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Warren Beatty vs Pauline Kael, MacGruber movie in trouble, more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
10 Lost Theories Inspired by Movies

Why Warren Beatty’s attack on Pauline Kael failed

Avatar shows how dumbing down works

The One About Quentin Tarantino Working Class Progressive Cinemas Greatest Open Secret. (Part One of Three)

Is the ‘MacGruber’ Movie Blowing Up Already?

A Brief History of Film Censorship in the USA

Wal-Mart, Target Put Squeeze on Redbox

Tucker Carlson’s Minions Call Rachel Maddow A Man

HBO eyes political series

Interview: Atom Egoyan – Putting all the pieces together

Media Notes: Jon Stewart’s Obama barbs on ‘The Daily Show’ are creating buzz

The Golden Girls: How One TV Show Turned A Generation Of American Boys Into Homosexuals

Against Closure: Why “Lost” Creators Should Resist the Urge to Tell All

‘Doctor Who’: Is David Tennant the best doctor ever?

Will Zachary Quinto Play Gershwin for Steven Spielberg?

Sam Raimi to direct The Shadow?

‘Parks and Recreation’ gets a third season: More Ron and Tom, please!

First Annual Fangirl Award Nominations

Limbaugh Lauded For “Exceptionally Impressive Fist Pumping Skills” As Miss America Judge

Miramax: What a moviegoer felt like, back in the summer of ’89

HBO clicks on Hollywood blogging



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  • Ryan H

    I’m somewhat surprised to not see a mention of Neil Gaiman writing an episode of Doctor Who.

    http://io9.com/5465900/neil-gaiman-confirms-that-hes-written-an-upcoming-episode-of-doctor-who

  • 1. Re: the Avatar link: What exactly is so smart about preaching to the choir? About only aiming a political movie at the small minority of people who are already inclined to agree with you? What is so bad about reaching out to an average movie goer who is not already convinced? Anyone’s who ever read Mark Twain knows that aiming a story at the common man doesn’t automatically means “writing stupidly for the stupid.” Yet I suppose that the intellectually insecure would tend to see it that way.

    2. Re: The Golden Girls link. So the good Christians behind that link actually think Miami was better off when it was associated primarily with the drug dealers of Scarface and Miami Vice? And that most homosexuals today were inspired by The Golden Girls?

    I suppose I could point out how one of the biggest fans of The Golden Girls that I knew back in the 1980s turned out to be a shameless homophobe but no doubt they’d dismiss such evidence as anecdotal…

  • MaryAnn

    Tonio, the Golden Girls thing is a spoof.

    I’m somewhat surprised to not see a mention of Neil Gaiman writing an episode of Doctor Who.

    Apparently I failed to digest the entire Internet last week… :->

  • Tonio, the Golden Girls thing is a spoof.

    Really? It’s so hard to tell nowadays…

  • Lisa

    well they had Quentin Tarantino in an episode so they’re obviously degenerate scum

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