Watch This || ||

VIDEO: Well, Cosmopolis Looks Pretty Much Amazing [NSFW]

VIDEO: Well, Cosmopolis Looks Pretty Much Amazing [NSFW]

Move over, Prometheus: David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson are here with a 30-second foreign teaser for Cosmopolis, their adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel about a young billionaire's dark, demented and all-around catastrophic 24-hour Manhattan odyssey. And it looks amazing.
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Quick Take || ||

It's About Time Someone Mashed Up The Muppets and Goldman Sachs

It's About Time Someone Mashed Up The Muppets and Goldman Sachs

What if kamikaze NYT op-edder Greg Smith were a chicken from the Henson Workshop? What else? "My proudest moments in life — laying a plastic egg in Johannesberg, my LGTB teen awareness work with Bert, becoming Gonzo's 539th domestic partner — have all come through hard work, with no shortcuts. With its cheap efforts to turn Gen X parents misty with sentimentality, the Muppets just doesn’t feel right to me anymore. I'm no Chicken Little — if things don't change soon, the sky will indeed be falling." [The Awl]