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Chloë Grace Moretz is Not Happy With the State of Cinema Superheroines

Chloë Grace Moretz wants more women as leads in superhero franchises, so she can watch them and play them.

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Not all that glitters is gold

In 2013, Failing the Bechdel Test Was Bad for Your Movie’s Bottom Line

Ahh, it’s good to see The Bechdel Test used where it is most applicable: as a lens through which to expose a misrepresentational trend in modern film overall rather than specifically. Vocativ took nearly fifty of this year’s top grossing blockbusters, sorted them by whether they failed or passed the test. Turns out movies that passed were significantly more financially successful than not.

This is merely correlation between having movies make sure that their female characters, even the secondary ones, are shown to have thoughts and feelings that revolve around something other than male characters. What’s much more likely to be the causation, though, is that effective writing means you get good female characters, and effective writing produces successful movies.

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Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

Get Watching! Netflix Will Be Removing Tons Of Movies & TV Shows In The Next Few Days

Ok, folks, time to be couch potatoes. Netflix has decided to do a little Spring cleaning and remove a ton of items from their service. But there’s good news, they’ll also be adding a few new ones in the new year.

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Things to Do With Your Kids

Bored Family Recreates Every Movie With Cardboard Boxes and a Baby

Lilly and Leon, having moved countries and had a baby, found themselves with lots of cardboard boxes, and a significantly smaller social life. Their blog, Cardboard Box Office, is the result.

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Elsewhere on the internet

Website Wants You to Send Famous Movie Clips Instead of Greeting Cards

As consumers of franchised media, we’re no strangers to stories of rights acquisitions and company mergers, but you don’t expect there to be licensing elements in a story about an eGreeting startup. I’m not so sure about Ditto Greetings in practice, but in concept, there is absolutely a large part of me that wants to send people Bill Pullman‘s Independence Day speech to people whenever it is even remotely relevant to their lives.

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Meanwhile...

Gosh I Love Arrows: A Look at Archery in Film

Slacktory calls this a “definitive” look at archer characters in film, but, while I respect their effort, that’s a dangerous thing to say on the internet. After all, I didn’t see Hannah or Guinevere here!

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What It Says On the Tin

The Wizard of Oz Is The Oldest Film Ever To Be Converted To 3D [VIDEO]

As much as I don’t care for post-conversion 3D or IMAX in general, I will definitely be seeing The Wizard of Oz when it’s re-released September 20th. Of course I’d go and see it just as quickly if it were being showed in it’s original format but after watching this video showing the process of how it’s all done, I’m looking forward to seeing the results.

(via Movies.com)

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BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

Film Critic Calls 911 After Spotting Cell Phone Use At Press Screening

Many theater-goers are annoyed by cell phone use during films but one journalist at the Toronto International Film Festival took his response to the extreme yesterday – he called 911.

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Review

The Gamers: Hands of Fate Will Make You Laugh, Cry, Confront Sexism

In some ways, it seems unnecessary to explain The Gamers movies beyond the way they were introduced to me: if you roleplay, you will like them. I mean, I could tell you that they’re a series made by gamers, for gamers. I could tell you that they’re some of the few movies about nerds that laugh with us, not at us. I could tell you that they’re about as indie as it gets, and that what they lack in budget, they make up for in heart. But really, the ideal way to get into them is to have a friend sit you down on their couch and say, “trust me, I think you’ll like this,” and let the movie speak for itself.

However, the filmmakers invited us to critique the newly-released The Gamers: Hands of Fate, which has two key differences from its predecessors. Firstly, Hands of Fate leaves character sheets behind, and ventures into the realm of collectible card games. It also hopes to spark continued conversation about sexism in gamer culture.

Quest accepted. Minor spoilers ahead.

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Power Grid

The Mary Sue’s 2013 Summer Movie Wrap-Up

This summer was a weird one. It felt, in a way, like were were still coming down from the high of The Avengers, the movie that ruled our hearts, minds, and wallets a single summer ago. On hand to catch us as we fell were some good movies, some bad movies, some movies that we weren’t angry at, just disappointed, and one shining example of Oh please God, no, why did this movie happen?!

We’re taking a fond (or, in some cases, not-so-fond) look back at the summer of 2013′s giant monsters, giant robots, giant stuffed rabbits, and the giant pile of wrongness that was a whole lot o’ whitewashing. Whew. With the summer over, let’s get ready for the end-of-year releases. More Hunger Games, Thor, and The Hobbit are right around the corner.

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