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Greek-American opera diva Maria Callas is the subject of Maria by Callas

Maria by Callas Strips an Opera Great of Her Agency

Volf supports his interpretation of Callas’ personality with soundbites from her understandably guarded televised appearances, all of which devolve into terse discussions about her years-long romance with Onassis (before and after his marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis)...
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The Latest Journey to the West Barely Gets Released in the U.S.

How do you sell an international comedy-action superstar to an American audience? Sony Pictures, the distributors of charming Hong Kong action-fantasy Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back, still haven’t figured out how to pitch comedian-turned-filmmaker Stephen Chow outside of Asia, especially since Chow has stopped starring in his......
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The Men Who Were The Thing Look Back on a Modern Horror Classic

The Thing died a noisy death when it debuted in 1982. In fact, this masterful paranoiac thriller about a vicious shape-shifting alien infiltrating a group of scientists stationed in Antarctica bombed so hard that director John Carpenter was fired from his follow-up gig working on Firestarter. (Roller Boogie director Mark......
If this were a Superman movie

Supergirl Proves Comic-Book Adaptations Can Soar Rather Than Punish

Here's a question faced by the creators of almost every superhero adaptation: How do do you pull this off without copying Frank Miller’s Batman? Too many modern superhero dramas — including the Dark Knight films, Arrow, Daredevil and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — either ape the dour realism......
Can we now start calling Paul Reubens a conceptual artist?; Credit: Courtesy of Netflix

Pee-wee's Big Friendship: Paul Reubens Talks Phil Hartman (and More)

The Pee-wee Productions logo that kicks off the new Netflix film Pee-wee's Big Holiday trumpets comedian-turned-actor Paul Reubens' comeback as the formerly ubiquitous man-child. Forget about The Pee-wee Herman Show, Reubens' fan-service-intensive Broadway extravaganza. Big Holiday (which premieres March 18 on Netflix) plays like an un–self-conscious continuation of the character's......
Joel Hodgson; Credit: Michael Kienitz

Joel Hodgson: MST3K Isn't About Ridicule—It's “a Variety Show Built on the Back of a Movie”

How did countercultural phenomenon Mystery Science Theater 3000, the inspired '90s science-fiction puppet TV show about watching and ribbing schlocky movies, become a pop-culture standard? It's hard not to marvel at the scope of the show's influence given how quickly Joel Hodgson, the creator and original host, raised $2 million on Kickstarter to revive his brainchild. (At last count, Hodgson's ongoing campaign is closing in on 4 million.)