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Tim O’Keefe and James Franco are back as Daddy

Resident godfather of the electronic music scene Tim O'Keefe and RISD Class of '12 alum (and actor/director/artist/author) James Franco comprise Daddy, back with a little help from some local friends on the PVD Remixes EP , which follows the duo's 2012
Father figures
By CHRIS CONTI  |  February 01, 2013

Post-Apocalyptic Update: Apes Have Now Conquered Hollywood


Well, it turns out that the Monkey Issue was a good idea after all; Rise of the Planet of the Apes actually opened to rave...
By James Fitzpatrick  |  August 08, 2011
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How I learned to stop worrying and love my monkey overlords

Let me be clear: I once loved monkeys.
Hail, Caesar?
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  August 05, 2011
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Review: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

As I watched Caesar (Andy Serkis), the übermonkey, and his primate minions break free of their human chains en route to conquering the world, I thought: 1) there are a lot of apes in San Francisco, 2) there aren't a lot of cops, and 3) this mov
Better before the CGI took over
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2011

End of the world movies we will miss because of the end of the world


 It's a shame that the world is ending May 21 because that means we'll miss some interesting end of the world movies. Not necessarily films...
By Peter Keough  |  May 18, 2011
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Review: Your Highness

The magnificent Danny McBride (HBO's Eastbound and Down ) co-wrote and stars in this clever spoof that reveals the human frailties beneath all those sword 'n' sorcery clichés.
Clever spoof of sword ’n’ sorcery clichés
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  April 15, 2011


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Ringing the bad taste bell

Charmin and Quilted Northern toilet paper have been lighting up the bad taste bell of late with their televised ads.
Poop on TV; Oscars get a Razzie; Farewell to Larry and Paul; Fab follies
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  March 04, 2011
83rd Oscar post mortem

83rd Oscar post mortem


 The opening Best Picture montage bit in the 83rd Oscars Broadcast, satirically visiting each Best Picture nominee within an "Inception" framework, almost had me thinking...
By Peter Keough  |  February 28, 2011
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Review: The eye-popping vitality of 'Printed in Providence'

Providence printmaking continues to be the primary representative of the city's art in books from Street World (2007) to Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (2009) to the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women (2010). It's a printmakin
Lasting impressions
By GREG COOK  |  February 25, 2011
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Oscar nominee predictions 2011: Social anxiety

Last year's Oscar program had a celebratory feeling about it that's not always associated with the most watched ceremony in the world.
Oscar looks back, turns inward
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 21, 2011
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Review: 127 Hours

You have to wonder why so many recent films have featured people trapped in a confined or isolated place: Frozen , Devil , Buried , and now Danny Boyle's jazzy and harrowing account of the true story of Aron Ralston.
Danny Boyle and James Franco go out on a limb
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 12, 2010


Interview with Danny Boyle ("127 Hours")


Quite the contrast between interviewing Danny Boyle, promoting  "127 Hours," and the other big name British director I chatted with last month, Stephen Frears,  promoting...
By Peter Keough  |  November 10, 2010
Dispatches from the 34th Montreal World Film Festival

Dispatches from the 34th Montreal World Film Festival


The 34th Montreal World Film Festival (August 26-September 6), proved most heartening for those of us anxious about the state of global cinema. I saw...
By Gerald Peary  |  September 06, 2010
"Your hand feels like a pillow that's been in the microwave": Stuffed friends for sale

"Your hand feels like a pillow that's been in the microwave": Stuffed friends for sale


Seen that episode of "30 Rock," where James Franco is having a full-on clandestine relationship with a Japanese anime body pillow? Yeah, well, in support...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  July 02, 2010
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A world of cinema

The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a coupl
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  July 02, 2010
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Cinema paradisos

Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultu
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  June 18, 2010


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Review: Saturday Night

Actor James Franco’s debut feature, a behind-the-scenes look at the December 6, 2008, episode of Saturday Night Live , is kind of like Jean-Luc Godard’s Sympathy for the Devil with less music and more fart jokes.
Franco's debut documentary possibly better than an actual episode of Saturday Night Live
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 23, 2010
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Review: Date Night

Must-see-TV leads Steve Carell ( The Office ) and Tina Fey ( 30 Rock ) team up in this night-out-gone-wrong comedy as a bored Jersey couple seeking to put some romance back into their marriage.
Like a full season of a sit-com packed into one movie
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2010
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Rocky Mountain low

Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 12, 2010

Judd Apatow and Friends

Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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The Year of the Nerd

Barack Obama is many things. Dedicated senator. Devoted husband and father. Adept orator. President-elect. Nerd.
Screw the jocks and prom queens — in 2008, geeks took control of entertainment, pro sports . . . even the White House
By RYAN STEWART  |  December 23, 2008


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Year in Film: Risky business

Every year the studios hold back their best until the end of the year, but this year they let us down.
Films whose aspirations are more than Academic
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 22, 2008
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Review: Milk

Van Sant's Milk of human kindness
Van Sant's gay of reckoning
By PETER KEOUGH  |  November 25, 2008
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Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008
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Smoke screens

What does it say about America that marijuana movies are a hot genre right now, perhaps hotter even than in the heyday of Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong’s 1978 Up in Smoke ?
Does a surge of stoner movies mean America is going to pot?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 13, 2008
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Pot luck

Pineapple Express is the movie Knocked Up might have been had it not copped out.
No guilt trips in Pineapple Express
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 05, 2008


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Tangled web

Those behind the franchise appear to have decided they had to cram as many sequels as possible into Tobey Maguire's last movie.
Spider-Man 3  spins too many tales
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 01, 2007
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Spring loaded

It’s spring, and Hollywood has to get the kinks out of its system before it can focus on the business at hand: the sequels of summer.
Working out the kinks
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2007
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Wasted again

Who was Edie Sedgwick? Was she a muse who inspired some notable work by Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan or just a footnote in their careers? Did she have any talent or accomplishments of her own? Why, in short, does she deserve a bio-pic? Watch the trailer f
Factory Girl isn’t the bio-pic Edie deserves
By GARY SUSMAN  |  February 07, 2007
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Fall back

If you cannot remember the past, so Santayana said, you’re condemned to repeat it. Watch trailers for this fall's new releases.
This season, Hollywood lives in the past
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 13, 2006