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Entries in Little Miss Sunshine (3)

Friday
Nov 23 2018

Blueprints: "Little Miss Sunshine"

To celebrate the family awkwardness of Thanksgiving weekend,Jorgetakes a look at one of cinema's most memorable dysfunctional families and how they make their entrances.

Look,no family's perfect.Far from it.And no holiday brings out the imperfections more than Thanksgiving.Every difference of opinion,tightly-held grudge,annoying personality trait,buried secret and imprinted trauma tend to resurface.And while it may be hell for those going through it,these interactions are usually fertile ground for narrative drama.

But most families tend to be dysfunctional year-round,not just during the holidays.Some don't need a holiday weekend or a glass of wine to bring out their unpleasant side.All you need to see it is a quick first glimpse.So let's take a look at the Hoovers in 2006'sLittle Miss Sunshine,who are precisely that kind of family.Let's see how they are each individually introduced in the script,as fully flawed human beings...

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Friday
Jul 06 2018

Links: Nutcracker and the Two Directors,Schrader on Selfishness

Gr8ter DaysTerence Stamp makes rare US appearance to talk about this career and push his new memoir.The great actor is about to turn 80...
TFE...so he's still too young for this 100 Oldest Living Oscar Nominees list.
THRMovie attendance has been steadily rising in Russia but the UK and France remain the top European movie markets
/FilmHmmm,The upcoming Disney spectacleNutcracker and the Four Realmswill now have two directors credited after reshoots.Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) will be credited after the original director Lasse Hallström
VultureDirector Susan Seidelman on her 80s NYC classicsSmithereensandDesperately Seeking Susan

MNPPLuca Guadagnino has shownSuspiriato Quentin Tarantino who loved it
MoviemakerPaul Schrader on our selfish legacy and environmental disaster (DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN'T YET SEENFIRST REFORMED)
Playbillif you're in NYC in the second half of July there's a lot of 15th anniversary happenings forAvenue Qincluding an original cast concert
PajibaSofia Vergara's ex is making an anti-abortion movie about Roe v Wade and the news about it gets worse and worse
i09The legal system inThe Incredibles 2is confounding
Pandemoniumthis video is 90 minutes long but if you're studying to be a screenwriter it's worth a look since Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine,Toy Story 3) maps out what makes for a great third act of a story
Coming SoonKeri Russell joinsStar Wars: Episode IX.Her role is unknown but will involve fight scenes so I'll guess she'll have more to do than Laura Dern did.
Awards Dailythe Limited Series race at the Emmys is wide open this year (with 44 programs eligible)  since no single series has been especially dominant with critics or the public this time around
Film School Rejectsthe best movies of 2018 thus far
Nick DavisNick does his beloved "fifties"to detail the best of the movie year thus far

Tuesday
Jul 26 2016

Oscar Trivia,Indie Sensations,and Evita's Death

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

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