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Early in the very confused marketing campaign for Chappie, Sony released a trailer for the robot-driven action movie that essentially painted the whole thing as Radio with artificial intelligence. It even had the audacity to say something about us not teaching Chappie…because Chappie was teaching us. Blech.

But that got us thinking. What lessons have we learned about robots… Continue reading Valuable Lessons We Learned From Movie Robots

Joe Swanberg doesn’t make movies the same way most people do. He’s not concerned with trying to dream up elaborate set pieces that take a team of fifty people to execute. He doesn’t spend years meticulously rewriting a script. He has an idea, he finds some actors (which often includes himself), and then they figure out a way to turn it into a movie.

Off… Continue reading Joe Swanberg Tells Us About 'Happy Christmas,' Lessons Learned from 'You're Next,' and More









4th of July Box Office1. Somebody really likes “Transformers.” For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay’s giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It’s like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” cruised easily to… Continue reading Box Office: Lessons From a Weak July 4th Weekend


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Oscar Pistorius is being accused of taking acting lessons before the start of his trial in the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

South African Sunday Times columnist Jani Allen wrote today, “I have it from a reliable source you are taking acting lessons for your days in court.”

Asked by the London Sunday People to back up the claim, Allen told the newspaper, “I have… Continue reading Acting For The Court? Oscar Pistorius Accused Of Taking Drama Lessons Before His Trial